Category: Coal

The Solar Boom

Solar energy’s growth rate in the U.S. over the past four years has been 418 percent. In 2010, America’s total solar capacity was just over 2,000 megawatts (MW), and by 2014 over 12,000 MW of solar electricity generation had been...

/ August 6, 2014

Wall Street and Regulators Choose Solar Over Fossil Fuels

Wall Street Favors Solar As Utilities Face Financial Threat For the past few decades the electricity sector in the U.S. has faced almost no competition and enjoyed access to cheap credit. This is because utility companies are able use rates...

/ August 6, 2014

The External Costs of Fossil Fuels; Environmental and Health Value of Solar

Introduction Ratepayers and customers have been led to believe that a power plant burning coal or natural gas is the cheapest form of electricity and therefore, should be prioritized over renewable energy generation. However, ratepayers are paying for more than...

/ August 6, 2014

How to Secure the Grid and Save Ratepayers Money

Background: The Aging Power Grid Knowing of how the electrical system works is critical to understanding why and how solar energy benefits the power grid. The U.S. electric grid consists of large high-power voltage lines, substations, and transformers, all of...

/ August 6, 2014

The Real Cost of Coal Exports and Fossil Fuels

Coal mining companies such as Peabody Energy are trying to boost exports of publicly owned coal to Asia

/ February 26, 2013