March 4 -- For several years now in a row, Congress has wrestled with its support of public policies supportive of the renewable energy industry. What happens to the production tax credit for wind? Should we extend the solar investment tax credit? Does the Renewable Fuel Standard need repeal? Did the Solyndra debacle permanently endanger any bipartisan support for renewables? Should we expand the eligibility of Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy projects? The debate on these policies is sucking almost all of the oxygen out of the room for those members who are focusing their careers on advancing our country's ability to produce all types of energy in this country. >>View Article
March 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan won’t jeopardize the reliability of the electric grid in New York, according to a new report from the Analysis Group.
Despite some initial concern about system reliability, the report indicates the energy grid is responding well to enormous changes. Analysis Group senior advisor Susan Tierney says grid operators, power companies and regulators are working together to “keep the lights on.” >>View Article
March 4 -- As climate change has intensified, so have conversations about one of the best ways to reduce the carbon pollution driving that change – the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Under the proposed plan, Virginia would reduce carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants by 38 percent over the next 15 years. The EPA has given Virginia, and all states, flexibility in how they meet their respective goals. >>View Article
March 4 -- When the world's major financial institutions start to do serious, accurate, research science and measure the declining costs of renewable energy verse the rising costs of fossil fuels, it becomes easier to understand the monumental impact that the Green Industrial Revolution is having. >>View Article
March 4 -- Although it doesn’t feel like it now, spring and summer are fast approaching in Massachusetts. If gasoline prices stay low, millions of Bay Staters will have the ability to inexpensively travel across New England to visit our wonderful beaches, mountains and parks. However, the one downside of cheap fuel at the pump is that it lulls people into forgetting our over-reliance on oil creates a serious national security concern for America and our allies. >>View Article
March 3 -- In response to the article “‘Distortions’ in Energy Markets Hurting FirstEnergy’s Nuclear Fleet, Executive Says” (Feb. 18 PowerSource): Wind energy displaces more expensive sources of generation through market-driven forces, which competing energy sources sometimes dislike. This effect is why during the polar vortex last year, wind energy helped keep electricity prices low, saving consumers in Pennsylvania and the surrounding region $1 billion in just two days. >>View Article
March 3 -- Energy efficiency programs have surpassed electric competition as the best way for consumers to save money, according to the Citizens Utility Board.
The board, created by the Illinois legislature to represent the interests of residential and small-business customers, said Monday that "even the easiest of efficiency programs" — namely its CUBEnergySaver.com — has a potential to save Illinois consumers a total of $150 million a year. >>View Article
March 3 -- Roughly 30 countries have reached “solar grid parity,” according to Deutsche Bank in a bullish report issued on February 27.
We all know solar energy is clean but the question on investors’ mind is: Can the solar industry survive on its own without government subsidies? >>View Article
March 3 -- When it comes to renewable energy, Barry Goldwater Jr. is willing to admit that the Democrats did something the Republicans should have done a long time ago.
"Conservative support for green energy has always been there, but the Democrats capitalized on it more than the Republicans," the former Republican congressman and Arizona legend told CNBC. "The Democrats did a better job of promoting it." >>View Article
March 3 -- A Republican effort to reduce renewable energy mandates on Colorado utilities failed its first test before a Democratic panel Monday.
The rejection of the renewable-energy reduction continued a string of misses for the GOP, which has tried to use its bigger piece of the Legislature to roll back laws passed in recent years. The Senate is in Republican hands for the first time in a decade, and the renewable-energy rollback passed in that chamber last month. >>View Article
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