March 21 -- The wind industry has gone to great lengths over the years to snap up the best properties for its farms, often looking to remote swaths of prairie or distant mountain ridges to maximize energy production and minimize community opposition. >>View Article
March 21 -- First, the good news — break out the champagne! The overwhelming majority of new U.S. electrical capacity is coming from wind and solar, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. >>View Article
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
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
March 21 -- The worldwide demand for solar and wind power continues to skyrocket. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased about 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. >>View Article
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
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
March 20 -- A new report says that in 2012 Minnesota's renewable-energy standards reduced carbon pollution by 3.2 million metric tons, or the equivalent of the emissions from 675,000 cars.
The report, from the Environment America Research & Policy Center, was released locally today at the Mayflower Church in Minneapolis, which installed 204 solar panels in November. >>View Article
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
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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