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Nissan Leaf Hits 25,000 U.S. Sales, 62,000 Sold Worldwide

May 16 -- The Nissan Leaf reached an important milestone this week: the hatchback EV hit 25,000 sales in the U.S. market. The Nissan Leaf was first announced in 2009, but didn’t go on sale in the United States until December 2010. The electric vehicle–one of the first in a line of modern electric vehicles–claims a range of about 100 miles (or 73, according to the EPA’s testing methods) thanks to a 24-kWh, lithium-ion battery pack. >>View Article

Study: Doubling Wind Will Cut Rates for PJM Customers

May 16 -- PJM, the biggest competitive energy market in the world, could double the amount of planned wind and would still save ratepayers money, according to a new study of the PJM grid system. The PJM system, which covers thirteen states plus Washington, D.C., could go from the 32.1 gigawatts of wind projected to be built because of state mandates to 65.4 gigawatts of wind, and it would produce a net benefit of about $1 billion in 2021 and $6.9 billion in 2026, a Synapse Energy Economics study concluded. >>View Article

The True Value of Arizona Solar, By the Numbers

May 15 -- Net metering of rooftop solar creates value for society and the utility. Every dollar invested by Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s dominant utility, in its net metering program will earn it $1.54, according to a new cost-benefit analysis of Arizona solar. By 2015, the APS net metering program will produce $34 million in net benefits yearly. >>View Article

Elon Musk-Backed SolarCity Thrives in Solar Power Sector

May 14 -- Sun Concept, Ampulse, Evergreen, Solyndra: the long list of defunct solar companies is enough to give pause to anyone trying to enter the business. But at least one company, SolarCity, has been succeeding where so many others have failed. Its secret? Staying away from manufacturing and focusing on installation. >>View Article

Goshen College switches to 100 percent renewable energy

May 14 -- Goshen College from now on will purchase all its electricity from renewable energysources, such as wind and solar power, college leaders announced Monday. The change will reduce the college’s carbon footprint by about 45 percent, Goshen College President Jim Brenneman said. >>View Article 

L.A. Utility to Seek Bids for 250 Megawatts of Solar Power

May 14 -- Los Angeles’s power utility, which serves about 1.5 million customers, will seek bids from developers for 250 megawatts of solar power to comply with a California requirement to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of 2016. The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power plans to issue a request for proposals in June, Anh Wood, who manages three of the utility’s solar development programs, said today by telephone. Its board may approve contracts in the first quarter of 2014, she said. >>View Article

Wind energy: Good for Iowa, good for America

May 13 -- Iowa sits on no deposits of oil, natural gas or coal, but we were reminded last week of the fact the state is positioned well as a player in the energy game nonetheless. On Wednesday, Gov. Terry Branstad and officials of MidAmerican Energy Co. announced plans for the largest economic development investment in state history: A $1.9 billion wind-energy project involving the addition of 656 new wind turbines. >>View Article

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