US consumes more green energy than coal for first time since 1885 – Electrek

Good News Notes: “In 2019, US annual energy consumption from green energy sources exceeded coal consumption for the first time in 134 years, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. How was this major milestone achieved? Simply put, coal is declining and wind and solar are growing. Coal consumption in the US…

20% of all US energy consumed in 2019 was from non-fossil generation

Good News Notes: “In 2019, overall energy consumption in the United States hit 100 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), nearly matching the all-time record set in 2018, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s newest Monthly Energy Review. Yet it’s not just energy consumption that has been trending upwards — as non-fossil generation sources accounted for…

In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation – TechCrunch

Good News Notes: “Form Energy, which is developing what it calls ultra-low-cost, long-duration energy storage for the grid, has signed a contract with the Minnesota-based Great River Energy to develop a 1 megawatt, 150-megawatt hour pilot project. The second-largest electric utility in Minnesota, Great River Energy’s installation in Cambridge, Minn. will be the first commercial…

Buildings going ‘green’ to mitigate global warming

Good News Notes: “WHILE the world today is battling environmental issues such as global warming and climate change, some are thinking about playing a role to mitigate the greenhouse effect that is heating up the planet.” “Some studies show climate change is precipitated by the energy-choices people make, resulting in the depletion of the ozone,…

Shell Sets Net-Zero Target for 2050, Emphasizing Power and Renewables

Good News Notes: “Shell on Thursday announced a net-zero emissions target for 2050, becoming the second major European oil company after BP to embrace such a goal. An expanded power business will make the biggest contribution to the shift but renewables investment will play a major role. The British-Dutch firm will also target ‘Scope 3’ emissions, which encompass the end…

Virginia Mandates 100% Clean Power by 2050

Good News notes: “Virginia has become the latest state to pass a law that sets it on a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050, as well as setting targets for massive investments in energy efficiency, energy storage, and in-state solar and wind power.  The Clean Economy Act passed Virginia’s House of Delegates by a 51-45…