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Clean Power Plan Can Mean Smarter Energy Decisions for Virginia

August 12 -- “There is such a thing as being too late,” President Obama said while announcing the country’s strongest action ever taken to curb carbon pollution causing climate change. The long- awaited Clean Power Plan sets standards for reducing power plant emissions — our greatest source of carbon pollution — by more than a third over the next 15 years.
From a climate and public health perspective, this action is a necessity we can delay no longer.

And from an economic perspective, it’s a moment to seize. >>View Article

How the Wind Power Sector Found a Vital Ally in Microsoft

August 12 -- The energy sector does not exist in a vacuum—for any form of energy production to truly grow and thrive, there has to be both a sufficient demand and infrastructure support. Right now wind energy is finding that kind of support in Microsoft. The global tech company has invested significantly in wind power over the past two years, building up contracts to deliver 285 MW of renewable power to its data centers from two wind energy projects built offsite. It’s a progressive move for Microsoft to turn toward renewable energy reliance—and for the renewable energy sector, the support of a company with as much influence and reach as Microsoft could be an immense boost. >>View Article

Offshore Wind Farm Positions Rhode Island as a Leader

July 29 -- Deepwater Wind has installed the first of five steel foundations for a wind farm that will sit three miles off the coast of Block Island. The project is expected to produce enough energy to power 17,000 homes. State and federal officials got an up-close look at construction for the first time yesterday. Rhode Island Public Radio environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza was with them, and she reports that Rhode Island has become an example for how to build renewable energy. >>View Article

Another Voice: State’s Renewable Energy Program Should be Extended

July 29 -- When people hear that I work as a logger, driving a team of horses as I harvest trees from working forests in Arkwright, Chautauqua County, they assume that I am an old-fashioned kind of guy who is not a fan of modern technology, such as wind turbines. However, this is not the case. I believe that technology is an integral part of life, intertwined in everything we do. One common denominator exists among the modern benefits technology affords us: they require electricity. >>View Article

Report Presents Case for Wyoming Wind Power to California

July 29 -- California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday. >>View Article

Yet Another Study Finds That Reducing Carbon Emissions Saves Americans Money

July 28 -- Conservatives insist that Obama's Clean Power Plan — indeed, any effort to reduce carbon emissions — will cost American consumers money and jobs.

It is impossible to know the future, so there's no way to say that this is definitively false, but at this point there's enough research and modeling to indicate that it's very, very unlikely. (This will not stop conservatives from saying it, and it won't stop the media from uncritically passing along these dire warnings.) >>View Article

Clean Power Could Mean Lower Electric Bills

July 28 -- According to two new reports, Colorado has the potential to reduce carbon pollution and help residents save money if state leaders make smart choices in implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. >>View Article


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