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Welch's Strange Bedfellows

April 14 -- Looking at recent federal elections, it is evident that incumbents are getting pushed out of Congress because voters are concerned about whether their representatives in Washington are playing politics instead of focusing on the needs of everyday Americans in a difficult economy.

Vermont’s only congressman, Peter Welch, has generally stayed above the fray. He won re-election again in 2014 by overwhelming majority, in part because he generally aligns responsibly with Vermonters on environmental issues. >>View Article

Blowing Past Political Turbulence

April 14 -- The gaggle of workers in Montana’s Carbon County hacking at the barely thawed ground in late December were on a mission: Secure Mud Springs Wind Ranch’s eligibility for a green-energy incentive.

Why were they racing to catch a tax credit in that sparsely inhabited land? Congress. >>View Article

80% Renewables by 2050 in US, Says NREL

April 14 -- How can high levels of renewable energy be integrated when wind and solar resources are variable? First of all, it’s important to remember that wind and solar are not the only renewables out there. High overall renewable energy integration can be achieved via a composite of regions with different integration levels and different means. >>View Article

EPA Clean Power Plan Can Be Job Creator for Virginia

April 10 -- A new report analyzing scenarios for Virginia’s compliance with the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the electric power sector shows that the Commonwealth could create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs by making investments to diversify its power sources with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and natural gas generating plants – and more than double the new jobs if the state pursued a long-sought goal of eliminating electricity imports from out of state. >>View Article

Bullish on Clean Energy

April 10 -- In a talk at the Kennedy School on Tuesday, physicist Amory Lovins outlined a path to a clean-energy future in the United States, one marked by “reinventing fire” through efficiency in things we already do, cost-saving innovation in green technology, and regulatory changes.

That future, Lovins said, would see the U.S. economy growing by 158 percent by 2050, even as it saves some $5 trillion over business as usual. It would see the country’s greenhouse gas emissions fall by 80 percent as coal, oil, and nuclear power are phased out. >>View Article

Bridging the Clean Energy Divide

April 9 -- When you live on a fixed income, reducing monthly electricity bills can make a big difference in your daily life. Lower energy costs mean more money for food, health care and other important parts of raising a family. A new study, Bridging the Clean Energy Divide, released by NRDC found that clean energy solutions like efficient appliances and wind and solar power are already helping seniors on fixed-incomes and low income families save money and make their homes safer, more comfortable places to live. >>View Article

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