US DOE supports multiple geothermal energy development projects

The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will fund four to six projects aimed at advancing geothermal technologies, a source of renewable energy that comes from geothermal activity beneath the ground. The projects will be focused on research and development for applying “machine learning” to geothermal operations, promising to greatly reduce costs of this renewable energy source.

Minnesota group releases plan for 100% renewable energy sources

Environment Minnesota’s Research and Policy Center issued a statement to the press outlining how the state can achieve the goal of producing 100 percent of its energy with renewable sources. Since 2008, Minnesota as increased its solar electricity production by 550 percent. The report outlines a multifaceted path that includes a focus on renewable energy, as well as energy efficiency, storage and use of electric vehicles.

Report ranks countries on energy efficiency progress

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recently published a global ranking of countries based on their progress toward achieving energy efficiency objectives. While no country scored perfectly within the “scorecard based report,” Germany and Italy received the best scores (75.5 points out of 100) followed by France (73.5), the United Kingdom (73) and Japan (67).

Energy storage might help New York reduce greenhouse gas emissions

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced how the state will meet aggressive energy storage targets. Under New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision initiative, the state is working to generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030. Energy storage will be used to integrate renewable energy resources into the state’s grid.