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Danish Island Powered by Renewables is Creating Followers Worldwide

April 18th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

Danish Island Powered by Renewables is Creating Followers Worldwide

Wind turbines off the coast of Samso At first glance, the small Danish island of Samso doesn’t look like a place that would attract international fame. With less than 4,000 inhabitants living on under 115 square kilometers of land, it’s not exactly a geopolitical player. But a visit to Samso reveals an island with outsized [...]

Feds to provide $4B in green energy support

April 17th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential, Uncategorized

Feds to provide $4B in green energy support

Thinkstock The Energy Department is opening up $4 billion in federal loan guarantees to projects that reduce or capture greenhouse gas emissions. The department issued its draft request for applications of renewable energy and energy efficient projects on Wednesday. The agency is looking for projects that will help advance electric grid integration with renewable sources, [...]

EPA Publishes 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

April 17th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

EPA Publishes 19th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

Mollie Lemon Communications Director, Green Power Partnership, US EPA Top Contributor  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions today, showing a 3.4 percent decrease in 2012 from 2011. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is submitted annually to the Secretariat of [...]

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

March 31st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, recently released a report that warns about the potentially devastating impacts of climate change.  The report explains about impacts the world is already experiencing due to climate change, such as melting ice caps, collapsing sea ice in the Arctic, water supplies coming [...]

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Nature: Human Warming Now Pushing Entire Greenland Ice Sheet into the Ocean

Greenland — a vast store of ice three kilometers tall at its center and the final remnant of the Northern Hemisphere’s great glaciers of the last ice age has now begun what is likely an unstoppable rush to the sea. For according to a new report in Nature Climate Change, the last stable region of glacial [...]

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

Climate risks as conclusive as smoking and lung cancer link

In an unusual policy intervention, U.S. scientists say evidence that the world is warming is as conclusive as the link between smoking and lung cancer.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, released a report on Tuesday that reiterates what many in the scientific community have already said. “The science linking human activities [...]

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

March 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Residential

CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month

During May of last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) crossed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history.  This year, we are already seeing numbers over the 400 ppm threshold.  Atmospheric carbon dioxide usually peaks in May, and if levels continue to rise in the next few months, April or May [...]

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

March 12th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

U.S. Wind Sector Reaches Major Generation Milestones In 2013

According to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), U.S. wind power topped 4% of the U.S. power grid for the first time last year and has delivered 30% of all new generating capacity for the last five years. In Iowa and South Dakota, wind power now exceeds 25% of total electricity production. In nine [...]

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

March 10th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Municipal, Residential

Public Transit Use In U.S. Is At a 57-Year High, Report Finds

According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), more Americans used public transit last year than in any year since 1956.  Americans used public transportation for a total of 10.7 billion trips in 2013, which is an increase of 37.2% since 1995. The study also found that use of public transit isn’t [...]

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

March 7th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Challenge News, Commercial, Industrial, Municipal, Renewable Energy, Residential

US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, the number of US solar installations continues to grow as costs continues to decline.  Compared to 2012, solar installations increased 41% in 2013, totaling 4,751 megawatts of solar PV installed during 2013 alone.  Solar was the second-largest source of new [...]

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