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Major US companies launch Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance

Around 60 U.S. companies, including Facebook and Microsoft, and several environmental groups are forming a new alliance, called the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance, aimed at developing 60 GW of renewables by 2025. The companies said the alliance is being formed to knock down barriers they say they face with utilities and regulators in their goals to reduce carbon emissions. The group cited the inefficency of power purchase agreements in procuring renewables for smaller companies.

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Senate passes $37.5B energy and water bill after ending Iran fight

The Senate on Thursday passed a $37.5 billion package to fund energy and water programs in 2017. Senators approved the bill in a 90-8 vote after weeks of work that included a protracted fight over an amendment related to Iran. With Thursday’s vote, the energy and water funding becomes the first 2017 appropriations measure approved this year.

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U.S. Still Tops The List Of Most Attractive Renewable Energy Markets

The U.S. has maintained its No. 1 spot as the most enticing renewable energy market for investors in EY’s latest Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI). Now in its 47th edition, the index ranks 40 markets on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities, based on a number of macro, energy market and technology-specific indicators.

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A Powerful 1-2 Punch: Renewable Energy Tax Credits and the Clean Power Plan

The clean energy transition is well underway in the United States, but strong policies are needed to keep the momentum going. Today the Union of Concerned Scientists is releasing a new analysis showing how two federal measures—the recently extended wind and solar tax credits and the Clean Power Plan—can work together to provide a powerful and affordable boost for clean energy while helping to cut power sector carbon emissions. What’s more, our analysis finds these policies can also deliversignificant economic and health benefits to consumers nationwide.

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Iowa wind boom highlights transformation in Midwest

The U.S. power grid is undergoing an extreme makeover from the hulking power plants that generate most of the electricity all the way down to tiny meters attached to millions of homes. And the nation's midsection is no exception.

From new, sprawling wind farms to thousands of rooftop solar arrays and miles of new high-voltage transmission lines needed to help keep the lights on, the evolution of the Midwest electric system was the focus of an all-day meeting Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The US is actually leading the way on clean energy

Of all the countries in the world, the United States invested the second-most on renewable energy in 2015. Only China outspent us.

American investments reached $44 billion last year, up 17% over 2014. (That figure includes investments from both private companies and government entities.)

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EPA Chief: U.S. Quickly Phasing Out Coal For Clean Energy

he top official at the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday the ongoing legal fight over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants won't delay the nation's accelerating shift to cleaner sources of energy.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at Climate Action 2016, a conference in Washington on efforts to curb global warming. Seeking to reassure her international audience, McCarthy said the United States will absolutely meet its obligations to cut carbon emissions as agreed to in the landmark climate treaty signed in Paris last December.

"Over the last decade the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution than any other nation in the world, and we are going to continue that pace," McCarthy said. "While people are really worried that momentum may wane, that is not the case."

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Don't Know What The Clean Power Plan Is? Let's Fix That

The Clean Power Plan may be the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s plan to combat climate change, but most Americans don’t know much about it, according to a survey released this week by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation. Almost 70 percent of respondents said they’d heard “little or nothing” about the regulation, which means they’ve missed out on the more than 700 stories we’ve published on the Clean Power Plan over the past two years.

Here’s a high-level overview of what you need to know about this major EPA initiative, as well as some links to past coverage if you want to go down a wonky climate rabbit hole.

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