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Solar Power Will Work in Alabama, Just Ask Georgia

January 14 -- Despite similar climates, both political and meteorological, Georgia and Alabama could not be more different in their approach to solar power. While Georgia's conservative leaders have moved to foster this increasingly robust industry and the many jobs and consumer benefits it provides, Alabama has seen no similar leadership.

The difference isn't due to weather. Both states are comparable in terms of solar power potential, among the sunniest in the nation. The difference is in policy - while Georgia's policymakers see the value in promoting the state's clean energy economy through cost-effective solar investments, Alabama has shown no similar inclination and has even erected solar-killing barriers. >>View Article

Ecolab to Go All-Solar in Minnesota

January 13 -- Ecolab Inc., a global company based in St. Paul, says it’s going all solar in Minnesota. The company said Monday that it signed a deal with renewable energy developer SunEdison to acquire enough solar-generated electricity to offset virtually every watt of electricity used in its Minnesota business operations. >>View Article

The Sun Brings Power to Santa Fe Community College

January 13 -- From the distance, they look almost like bleachers — but these hot seats would give you a view of the sun. These solar arrays have been in place at the south end of the Santa Fe Community College campus and, together with another array on the site, are saving SFCC more than $200,000 in electricity bills, according to a news release from Positive Energy Solar. >>View Article

Working to Secure Maine's Energy Future

January 12 -- Another session of Congress is underway, and there are all sorts of developments in the Senate, including a new Republican majority, new committee assignments, and new chances to work together.

As a new member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, I’ll have the opportunity to fight for a more secure energy future for Maine, work hard to protect its beautiful and substantial natural resources, encourage a cleaner, more focused national energy policy, and promote cooperation in changing global environments such as the Arctic region. >>View Article

State Official: PA Will Benefit from Embracing Clean Power

January 12 -- While the Environmental Protection Agencies proposal to curb carbon pollution may be a difficult pill for coal supporters to swallow, one state leader is convinced the benefits outweigh the costs. About 40 percent of Pennsylvania's electricity comes from coal, and the Clean Power Plan calls for the state to reduce carbon emissions from coal power plants 32 percent by the year 2030.

State Treasurer Rob McCord admits there are costs and concerns to be addressed, but says there's much to gain by embracing the goals of the plan. >>View Article

Moving Forward or Backward on Climate Change -- Our Choice

January 12 -- Last week, we saw two big announcements from California: the start of construction on the first high-speed rail project in the U.S. and a new goal for renewable energy — 50 percent by 2030.

At the same time, Republicans continue their obsession with approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Among their spurious reasons for making it a top priority are the 42,000 jobs it will create, a number many people take issue with. While around 2,000 direct jobs are expected during the brief construction period — even if all the indirect jobs add up to their number — that's nothing compared to the 100,000 California's high-speed rail will create, sustained over the 14 years it takes to build the network. >>View Article

ALEC Doesn't Reflect Business Support for Climate Action

January 12 -- In the past few months, companies such as Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yahoo, and Occidental Petroleum have said they will no longer be members or supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC, an organization of more than 2,000 conservative state lawmakers and corporations. These companies join about 90 others that have cut their ties to ALEC. >>View Article

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