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Report Touts Benefits of Clean Energy

March 21 -- Governor LePage criticized the state's Green Energy policies at an energy forum Today, saying Maine ratepayers can't afford to subsidize clean energy research and development projects.

His comments came on the same day an environmental group released it's report touting the benefits of clean energy. >>View Article

Reid, Sandoval Laud $5.5B Clean Energy Investment

March 21 -- A new report shows at least $5.5 billion has been invested in Nevada's clean energy sector since 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval held a press conference Thursday at the solar-powered "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign to highlight the report, which was produced by the nonprofit Clean Energy Project. >>View Article

Clean-Energy Jobs in Illinois Nearing 100,000: Study

March 20 -- Nearly 97,000 Illinoisans work in the burgeoning clean-energy sector, putting the industry among the largest job generators in the state, according to a report being issued today.

The Clean Energy Trust, which promotes and assists the development of environmentally friendly energy, commissioned the survey, which is its first attempt to catalog the Illinois jobs being created in the effort. The survey takers made more than 27,000 phone calls and sent more than 9,000 emails, collecting information from 1,599 firms and full survey completion by 415 companies. >>View Article

Wind Grows as Power Source in Kansas

March 20 -- After installing the second most new wind capacity in the United States in 2013, following on the third most in 2012, Kansas has blown past a number of states in its percentage of electricity generated from wind.

Based on its potential, however, the state has a long way to go. >>View Article

Efficiency Mark Helps First Solar Stock Rise

March 20 -- Wednesday was a good day for First Solar Inc.

First, the company announced it had set a world record for thin-film module efficiency at its Perrysburg Township plant.

Then the firm revealed its financial expectations for the next few years, which caused its stock price to soar.

The company announced that it had produced a cadmium-telluride photovoltaic module that achieved 17.0 percent total area module efficiency in tests performed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Isn't the End of America's Old Guard Utility Companies

March 20 -- A world with widely available clean energy is no longer part of some far-off future. Long dismissed as too expensive, too intermittent, or both, subsidies and technology improvements have made solar and wind energy more competitive with fossil fuels. U.S. capacity for wind-generated energy reached 61 gigawatts at the end of 2013—up from basically zero a decade before—while solar capacity reached 13 gigawatts, nearly 15 times 2008 levels. No longer a mere annoyance to the energy industry, clean energy sits on the precipice of double-digit market share: Credit Suisse predicts that renewables’ market share will rise from some 5 percent in 2012 to around 12 percent in 2025. >>View Article


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