Pete Danko

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Ore. His work has appeared in Wired, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

Thanks to the demise of the cathode ray tube, and with assistance from a shift from personal computers to tablets, Americans are using less energy to run their home entertainment and information technology devices, according to a new study commissioned by the folks who make the stuff. But critics said that progress so far has…

The Obama administration’s proposed new rules on power plant carbon emissions have been cause for celebration among U.S. climate-change activists, many of whom believe the policy sets the stage for a surge in clean energy and energy efficiency investment. (See related story: “Four Key Takeaways from EPA’s New Rules for Power Plants.”) Greentech Media’s Stephen…

Even as wave and tidal energy developers struggle to demonstrate the viability of their myriad designs, another form of marine energy – from ocean currents – has floated into view: This week the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) signed off on a five-year lease for Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center…

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Zero percent: That’s the U.S. clean energy investment growth rate over the past five years, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. It might be a distressing sign in the face of the climate-change challenge, but backers of the Obama administration’s new emissions proposals believe the regulations could spur a turnaround—and there are signs that China,…

Projects in three states will lead the way as the United States attempts to leap ahead on offshore wind power by deploying cutting-edge technologies. The Obama administration announced on Wednesday it would grant  awards of up to $47 million apiece to three renewable energy projects. The U.S. Department of Energy selected projects in Oregon, New…

The big waves that crash ashore near Yakutat, Alaska, earned the tiny Gulf of Alaska town a spot on a National Geographic Traveler “bucket list” as a surfing destination – but nobody believes chilly hordes toting boards can cure Yakutat’s ailing economy. Waves, however, might still hold the key, by delivering it from sky-high electricity prices.…

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Federal loan guarantees for renewable energy, which spurred the development of massive projects like the recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California – and roiled the 2012 elections – are emerging from hibernation. More than two years after closing the last such loan guarantee, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that…

Energy use increased in the United States in 2013 as a fourth consecutive year of economic growth exerted its influence, but the longer-term trend shows the country operating with greater efficiency while also revealing the small but growing role of renewable sources like solar and wind. The font for these insights is the Lawrence Livermore…

Comments Off on Wind Power’s Share of the U.S. Power Grid Jumped in 2013, New Figures Show

Wind power last year continued its climb toward becoming a significant U.S. energy source, contributing 4.1 percent of the electricity generated in the country, up from 3.4 percent in 2012, according to figures released by the industry Wednesday. That share still may sound puny, but consider that in 2000, wind was at a barely perceptible…

Thanks to a record year in 2013, the solar industry installed more photovoltaic power over a period of 18 months than it did in the preceding 30 years. It’s a startling fact, and it captures the flavor of a report published on Wednesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research that details…