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Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

Natural Gas May Benefit Climate Despite Methane Leaks

The paper, to be published Friday in the journal Science, concludes that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inventories underestimate methane emissions from natural gas production, but hydraulic fracturing — a process of fracturing underground rock to release natural gas into wells — is not likely the largest source of methane leaks. The study sa… Read More

UK Won’t Meet Renewable Energy Target Beyond 2020

UK Won’t Meet Renewable Energy Target Beyond 2020

The UK will not have a renewable energy target beyond 2020, the government has said, though the EU-wide target set yesterday, requiring 27 percent of energy to come from renewable sources, will have to be met across the bloc. It will be the first time in nearly two decades that the UK has not had a clear national target on renewable energy, and th… Read More

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

EU to Cut Carbon Emissions by 40 Percent by 2030

Europe will cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, the toughest climate change target of any region in the world, and will produce 27 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the same date. The landmark deal was reached after grinding negotiations dragged on to the deadline of 11:00 am on … Read More

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Wind Power Tops Spain’s Electricity Source in 2013

Remarkable new figures from Spain's grid operator have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from the country's power sector are likely to have fallen 23.1 percent last year, as power generation from wind farms and hydroelectric plants soared. Red Eléctrica de España (REE) released a preliminary report on the country's power system late last month… Read More

Six Degrees: Deep Freezes, a New Climate Series & More

Six Degrees: Deep Freezes, a New Climate Series & More

A visual tour of the week's top climate news from around the world… Read More

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

EIA: Biggest Energy Producers Are Also Biggest Users

The newly updated state energy profiles show how Texas’ oil wells can be a source of geothermal electricity, New York and California are leaders in energy efficiency despite also being among the nation’s largest energy consumers, and Iowa’s ethanol production contributes to it being one of the most energy-intensive states in the U.S.… Read More

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Giant ‘Battery’ Can Store Renewable Energy

Norwegian hydropower schemes linked to Europe’s large wind farm projects could successfully act as a backup when wind power fails to deliver enough energy, according to SINTEF, the largest independent Scandinavian research organization. With both on- and off-shore wind power being seen as key to reducing the EU’s carbon emissions by 80-95% by 2050… Read More