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US Solar and Wind Start to Outshine Gas

Large wind farms and solar plants are now cost-competitive with gas-fired power in many parts of the US even without subsidy, according to Lazard, raising the prospect of a fundamental shift in the country’s energy market. >>View Article

How to Improve the Energy Landscape and Move Past Tax Credits

What will happen to the renewable energy industry beyond 2016? At that time, federal tax credits will expire and may impact future renewable projects financing and expansions. There is a debate whether the federal tax credit models are necessary to continue to drive the industry. >>View Article 

Clean Energy is a 100 Percent American Success Story

Across the nation, American businesses, families, and communities are embracing clean, renewable energy that is homegrown, healthy, and can never run out. By finding alternatives to fossil fuels that pollute our air and disrupt our climate, they are showcasing the single most practical way to tackle climate change, starting now. >>View Article 

Water and Energy Consumption

The plumes of vented cooling water steaming from the two towers at the Byron Nuclear Generating Station in Byron, Illinois, can be seen for miles around. Seeing the plumes can serve to remind us of the close link between our energy consumption and water consumption. >>View Article 

Study of Eastern U.S. Shows Wind Energy Could Stabilize the Grid

Last month, General Electric (GE) consulting presented the results of a U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) sponsored study testing if wind turbines can be controlled to manage the stability of the electric grid. The authors found that wind turbines might actually be a valuable tool for controlling and stabilizing the grid in the future, disputing the conventional notion that wind energy doesn’t play well with the grid. >>View Article 

We Need More Women in Energy and STEM

Despite the enormous gains women have made in many professional fields, there is still a noticeable gender gap when it comes to science and energy. The lack of women in these science and math-based positions is detrimental to society at large. >>View Article 

Editorial - Duke's Venture into Solar Production a Good Sign for Future

Rural parts of eastern North Carolina play an integral role in renewable energy output in the state. With its announcement that it plans to own three expansive solar farms and buy power from five others, Duke Energy has tiptoed into solar production – a signal that it views the sun's rays as a commercially viable source of energy. >>View Article 

Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region

The western United States' remarkable renewable energy resource availability, supportive policies, and well-developed supply chains have transformed western states into national leaders in renewable energy development. >>View Article 

Strengthen Wisconsin's Clean Energy Policy

Wisconsin utilities deserve credit for meeting the Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS, well ahead of schedule. The policy developed with bipartisan and business support in 2005 called for 10% of our electricity to come from sustainable sources such as wind, solar and bioenergy by 2015. As we learned from a recent Public Service Commission report, we got there in 2013 instead. >>View Article 

 

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