Clean Energy Momentum

From solar panels on Hawaiian roofs to wind farms off Rhode Island’s coast, clean energy is gaining unstoppable momentum. Join our experts in analyzing where and how the progress is occurring.


Photo: RichmondBUILD Academy

6 Clean Energy Milestones to Watch For

, Senior energy analyst

Clean energy superstars have been on a tear in recent years, and those superstars—solar, wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and others—have had me watching for signposts on our journey to a clean energy future. My focus on clean energy milestones has been turbocharged by the latest figures for how we make electricity in this country, and the news that we passed yet another notable milestone in 2018: solar panels, wind turbines, and other non-hydro renewables provided more than 10% of our power mix last year (more than four times what those technologies were contributing just a decade before). So what clean energy milestones can we hope to hit next in this country? Here are 6 I’m watching for. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Photo: J. Rogers

Offshore Wind: Four Ways You Can Help

, Senior energy analyst

I know what you’re thinking: “It’s great to see all the progress being made in offshore wind—technology, cost, policy. But, John, how can I be a part of the action?” Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities. Here are four. Read more >

Photo: John Rogers
Photo by Derrick Z. Jackson
Photo: Kim Hansen/Wikimedia Commons
Bookmark and Share

Photo: William Hope

Wind vs. Gas: Winter Wind Beats New Pipelines

, Senior energy analyst

With the cold weather upon us, and a lot of debate about how to supply our energy needs, we can take a look at the power of wind.  Wind is actually stronger in the wintertime when it gets colder. The advantages of using wind to reduce natural gas needs in cold weather are real, and especially relevant to the debate over whether or not it makes sense to invest more into gas pipelines.

Read more >

Photo: William Hope
photo by Mike Jacobs
Bookmark and Share

Year in Review: 9 Clean Energy Transition Stories from 2018

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Despite the Trump Administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA, and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable advancement of renewable energy and other modern grid technologies. Read more >

Photo: Kim Hansen/Wikimedia Commons
Bookmark and Share

Installing solar panels in PA

Queremos Sol Puerto Rico: a 100% Local and Extraordinary Resource

, energy analyst

Queremos Sol Puerto Rico (We Want Sun Puerto Rico) aims to have the island produce at least 50% of its electricity from renewable energy resources like solar and wind by 2035, and 100% by 2050. I interviewed Dr. Agustín Irizarry, one of its collaborators and a professor of Electric Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Read more >

Bookmark and Share