June 18 -- MADISON, Wis. - There is mixed news regarding Wisconsin's future energy priorities, according to an official of the state's largest environmental organization. The good news is that the state's utilities have hit their renewable-energy target two years ahead of schedule, said Keith Reopelle, senior policy director for Clean Wisconsin. That puts the state in a good position to achieve proposed new carbon-emission standards, he said. >>View Article
June 18 -- Tesla and SolarCity CEO Elon Musk's today announced a deal to acquire Silevo, a solar panel firm based in Silicon Valley. Musk explained the decision in a blog post:
SolarCity was founded to accelerate mass adoption of sustainable energy. The sun, that highly convenient and free fusion reactor in the sky, radiates more energy to the Earth in a few hours than the entire human population consumes from all sources in a year. This means that solar panels, paired with batteries to enable power at night, can produce several orders of magnitude more electricity than is consumed by the entirety of human civilization. >>View Article
June 16 -- Before wind energy developers come into a county or township to start prospecting and negotiating with landowners for easements to build wind energy infrastructure on private property, there's one claim they invariably make. County economic development officials and supervisors are assured that wind energy will bring in substantial property tax revenue to the county. Is their claim true? >>View Article
June 16 -- June 15 is Global Wind Energy Day. As Colorado is a world leader in wind energy production, it is not only fitting to tout our success, but to encourage its further production. >>View Article
June 16 --
Sadly, some in Utah’s congressional delegation greeted EPA’s long-awaited "Clean Power Plan" with a knee-jerk response that amounts to no more than uninformed fear-mongering.
Rep. Chris Stewart dismissed these welcome limits on the nation’s biggest carbon polluters as "big-government regulations and less freedom for American business and American families." Sen. Orrin Hatch described it as a "radical policy."
In reality, the EPA’s proposal is a straightforward and flexible approach that will help Utah families. >>View Article
June 16 -- The Obama Administration’s plan to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants announced last week has sparked a chorus of doom-saying in Wyoming.
But the trend away from fossil fuels is an ongoing, market-based reality whether you like the Obama plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or not. While the state of Wyoming continues to cozy up to the fossil fuel industry, other states – the states to which Wyoming hopes to sell the dirty energy we produce – are transitioning away from fossil fuels. >>View Article
June 16 -- Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency revealed its carbon reduction plan for existing power plants. EPA’s Clean Power Plan represents America’s most significant effort so far to transition to a clean energy economy and combat climate change. Mother Nature will be undoubtedly grateful, but the economy will have plenty of reasons to celebrate, too. The fact is, the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. As CalCEF President and ACORE board co-chair Dan Reicher aptly put it, “the renewable energy industry is living proof that flexible carbon rules can be both good for the economy and good for the environment." >>View Article
June 13 -- Believe it or not, there was a day when the Production Tax Credit for clean, renewable energy was not a partisan issue. When it cleared the House Ways and Means Committee in 1992, it was with a strong bipartisan majority. Then, clean energy was not perceived in Congress an us-versus-them issue. There was broad agreement on both sides of the aisle that developing new, cleaner energy industries would begin to level the playing field among energy sources and create more choices for consumers. It was described as good for the environment, the economy, and the nation as a whole. Members of both parties jockeyed to get projects and factories in their districts.
Alas, those days are gone, even if the benefits are not. Now there is a crusading right-wing that is happy to take fossil fuel money hand over fist and be the spear tip for that industry's efforts to sabotage its growing clean energy competition. Most Republican members of Congress are now under great pressure from the big polluters who are their big money campaign donors to actively oppose clean energy industries that have been an agent of economic growth in the nation generally and in rural Republican districts specifically. >>View Article
June 13 -- It’s hard to find a person these days who isn’t interested in saving a few dollars.
Whether it’s by clipping coupons or carpooling with co-workers, every little bit adds up to help keep the budget in the black.
So who’s interested in taking their penny-pinching practices to the next level? All you need to do is look toward the sky for inspiration. Nature’s original light bulb, the sun, has a bright idea that could save you more than just pocket change. >>View Article
June 13 -- Wisconsin utilities generated more than 10% of the state’s power from renewable sources in 2013, hitting the clean energy target two years before the deadline set by the state Legislature.
State energy regulators announced the milestone in approving utilities’ 2013 compliance reports with the state law that passed in 2006 to boost Wisconsin’s renewable power supplies. >>View Article
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