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The Economic Fallout of the Freeze on Ohio's Clean Energy Sector

March 11 -- Passed in 2008 with overwhelming bipartisan support, Ohio’s renewable energy and energy-efficiency standards proved unambiguously successful in spurring economic progress in the state. Among their benefits were increased in-state investment and energy development, new jobs for Ohioans, and decreased electricity bills.

Despite broad public support for these standards, the Ohio legislature passed S.B. 310 in May 2014, which froze the state’s ramp-up schedules for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It subsequently passed H.B. 483, which dramatically increased the setback requirements for wind turbines. Gov. John Kasich (R) signed both bills into law in June 2014. >>View Article

Solar Power Sees Unprecedented Boom in U.S.

March 11 -- U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year and representing nearly $18 billion in new investment, according to data released this morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. >>View Article

The U.S. Can Stay Number One in Wind Energy

March 11 -- America leads the world in wind power — and it’s effectively doing so with one arm behind its back.

Today, 39 states, including Texas, have utility-scale wind turbines. In fact, Texas ranks first in the nation in wind power installed. >>View Article

Contesting the Myths Around Renewable Energy Investment

March 11 -- Most long-term investments in infrastructure -- be they toll roads, railways, hospitals or conventional power generation -- rely on stable government policy. Investors in infrastructure understand those policy risks, and balance them against the long-term, relatively stable returns offered by the asset class. Renewable energy investments are no different. >>View Article

Here's How Much Faster Wind and Solar Are Growing than Fossil Fuels

March 10 -- There’s been a lot of positive news about clean energy lately. For instance, we’ve reported that from 2008 to the present, wind and solar energy capacity in the United States has tripled.

Now, a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration makes a similar point. It finds that the electricity generated from wind and solar grew a lot faster than electricity generated by fossil fuels last year. In fact, solar more than doubled, and wind outgrew all other sources. >>View Article

Why Would We Slow the Growth of Clean Energy Businesses?

March 10 -- Minnesota is a hotbed for clean energy business growth. It’s hard to understand why some legislators are saying, “Slow down.”

The state’s clean energy market is growing rapidly. Employment in clean energy businesses – such as solar and wind installations, biofuels production capacity and energy efficiency – surged by 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014. These are good jobs – average annual wages were more than $71,000 in 2013. That same year, Minnesota employers in the clean energy economy paid more than $1 billion in wages. >>View Article

Is Renewable Energy Part of the 'All of the Above' Strategy?

March 4 -- For several years now in a row, Congress has wrestled with its support of public policies supportive of the renewable energy industry. What happens to the production tax credit for wind? Should we extend the solar investment tax credit? Does the Renewable Fuel Standard need repeal? Did the Solyndra debacle permanently endanger any bipartisan support for renewables? Should we expand the eligibility of Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy projects? The debate on these policies is sucking almost all of the oxygen out of the room for those members who are focusing their careers on advancing our country's ability to produce all types of energy in this country. >>View Article


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