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The States That Use the Most Green Energy

May 17 -- California and Texas might be leading the nation’s rollout of solar and wind power, respectively, but Washington, where hydroelectric dams provide over 60 percent of the state’s energy, was the country’s biggest user of renewable power in 2011, according to new statistics released last week by the federal Energy Information Administration. >>View Article

Electric Vehicles Create Jobs In Oregon

May 17 -- The electric vehicle partnership has created more than 1600 jobs here in Orego, drawing praise from the governor. Oregon now has almost 2,500 electric vehicles registered across the state and more than 40 ev fast-chargers; two of those chargers just installed at the state capitol where Governor Kitzhaber praised the creation of jobs and clean energy use options. >>View Article

Poll: Majority Of Illinois Voters Want More Renewable Energy

May 17 -- Wide majorities of likely Illinois voters believe it is important that the state maintain its commitment to increase its use of renewable power and support legislation that would achieve this goal by adjusting the state's renewable portfolio standard law, according to a new Zogby survey. >>View Article

 

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

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