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Lester Brown: Sustainable Energy is Here

June 5 -- Fracking for oil and gas is booming across the United States. Low gasoline prices are making it affordable to wheel around in an SUV that gets 15 miles per gallon, at least for now.

But out of sight of most consumers there’s an energy revolution brewing, says Lester Brown. >>View Article

SD ranks among top states for renewable energy

June 5 -- South Dakota ranked fourth nationally in percentage of electricity generated from renewable sources such as wind and hydropower during 2014, according to an annual index released this week by a consulting firm.

When measured only for wind-generated electricity, South Dakota finished second with 25.29 percent. Iowa led the way at 28.53 percent. Kansas was third at 21.67 percent. >>View Article

Ikea pledges €1bn on renewable energy and climate change efforts

June 5 -- Ikea, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, plans to spend €1bn ($1.13bn) on renewable energy and steps to help poor nations cope with climate change, the latest example of firms upstaging governments in efforts to slow warming.

Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall said the measures would “absolutely not” push up prices at the Swedish group’s stores. The investments will be “good for customers, good for the climate and good for Ikea too,” he told Reuters. >>View Article


Alabama on Track to Meet EPA Standards State Has Sued to Block

June 4 -- A national science watchdog group says Alabama is more than 85 percent compliant with new federal emissions standards.

The "Clean Power Plan" standards proposed last year by President Obama through the Environmental Protection Agency have been criticized by Alabama officials and Attorney General Luther Strange joined in a lawsuit with 11 other states seeking to block the standards. >>View Article


Why You Should Think Seriously About Going Solar

June 4 -- If you’ve been noticing more solar panels lately, you’re onto something. While only one in 100 houses has them, says David Feldman, senior financial analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, that’s 46 times as many as a decade ago. Some of that fast growth is due to a federal tax credit that is worth 30% of installation costs (and which is set to expire at the end of 2016). Some is owed to the fact that Chinese factories are churning out photovoltaic panels nearly as fast as flat-screen TVs. And a third catalyst is a new breed of financing options that virtually eliminate the tens of thousands of dollars in upfront costs of going solar. >>View Article

Wind Energy Jobs on the Rise as U.S. States Chart a Clean Path to Fight Climate Change

June 4 -- With summer fast approaching, the impacts of climate change are hitting home with even greater force. NRDC recently reported that climate change is linked to more pollen and smog, threatening more asthma and allergy attacks across the country. Meanwhile, drought continues to grip California and floods have ravaged Texas -- showing us in the starkest terms what climate change can mean for our communities.

The good news is that this summer is also a time ripe with ready solutions to help America address the threats of climate change. The U.S. EPA is expected to launch its Clean Power Plan that will dramatically reduce carbon pollution from power plants -- the biggest source of climate change pollution in our country. States are already gearing up to reduce carbon pollution and create local jobs. Many are turning to one of the best and most cost-effective ways to cut carbon pollution: America's abundant clean energy resources. >>View Article

Don’t give up our solar advantage

June 4 -- In the 1980s, North Carolina’s business community seized an early-mover advantage and went on to create the second-largest banking center in the country. Supported by a business-friendly climate, this growth enabled North Carolina to compete on a global stage.

Today, another industry is emerging in which North Carolina has an early-mover advantage. That industry is solar power. However, our legislature is debating changing North Carolina’s renewable energy policies mid-stream and removing the renewable energy tax credit abruptly instead of phasing it down from 35 percent of cost to lower amounts over time. Such action would be premature and bad for business. States that encourage development of growth industries gain major advantages in our competitive global economy. >>View Article

Calif. Maintains Lead Over Mass. in Clean-Tech Index

June 3 -- For the third straight year, Massachusetts finished second in a ranking of states based on the strength of their clean-tech activities, with California widening its lead (94-78.8) over the Bay State and topping the index for the sixth consecutive year.

Clean Edge, a research and indexing firm, on Tuesday released its annual U.S. index ratings, which measure adoption of renewable energy and other factors like patent, technology and investment activity. >>View Article


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