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Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google to Convert Coal Power Plant to Data Center

Google will convert an old coal-fired power plant in rural Alabama into a data center powered by renewable power, expanding the company’s move into the energy world. The technology giant said on Wednesday that it would open its 14th data centre inside the grounds of the old coal plant, and had reached a deal with the Tennessee Valley Authority.… Read More

African Utility Companies Struggle to Stay On the Grid

African Utility Companies Struggle to Stay On the Grid

In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power for hours at a time, a “last resort” Eskom is forced to resort to on a regular basis. … Read More

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

New Rules Would Cut Emissions From Buses, Big Rigs

Big rigs and other medium- and heavy-duty trucks plying U.S. highways may become much more fuel efficient if new rules proposed on Friday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are finalized. The rules, submitted as part of the Obama administration’s Climate Action Plan, seek to increase the fuel efficiency of medium and heavy-duty trucks … Read More

Big Batteries, Energy Storage Key to Renewables’ Future

Big Batteries, Energy Storage Key to Renewables’ Future

Hawaii has the most expensive utility rates in the nation because most of its electricity is generated using imported crude oil. But as a new law moves the state toward renewable energy sources that could lessen its dependence on fossil fuels, Hawaii may join several other states in rolling out a secret weapon — big batteries. … Read More

New Research Projects Could Revitalize Nuclear Power

New Research Projects Could Revitalize Nuclear Power

Nuclear power, a low-carbon but expensive source of electricity, isn’t likely to grow much in the United States, even as President Obama pushes to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. But the U.S. Department of Energy is betting that $60 million in new research and development could eventually breathe some new life into … Read More

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

G7 Carbon Goal May Come Too Late, Scientists Say

There is a sense among some climate scientists that the G7's decarbonization goal may be too little too late, even though it serves as a necessary first step toward a commitment among nations to slash global carbon emissions. The leaders of the G7 nations on Monday called for all countries to cease emitting climate-changing greenhouse gases over … Read More

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

Climate Plan Will Transform How You Get Your Electricity

The Clean Power Plan could help low-carbon energy such as wind and solar spread quickly across the country and significantly change where Americans get their electricity and the effect it has on the climate. In a nutshell, the Clean Power Plan aims to cut the United States’ biggest source of climate change-driving greenhouse gas emissions … Read More

Clean Energy Seen as Opening for Developing Countries

Clean Energy Seen as Opening for Developing Countries

Developing countries have the opportunity to leapfrog the west in economic development if they go straight to clean technology while rich countries struggle to wean themselves off fossil fuels, according to president Francois Hollande of France. He compares the opportunity with the mobile phone revolution in Africa.… Read More

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