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With Help From Nature, A Town Aims To Be A Solar Capital

April 9 -- There are at least two things to know about this high desert city. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city’s mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing. Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital “of the world,” he said. Then he reconsidered. “Of the universe,” he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet. >>View Article

Is Eenewable Energy Law Good For N.C.? Yes

April 9 -- Clean energy is helping North Carolina’s economy and creating jobs in and around Charlotte. One of the drivers of this economic growth has been the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, or REPS, which in 2007 passed with a nearly unanimous, bipartisan vote. >>View Article

March 2013 Electric Car Sales Best Ever According To EDTA, led By Leaf And Model S sales

April 8 -- While Nissan's 2013 Leaf is setting sales records, the overall market for electrified vehicles is beginning to take off. March 2013 saw the largest sales of all electric vehicles ever, and the first month where all electric vehicle sales outstripped plug-in hybrid sales. It's not just a one-month blip either, but there is a solid trend of electric vehicle sales growth in EDTA's figures beginning in September 2012. This turns out to match the growth of Tesla Model S sales. >>View Article

Interior Chief Sees Many Wind Farms In US Future

April 8 -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar voiced optimism Friday that the nation's first offshore wind farm will soon break ground after more than a decade of delays and be followed by more off the Atlantic coast. "I think there's a good chance it will happen before the end of the year," Salazar said of the Cape Wind project. Speaking in an AP interview a few weeks before he leaves office, he also claimed gains as secretary in tightening oversight of offshore drilling after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "I think the coziness with industry that was there when I came into the department is gone," he said. >>View Article

More renewables for states [By Admiral McGinn in POLITICO]

April 4 -- RPS policies have also supported incredibly strong job creation across the country in places like North Carolina, where 21,000 people are employed by the clean energy industry, and Kansas, where about 28,000 Americans work in clean energy. Together, America’s clean energy economy employs 3.4 million people and is growing four times faster than any other type of work according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And industries such as solar saw employment increase 13.2 percent in 2012 in large part due to RPS policies. >>View Article

Southern California Edison Eschews Renewable Plants

April 3 -- Southern California Edison’s recent decision to cancel a 10-megawatt solar project at College of the Desert’s west valley campus is part of the utility’s ongoing efforts to backpedal on a state-mandated program to develop its own small-scale, community-based solar plants. >>View Article

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