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Clean Energy Works For Us: 2013 Year-In-Review and Q4 Report

March 13 -- Clean energy and clean transportation projects continue to create American jobs and drive economic growth. By tracking job announcements from companies; federal, state and local programs and initiatives; the media; and other sources, Environmental Entrepreneurs’ (E2’s) jobs reports show how and where clean energy and transportation works in the United States. >>View Article

A Call to Action: Conservatives and Climate

March 13 -- As Republicans, we know that our party’s foundation — built on fiscal conservatism, strong national security and family values — brings together Americans from diverse backgrounds. So it’s no surprise that we don’t always agree on every issue.

But combating climate change can and should bring fiscal, social and national security conservatives together. Why? Because protecting our environment and building a secure future for America is our greatest obligation — and our greatest opportunity. Whether you are convinced by climate science or not, promoting energy efficiency and clean, homegrown energy is good for the Republican Party and good for the country. >>View Article

Spot Power Turns Negative in California on Solar, Wind Output

March 13 -- Spot wholesale electricity turned negative in California as solar and wind generation topped forecasts, a signal to suppliers to reduce flow.

Wind turbines produced 1,537 megawatts during the hour ended at 1 p.m. local time, more than double the forecast, according to data from the California Independent System Operator Inc., which manages the state grid. Solar output topped projections by 10 percent with 2,492 megawatts during the period. >>View Article

Stone: Wind Energy is Clean, Efficient

March 13 -- From the Pacific Coast to the Texas panhandle to the Atlantic Ocean, wind power is on the rise in the United States, producing an increasing share of our electricity with minimal impact on the environment.

Just a decade ago, wind energy was a trivial part of the nation's electricity picture. Today, wind energy is the fastest growing form of electricity generation and an increasingly important part of the nation's energy mix. Last year, wind generated as much electricity as is used each year in the state of Georgia. >>View Article

Energy: Production Tax Credit Helps Us

March 13 -- I am writing a response to the claims made by Thomas Pyle in his Feb. 21 guest column (“Green energy handouts are hurting Montanans”). I’m not sure which Montanans Pyle checked with in saying that the production tax credit doesn’t help Montanans, but as a Toole County Commissioner I can give a response from Glacier and Toole counties. >>View Article

Nation's Largest Grid Operator: Huge Renewables Expansion Won't Be a Problem

March 12 -- PJM Interconnection, the nation’s largest power transmission grid organization, announced last week that wind and solar power could generate about 30 percent of PJM’s total electricity for its territory covering the Mid-Atlantic region and part of the Midwest by 2026 without “any significant issues.” That’s engineer-speak for “no big deal.” Even better, we would see more clean power at less cost and with far less pollution than our current mix of coal and natural gas power plants. >>View Article

Attacks on the RFS, No Matter How Well Funded, Don't Stand Up to Scrutiny

March 12 -- It’s been several months now since the EPA proposed to revise the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reduce the amount of renewable biofuels in America’s fuel supply. This proposal is clearly flawed, but that hasn’t stopped entrenched fossil fuel interests from taking this opportunity to intensify their attacks on the RFS.

These well-funded attacks take several forms, but odds are you’ve run across them; the foreboding advertisements at a bus stop, or the slick website with a list of purported “facts” about biofuels. Almost every assault on biofuels and the RFS repeats the same dubious spin. If you’ve seen these ad campaigns, you’ll recognize these three arguments. >>View Article

Hydro, Wind, Solar Resources Have Greatest Electrical Potential

March 12 -- It’s not all about wind, but wind power is part of the solution. Today at the Augusta Civic Center, hundreds of Mainers convene for the Climate Solutions Expo and Summit, a free public event running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with interesting exhibits and presentations about a host of issues, including renewable energy. >>View Article

Our View: CMP Fee Hike Undercuts Renewable-Energy Push

March 12 -- That’s the upshot of a proposal by Central Maine Power Co. now before the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The idea, part of CMP’s five-year rate plan, would force customers who generate some of their own electricity to pay higher monthly service charges. CMP says the increase is necessary to cover the company’s forthcoming capital projects in the face of lagging demand for electricity. >>View Article

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