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Michigan's Wind Energy Industry Soaring

June 30 -- The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan — particularly wind — has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, advocates and utility companies say.

“Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan,” John Quackenbush, the chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission said Friday as he addressed green energy proponents at the Michigan Energy Fair in Mason. >>View Article

Solar industry leaders commit to truSolar at CGI

June 26 -- In an effort to accelerate the financing of solar energy projects, more than 20 market-leading companies have committed to support the adoption of truSolar, the industry's first, uniform risk assessment methodology governed by an accreditation body.  The truSolar initiative was announced as a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action at the 2014 CGI America meeting. >>View Article

Wind and solar power ready to help states meet EPA rule

June 20 -- With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issuing its first-ever rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, many policymakers in Congress and state capitals are wondering: How can states meet the proposed standards most cost effectively?

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can get behind two affordable, reliable, and business-friendly solutions that are ready today – American wind and solar power. >>View Article

World Gets 22% of Electricity From Renewable Energy

June 20 -- The Renewables 2014 Global Status Report released earlier this month has good news for the environment, namely that an estimated 22.1% of the world’s electricity was generated from renewable sources in 2013. That percentage is expected to rise as countries across the globe pour money and resources into alternative, clean energy. >>View Article

Boston-based First Wind has made smooth entry into solar power

June 20 -- Boston wind farm developer First Wind has apparently made a smooth transition into the solar business during the past year. The developer has just signed its biggest solar agreement to date for a development in Utah, one whose power capacity would equal more than half of all of the solar panels that have been built so far in Massachusetts. This thing, when it’s done, will be one of the biggest solar power plants in the country. >>View Article

Consumers Energy Drops Renewables Fee

June 20 -- Consumers Energy customers will see slightly lower electricity bills starting next month. That's because on Thursday the state Public Service Commission approved the utility's plan to drop a renewable energy surcharge. The Gongwer News Service reports that the PSC approved the change because of the falling cost of wind power. Elimination of the surcharge was included in Consumers new renewable energy plan. >>View Article

Keeping the Solar Revolution Going

June 19 -- Two centuries ago homes and businesses were lit from whale oil brought back by a vast armada of whale ships, a fleet so enormous the City of New Bedford was popularly known as “The City that Lit the World.”

Today it would be as accurate to call New Bedford the “Solar City” in recognition of its meteoric rise to a national leadership position as the largest municipal consumer of solar photovoltaic electricity east of the Mississippi and one of the top five cities in the country in its use of solar energy. A sustained collaboration of businesses, utilities, and local political leadership has led to nearly a dozen solar projects that will save local taxpayers more than $20 million in electricity costs over the next 20 years. >>View Article

Energy Diversity is a National Security Imperative

June 19 -- When Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, first visited my office last year, I was one of the newest members of the House Armed Services Committee. I was eager to hear what he would want to tell me. I expected to hear about the sequester, recruiting and the drawdown, or about medical care. I certainly did not expect the topic he actually raised: “Congressman,” he said, “I want to talk to you about solar energy.” >>View Article

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