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Democrats Fend Off GOP Renewable Energy Bill

March 3 -- A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday.

The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string of misses for the GOP, which has tried to use its bigger piece of the Legislature to roll back laws passed in recent years. The Senate is in Republican hands for the first time in a decade, and the renewable-energy rollback passed in that chamber last month. >>View Article

Green Investments Are Good Ones

March 2 -- Citigroup Inc. is responding to the very real market demand for renewable energy and the associated financing need. Many of the world’s largest companies—and an ever-increasing number of homeowners—are already saving millions by investing in clean energy. We expect this trend to continue. The International Energy Agency estimates that to combat the effects of climate change, $500 billion in investments in low-carbon energy technologies is needed each year until 2020, with that number doubling by 2030. >>View Article

Solar Arrays Are Popping Up Everywhere

March 2 -- Solar panels are super cheap, with prices down more than 75 percent in five years. Just $0.70 a watt! That’s great news, even if few people can explain what a watt feels like exactly.

And the future is growing even brighter, according to a report released by the independent German research group Agora Energiewende. The analysts report that leading global projections of world energy use may be missing the big picture: “Most scenarios fundamentally underestimate the role of solar power in future energy systems,” the report states. >>View Article

Electric Vehicles Poised to Play an Important Role in Georgia's Future

March 2 -- You may have heard that electric car owners have become a key focus of the proposed transportation plan to fix Georgia’s road and bridge infrastructure issues. The omnibus transportation bill includes measures to not only charge each driver a $200-per-year fee, but the legislation would eliminate the state’s generous $5,000 state tax credit that has made Georgia the No. 2 market for electric cars in the entire country. Where else is Georgia ranked No. 2? >>View Article

Md. Needs More Clean Energy

March 2 -- Maryland currently ranks fifth in the nation for worst air quality and produces over 60 percent of its energy from dirty sources like coal and natural gas. Immediately after his inauguration, Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back coal regulations that would have greatly improved air quality conditions in the state. >>View Article

SolarCity and Google Partner on $750 Million Solar Fund, Largest of its Kind

February 26 -- SolarCity and Google liked their partnership that funded residential solar installations so much they're doing it again -- only bigger.

The two Silicon Valley companies are teaming up on a fund expected to finance $750 million in residential solar projects across 14 states -- including California -- and the District of Columbia, which the companies say would be the largest nest egg of its kind. Google will put in $300 million, which the search giant said was its largest renewable-energy investment yet, topping the $280 million invested in a similar SolarCity fund in 2011. >>View Article

Arizonans Expect SRP to Reject Rate Hike and Tax on Rooftop Solar

February 26 -- On Thursday the Board of Directors of SRP, one of our state’s largest utilities, will vote on a proposal that would impose an across-the-board rate increase and a tax on rooftop solar panels that will drain money from the pockets of Arizona’s families while effectively killing solar energy. In a state with boundless sunshine, it’s a bad idea, and the board should reject it. That was the message delivered to SRP by over 500 customers who rallied outside their recent meeting at SRP’s private country club, including more than 100 Latinos who also represent a third of SRP’s customers and could face as much as $600 more in yearly fees for rooftop solar. >>View Article

EPA Plan Supports Clean Air, Healthy Lungs

February 26 -- In a recent column, Assemblyman Jacque says that energy should be a bipartisan issue. He then presents the partisan position of the MacIver Institute and proceeds to tell us how much he loves coal.

The health impacts of coal are well-documented. Jacque should look into how coal-fired power plants affect the health of the children of Brown County. >>View Article

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