April 3rd, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute
Even amid policy uncertainty in major wind power markets, wind developers still managed to set a new record for installations in 2012, with 44,000 megawatts of new wind capacity worldwide. With total capacity exceeding 280,000 megawatts, wind farms generate carbon-free electricity in more than 80 countries, 24 of which have at least 1,000 megawatts. At the European level of consumption, the world’s operating wind turbines could satisfy the residential electricity needs of 450 million people
February 19th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute
Wind has overtaken nuclear as an electricity source in China. In 2012, wind farms generated 2 percent more electricity than nuclear power plants did, a gap that will likely widen dramatically over the next few years as wind surges ahead
December 13th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute
World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and
October 25th, 2012 | by Earth Policy Institute
The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about pollution and climate instability cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new world energy economy is emerging. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced with an economy powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy.
September 6th, 2012 | by Guest Author
Despite the availability of clean and sustainable energy sources like solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal and biomass, many states depend on outdated and dirty energy sources. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri and Tennessee are among the most in need of an energy portfolio diversification.
November 4th, 2011 | by Earth Policy Institute
By Lester R. Brown Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped 10 percent.
September 2nd, 2011 | by Jennifer Lance
Humboldt County in northern California is known for its eco-friendly, laid back lifestyle. Solar panels are a common site on
August 3rd, 2011 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
Another nuclear disaster, another round of worldwide questioning about the viability of nuclear energy. No doubt that nuclear industry makes
June 30th, 2011 | by Guest Author
Hawaiian culture is steeped in a delicate harmony with nature. The islands boast consistently strong wind densities, great insolation characteristics,
April 19th, 2011 | by Earth Policy Institute
By Lester R. Brown We need an economy for the twenty-first century, one that is in sync with the earth
April 8th, 2011 | by Earth Policy Institute
By J. Matthew Roney Nearly four weeks after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, emergency personnel are still