7 Renewable Energy Stocks for a Cleaner Future

Renewable energy stocks are delivering for investors again in 2020. Following a stellar showing, the S&P Global Clean Energy Index is higher by almost 43% year-to-date.

The rise of renewables is coming at the expense of traditional fossil fuels. Price action confirms as much as the S&P Energy Select Sector Index is lower by about 40% this year. There are stark realities applying to traditional and renewable energy stocks. In the U.S., a slew of state governments are increasing adoption of green energy sources.

Likewise, as prices decline, more corporations and consumers are embracing solar and wind power. Adding to the pressure on fossil fuels producers and bolstering the case for alternative energy equities is that an array of institutional investors, including college endowments, are saying “no” to coal, gas, and oil exposure. Continue reading “7 Renewable Energy Stocks for a Cleaner Future”

How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change

Renewable energy is power generated from sources that are adequately replenished. It includes solar energy, wind energy, hydroelectric, tides, biomass, and geothermal heat. Some sources also consider hydrogen and fuel cells as a form of renewable energy.

Renewable energy should not be confused with alternative energy. The difference is that alternative energy specifically avoids fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal. It doesn’t harm the environment or add greenhouse gases that add to global warming. For example, wood burning is not alternative energy because it leads to deforestation and adds greenhouse gases. But it is a source of biomass renewable energy in that new trees can be grown.

Hydroelectric power is both renewable and alternative. But many in the environment movement frown on reliance on this source. It can disturb salmon runs, endangering not only the salmon but also the orcas and bears that feed on them. It also uses massive quantities of cement which emits greenhouse gases in its production. Continue reading “How Renewable Energy Can Save Us from Climate Change”

Clean energy investment & economic development go hand-in-hand

For years, there has been a running narrative that conservatives are not committed to addressing our real and pressing climate challenges.

That is, in part, because the conversation has been dominated by those on the far left who advocate for extreme environmental policies that fail to account for the harsh economic consequences that would inevitably result.

What we have heard less frequently are the conversations about environmental solutions that both drive clean energy innovation and support economic development.

But those conversations are happening every day here in Arizona, and those solutions are supported by a wide swath of Arizona voters, including conservatives.

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a conservative organization advancing clean energy policies, and The Western Way, a free-market conservation organization, recently released the results of a poll showing that a majority of Republican voters in Arizona believe climate change is a serious problem and strongly favor investment in the renewable energy sector. Continue reading “Clean energy investment & economic development go hand-in-hand”

What is Sustainable Energy

Sustainability: According to the United Nations (the UN’s Brundtland Commission popularized the term in 1987), sustainability is defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” True sustainability is when everyone, everywhere can meet their basic needs forever.

Using the above definition for sustainability, sustainable energy is energy that meets the needs of the present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable energy is about finding clean, renewable sources of energy—sources that renew themselves, rather than sources that can be depleted. Continue reading “What is Sustainable Energy”

5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future

Five recent interlinked trends have great potential to prevent the worst ravages of climate change and ensure people worldwide have access to the energy and economic opportunities they need to enjoy healthier and more prosperous lives.

The Key Trends

Solar is leading renewables to new heights. The cost of solar power has been declining dramatically for years, and it has now become the cheapest option in many economies. China, Europe, India and the United States have driven solar’s rise in recent years. But solar projects are now springing up fast in many countries across the globe, ranging from Vietnam to the United Arab Emirates, and from Egypt to Brazil. Meanwhile, offshore wind has achieved game-changing technological leaps and cost declines that give it the potential to become a key source of clean power in many parts of the world. Continue reading “5 reasons we should be optimistic about the world’s clean energy future”

Renewable Natural Gas For New York City MTA Buses

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced it has been contracted by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to provide its Redeem™ renewable natural gas (RNG), a fuel derived from organic waste, to power the MTA’s 800 natural gas transit buses.

“The MTA is a prime example of a major transit agency recognizing the environmental benefits and financial value of RNG,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO, Clean Energy. “We’re pleased to support their efforts by supplying low-carbon RNG, a cleaner fuel option that will help improve air quality and fight climate change in the region.”

The multi-year agreement for an estimated 25 million gallons of Clean Energy’s Redeem™ RNG will reduce greenhouse gas emissions annually by 25,351 metric tons—the equivalent of removing 5,477 gasoline cars from the road, planting 419,184 trees, and recycling 8,623 tons of landfill waste—by switching to RNG from fossil natural gas. Continue reading “Renewable Natural Gas For New York City MTA Buses”

Shanghai Electric details strategy for China’s wind power market


With China’s first 8 MW offshore wind turbine featuring ‘black start’ technology entered service recently, Shanghai Electric had an opportunity with BloombergNEF to share its strategy and insights into China’s wind power market, as well as the company’s development in delivering the wind energy systems with higher reliability, robustness and stability for a more secure, sustainable and low-carbon economy in the future.
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East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm reaches milestone


The East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm in the UK North Sea is fully operational, according to ScottishPower Renewables.

East Anglia ONE, a joint venture between ScottishPower Renewables and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, is a £2.5-billion ($3.2-billion) project and the first of four offshore wind farms ScottishPower Renewables is developing in the region.
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McKinstry to install four solar arrays in western Arkansas


US National construction firm McKinstry will build four new solar systems for municipalities in western Arkansas. The solar arrays should generate more than 6 million kWh of energy each year, saving close to $350,000 in utility costs for Sebastian County, Miller County, and the City of Nashville, Arkansas.

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Sharjah to turn 47-hectare landfill into solar energy farm


A 47-hectare landfill in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) will be converted into a solar energy facility once the area is capped, sustainability pioneer Bee’ah announced. Set to be the first of its kind in the region, this solar energy landfill project will generate more than 42 megawatts of energy per year.

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