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A Bright Opportunity: Soft Cost Reductions for PV Installations

July 16 -- Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy available on the planet, and it has been harnessed in the conventional form of photovoltaic (PV) cells for over half a century. The improvements in efficiency and reductions in hardware costs in recent years have resulted cost decreases of over 40% and have led to significant increases in installments worldwide. In fact, 29% of electricity generation capacity added in 2013 came from solar installments. But staying ahead of climate change will take more significant adoption of renewables. Fortunately there are still plenty of opportunities to continue driving costs down and encouraging more widespread deployment. >>View Article

Biofuels industry amping up, report shows

July 16 -- Commercial airlines and ships are increasingly using biofuels to power flights, and that usage could grow even further in the coming years.

Biofuels will make up 6.1 percent of the United States' aviation and marine fuel market and generate $7.8 billion in revenue by 2024, according to a report released Tuesday by Boulder-based Navigant Research. >>View Article

Colorado and Denver land in the top 10 for clean tech

July 16 -- Colorado is No. 4 in the nation for producing eco-friendly and environmentally safe technology, according to the 2014 Clean Tech Leadership Index released Tuesday.

That's up from No. 5 in last year's index, which is compiled by San Francisco-based Clean Edge, Inc., a research and advisory firm. >>View Article

Innovation: Key to Reducing Carbon Emissions

July 16 -- Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled a proposal to reduce carbon emissions aggressively -- by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. It will create economic opportunities, improve public health especially among children and seniors, and curb the harmful impact of dirty power plants on the environment. It also avoids a potentially clumsy federal "one-size-fits-all" approach, by requiring and empowering each state to craft its own pollution reduction strategy. When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices. >>View Article

UMass prof: farmland, solar arrays can co-exist

July 16 -- SOUTH DEERFIELD — What if you could use open space to generate solar electricity and farm it at the same time?Stephen Herbert, a professor of agronomy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, says this is more than a pipedream. A demonstration plot at a research station in South Deerfield is doing just that. >>View Article

Don't Let Big Oil Rig the Renewable Fuel Debate

July 15 -- The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which passed with strong bipartisan support in 2005, is a forward-looking policy that drives down the price of gasoline at the pump, creates jobs, provides investment in rural areas and reduces pollution in our air and water. >>View Article

Ky. Leaders' Coal Obsession Pushing Young to Relocate

July 15 -- While recently in Letcher County, I spoke with a young man who described the economic realities of living in Central Appalachia. He told me he had to choose between "going into the coal mines and destroying the land I love, going into military service and being forced to leave my family, or illegally selling prescription drugs."

Nearly a week earlier, I had spoken with a student from duPont Manual High School in Louisville who had decided he would leave Kentucky to go to college because he wanted to study software engineering for renewable energy infrastructure. >>View Article

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