US ratepayers will pay 3 percent more for electricity this year – the biggest increase since 2008, according to US government projections. The higher prices come after a harsh winter that strained the Northeast's grid and boosted natural gas demand.
President Obama's pledge to end US support for overseas coal projects is on the chopping block, as Congress debates the future of the US Export-Import Bank. A reversal of the coal ban would deal a blow to the administration's Climate Action Plan.
Two-bladed wind turbines aren't new to the world. But, a Chinese company is building a six-megawatt, two-bladed turbine that may generate as much power as the largest commercial offshore turbines.
Researchers have presented an alternative nuclear reactor – one that floats on water. Although floating nuclear reactors at sea have some benefits, there are concerns with surrounding marine life and terrorism threats in the context of a post-Fukushima world.
Seven years ago, the Danish island of Samso became the first island to use renewable energy for 100 percent of its electricity needs. Now, Samso's farming communities are moving toward organic farming – and away from fossil fuels.