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Mass. 'Clean Energy' Sector Keeps Growing, Report Says

The state defines the sector broadly, encompassing everything from advanced technology to home insulation. The report, by the Wrentham office of California-based firm BW Research Partnership, estimates that clean energy firms employed about 88,000 people in the fiscal year ended June 30, up 10.5 percent from the nearly 80,000 who worked in the industry in the previous fiscal year. >>View Article 

How the West Was Won and How Congress Can Win America's Energy Future

Featuring the 21st century bonanza in the West, a new report released at the recent Renewable Energy Finance Forum details the rapid spread of renewable energy across the western states. This study by the American Council On Renewable Energy solidifies a theme familiar to the West — lucrative opportunities are drawing droves of pioneers, investors, and entrepreneurs to lay claim to abundant western resources. >>View Article 

Wisconsin Utilities Shouldn't Limit Clean Energy Choice

Three Wisconsin utilities — We Energies, Madison Gas & Electric and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. — are pushing for policies that harm the ability of businesses and homeowners to adopt solar energy. Specifically, third-party leasing and net metering face a severe setback pending a decision by the state's Public Service Commission. On the surface, the efforts of Wisconsin's utilities may seem innocuous. Yes, the terms are technical, but the impact would be significant for the state. >>View Article 

Ohio Lawmakers' Short-Sighted Efforts to Derail Efficiency and Renewables Standards Hurt State's Future

September 26 -- Let's set aside the nonsense that climate change is not "proven." If proof constitutes a nose on a face, we have proof.

"Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth's surface than any preceding decade since 1850," Rajendra Pachauri, head of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, told this week's special U.N. climate summit in New York City. The summit attracted more than 120 heads of state. >>View Article

Following the Sun From New York to California

September 26 -- It was like she was performing a winning monologue in a play—impassioned, dynamic, loud and impossible to tune out. Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of Michigan now at UC Berkeley “brought down the house” as the keynote speaker at REFF West, ACORE’s annual conference that brings together some of the most important players in the renewable energy finance and development arenas, which was held last week in San Francisco. >>View Article

Conservatives Cultivate Taste for a Green Tea Party

September 26 -- Tucker Eskew is no stranger to thankless tasks. Eskew was the Republican operative who, in 2008, had the honor of tutoring Sarah Palin on being a vice-presidential candidate. Now, he’s ready to take the heat from fellow Republicans for tackling climate change and championing green energy. Eskew and a crew of fellow conservative green activists brought their mission to Austin yesterday for a lightly attended event. Billed as “a fresh conservative take on energy policy,” the summit attracted about 60 people to the Paramount Theater downtown.

“Remember the saying ‘I was country before country was cool’?” Eskew said. “Some Republicans picked that up and said ‘I was conservative before conservative was cool.’ Maybe one day, we’ll look back on this event and realize we were clean energy conservatives before it was cool.” >>View Article

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