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The UK had a record wind power year in 2022

The UK had a record wind power year in 2022

energy A wind farm in South Wales, UK. Photo credit: Reuters / Matthew Childs. By Anders Lorenzen Data from its national grid operator, the National Grid, have concluded that 2022 was a record year for wind power in the UK. The data shows that the output of UK wind farms onshore and offshore continues to increase; in 2022 they produced […]

In Madagascar, solar is vital to electrifying households

In Madagascar, solar is vital to electrifying households

  A village in Madagascar that has been electrified WeLight. Photo credit: WeLight. By Anders Lorenzen Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa, is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. Last year we reported when parts of the country underwent a fatal and devastating drought. Now a solar company in the country, WeLight, has secured […]

What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power

What You Need To Know About Natural Gas Power

This is the final article in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint, and different energy sources have very different environmental impacts. But we tend to pay less attention to electricity […]

What You Need To Know About Coal Power

What You Need To Know About Coal Power

This article is the fifth in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint. But we tend to pay it less attention than other areas, like recycling and plastic use, where it […]

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Power

What You Need To Know About Nuclear Power

This article is the fourth in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Electricity use is a major component of Americans’ ecological footprint. But we tend to pay it less attention than other areas, like recycling and plastic use, where it […]

What You Need To Know About Hydropower

What You Need To Know About Hydropower

This article is the third in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. Even though electricity is a major component of our ecological footprint, we tend to ignore it in favor of recycling and consumer choices. It often seems like you can’t do much about the energy […]

What You Need To Know About Renewable Energy

What You Need To Know About Renewable Energy

This article is the second in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. After a century of growth — and destruction — powered by fossil fuels, most of us realize that we need to wean ourselves off this limited and polluting […]

Tricks to Save Energy (and Water) in the Bathroom

Tricks to Save Energy (and Water) in the Bathroom

Did you know you can cut your environmental impact with a few simple changes in your bathroom buying and habits? The bathroom may not be the room you’d think of when you consider high energy consumption in your home. Instead, you might consider the electricity-hungry refrigerator in the kitchen, the clothes dryer in the laundry room, or the plethora of […]

What You Need To Know About Electricity

What You Need To Know About Electricity

This article is the first in a six-part series that explores how we get our electricity and what we need to know about how renewable — and non-renewable — electric power is generated. For Americans, electricity use is a major component of our ecological footprint but we tend to pay it the least amount of attention. Yet there are opportunities to […]

Offshore Wind: America’s Neglected Renewable Energy Source

Offshore Wind: America’s Neglected Renewable Energy Source

The world’s largest wind farm just became fully operational. On August 31, 2022, the second of four planned wind farms located 55 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England, powered up. Hornsea 2 can generate enough electricity to power a city the size of Manchester. Its 165 turbines each stand more than 650 feet above sea level; a single rotation […]