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Wind Energy Employs About 6,000 in Iowa, Report Says

April 16 -- Iowa's wind energy industry employed about 6,000 people last year, about 2,000 more than in 2013, a report Wednesday showed.

Iowa's wind energy employment was second only to Texas, which put 17,000 people to work, the American Wind Energy Association reported. Altogether, about 73,000 Americans were employed in the wind industry last year, adding about 23,000 jobs since 2013. >>View Article

Ethanol Debate Should Focus on Fairness

April 16 -- The Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2015 was recently introduced in the Senate for the second time this year and the third time in two years. It should be permanently plowed under as a matter of fairness.

The Act concerns the Renewable Fuel Standard, a federal law designed to ensure a minimum amount of biofuel is blended into the nation’s fuel supply. >>View Article

Floridians Should Be Able to Choose Solar Freely

April 16 -- As a free market conservative, I read with interest Marita Noon’s opinion piece in the March 31 Democrat. Ms. Noon, a lobbyist and fossil fuel promoter, is the executive director for Energy Makes America Great, Inc and Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE).

She outlined concerns about solar power, using an example of fraud affecting a few hundred solar panel purchasers out of the “half a million homes and businesses in the U.S. with solar installation.” One could draw the conclusion, after reading her opinion, this was reason enough to discount the solar industry as a whole. >>View Article

Texas' Shortsighted Wind Energy Policy

April 16 -- Texas is a wind energy juggernaut. So why would any lawmaker be so shortsighted as to kill a forward-looking state energy policy that has made Texas the nation’s wind energy epicenter?

Yet, state Sen. Troy Fraser R-Horseshoe Bay, the lawmaker behind SB 931, is doing just that. The bill, now on its way to the House, would repeal the state’s Renewable Portfolio standard that requires utilities to produce increasing portions of their power from renewable energy sources such as the sun and the wind. >>View Article

Maintain Support for Wind Energy

April 15 -- Wind power saves Texas ratepayers more than $950 million annually and is already saving more than 8 billion gallons of water each year, as the state generates more than 10 percent of its electricity from the wind. The No. 1 state in wind energy, Texas has shown that a long-term, pragmatic approach to renewable energy has worked. >>View Article

Almost Unnoticed, Solar Energy is Making Strides in Midwest

April 15 -- With more than 8,000 companies operating nationwide, solar energy has become one of the fastest-growing industries in America — thanks, in large part, to remarkable growth on both the West and East coasts.

California continues to lead the way with nearly 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity — enough to power more than 2 million homes — but on the other side of the country, five Eastern states — New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut — are closing in on a total of 4 GW of installed capacity. >>View Article

Study: Nebraska Ethanol has $5 Billion Impact

April 15 -- Ethanol had a nearly $5 billion impact on Nebraska’s economy last year, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln report released Tuesday.

During the industry’s infancy in 1985, Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity was just 9 million gallons a year. It has since exploded, increasing almost tenfold since 1995, according to the study, “Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska.” >>View Article

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