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Report shows 1 in 3 Texans chooses renewable energy options

July 28 -- A Texas Empowerment report released by Choose Energy shows that about one in three Texans choose renewably sourced energy options.

That’s 100 percent more than any other state, Levente McCrary, spokeswoman for Choose Energy, said in an email.

“While Texans may have bigger grids and bills when it comes to energy, they also have a lot of choice in green energy plans — which may be partly why they gravitate to green energy plans more often than any other state,” she said. >>View Article

Steven J. Levy: R.I. sets example for feds on biodesel

July 28 -- Beginning this month, Rhode Island officially launched a new policy for heating oil in the state to contain at least 2 percent biodiesel. As stated by Sen. Susan Sosnowski (D-South Kingstown), the state’s requirement is a recognition of the national security, environmental and economic benefits that come from expanding the use of a domestically produced, cleaner-burning, renewable energy source. >>View Article

Doing carbon-cutting right will be a triple win for Minnesota

July 28 -- Alexis Williams’ recent op-ed “Minnesota's carbon-cutting plan should maximize efficiency and renewable-energy development” (July 24) could not be more on-point about the opportunity for Minnesota’s clean energy future.

Without question, Minnesota is a leader among states in renewable energy. Williams' insights are exceptionally timely, not only because Minnesota is one of 30 forward-thinking states with market-focused goals for renewable energy, but because it is projected to surpass these goals well in advance of the 2025 target. Here’s a fact: By next year, Minnesota will get more than 25 percent of its energy from renewables, boosting local economies and lowering energy costs for consumers. >>View Article

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers the iCloud

July 28 -- The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in charge of the company's environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.

The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy. >>View Article

Kasich and lawmakers must clean up their energy mess

July 28 -- Is there anything hopeful to say about the lousy new law that is freezing Ohio’s clean-energy mandates? Only that it could have been even worse — and that Gov. John Kasich and the General Assembly still have a chance to start to reverse the damage they’ve done.

Make no mistake: The law is plenty bad. The governor and the Republican-dominated legislature have paused for two years the state’s successful five-year-old standards for alternative energy and energy efficiency. Ohio is the only state that has taken such a step backward. >>View Article

EPA climate rule economically feasible, study says

July 25 -- Turning to renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programs is becoming more and more economically feasible for utilities across the U.S., according to a new report.

The analysis by advocacy group Ceres concludes that states have the ability to go "beyond the fence" to meet new targets set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) without breaking the budget for utilities.

“Renewable energy and energy efficiency, two of EPA's Clean Power Plan building blocks, are increasingly cost-effective options for electric utilities seeking to lower their carbon emissions,” Ceres President Mindy Lubber said. >>View Article

Colorado businesses should support Clean Power Plan

July 25 -- If every Colorado business leader who stands to benefit from the new Clean Power Plan shows up at next week's doubleheader listening sessions at the Environmental Protection Agency's Wynkoop Street offices, the agency would have to move the event a few blocks away to Coors Field.

The daylong, back-to-back listening sessions, scheduled for July 29 and 30, give Coloradans a unique opportunity to weigh in on the most serious effort in U.S. history to combat the growing threat climate change poses to our economy. Denver is one of just four cities — and the only one west of Atlanta — where these listening sessions are being held. >>View Article

Wind power’s set for a comeback: World capacity to more than double by 2018

July 25 -- Wind power is currently making just a small, if powerful, contribution to the world’s energy mix — just 3 percent, meaning it’s still no match for oil and gas. But according to industry analysts, it’s headed for a major upswing, and the worldwide supply of wind energy will more than double in the next five years.

If every Colorado business leader who stands to benefit from the new Clean Power Plan shows up at next week's doubleheader listening sessions at the Environmental Protection Agency's Wynkoop Street offices, the agency would have to move the event a few blocks away to Coors Field.

The daylong, back-to-back listening sessions, scheduled for July 29 and 30, give Coloradans a unique opportunity to weigh in on the most serious effort in U.S. history to combat the growing threat climate change poses to our economy. Denver is one of just four cities — and the only one west of Atlanta — where these listening sessions are being held. >>View Article

California houses the top greenest utilities

July 25 -- The nation's greenest utilities tend to cluster in coastal states such as California that promote renewable power and energy efficiency, while those that score lower are located in the Southeast, says a ranking Thursday of the 32 largest U.S. electric utilities.

State policies are a key determinant in how utilities perform, according to the report — billed as the "first-of-its-kind" — by Ceres and Clean Edge, two research groups focused on sustainability. The utilities are ranked on three indicators that look at renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. >>View Article

Power to Save: Raceway Hits Major Milestone at Solar Farm

July 25 -- LONG POND – About four years ago Pocono Raceway dedicated a solar farm to generate energy.

On Thursday, the raceway in Monroe County showed us exactly how much electricity it has produced and the numbers are pretty impressive.

About 40,000 solar panels sit off in an old parking lot across from the Pocono Raceway. >>View Article

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