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California ISO Generated 8 GW Of Solar, Topping Last Year's Record By 2 GW

California's new solar production record is an impressive leap over last year's figures, showing just how quickly the state is moving to bring clean energy resources online. Solar generation in California on May 31 last year set a record of 6,078 MW. A little more than a year later, and the new record production was almost 2,000 MW more.

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BoE's Carney Sees Up To $7 Trillion Invested In Renewable Energy

As much as $7 trillion of investment will flow into clean technologies that can help curb pollution and climate change over the next two decades, Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney said.

Companies and investors can take advantage of the shift to low-carbon energy, spurred by government policies, as they prepare for the risks climate change may bring, such as rising sea levels, Carney said at an event in Toronto on Friday.

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A Grown Up Solar Industry Looks to Lower Costs Through Tech

With more than a million solar panel systems installed across the U.S., turning sunlight into electricity across major states like California, New York, and North Carolina, the solar industry has officially gone mainstream.

Gone are the days when government subsidies dominated the conversation and solar panels were a luxury for the rich. But now a major challenge, like with so many other maturing industries before it, is for solar companies to continue to squeeze out costs wherever possible—from the cost of making panels to the cost of selling and maintaining them.

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Salt Lake City Makes Historic Commitment to 100% Renewables by 2032

Salt Lake City announced Wednesday its commitment to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2032. The city also plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2040.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and city council members signed a joint resolution Tuesday creating the Climate Positive 2040 commitment. The resolution acknowledges the scientific consensus that climat change is occurring and is driven by the burning of fossil fuels. City officials also stated in the resolution that changes in water systems and extreme-weather events are affecting Salt Lake City now and will be exacerbated in the future, according to North America Wind Power.

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Energy Storage Would Get U.S. Tax Credits in Bipartisan Bill

Energy storage would gain access to the same tax incentives that helped make renewable energy the biggest new source of electricity in the U.S. last year under a bill introduced in the Senate.

Batteries like the lithium-ion ones in phones and electric vehicles would be eligible for the tax incentives when connected to the utility grid at homes and businesses under a bill introduced Tuesday by Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich from New Mexico. The bill has eight co-sponsors including Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, according to a statement.

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USDA To Help 821 Rural Small Businesses Boost Renewable Energy Use, Save On Energy Costs

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for 821 projects across the nation that will help rural small businesses and agricultural producers reduce energy usage and costs in their operations. The funding is available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and will be used to make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems.

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Renewable Energy Programs Helping Distressed Areas Of California With Quality Jobs, Study Says

California's push to develop more renewable energy, including solar and wind power, is creating well-paying jobs that are concentrated in economically distressed parts of the state, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) said the study is evidence that the state needs to continue to pursue its ambitious goal to have 50% of energy come from renewable source by 2030.

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Renewable Energy to Surpass Coal and Nuclear by 2030: 7 Key Takeaways from EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016

As a certified energy geek, I always look forward to this time of year. On July 11 and 12, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is holding their annual conference to discuss current energy technology, market, and policy issues, and will present results from their new Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2016 report.

One of the headlines this year is EIA's new projections for renewable energy, which under their reference case is expected to surpass nuclear power by 2020 and coal by 2028 to become the second largest source of U.S. electricity generation after natural gas.

Here are seven key takeaways from AEO 2016 that explain why EIA is projecting such a large increase in renewable energy this year:

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The Best Way To Teach Adults To Save Energy Might Be Through Their Children

It's hard to get people to change their habits, even when doing so could have lasting benefits for the environment. But a team of scientists may have just found a way to hack it when it comes to helping families develop better energy-saving practices at home. The trick, according to them, is to have children help deliver the message.

In a new study involving 30 California Girl Scout troops, researchers demonstrated that interventions targeting youth can help promote energy-saving actions in both children and their parents, with concrete behavioral changes lasting for months after an intervention takes place. The research highlights the idea that youth-oriented environmental programs can have a tangible impact on entire families.

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Shedding Light On Solar Power

There has probably never been a better time to switch to solar. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have regulations that are solar-friendly enough (and electricity rates high enough) to make residential solar financially attractive (see map below), and last December Congress extended through 2021 the generous federal tax credits on solar projects that had been set to expire at the end of this year. Residential solar installations increased almost 60 percent between 2014 and 2015, and in 2015 America averaged one new residential solar installation about every 100 seconds.

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