J. Matthew Roney

J. Matthew Roney is a staff researcher for the Earth Policy Institute. He has also written Eco-Economy Indicator articles on world bicycle production/promotion and wind energy development. Currently, Matt is pursuing a master's degree in environmental sciences and policy from Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on Chesapeake Bay conservation and management.

Wind Power

Blown away: Wind power growing faster than other top electricity sources

Electricity generation from coal and nuclear fell in the last few years, while wind power generation skyrocketed. But policies like the production tax credit are still needed to help wind compete.

It’s time to rethink Japan’s energy future

Nearly four weeks after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami devastated northeastern Japan, emergency personnel are still struggling to stabilize the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Beyond the immediate need to minimize further radioactive leakage and protect public health, the government is beginning to reconsider its long-term plans for nuclear power expansion. International media coverage has typically assumed that Japan must expand its electricity generation from coal, oil, and natural gas if nuclear is no longer an option. But the leaders in Tokyo do not have to be restricted to just these choices. A review of Japan’s geothermal, wind, and …

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