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U.S. Wind-Power Installations Rose Sixfold in 2014: BNEF

January 22 -- Installations of wind power in the U.S. surged sixfold last year, making it the largest market for the technology worldwide after China.

The U.S. added 4.7 gigawatts of new onshore wind capacity in 2014 compared with 764 megawatts a year earlier, largely due to the extension of the Production Tax Credit in January 2013, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in a statement. Total U.S. onshore wind installations are now 64.2 megawatts. >>View Article

The Ongoing Attack on Ethanol

January 22 -- There is an old saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and taxes. However, we must add to that list the certainty that each Congress Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will continue her inexplicable crusade against corn ethanol by introducing legislation, amendments, riders, and other measures to tear down one of the great American success stories in an otherwise miserable legacy of energy policy. The current iteration is an amendment to the Keystone Pipeline legislation. >>View Article

Let's Get Past Keystone and Get On With Energy Reform

January 22 -- Once again, the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline is sucking up all the air in the room when it comes to energy policy. But the heated debate is something of a distraction from more substantive energy issues. Whether the pipeline gets built or not, the oil it’s supposed to transport will get used somewhere in the world if market conditions warrant.

I hope the issue is finally resolved soon, so that Congress can turn its attention to the real solution to our energy problems: Developing a bipartisan, comprehensive, “all of the above” energy strategy. That’s what the American people want. And it’s what we at Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YCER) are counting on the newly Republican-controlled Congress to deliver. >>View Article

The State of the Wind Industry Is Strong

January 22 -- The strength of the U.S. wind industry is attracting the notice of the highest levels of government. In his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that the U.S. leads the world in wind generation. >>View Article

University of Hawaii at Manoa Saved $3.4M on Energy Costs Last Year

January 22 -- The University of Hawaii at Manoa saved $3.4 million on energy in 2014, the university confirmed Wednesday.

Over the last eight years, the campus has saved more than nine percent on its projected energy costs by implementing strategic air conditioning, lighting, and building control retrofits. >>View Article

Amazon to Fund a Big Wind Farm in Indiana

January 21 -- Amazon has struck a deal to fund the construction of a wind farm in rural Indiana, as part of plan announced by the company in November to power its massive cloud computing business with renewable energy. >>View Article

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 21 -- President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in tonight's speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.

As gasoline prices continue to drop, low natural gas prices give domestic manufacturers a competitive edge, and the renewable energy industry breaks investment and installation records, the president used his speech to remind Americans how much had changed since he took office. >>View Article

It's Time for Gov. Snyder to Lead on a Clean Energy Future

January 21 -- On Tuesday, Gov. Rick Snyder will offer details on his agenda for 2015, and there’s good reason to believe that clean energy will be a key component of his plan.

In his first term, Snyder introduced a “no regrets” energy plan, focusing on four key areas: adaptability, reliability, affordability, and protection of the environment. Last year, Republicans and Democrats in the state Legislature introduced a plan to accomplish these goals by increasing Michigan’s use of renewable energy and reducing energy waste. >>View Article

Dominion Plans Virginia's 1st Commercial Solar Energy Plant

January 21 -- Dominion Virginia Power is planning to build the first commercial solar energy plant in the state.

The state’s largest power company filed an application Tuesday with the State Corporation Commission to build the 20-megawatt facility in Northern Virginia. >>View Article

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