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Myths Versus Facts in Coal Debate

May 14 -- A May 4 Detroit News editorial about the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA should move slowly with clean coal regs”) repeats several myths and distortions about coal and renewable energy. It is important to set the record straight on three key points. >>View Article

Go Big, or Lose Big, on Offshore Wind in Maine

May 14 -- A lot was -- is? -- riding on the University of Maine’s bid for millions of dollars to create and launch first-of-its-kind floating wind turbine technology off Maine’s coast. The fact that it is an alternate for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, behind three other offshore wind development projects that will each receive up to $47 million, is more than disappointing. >>View Article

Candidates, Take Note: New Hampshire Voters Strongly Support State Clean Energy Policies

May 14 -- Recent surveys offer revealing insights into voter attitudes in the northeast U.S. toward state policies that expand the use of clean and renewable energy. There is also intriguing data about voters’ willingness to pay for those policies. In the context of state elections coming in November, polling results in these northeastern states indicate that substantial majorities of these voters support strong renewable energy policies and are willing to pay even more to advance them than they are today. >>View Article

Increases in Efficiency, Solar, Wind and Biomass Threats to Fossil Fuel Interests

May 14 -- Fossil fuels remain the dominant global energy source. But increases in efficiency, solar, wind and biomass are seen as long-term threats to fossil fuel interests. While roughly 40 percent of our electricity is still produced from coal and slightly less than 1 percent of utility customers get power from their solar arrays, solar installations are on the rise. In 2013, the 29 percent of new generating capacity from solar nearly tripled the 10 percent of installations in 2012. >>View Article

NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar Complete Agua Caliente, the World’s Largest Fully-Operational Solar Photovoltaic Facility

May 13 -- NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG), through its wholly-owned subsidiary NRG Solar, along with partner MidAmerican Solar announced they have achieved substantial completion at their Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility, a 290 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic facility located on 2,400 acres of land between Yuma and Phoenix, Ariz. The electricity that is generated by the station, which can support 230,000 homes at peak capacity, is being sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) under a 25-year power purchase agreement. >>View Article

Focus on Biofuels Is Key to Renewable Energy Success

May 13 -- I’ve always known where President Barack Obama stood on the issue of renewable fuels. He has consistently voiced his strong support going back to his days in the Senate, and he has continued that support in the White House. In a speech at an advanced biofuel refinery in Missouri on April 28, 2010, he summed up his position like this:

“I’ve said before I don’t accept second place for the United States of America. I want us to be first in wind power, first in solar power, and I want us to be first when it comes to biodiesel and the technologies that are being developed [here].” >>View Article

Smarter Electricity in New York

May 13 -- In one of the most promising moves in the energy sector in years, New York State is proposing a way to get a head start on, and perhaps help lead, a revolution in the world of electricity generation. Starting this week, the main players in the state’s complex electricity business will be asked to comment on a new report from the state’s Public Service Commission that envisions more efficient and climate-friendly ways to produce electricity. >>View Article

Clean Energy Shift Will Save World $71 Trillion Through 2050

May 13 -- Transitioning to a cleaner, more-efficient energy mix will save the global economy trillions of dollars in avoided fuel costs, according to a report released Monday by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Much of the savings will come in the form of efficiency upgrades for buildings and vehicles, but deployment of more wind, solar, and other renewable technologies will also play an important role. >>View Article

Why Green Jobs Are Booming in Bangladesh

May 13 -- Bangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry—and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report released Sunday, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain’s in 2013.

How? Solar energy. >>View Article

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