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Opinion: Our Generation’s Moonshot: A Clean-energy World by 2050

October 7 -- NEW YORK (Project Syndicate) — In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy stirred America and the world with these words: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Just eight years later, NASA did just that — with astounding benefits for science, technology, and the world economy.

Now, a group of leading scientists, innovators, and economists has identified our era’s moonshot: to replace fossil fuels with clean-energy technologies within this generation. >>View Article

Amazon Executive: Ohio a Key Supplier in Wind Energy Industry

October 7 -- Ohio leads the U.S. in making components needed for the wind-energy industry – and that has Amazon.com Inc. taking notice, according to Columbus Business First.

Reid Spolek, manager of renewable energy for the Seattle-based company’s Amazon Web Services division, said at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s recent Summit on Sustainability that Ohio is seen by the company as more than just home to three under-construction data centers. >>View Article

Report: Clean Energy Is Booming in North Carolina with Surging Jobs, Revenue

October 7 -- Clean-energy jobs in North Carolina grew 12% from last year to 25,700, and revenue for the industry grew 37% to $6.6 billion, according to a new report by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association.

The association’s Robin Aldina gave a preview of the 2015 North Carolina Clean Energy Census at the Making Energy Work Conference in Raleigh on Tuesday. The full report is due out in November.

Aldina, who is compiling the eighth annual report, says that the largest industry group for clean energy in the state is tied to energy efficiency for buildings. That accounted for $2.3 billion in revenue and 12,700 full-time jobs. >>View Article

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

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