Coal Prices Continue to Rise, Becoming More Costly Than Solar and Wind Alternatives

Around three-quarters of US coal production is now more expensive than solar and wind energy in providing electricity to American households, according to a new study. “Even without major policy shift we will continue to see coal retire pretty rapidly,” said Mike O’Boyle, the co-author of the report for Energy …

Sheep and Solar Panels? Not a Baaa-d Idea!

A new solar plant in Hawaii relies on a flock of sheep to keep vegetation from growing over its panels. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s new 28MW facility in Lawai has employed the services of 300 of the animals to keep the former sugar plantation’s 155-acre fields suitably trimmed. The …

World’s Largest Solar + Battery Plant Unveiled in Hawaii

Hawaii has a new, game-changing tool in its renewable energy arsenal. Power producer AES Corporation and the not-for-profit Kaua’i island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) unveiled what’s claimed to be the world’s largest solar-plus-storage peaker on the island of Kauai on Tuesday, the Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project. This is a significant step to help the Aloha State reach its 100 …

Hawaiian Island Important for Seals and Turtles Washed Away by Hurricane

A small Hawaiian island that was an important habitat for endangered species has entirely disappeared, The Huffington Post confirmed Tuesday. East Island in the French Frigate Shoals, an atoll around 550 miles northwest of Honolulu that formed part of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, was entirely washed over by storm …

California Lawmakers Pass Bill for 100% Clean Energy

Lawmakers in California have voted in support of a bill to generate 100% clean energy by 2045. The approval from the California State Assembly means the bill will be sent back to the Senate for the final green light before it goes to Governor Jerry Brown. The bill would also …

Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs

Hawaii’s knobby finger coral careened toward extinction in 2015. The species was so rare that scientists could only find a few fragments in the wild, scattered across the seabed of Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. It might have been a familiar story. Vanishing species like Southern Resident orcas and North Atlantic right …

Study Finds New Reason to Ban Plastic: It Emits Methane in the Sun

The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: It releases greenhouse gasses. The study, published in PLOS One …