Hawaii Will Soon Get All Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Hawaii has the highest solar penetration in the nation, with one out of every eight homes having 'gone solar.' May 7, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “Hawaii is on its way to having the greenest grid in the nation.  The state legislature sent a bill to the governor’s desk this week that moves the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) up to 100 percent by 2045 — which means that all electricity provided by the electric companies will have to come from renewable sources like solar and wind. Nationwide, electricity generation makes up about a third of all carbon emissions.”

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Hawaii’s grid could be a model for the nation and the world, supporters say.
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India Increases Renewable Energy Capacity By 13%, Beats Target

May 7, 2015, cleantechnica.com | “India’s renewable energy market is showing the first signs of revival as the installed capacity jumped by 12.9% during the 12 months to 31 March 2015, latest data released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy shows.”

 Robert BrothersGoodNews FortheEarth Thanks to Rita Kerzen for “liking” this India Increases Renewable Energy Capacity By 13%, Beats Target India’s renewable energy market is showing the first signs of revival as the installed capacity jumped by 12.9% during the 12 months to 31 March 2015, latest data released by the Ministry of New an…”
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Alberta’s oil patch now in uncharted waters with NDP premier

Syncrude's Mildred Lake oil sands upgrader vent's into overcast skies as trucks haul dirt out of a former tailings pond north of Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday, April 27, 2014. (Amber Bracken for The Globe and Mail)May 6, 2015, www.theglobeandmail.com | “The Alberta oil patch is in uncharted political territory after the NDP’s unprecedented rise to power. The energy sector, the province’s dominant industry and one that’s been friendly with the Progressive Conservatives, will find itself dealing with a left-of-centre premier and ruling party that have been among its harshest critics on issues of royalties, taxes and environmental policy.”

A look at Alberta’s oil patch and the election
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The Tesla battery heralds the beginning of the end for fossil fuels

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May 5, 2015, www.businessinsider.com | “While wind and solar power have made great strides in recent years, with renewables now accounting for 22% of electric energy generated, the issue that has held them back has been their transience. The sun doesn’t shine at night and the wind doesn’t blow year-round — these are the mantras of all those opposed to the progress of renewables. Now the renewable-power billionaire Elon Musk has just blown away that final defense.”

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Fossil fuels are no longer the cheapest source of energy.
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Pope Summons Scientists to Shape Climate Change Debate

April 27, 2015, www.bloomberg.com | “Pope Francis summoned scientists, government officials and religious leaders to a villa in the manicured Vatican Gardens on Tuesday as he stepped into the heated climate-change debate.  ‘Climate change is a defining issue of our time,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told attendees at the Vatican conference. ‘It is a moral issue, it is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics.'”

Today the Vatican hosts a major event to help move leaders to action on climate change.
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President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change

ObamaApril 22, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must ‘act before it is too late,’ declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. ‘The United States is committed to our role as a global leader in the fight against climate change,’ he proclaimed.”

President Obama’s Earth Day Focus: Climate Change
WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2015 (ENS) – Climate change is the greatest threat that faces humans today, and as a nation, the United States must “act before it is too late,” declared President Barack Obama in his 2015 Earth Day Proclamation. Visiting the Everglades today, Obama said, “Climate change can no longer be denied.”

Indian government launches major EV incentive program

April 17, 2015, chargedevs.com | “India’s government has announced a goal of putting 6-7 million electric and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2020, and proposes to invest an estimated 14,000 crore ($2.2 billion) over a period of 5 years in subsidies and other incentives.”

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Indian government launches major EV incentive program Posted April 17, 2015 by Charles Morris & filed under Newswire, The Vehicles. India’s government has…
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Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables

April 14, 2015, www.bloomberg.com | “The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added.”

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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

April 8, 2015, csglobe.com | “A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.  Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer. They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle.”

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United Nations University Invents Machine to Recycle Plastics into Car Oil (Video)

April 3, 3015, www.facebook.com

This is a great invention. Yes, I think we should find a different alternative to power than oil and gasoline but this, I think, is a decent small stepping stone. At least this will help with the plastic problem for the time being!
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