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Ohio Takes Big Risk With Energy Freeze: Doug Kinsey

August 13 -- Mitigating risk is essential to being a smart long-term investor. The move by Ohio politicians to freeze the state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards demonstrated that they are not thinking ahead.

Ohio had been one of many clean-energy success stories. The state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, passed in 2009, helped the state create 25,000 jobs and are credited with saving Ohio consumers more than $1 billion. Unfortunately, Ohio politicians chose to ignore the majority of Ohioans, major Ohio businesses and the state's leading newspapers when they voted earlier this summer to freeze these successful standards. >>View Article

Mexico & Central American Clean Energy Investment Skyrockets

August 13 -- A plentiful supply of renewable resources, and a need for a more economical approach to power generation, is fueling strong momentum in clean energy investment in Mexico and the six main countries of Central America, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

In fact, Mexico is already on track to burst through its record investment of $2.4 billion in 2010, having already invested $1.3 billion in the first half of 2014 (an impressive figure, considering the country invested a total of $1.6 billion during the whole of 2013). >>View Article

Clean Power and Energy Efficiency for All Md. Residents

August 13 -- As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on our laurels. Thanks to energy efficiency programs being developed in the coming months, we can deliver energy savings to more Marylanders, benefiting all our families and communities. >>View Article

Offshore Wind: The Wave of the Future

August 12 -- A majority of us cannot fathom a world without electricity. For this reason, the means by which we harness energy is imperative. By obtaining energy though sustainable means, such as offshore wind, not only are we reducing carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel burning, but we also advance into energy independence. Reducing our hunger for fossil fuels will also decrease our vulnerability to international crises and conflicts. >>View Article

Message to EPA: Don't Quit While We're Ahead

August 12 -- When I was younger, I competed on a swim team and spent most of my free time training. I learned a lot from that experience, but what stuck with me is that winning or losing began with a good training plan — and sticking to it. Sure, our team had tough three-hour practices and occasional progress plateaus, but executing the plan resulted in more wins than losses.

Americans know how to win because they are not afraid to lead and follow an ambitious plan. A prime example is our long history of leadership in biotechnology. Today, the U.S. is the world leader in the production of biofuels. We are also developing environmentally-friendly ways to produce biochemicals, materials, food and animal feed that use less petroleum and emit less CO2 throughout a product’s life cycle. >>View Article

IRS Relaxes Renewable Energy Project Tax Credit Rule

August 11 -- The Internal Revenue Service lowered a threshold for renewable-energy projects to qualify for federal tax credits, potentially providing a boon to developers and investors in the wind-power industry who had been uncertain how heavily they could rely on them for financing. >>View Article

Ruben Guerra and Susan Frank: Don't Delay on Clean-Air Law

August 11 -- You may have seen some ads or read The Fresno Bee editorial ("Head off big fuel price hike," Aug. 3) that suggest "special interests" are going to cause gas prices to go up in January as a result of transportation fuels being covered under California's clean energy and climate law, Assembly Bill 32.

We want to set the record straight, as business leaders who have long supported the state's clean-air policies. Perhaps we are "special" in that not only do we represent thousands of California businesses, but we are joined by tens of thousands of workers and residents who continue to voice their support for AB 32 year in and year out. >>View Article

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