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Almost Unnoticed, Solar Energy is Making Strides in Midwest

April 15 -- With more than 8,000 companies operating nationwide, solar energy has become one of the fastest-growing industries in America — thanks, in large part, to remarkable growth on both the West and East coasts.

California continues to lead the way with nearly 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity — enough to power more than 2 million homes — but on the other side of the country, five Eastern states — New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut — are closing in on a total of 4 GW of installed capacity. >>View Article

Study: Nebraska Ethanol has $5 Billion Impact

April 15 -- Ethanol had a nearly $5 billion impact on Nebraska’s economy last year, according to a University of Nebraska-Lincoln report released Tuesday.

During the industry’s infancy in 1985, Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity was just 9 million gallons a year. It has since exploded, increasing almost tenfold since 1995, according to the study, “Economic Impacts of the Ethanol Industry in Nebraska.” >>View Article

PA's Fossil Fuels Industry Gets Billions in Taxpayer Subsidies, PennFuture Report Shows

April 15 -- A new report from environmental advocacy group PennFuture says that in Pennsylvania alone, $3.25 billion went to subsidize the fossil fuels industry in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The report breaks down that that comes to $794 per taxpayer.

Much of that subsists of tax subsidies to energy industries, such as shale gas development and legacy costs of oil, gas and coal. >>View Article

Welch's Strange Bedfellows

April 14 -- Looking at recent federal elections, it is evident that incumbents are getting pushed out of Congress because voters are concerned about whether their representatives in Washington are playing politics instead of focusing on the needs of everyday Americans in a difficult economy.

Vermont’s only congressman, Peter Welch, has generally stayed above the fray. He won re-election again in 2014 by overwhelming majority, in part because he generally aligns responsibly with Vermonters on environmental issues. >>View Article

Blowing Past Political Turbulence

April 14 -- The gaggle of workers in Montana’s Carbon County hacking at the barely thawed ground in late December were on a mission: Secure Mud Springs Wind Ranch’s eligibility for a green-energy incentive.

Why were they racing to catch a tax credit in that sparsely inhabited land? Congress. >>View Article

80% Renewables by 2050 in US, Says NREL

April 14 -- How can high levels of renewable energy be integrated when wind and solar resources are variable? First of all, it’s important to remember that wind and solar are not the only renewables out there. High overall renewable energy integration can be achieved via a composite of regions with different integration levels and different means. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Jobs Grew in 2014, More Expected this Year

April 10 -- Missouri’s clean energy employment grew 4.8 percent in 2014 to almost 40,000 jobs across the state. That figure is expected to grow another 7.1 percent to more than 42,000 this year, according to a new report called the Missouri Clean Jobs Census. >>View Article

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