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Recognizing North Carolina’s Wind-Energy Potential

September 29 -- While an offshore wind farm may not be in the state’s immediate future, recent policy developments and ongoing research confirming the significant potential of offshore wind resources continue the momentum for offshore sites down the road.  A new UNC study concluded that “because of a promising wind resource, large areas off the coast of North Carolina are well-suited for wind energy development and worthy of further investigation” >>View Article

Larimer Landlord Sees Solar Energy as Way to Cut Costs for Tenants

September 28 -- While renovating an old plumbing warehouse on Hamilton Avenue in Larimer five years ago, Craig Marcus began looking for tenants who would enliven the street.  “There were just auto parts warehouses,” he said. “I wanted to bring the street some energy. It always shut down at 4 o’clock.”  Some of the energy he has brought is saving two nonprofit tenants on their electricity bills.  An array of 54 solar panels on the roof of the building and 52 panels on a shed behind it are expected to pay for themselves in five to six years. Then, Mr. Marcus will be able to sell excess energy back to the power company while his tenants, GTECH Strategies and Grow Pittsburgh, get 70 percent of their electrical needs supplied by solar. >>View Article

Utahns Are Willing to Invest in Clean Air

September 28 --

A new poll shows Utah residents overwhelmingly want less polluting, more energy efficient homes, cars that have a better smog rating and to use transit more and drive less if that's what it takes to effectively address the air pollution problem.  The trick, most agree, will be if residents can transcend from a place of "wanting," to doing — a transformation that results show is accomplished via a combination of methods that include new building codes for homes, having access to the cleanest cars manufactured and walkable communities. >>View Article

Ohio Should Modernize, Not Freeze, its Electricity Market

September 28 -- Ohio needs a 21st-century energy strategy that embraces innovation and investment. We have the potential to diversify the state's portfolio, create jobs, and ensure reliability and affordability. Unfortunately, a legislative committee is poised to move Ohio backwards. >>View Article

Tennessee Minorities Will Benefit from Clean Power Plan

September 28 --

For the past year, a team of Tennessee State University students and I have been investigating the air quality in and around the Cayce Place community as participants in an Environmental Protection Agency research project.  Low-income and minority communities such as Cayce Place are often the hardest hit by the effects of air pollution and climate change.  The EPA’s new Clean Power Plan will, for the first time ever, limit power plant releases of carbon dioxide, particulate matter and related pollutants such as ozone. >>View Article

Total Plans $500 Million Annual Investment in Renewable Energy

September 24 -- Total SA plans to invest $500 million a year in renewable energy, a step by Europe’s second-largest oil and gas company to expand in biofuels and solar. The French company said in a presentation to investors it wanted to take “advantage of fast growing renewable market” to build a profitable business. >>View Article

Faith In Clean Energy

September 24 -- Faith and politics share a common burden. In our best moments, being a member of a faith community or political movement requires us to act in the interests of our fellow humans—an appeal that places responsibility squarely on our shoulders and demands that we take action. The best leaders—both political and spiritual—channel this responsibility to help us come together and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. They honor the platform they have been given to call for a better world, leading by example in the process. This week, Pope Francis’ leadership on both counts will be evident when he addresses the United States Congress and renews his call for the global community to confront one of the urgent challenges of our time—climate change. >>View Article

Another Reason to Invest in Solar

September 24 -- The CEO of one of the largest oil companies on the planet also said, "Amid tumultuous oil markets and tumbling costs as photovoltaic cells are rolled out globally, the value of solar is already evident..." Of course, we don't need him to tell us that. Truth is, this isn't “news” — although when the CEO of an oil company speaks positively about solar, it does make for a good headline. Especially when some in the U.S. solar industry are fearful about what could happen in the absence of the investment tax credit (ITC), which I discussed in last week's piece. >>View Article

Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a Boon for California

September 24 -- As our state’s investor-in-chief, my job is all about smart investing for the future and for the benefit of all Californians. That’s why I support our low carbon fuel standard and look forward to its re-adoption by the California Air Resources Board this week. California has grown accustomed to pioneering energy policies ahead of the rest of the nation and the world. Since we rank among the 10 largest global economies, the standards we incubate here often influence decisions by other states, the federal government and other countries. When California gets it right, jobs are created, the economy grows and we enjoy a cleaner environment. >>View Article

Congress Should Look to American Wind Power for Climate Solutions

September 23 -- World leaders and U.S. policymakers are increasingly in the market for climate solutions. A recent example is the 11 House Republicans who introduced a resolution last week calling for “improved environmental stewardship” and for conservatives to take the lead on “bringing our energy sector into the next generation.” They will quickly find wind energy is one of the biggest, fastest and cheapest ways the U.S. can cut carbon pollution today and that the value American wind power generates is growing. >>View Article


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