The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), an interdisciplinary Program of the University set up to tackle the World's most pressing problem of creating a low carbon clean energy infrastructure welcomes GE, the powerhouse industrial group, as a sustaining member into the Program.
The worldwide solar power market hit $160 billion in sales in 2015, and total renewable energy hit $286 billion according to a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) study. These numbers far outpaced the amount spent on fossil fuel based coal and natural gas for the first time ever.
Pay attention, freshman members of Congress... In case you missed it, a couple of weeks ago Gallup released results from a recent poll suggesting that Americans want more alternative energy. Here's what folks were asked:
This Friday and Saturday, the 2010 installment of one of the largest and most successful student-run conferences in New England will pose the question: How have our energy needs and systems evolved, and how will they continue to evolve in the 21st century? The Tufts Energy Conference began in 2006 as two small discussion panels--and just four years later, has some big-name backing and expects over 400 attendees.
Courtesy of the National Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the California Energy Commission (CEC) has received $314.5 million to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs during the 2010 calendar year, beginning in April.
At the Renewable Energy Expo and World Conference in Austin, Texas yesterday, solar energy received accolades from the editors and readers of the Renewable Energy World network of publications. The Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards are intended to recognize projects, people, and companies for "advancing the market for renewable energy in North America".
With Memorial Day weekend upon us, it's time to start thinking about beaches. And sun. And backyard BBQs. And everything else that makes summer, summer -- including a proper reading list. (I can hear the groans...). This time last year, I put together a list of five books on an array of topics, including renewable energy, climate change, economic growth and innovation.
Not just solar, of course. All branches of the renewables industry suffered another real frustration yesterday when the Senate, once again, failed to extend the renewable energy tax credit, thanks to a Republican filibuster. One wonders if they were reading the Yellow Pages to keep the filibuster going, or perhaps something more relevant, like, say, the quarterly reports of oil companies? Analysts are saying the fault is partly the Democrats', too, for failing to separate out "controversial" issues in the bill from the tax credit, although I'm not sure when funding for renewable energy under the Bush administration ceased to be controversial.
Read this press release and see if you don't start humming the Jetsons theme song to yourself: Future Transportation: Powered by Electricity. Pretty standard title, right? You're thinking, Of course the future will be powered by electricity. What kind might this piece focus on--some new kind of solar, holographic maybe? No? How about...MAGNET POWER!