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States Should Not Take Ohio's Lead on Freezing Renewable Energy Standards

August 18 -- In the absence of a national energy policy, about 30 states have adopted plans to create more electricity from renewable sources. This patchwork of incentives is crucial to the development of the wind-power and solar-energy industries, and hundreds of thousands of jobs; the shift to renewables is also necessary to combat climate change. Yet even these modest state policies are under attack from groups including Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council, which are both closely aligned with the billionaire Koch brothers. It’s a staggeringly misguided attempt to convince voters, mostly in economically struggling states, that renewable-energy targets are driving up their electric bills. Yet it may be bearing fruit. >>View Article

Solar is a True Conservative Solution

August 18 -- When fossil-fuel funded groups like Americans for Prosperity start attacking solar energy, you have to wonder: Whats in it for them? More Florida dollars going out of state for more coal and natural gas? More air and water pollution-related medical costs for all? More glacier-melting, sea-level-rising greenhouse gases? >>View Article

Power Surge in Minnesota's Solar Industry

August 18 -- Minnesota’s solar power industry is in a growth spurt that’s about to accelerate.

The industry, once focused largely on installing solar photovoltaic panels for homes, businesses and government, now is seeing a surge in investment by electric utilities. >>View Article

Large Solar Array Planned at Ford HQ

August 15 -- DTE Energy Co. plan to build a large, roughly $5 million solar array at the automaker's world headquarters in suburban Detroit, officials announced Thursday.

The project, funded by Detroit-based DTE, will provide Ford employees in Dearborn with 360 covered parking spaces and power for 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. >>View Article

Let's Face It, Coal Has Had Its Day

August 13 -- To think the EPA's Clean Power Plan hurts the American public is a far leap from logic, as suggested in Rep. Mike Kelly's "Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal" (op-ed, Aug. 4). While the coal lobby might hope the EPA's plan is unpopular, the numbers tell a different story.

A recent Stanford University and USA Today study found only 21% of Americans say generating power from coal is a "good idea." In comparison, 91% say generating power from solar energy is a good idea. Additionally, a new study by the University of Michigan found that even 51% of Republicans support a carbon tax if the revenue goes toward renewable-energy programs. And the Small Business Majority found 76% of small-business owners in support of the EPA's new rule. >>View Article

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

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