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Apple, Goldman Among Companies in $140 Billion Climate Pledge

July 27 -- Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations announced at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris. >>View Article

Clean Power Plan Offers Biggest Hope

July 27 -- We are all eyewitnesses now.

Years back, during my Arctic expeditions, I experienced the early effects of a warming world in the forms of thin sea ice on the Arctic ocean and ice shelves disintegrating that took weeks or months to cross via ski or dogsled. News of the Antarctic’s Larsen B Ice Shelf collapse, which happened in a matter of weeks and rendered my International Trans-Antarctic expedition irreplicable, turned me from aware to active on the issue of climate change. Back then, I was one of a relatively small number of people who could serve as an eyewitness to climate change. Even at that point, I knew that this was a defining issue of our time, and committed to telling the story of climate change in the hopes of avoiding greater escalation of the problem. >>View Article

Shedding NC Clean Energy Rules a Mistake

July 27 -- As a native Tar Heel now leading a chamber of commerce in Ohio, I’m writing to encourage North Carolinians to maintain your Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law and continue your commitment to building a strong, clean energy sector. >>View Article

Don't Renege on Federal Energy Efficiency Commitments

July 23 -- Special interests are once again pushing proposals that would stifle any progress
being made to reduce fossil fuel use in new and renovated federal buildings. During a mark-
up of energy efficiency legislation that takes place tomorrow, the oil and gas lobby may
seek to prevent the Department of Energy from implementing a provision from the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007 known as Section 433, which requires that federal
buildings be designed to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Stakeholders from varying industries have been working with DOE to implement this rule in a
way that is smart, efficient, and effective.

According to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, the building
sector accounts for 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, more than both the
transportation and industry sectors. The EIA found that buildings are responsible for 71
percent of U.S. electricity consumption; they alone account for almost 10 percent of carbon
dioxide emissions worldwide. >>View Article

Veterans: Renewable Fuel Law a National Security Issue

July 23 -- Three retired military officers made the case Wednesday that development and use
of renewable fuels is a key component of national security.

Specifically, the officers argued that Congress should leave in place the current Renewable
Fuel Standard, which requires that increasing amounts of alternative fuels be blended into
the nation’s gasoline supply.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed lowering the amount of ethanol and
biodiesel that must be blended. >>View Article

Limiting Rooftop Solar Stifles Nevadans

July 23 -- Rooftop solar power is a growing success story in Nevada: creating jobs and
economic opportunity, lowering utility bills and democratizing our energy system one roof at
a time. It’s so popular, in fact, that Nevada will bump up against an arbitrary cap on
rooftop solar as early as August. That would stop solar growth in its tracks, leaving 6,000
jobs in the balance. As a national Hispanic organization representing thousands of
politically engaged Nevadans, Presente.org sees this looming cap as an opportunity for our
state’s leaders to stand up for our clean energy future.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) can take action to
keep rooftop solar growing. They can allow the solar net metering program to continue until
the commission puts a new program in place. Net metering is a critical policy for solar
growth, and the PUC is in the process of developing its new program. Until then, why allow
massive industry disruption and layoffs of thousands of Nevadans?  >>View Article

Scituate: Town Saving a Bundle From Renewable Energy

July 23 -- Scituate is the first community in Massachusetts to generate 100% of its power
for public buildings from green energy sources.

The town installed the solar farm at the former landfill 2 years ago and the wind turbine
was erected 3 years ago on the Driftway.

Vice-chair of the Scituate Board of Selectmen John Danehey said each project has earned the
town over $250,000 annually. >>View Article

Distributed Solar Power Revenues May Triple in Decade

July 22 -- Global revenues from distributed solar photovoltaic power are expected to more than triple in a decade as the technology becomes viable without subsidies, according to the industry analyst Navigant Research.

Revenue from the installations, which are typically small-scale and deliver power to areas near the point of generation, is forecast to rise to $151.6 billion in 2024 from $40.6 billion last year, Navigant said in an e-mailed study. >>View Article

New York Wants to Lead the Renewable Energy Revolution.

July 22 -- Brooklyn’s trendy hipster hangouts may soon offer more than craft beers, artisanal cheese and organic produce: They’ll brag of being powered by locally sourced electricity, from their own solar panels or maybe from batteries down the street.

Instead of a microbrewery tour – how about a tour of local micro power grids?

New York state officials say small-scale power production is the wave of the future. The big power plants will still be there, and the local utility will still run wires to your house. But your power supply will be a mix of what you and your neighbors produce from technology like rooftop solar and what you buy from the electrical grid. >>View Article

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