opinion Elise Stefanik Published 10:00 PM EDT Jun 15, 2019 The environment is the economic lifeblood of my district in New York’s North Country. Our community understands that clean air and clean water are not just political issues — they are a core aspect of our lives. It’s imperative that we step up in Congress and make smart environmental choices for future generations. Sustainable options depend not just on climate outcomes, but also on reinforcing personal liberty and responsibility. We must tackle this generational challenge with bipartisan, serious policies. Proposals like the Green New Deal are non-starters because they would not only restructure our energy systems, but also the relationship between the people and a vastly expanded federal government. Free markets, strong property rights and consumer choice aren’t protected under this kind of sweeping legislation. We can combat our climate and environmental issues through market-based … [Read more...] about Opinion: Market offers climate change solutions
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John Gallagher Detroit Free Press Published 4:27 PM EDT Mar 28, 2019 DTE Energy CEO Gerry Anderson announced a more aggressive schedule Thursday for the Detroit-based power company to reduce its carbon output and rely more on renewable energy sources including wind and solar. "In Michigan, we are in the midst of a fundamental energy transformation," Anderson told reporters. Among other points, Anderson told reporters at DTE's headquarters in Detroit: DTE is accelerating the retirement of its remaining coal-fired plants, which put more carbon into the atmosphere than any other power source. It will close its Trenton and St. Clair plants by 2022, a year ahead of schedule, and remove all coal from its generation network by 2040. Wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources should make up 25 to 30 percent of DTE's power mix by 2030. The company will invest $2 billion in renewable sources by 2024. DTE is on track to reduce its total carbon output from … [Read more...] about DTE Energy CEO: We’re accelerating our move to renewables
By J.D. Morris Published 4:00 am PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 Wind power from turbines like these near Tracy is an important element of California’s energy policy as it works to fight climate change. PG&E may seek to change its renewable energy contracts in bankruptcy. less Wind power from turbines like these near Tracy is an important element of California’s energy policy as it works to fight climate change. PG&E may seek to change its renewable energy contracts in ... more Photo: Michael Short / Special To The Chronicle 2018 Buy photo Photo: Michael Short / Special To The Chronicle 2018 Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Wind power from turbines like these near Tracy is an important element of California’s energy policy as it works to fight … [Read more...] about PG&E renewable energy contracts tied up in bankruptcy battle
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | PG&E Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances Supported by ByIvan Penn and Peter Eavis Jan. 17, 2019 LOS ANGELES — Pacific Gas and Electric promises that its customers’ lights will stay on if it follows through on plans to file for bankruptcy this month. But companies that supply the California utility’s electricity may have more to worry about. PG&E said Monday that it would use bankruptcy to resolve huge liabilities arising from two years of deadly wildfires. Such a move would allow the company to try to revoke or renegotiate contracts it signed with suppliers when power prices were higher than they are now. That, analysts said, could hurt companies that borrowed based on the higher prices — especially those whose power comes from … [Read more...] about PG&E Bankruptcy Could Deal Blow to Its Solar-Power Suppliers’ Finances
Fifty years ago, solar panels were so expensive that they were used mainly for powering billion-dollar space probes, and that's about it. But as the panels became cheaper — and as environmental worries about coal and other fossil fuels made renewable energy sources like solar more attractive — solar panels began sprouting up all over the place. There are now enough solar panels installed in the U.S. to power about 11 million homes. Collectively, the panels produce about 1 percent of the country's total electricity. Experts expect that share to rise sharply over the next 20 years, as solar panels get cheaper and more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic effect Solar panels generate electrical current by exploiting a phenomenon first described more than a century ago by a French physicist. In 1839, Henri Becquerel noted that silver and platinum electrodes in an acidic solution produced small amounts of electricity when exposed to light. This … [Read more...] about How do solar panels work?