November 12, 2018

Scientists are storing solar energy in bottles and Texans are saving big $$ with renewable energy! No wonder clean energy won big in the midterm elections!

Midterm Election Brings Victory And Defeat To Clean Energy Industry

Clean energy groups are embracing several wins as a result of the midterm election on Tuesday. The election resulted in a marked uptick in climate champions and allies joining the ranks of state legislative bodies. Additionally, gubernatorial winners in 5 states, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon, and Wisconsin, all ran on platforms pledging to transition their states to run on 100% clean energy and Nevadans voted to bump up their clean power mix.

To learn how Michigan is creating people-powered clean energy and green jobs, visit Soulardarity.

Scientists are trying to bottle solar energy and turn it into liquid fuel

What if we could bottle solar energy and use it to power our homes and factories when the sun doesn’t shine? Scientists have spent decades looking for a way do just that, and now researchers in Sweden are reporting significant progress. They’ve developed a specialized fluid that absorbs a bit of sunlight’s energy, holds it for months or even years, and then releases it when needed. If this so-called solar thermal fuel can be perfected, it might drive another nail in the coffin of fossil fuels and help solve our global warming crisis.

To support solar energy projects powering the communities they’re built in, visit Solar United Neighbors.

Report: Renewables have saved Texans nearly $5 billion since 2010

Renewable energy has saved Texans nearly $5 billion between 2010 and 2017, a new report says. The most money that residential and business energy customers saved in a single year was $959 million in 2016, according to a new report commissioned by renewable industry groups. In addition to these cost savings, the wind and solar industries in Texas support nearly 33,000 jobs.

To support organizations in the southeastern US working to secure fair, just, and science-based energy policies, check out Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN).