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50% Clean Energy by 2025 in North America

Things look dire in the struggle to mitigate climate change. Nature reports that the carbon reduction pledges signed during the Paris Agreement will be inadequate in limiting global climate change to the 1.5 degrees Celsius hoped for during the talks. In fact, the ability to prevent that much change may already have closed. The Wall Street Journal has announced that even Exxon Mobile has begun advocating a carbon tax to better control carbon emissions. Continue reading

Obama Administration Makes Plans to Scale up Renewable Energy and Storage

Last week, The Obama administration announced a plan to update the power grid of the United States with smart technology and more power drawn from renewable energy resources. According to the administration’s press release, the United States doubled the installed capacity of the advanced energy storage to 500 MW, and continued growth is expected. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: Portugal Runs for Four Consecutive Days on Renewable Energy Alone – It’s Time to Invest in Alternative Energy Solutions

Through data analysis from national energy network data, it was revealed that Portugal was able to meet its energy needs through renewable energy alone for four consecutive days. This zero-emission milestone is thanks to a combination of solar, wind, and hydro power that lasted for 107 hours. Continue reading

History of Automation: The March 11th Tohoku Earthquake and What it Means for Nuclear Energy

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami that claimed over 15,000 lives and destroyed many towns and villages on Japan’s coast. The damage also caused the nuclear plant in Fukushima to experience meltdown, and the cleanup efforts of this disaster are still underway. Continue reading

Biofuel Production for Transport, Electricity, and Renewable Heat on the Rise, but Facing Challenges

According to the Medium Term Market Report put out by IEA (International Energy Agency), Biofuel production for the global market is expected to rise to 104 billion liters by the year 2020. However, the expectation is that the policy challenges affecting biofuel production and costs in the United States and Brazil will cause biofuel production in those countries to plateau in comparison to the rest of the global market. The report estimates that the gap in development in the highest biofuel producing nations will be made up by new production in non-OECD regions of Asia. Continue reading