February 11 -- North Carolina’s clean energy workforce swelled to nearly 23,000 jobs in 2014, a boom driven by policies favorable to the development of solar farms and green buildings. >>View Article
February 11 -- Responding to proposed legislation to rein in the incentive, the Oklahoma State Chamber released a study Monday on the economic benefits of the ad valorem tax exemption used by Oklahoma wind farms and manufacturers.
The study, by economic consulting firm RegionTrack Inc., said the incentive is especially beneficial to rural communities. For every dollar expended, the firm estimated $225 came in new economic output. >>View Article
February 11 -- As Congress mulls a new national energy policy, Morning Consult polling finds that Americans largely favor renewable energy sources of electricity like solar and wind power over technologies like nuclear and coal power. >>View Article
February 11 -- The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renewable Fuels Standard Reform Act released yesterday could have a negative impact on South Dakota's farmers, rural communities and ethanol industry if the recommendations become law, said Doug Sombke, President of South Dakota Farmers Union.
In the report, the EPA recommended an end to ethanol subsidies, which are included as part of the current Renewable Fuels Standard. >>View Article
February 10 -- The Southern California desert is now home to the world's largest solar power plant.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell joined state officials on Monday to open the 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight solar project in the town of Desert Center, Calif., near Joshua Tree National Park. Built by First Solar, the project generates enough electricity to power 160,000 average California homes. >>View Article
February 10 -- Energy efficiency efforts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are paying off with big savings, officials said.
UH-Manoa's $34.3 million electricity bill for 2014 would have been $3.4 million higher if not for energy efficiency measures, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. >>View Article
February 10 -- One day, as a child in the early 1980s, I spotted a strange device on my grandfather’s roof in San Diego. I asked my dad about it, and he told me, “That’s a solar water heater. Your grandpa doesn’t like spending money, and now he gets his hot water for free.” I digested the information and never really thought about it again—until, 30 years later, my wife and I bought a house. Suddenly the prospect of saving money with solar energy became relevant. >>View Article
February 10 -- Nearly every time the wind blows in Mower County, Minnesota property taxes drop.
Hundreds of wind turbines produce power in the county and each time a kilowatt is produced, the producer pays a wind generation tax that has totaled $8,938,356 over the past 11 years. Most of that tax goes to the county, which uses it to offset property taxes. By law, the turbines themselves aren't taxed, just the electricity they produce, County Coordinator Craig Oscarson said. >>View Article
February 10 -- A new state report on the nuclear industry just became Illinois’ most powerful argument for renewable energy and efficiency. >>View Article
February 9 -- Former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for more to be done to combat climate change, saying it is "the issue of our time." >>View Article
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