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Why Would We Slow the Growth of Clean Energy Businesses?

March 10 -- Minnesota is a hotbed for clean energy business growth. It’s hard to understand why some legislators are saying, “Slow down.”

The state’s clean energy market is growing rapidly. Employment in clean energy businesses – such as solar and wind installations, biofuels production capacity and energy efficiency – surged by 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014. These are good jobs – average annual wages were more than $71,000 in 2013. That same year, Minnesota employers in the clean energy economy paid more than $1 billion in wages. >>View Article

'Cleantech' Boosts the Economy in NH

March 10 -- SustainX in Seabrook holds several patents for cutting-edge energy storage using compressed gas.

Fiber-Next in Concord builds fiber-optic networks used at wind and solar facilities. >>View Article

Is Renewable Energy Part of the 'All of the Above' Strategy?

March 4 -- For several years now in a row, Congress has wrestled with its support of public policies supportive of the renewable energy industry. What happens to the production tax credit for wind? Should we extend the solar investment tax credit? Does the Renewable Fuel Standard need repeal? Did the Solyndra debacle permanently endanger any bipartisan support for renewables? Should we expand the eligibility of Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy projects? The debate on these policies is sucking almost all of the oxygen out of the room for those members who are focusing their careers on advancing our country's ability to produce all types of energy in this country. >>View Article

Report: Implementation of EPA's 'Clean Power Plan' Won't Jeopardize Reliability of U.S. Power Systems

March 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan won’t jeopardize the reliability of the electric grid in New York, according to a new report from the Analysis Group.

Despite some initial concern about system reliability, the report indicates the energy grid is responding well to enormous changes. Analysis Group senior advisor Susan Tierney says grid operators, power companies and regulators are working together to “keep the lights on.” >>View Article

Virginia Needs a Strong Clean Power Plan

March 4 -- As climate change has intensified, so have conversations about one of the best ways to reduce the carbon pollution driving that change – the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Under the proposed plan, Virginia would reduce carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants by 38 percent over the next 15 years. The EPA has given Virginia, and all states, flexibility in how they meet their respective goals. >>View Article

Green Industrial Revolution

March 4 -- When the world's major financial institutions start to do serious, accurate, research science and measure the declining costs of renewable energy verse the rising costs of fossil fuels, it becomes easier to understand the monumental impact that the Green Industrial Revolution is having. >>View Article

Renewable Fuels Critical to Energy Security

March 4 -- Although it doesn’t feel like it now, spring and summer are fast approaching in Massachusetts. If gasoline prices stay low, millions of Bay Staters will have the ability to inexpensively travel across New England to visit our wonderful beaches, mountains and parks. However, the one downside of cheap fuel at the pump is that it lulls people into forgetting our over-reliance on oil creates a serious national security concern for America and our allies. >>View Article

Wind, a Reliable Part of the Energy Mix, Deserves Incentives

March 3 -- In response to the article “‘Distortions’ in Energy Markets Hurting FirstEnergy’s Nuclear Fleet, Executive Says” (Feb. 18 PowerSource): Wind energy displaces more expensive sources of generation through market-driven forces, which competing energy sources sometimes dislike. This effect is why during the polar vortex last year, wind energy helped keep electricity prices low, saving consumers in Pennsylvania and the surrounding region $1 billion in just two days. >>View Article

Energy Efficiency Better Path to Savings Than Competition, Watchdog Says

March 3 -- Energy efficiency programs have surpassed electric competition as the best way for consumers to save money, according to the Citizens Utility Board.

The board, created by the Illinois legislature to represent the interests of residential and small-business customers, said Monday that "even the easiest of efficiency programs" — namely its CUBEnergySaver.com — has a potential to save Illinois consumers a total of $150 million a year. >>View Article

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