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Study: Northeast Has More Than 250k Commercial Rooftops Suitable for Solar

October 7 -- A new study that looks at solar potential in the Northeast concludes a large market has been largely neglected, as solar developers focused on residential and utility-scale power. Assuming an average mid-sized solar system of 350 kW, the firm believes the Northeast's suitable commercial buildings have 94,733 MW of untapped solar potential.

"The mid-scale solar market is ripe for expansion in the Northeast," the report concluded. "A solid mix of available space, potential savings, and investment appetite combine to attract financiers to the market." >>View Article

New York's Revolutionary Plan To Remake Its Power Utilities

October 7 -- By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first blush, this can look like a standard story of scrappy outsiders versus evil corporations. But as I've been arguing, that's not quite right.

Utilities aren't evil. They are doing exactly what they are designed to do. The problem is the design. Right now, utilities operate in a regulatory environment that puts them intrinsically at odds with some of the coolest, most promising stuff happening in energy today: rooftop solar, energy storage in electric vehicles and household batteries, smart home energy management tech like the Nest thermostat, and various new ways of aggregating and managing demand. >>View Article

McAuliffe: Clean Power Plan in Virginia

October 7 -- Since the beginning of my administration, my team and I have been focused on diversifying the Virginia economy by attracting new high-growth industries while helping to grow existing businesses in the state. I have traveled throughout this country and the world selling Virginia as a top place to do business and creating a welcoming environment for all industries.

In 2014, I released a comprehensive Virginia energy plan with an explicit focus on economic development. >>View Article

California Leads a Quiet Revolution

October 7 -- BERKELEY, California — California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the state, and thousands more are added each week.

With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide. >>View Article

Enemies of the Sun

October 5 -- Does anyone remember the Cheney energy task force? Early in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney released a report that was widely derided as a document written by and for Big Energy — because it was. The administration fought tooth and nail to keep the process by which the report was produced secret, but the list of people the task force met was eventually leaked, and it was exactly what you’d expect: a who’s who of energy industry executives, with environmental groups getting a chance to make their case only after the work was essentially done.

But here’s the thing: by the standards of today’s Republican Party, the Cheney report was enlightened, even left-leaning. >>View Article

Editor's Inbox: Support andidates Who Back Clean Energy

October 5 -- From wind energy to solar power, I have grown up watching the state of Iowa work efficiently and effectively on an enormous problem the world is facing: climate change.

It is mandatory that the United States, one of the leaders in global pollution, transition to a clean-energy plan. We not only have the technology to do so, but it will also be economically beneficial and it will help make the Earth a cleaner, healthier and better place to live for generations to come.

Currently, Iowa generates close to 30 percent of its power from wind energy, more than any other state. We have all watched as wind turbines have slowly dotted our countryside, and we are even starting to see more and more solar panels be installed on tops of businesses and even on homes. >>View Article

Germany Offers India $2.25 Billion for Solar, Clean Energy

October 5 -- German will provide India more than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion) for developing a clean energy corridor and solar projects, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Modi has made ambitious renewable energy targets a key part of his development agenda and climate change mitigation commitments ahead of a landmark international summit in Paris at the end of this year. >>View Article

Clean Energy in the Statehouse Freezer

October 5 -- They stacked the deck against clean energy a year ago. In engineering a two-year freeze on the standards for increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Ohio, the Republican majorities at the Statehouse created a legislative committee to study the mandates. At the same time, they enacted provisions designed to weaken the standards.

Study? They already had the answers.

Sure enough, on Wednesday, the Energy Mandates Study Committee handed down its recommendations. The first proposal? Extend the freeze “indefinitely,” or just what FirstEnergy and other power companies wanted when they began working to remove the standards three years ago. >>View Article

Renewables to Reap Lion's Share of New Power Plants, IEA Says

October 2 -- Renewable energy will be the largest source of new power generation capacity worldwide over the next five years, installing 700 gigawatts, which is more than double what utilities produce today in Japan, the International Energy Agency said.

While installations surge, investment will fall 15 percent to $230 billion a year by 2020 as the cost of wind and solar farms declines, the Paris-based institution said in a report on Friday. >>View Article

Why The World Could Be Shifting to Clean Energy A Lot Faster

October 2 -- First the good news: In a new report on the near term future of the global renewable energy industry, the International Energy Agency is projecting impressive growth. Renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower should constitute nearly two-thirds of new net power capacity brought online across the globe between now and 2020. That’s equivalent to 700 gigawatts of new capacity or “more than twice Japan’s current installed power capacity,” according to the IEA.

That would mean that overall, renewables would grow from providing 22 percent of the world’s total electricity generation in 2013, to providing an impressive 26 percent of it by 2020. >>View Article


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