Duke Energy sets goal to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030

A modernized generating fleet and additional investments of $11 billion in cleaner energy are spurring Duke Energy to establish an aggressive carbon dioxide reduction goal: 40% from 2005 levels by 2030. The goals are spelled out in the company’s 2016 Sustainability Report, which is accessible here. “As technology and customers’ expectations evolve, Duke Energy is responding

PG&E calls for proposals from California renewable-energy developers

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a call for proposals for renewable developers to build new projects for a clean-energy program available to PG&E customers. The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program that will expand renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects. Through the

Penn State earns top honors at Collegiate Wind Competition 2017

Last week at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, Colorado, teams from 10 of the 12 universities that participated in the U.S Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 reconvened for a shot at taking home the top prize at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge. The following teams participated in this year’s

Washington city plans to run on 100% wind power

The City of Mercer Island, Washington, announced that it will buy 20 years of clean wind power to replace its current mix of electricity. Today, 60% of the power supplied regionally by Puget Sound Energy (PSE) derives from coal and natural gas. The City’s contract for 2019-2039 will replace those fossil fuels under PSE’s new Green

South Lake Tahoe makes 100% renewables’ pledge

South Lake Tahoe, California became the 26th municipality in the U.S. and the latest in a growing coalition of communities to commit to 100% clean and renewable electricity. “South Lake Tahoe’s commitment for 100% renewable electricity is driven by our community,” said Mayor Austin Sass of South Lake Tahoe. The city council approved a measure that

New Yorkers encouraged to tap into $70 million EV rebate program

Editor’s note: Policies and rebates that encourage wider use of electric vehicles is good news for the power industry, which has seen a low growth rate over the last few years. And, hopefully, the power to charge EVs in New York will come from nearby wind farms.   Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently spoke at

CPUC & CEC announce joint policy forum on future of retail electricity in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) announced that they will hold a joint forum on May 19, 2017 to discuss the future of retail electricity in California. According to the announcement, by around 2025 over 80% of all electricity customers of the state’s three main investor-owned utilities (IOUs) will be

Chicago to power public buildings with 100% renewables

Chicago has plans to be the largest major city in the U.S. to have a 100% renewable energy supply for its public buildings. The city’s Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, recently announced a commitment to move many of Chicago’s city buildings’ electricity use to full-fledged renewables by 2025. The agreement was also made by Chicago Public Schools CEO Forest Claypool,

Another two U.S. cities set goals for 100% renewables

A total of 25 U.S. cities have now committed to transition entirely to clean and renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club. This news follows city council votes this week establishing 100% renewable energy goals in Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana. Madison and Abita Springs represent the first Wisconsin and Louisiana cities to commit to

West Coast utility regulators collaborate efforts to reduce carbon pollution

This week, utility regulators from the West Coast will reaffirm a commitment made in 2006 to support efforts to reduce carbon pollution and expand development of low-carbon technologies in the energy industry, according to a release from the The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). West Coast utility regulators met in Seattle this week to