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North Carolina Rejects Cuts To Renewable Energy Mandates

April 25 -- North Carolina lawmakers today rejected efforts to scale back the use of renewable energy. The House Public Utilities Committee voted 18 to 13 against the Affordable & Reliable Energy Act, said Ivan Urlaub, executive director of NC Sustainable Energy Association, which has been fighting the effort to reduce policies that require utilities to use power generated from clean sources. >>View Article

US lawmaker To Unveil Renewables MLP Bill Wednesday

April 24 -- Senator Chris Coons plans to unveil a bill later this week that would allow US wind farms, solar energy facilities and other renewable energy projects to form tax-advantageous publicly-traded business structures. Coons, a Delaware Democrat, plans to introduce the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act on Wednesday, according to Ian Koski, a Coons spokesman. >>View Article

The Simple Math Behind Solar Power’s Expansion

April 24 -- As electricity prices rise for homeowners and businesses alike, alternative energy is getting more popular—and solar power in particular is seeing a lot of growth. Solar installations were up 76 percent last year compared with 2011, with 3.3 gigawatts installed across the country, according to the Solar Energy Industry Association. About 1.2 American households currently use solar energy, according to an annual report released by the trade group. >>View Article 

Conservatives Come Out For Renewable-Energy Projects

April 24 -- Defying conventional wisdom in the era of Solyndra, conservatives in Washington are coming out to back renewable energy. Specifically, some conservative groups, including Americans for Prosperity, as well as conservative Republicans such as Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas support the idea of expanding a business structure known as a “master-limited partnership,” or MLP, which is currently available only to oil, natural-gas, and coal-mining projects, to also be available to renewable-energy projects. >>View Article

Murkowski Sees Wider Support For Clean Energy Tax Break

April 23 -- Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, the top Republican on the energy committee, said there’s bipartisan support for allowing renewable energy companies to tap a tax structure used by oil and natural gas companies. Murkowski said Republicans and Democrats in both houses of the U.S. Congress support extending the master-limited partnership program to clean energy companies. She’s working on legislation that Delaware Senator Chris Coons intends to introduce this week. >>View Article

[ACORE Member] Planet2025 Network Launches Program

April 22 -- Union Station is the new site of the Earth Day Network’s 2013 celebration of April - Earth Month, bringing its message of sustainability and conservation to about 100,000 visitors daily. Among the green exhibits, environmental films, energy demonstrations, farmers’ market, and youth science fair and art contests, a local movement is being launched that could become an international model for energizing communities and cultivating healthier lives. >>View Release

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