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Close to Home: Invest Now For a Clean Energy Future

June 3 -- On May 1, Sonoma Clean Power celebrated its first year of delivering greener, cheaper power to customers. Here is a snapshot of Sonoma Clean Power’s enormous success:

With its basic service, Sonoma Clean Power supplies electricity that is 6 to 9 percent less expensive and 34 percent lower in greenhouse gas emissions than PG&E’s. >>View Article

North Carolina's Solar Industry is Booming. So Why Are State Republicans Threatening to Strangle It?

June 3 -- In the short term, the uncertainty on Jones Street has been good for business. Actually, great for business: More than Steve Nicolas' 18-employee company, NC Solar Now, can handle, in fact.

Since 2010, Nicolas, a Londoner who moved to North Carolina in the early '80s to work for a tobacco-leaf distributor in Wilson—"The opposite of green," he quips—has seen NC Solar Now grow exponentially. >>View Article

A Good-Enough Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gasses

June 1 -- President Obama's global warming strategy will cut the country’s climate-change-inducing greenhouse emissions significantly — but at some cost. That’s the upshot of a new Energy Information Administration (EIA) analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark Clean Power Plan, which, once finalized, will be at the core of the president’s strategy to reduce U.S. carbon-dioxide output. >>View Article

Hydropower: A Dam Good Energy Source

June 1 -- Hydropower, derived from falling or running water, is the oldest renewable energy technology in existence and the United States’ largest source of renewable electricity. Last year, hydropower accounted for about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation and 52 percent of generation from all renewables. But it could produce even more. Only 3 percent of the 80,000 dams in the United States make electricity. Most were constructed for irrigation and flood control. >>View Article

The Economics of Renewable Energy: Falling Costs and Rising Employment

May 28 -- The general public perception of renewable energy is often in terms of saving the environment and reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. While it is true that renewable energy provides great environmental benefits and may yet prove to be our main hope for decarbonization, it is just as true and often overlooked that renewable energy provides considerable economic and social benefits. >>View Article

EPA to Release Biofuels Proposal by June 1

May 26 -- Authorities are set to shake up the nation's complex and contentious renewable fuels policy in the coming days, issuing requirements that are expected to affirm that the use of ethanol in motor fuels has hit a saturation point. >>View Article

How to Green the U.S. Government

May 26 -- Big defense contracts awarded to big defense contractors are usually a big cause for concern. They tend to go over budget, often for things we don’t really need (like a certain type of fighter plane). But a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon announced a contract with a big-time defense contractor that good-government and energy-efficiency types should cheer—and demand grow more common. Honeywell Building Solutions, a unit of the conglomerate Honeywell, got a $22.4 million contract to overhaul the energy system at Rock Island Arsenal—an ancient military outpost on an island in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. >>View Article

Editorial: (Solar) Power to the People

May 26 -- The Legislature did it again. Or rather, the Legislature did nothing -- again.

Given the opportunity in this year's session to address an important and popular demand -- in this case, greater access to solar energy -- the Legislature in essence looked the other way. >>View Article


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