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US companies pledge financial, political support for UN climate deal
Thirteen big name American companies on Monday were to announce $140 billion in low-carbon investments to lend support to a global climate change deal in Paris in December, the White House said. Companies including General Motors, Bank of America , Microsoft and Coca Cola, were to join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House to launch the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to support the administration as it tries to secure a climate agreement.
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Supreme Court's ruling comes too late for coal
President Barack Obama's opponents won a Supreme Court skirmish in the "war on coal," but the ruling blocking his mercury pollution rule won't do anything to reverse coal's waning role in the nation's power supply. And on top of that, legal experts don't expect the decision to hamper the administration’s plans for landmark climate regulations that are set to further cement the decline of the fuel that only a few years ago dominated the industry.
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1st US offshore wind farm raises hopes for industry revolution
A few miles off the coast of Block Island, a new U.S. industry is emerging from the Atlantic Ocean. That's where Deepwater Wind LLC is installing a massive steel frame, more than 1,500 tons, that sits on the seabed and juts about 70 feet from the water south of Rhode Island. By the end of next year there will be five of these platforms, each supporting a huge turbine, the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. It's been a long time coming. Offshore turbines have been running in Europe for more than two decades, and U.S. developers have been trying to get steel in the water since 2001. Deepwater expects its project to be the first of many to tap the potential for offshore wind energy in the U.S.
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Hillary Clinton sets renewable energy goals to spur more wind, solar power
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a dramatic national shift to energy sources such as solar and wind, setting a goal of generating enough clean renewable energy to power every U.S. home within a decade after she takes office. Clinton, the front-runner for her party's 2016 presidential nomination, also pledged to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office.
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HP will power Texas data centers with renewable energy
One of the largest information and communication technology companies in the U.S. will soon power its five Texas data centers with 100 percent renewable energy. Hewlett-Packard recently announced a 12-year contract to buy 112 megawatts of wind power from a SunEdison wind farm in Texas. The purchase means HP will reach its 2020 operational greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal five years ahead of schedule.
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Solar trailblazer: California utility hits major milestone
California investor owned utility Pacific Gas and Electric is leading the United States in terms of solar customers. In fact, the IOU recently connected its 175,000th solar customer to its electric grid. To help the utility reach this milestone, it recently connected 10,000 solar customers each in three of California's largest cities — Bakersfield, Fresno, and San Jose. A new Google Consumer Survey found that 25 percent of Californians are considering solar panels for their home. Taken together, these survey results and PG&E's achievements underscore how quickly California is blazing a trail for solar adoption and supporting a clean energy future.
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In India's hot summer, the solar market overheats
MIT Technology Review
The land rush in the India solar power market has officially begun. This year analysts expect India to add two gigawatts of solar capacity, more than double the total added in 2014. Under the National Solar Mission, which calls for 100 gigawatts — about the total electricity capacity of Spain — of new solar power generation to be built by 2022, the government has begun to auction off 15 gigawatts of solar power projects across the country.
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China air pollution: US expert doubts country will be able to curb rampant smog
International Business Times
A prominent U.S. environmental expert has raised doubts about China's ability to curb its rampant air pollution problem, despite recent reports that the country's clampdown against pollution was making some progress. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, James Lents, who oversaw the internationally lauded program to curb air pollution in southern California, expressed concerns about a number of issues.
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This factor predicts what people think about climate change
Around the world, people with higher levels of education are more likely to understand climate change than their less-educated counterparts, according to new research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. Using data collected by Gallup from 119 countries, researchers found that education level was a key determinant of climate change risk perceptions in 62 percent of countries around the world. But all bets are off when it comes to education and views of climate change in the United States, along with a select few English speaking countries.
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Renewable energy delivers 70 percent of new generating capacity in 1st half of 2015
Energy Collective
According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015. Wind provided more than half (50.64 percent) of all new capacity, or 1,969 megawatts thus far this year from 18 generating "units." Solar followed with 549 MW (71 units), biomass with 128 MW (7 units), geothermal steam with 45 MW (1 unit), and hydropower with 21 MW (1 unit).
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