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Battery Hackers Are Building the Future in the Garage

March 12 -- Revolutions that start in the garage are nothing new. The one-car shed in which David Packard and William Hewlett launched the partnership that would grow into Hewlett-Packard Co. is known as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. >>View Article

Once Extravagant, Renewable Power Plans Go Cheap

March 12 -- Hybrid cars, fruit grown without pesticides, clean coal plants -- going green usually comes at a premium.

But not so with consumer electricity plans that promise energy exclusively from wind turbines and solar farms. As those renewables have proliferated in recent years, green plans have become readily affordable. >>View Article

Renewable Energy is a California Success Story

March 12 -- In 2011, Solyndra, a California-based solar panel manufacturer, defaulted on a $535-million federal loan and went bankrupt. Critics argued that this proved renewable energy was hopelessly impractical and expensive and that federal and state policies to support it were a waste of taxpayer money. Americans for Prosperity, a group funded by the Koch brothers, spent $6 million on an ad campaign highlighting the company as a symbol of failure. Even the venerable “60 Minutes” got into the fray, reporting there was a “cleantech crash.” California, in particular, was singled out for ridicule. Pundits warned that strong support for renewable energy would bring down our economy. >>View Article

For Mich. right wingers, more green energy makes sense

March 12 -- It's hard to think of Right to Life as the progressive branch of the conservative movement. But that's how Ed Rivet, legislative director of an organization that has been the very definition of right wing, describes the anti-abortion group's position on green energy.

"This is the one area where conservatives are progressive," says Rivet, of a joint effort by some of the state's staunchest conservatives to lobby for strong renewable energy policies in the state's new energy law. >>View Article

The Economic Fallout of the Freeze on Ohio's Clean Energy Sector

March 11 -- Passed in 2008 with overwhelming bipartisan support, Ohio’s renewable energy and energy-efficiency standards proved unambiguously successful in spurring economic progress in the state. Among their benefits were increased in-state investment and energy development, new jobs for Ohioans, and decreased electricity bills.

Despite broad public support for these standards, the Ohio legislature passed S.B. 310 in May 2014, which froze the state’s ramp-up schedules for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It subsequently passed H.B. 483, which dramatically increased the setback requirements for wind turbines. Gov. John Kasich (R) signed both bills into law in June 2014. >>View Article

Solar Power Sees Unprecedented Boom in U.S.

March 11 -- U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year and representing nearly $18 billion in new investment, according to data released this morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. >>View Article

The U.S. Can Stay Number One in Wind Energy

March 11 -- America leads the world in wind power — and it’s effectively doing so with one arm behind its back.

Today, 39 states, including Texas, have utility-scale wind turbines. In fact, Texas ranks first in the nation in wind power installed. >>View Article

New Power Generation Coming Primarily from Wind

March 11 -- Wind power will make up almost half of all new utility-scale electric generation in 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, while coal power plants are retiring because of federal emissions rules. >>View Article

Contesting the Myths Around Renewable Energy Investment

March 11 -- Most long-term investments in infrastructure -- be they toll roads, railways, hospitals or conventional power generation -- rely on stable government policy. Investors in infrastructure understand those policy risks, and balance them against the long-term, relatively stable returns offered by the asset class. Renewable energy investments are no different. >>View Article

Here's How Much Faster Wind and Solar Are Growing than Fossil Fuels

March 10 -- There’s been a lot of positive news about clean energy lately. For instance, we’ve reported that from 2008 to the present, wind and solar energy capacity in the United States has tripled.

Now, a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration makes a similar point. It finds that the electricity generated from wind and solar grew a lot faster than electricity generated by fossil fuels last year. In fact, solar more than doubled, and wind outgrew all other sources. >>View Article

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