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The New Yorker

Elizabeth Kolbert

7 July 2008

Samsø, Denmark

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The Danish Island of Samsø is home to a community of farmers who transitioned from coal to renewable energy. The community worked to erect wind turbines which now create more energy than they can use—the island can no...

Yale Environment 360

Christian Schwägerl

20 October 2016

Fredericia, Region of Southern Denmark, Denmark

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Denmark occupies a seat in the vanguard of efforts to fulfill carbon emission reduction goals of the Paris Agreement, with DONG Energy -- co-owned by the Danish government, Goldman Sachs and shareholders -- building m...

Science in Society

Sam Burcher

8 May 2009

Mastala, Kusungu District, Malawi

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A bright young man named William took it upon himself to bring electricity to his small, rural village in Malawi, despite having few resources at his disposal. William invented a windmill using recycled materials, an...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

18 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston University is getting all of its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota, which should cover its annual energy needs of 205 million kilowatt-hours. Some energy advocates say the higher education institutio...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Andrew Wear

25 December 2020

Samso Island, Denmark

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Denmark’s Samso Island has not only succeeded in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy - which is the nation’s goal by 2030 - it is now carbon negative. Locals initially pushed back on the i...

Wall Street Journal

Sarah McFarlane

6 February 2021

Scotland

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Hywind Scotland is the world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines to generate power for about 36,000 homes a year. This approach — which is being seriously looked at by several countries seeking t...

BBC

Nick Holland

26 May 2020

Costa Rica

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Old ships, powered by the wind, are being refurbished to sail small amounts of cargo around the world. While there are only a few hundred still in use, newer ships and sails are being designed and built with new techn...

MIT Technology Review

Richard Martin

3 October 2016

Texas, United States

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To increase renewable energy from wind, Texas is the site of many wind turbines across wind farms, which not only produce energy but also provide income to farmers who own the land. There are still some problems but b...

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

BBC

Nick Holland

15 December 2018

London, United Kingdom

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The shipping industry has made moves to halve fuel consumption by 2050. With a few clever technological innovations--bubbles and rotating sails--ships are closer to that goal. But whatever the promise of these new tec...

Public Radio International

Chris Bentley

14 February 2018

Grimsby, United Kingdom

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In the port of Grimsby in the United Kingdom, the community was struggling to thrive with very few jobs and not much of an industry. Offshore wind power has recently changed that future, however, by not only lowering ...

The New York Times

Justin Gillis

13 September 2014

Bremerhaven, Germany

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With climate change continuing as a threat to the planet’s health, Germany has contributed efforts to curb greenhouse gases by installing wind turbines and solar panels to generate renewable energy. Germany’s commitme...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

6 March 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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Geothermal power is typically hard to scale due to its dependence on hot water. Climeon is a Swedish energy company changing the game. It uses low-temperature heat and sells its energy in modular units, which makes it...

Quartz

Akshat Rathi

24 July 2017

Peterhead, Scotland

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A factor that has often held back further development of renewable energy is the initial cost. But new advances in technology are helping make offshore wind power more feasible in deep water, furthering the growth pot...

Al Jazeera

Gokul Chakravarthy

22 May 2018

Samsø, Samso, Denmark

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Two communities on opposite sides of the globe are turning to green energy to power their communities. On the island of Samso in Denmark, government officials turned to a cooperative ownership model to build buy-in on...

The Discourse

Deepak Adhikari

17 April 2016

Bhorleni, Nepal

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Micro-grids powered by wind and solar energy offer a path toward alleviating energy challenges in remote, underserved areas. In Bhorleni, Nepal, the government’s Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) cooperated w...

Triple Pundit

Mary Mazzoni

30 January 2014

Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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The commercially-based Wind for Prosperity initiative may have devised a solution to meet growing demands for electricity in developing economies, where fossil fuels are expensive, difficult to access, and take a toll...

Politico

Colin Woodard

17 November 2016

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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Burlington, Vermont counts itself as America's first all-renewable city, satisfying its energy needs through a combination of sustainably harvested pine and timber wood chips, hydroelectricity, four wind turbines, and...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

25 July 2016

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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As consumers across the country increasingly demand access to cleaner, more affordable energy and traditional coal plants become more expensive to operate, a new group is working to give conservatives a voice in natur...

Financial Times

Pilita Clark

18 May 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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An economic shift to renewable energy could take decades, but thanks to rapidly evolving disruptive technologies, dropping prices of solar and wind power sources, and increasing market demand for green business, the ...

The New York Times

Diane Cardwell

17 January 2015

Samsø, Denmark

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Mainers can learn how to implement green energy in change-resistant rural areas from a Denmark island. In Samsø, Danes rely on wind energy and burn hay. These solutions may be adapted for the windswept coast of Maine....

The Atlantic

Nicolas Pollock

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James Fallows

3 November 2016

Spearville, Kansas, United States

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Small towns across America are leading the shift towards renewable energy. Part of a series called "American Futures", this video visits Kansas, Pennsylvania, and California to learn more about green initiatives in bi...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Peter Thomson

7 April 2015

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Too much solar and wind power in Germany is overloading their grid. A firm developed a new technology that uses super-fast batteries and software to hold intermittent wind and solar power when more than needed is gene...

United Nations University

Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson

Málfrídur Ómarsdóttir

4 October 2013

Hellisheidi, Iceland

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As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of balancing rapid development and energy needs against sustainability initiatives and conscientious practices, renewables continue to provide a growing, construct...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

27 April 2020

Georgetown, Texas, United States

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West Texas, traditionally known for its oil business, has become a thriving home for wind energy. Beyond political ideology, wind power as a form of renewable energy is thriving for economic reasons, as it can be more...

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