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The Clean Energy Case for Transmission Has Never Been Stronger

July 10 -- In the two years since we outlined how smarter transmission policy could accelerate and reduce clean energy costs in America’s Power Plan, evidence continues to mount that robust high-voltage transmission networks are indispensable to a clean energy future.

Smart transmission planning has enabled most of the wind and solar now operating in the United States and has done so while generating large net economic benefits; one study estimated that co-optimizing generation and transmission planning could save an incredible $90 billion. >>View Article

New Paths to Sustainable Energy

July 10 -- An airplane just flew across the Pacific Ocean on solar power alone. Self-driving “robocabs” powered by emissions-free electric motors could soon cut the emissions from a cab ride by 90 percent. Solar-powered homes, thought to be a luxury only for the wealthy, are now coming to middle- and even low-income families.

Nations around the world, including the United States, are preparing to meet in Paris in December to commit to new goals on reducing climate-harming emissions for 2030. President Obama pledged June 30 that the US would receive 20 percent of its electricity by 2030 from renewable sources such as solar and wind.

That’s an aggressive goal, but hardly impossible. >>View Article

US Solar Boom: 'Community' Solar Energy Projects Are Accelerating America's Drive Toward Renewables

July 10 -- Americans are putting more solar panels on their roofs than ever before. Yet only a small group of people -- homeowners, mostly well-to-do -- are driving the boom. Apartment dwellers, cash-strapped families, renters and others are largely shut out of the solar movement, sidelined by financial and technical constraints.

Enter community solar projects.

Paul Hyun and his neighbors have one of them on their rooftop. They live in a 70-unit apartment complex in a tightly packed neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. A solar array is affixed to the roof, and each neighbor pays about $80 a month to cover the cost of installing and maintaining the system. All the electricity that’s produced is sold to the local utility, Consolidated Edison Inc., and the neighbors split the proceeds.  >>View Article

Move Missouri Forward Toward a Clean Energy Future

July 10 -- I served with Terry M. Jarrett on the Missouri Public Service Commission and while I have great respect for him, I fundamentally disagree with his take on the Clean Power Plan in his commentary “State utility commissions should fight the Clean Power Plan” (July 7). The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is our nation’s first plan to limit carbon emissions from power plants. The energy sector is the largest source of the heat-trapping emissions that contribute to climate change in the United States, and we’re long overdue as a nation in limiting carbon pollution.

Jarrett wrongly cites cost as a major barrier to cutting carbon emissions, focusing on misleading studies — like the one by NERA Economic Consulting — that erroneously state that the costs of complying with the Clean Power Plan outweigh the benefits. The flawed NERA report inflates the cost of the Clean Power Plan by exaggerating the cost of energy efficiency, and ignores energy efficiency’s proven ability to deliver significant savings. >>View Article

Buffett Strikes Cheapest Electricity Price in US with Nevada Solar Farm

July 9 -- A Nevada utility owned by U.S. tycoon Warren Buffett has agreed upon a purchase
price for solar power from a First Solar plant that might well be the cheapest electricity
available anywhere in the U.S., reports Bloomberg.

NV Energy, a Nevada-based utility owned by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to pay
just $0.3.87/kWh for solar electricity from the 100 MW Playa Solar 2 project being developed
by U.S. thin film company First Solar. >>View Article

It's Time for Solar Power to Shine for All Consumers

July 9 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Energy Plan, released last week, breaks big barriers to
clean energy. But the biggest barrier of all is affordability for 100 percent of people.
That’s what we care about most and it’s why we launched the 100% campaign last month in New York. The governor’s plan could help bust that barrier, too, through community net-metering – often called shared renewables – which could allow millions of New Yorkers to plug into solar power for the first time.

Solar is already powering the Empire State in a big way. Declining solar installation costs
mean that record numbers of New Yorkers are harnessing sunshine to save on their energy
bills. New York State, in turn, has invested $750 million in the construction of the
nation’s largest solar panel manufacturing facility in Buffalo. In July, our PUSH Green
program will begin signing people up for a discount rooftop solar PV program tailored to the
needs of low- and moderate-income households in Western New York. This program will help
spur job creation at the neighborhood level. >>View Article

Poll: Most Desert Voters Support Renewable Energy Plan

July 9 -- Most people don't know that state and federal officials are working on a plan to
balance renewable energy development and conservation across California's sprawling deserts.

But among those who have heard of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, a vast
majority support the proposal.

That's according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which surveyed more than 800
desert voters about their views on renewable energy development and conservation. Of the 24
percent of respondents who knew anything about the plan, 66 percent said they support it,
compared to just 15 percent who said they oppose it. >>View Article

EPA Carbon Standards Will Help Us Breathe Easier

July 9 -- Later this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue the Clean Power
Plan, new clean air safeguards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. This
plan will provide a significant opportunity for Arizona to step up its commitment to clean
solar energy and energy efficiency programs and reduce its dependence on dirty coal-fired
power plants.

The Clean Power Plan creates a framework that enables states to move toward utilizing clean
energy, such as solar, wind and energy efficiency, and puts states in the driver's seat to
determine how best to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. These new protections represent the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. >>View Article

Cerabino: Bondi Tries Sun Block

July 8 -- Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying to stop a voter initiative that
would allow state residents to buy solar-generated energy from their neighbors instead of
the state's big electric utilities.

Bondi has come to the aid of Florida Power & Light to oppose a ballot amendment that would
prevent the government and state utilities from imposing legal barriers to people who choose
to power their homes in a way that eliminates doing business with one of the state's big
providers. >>View Article

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