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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Renewable Energy Compromise Bill

The Massachusetts Legislature late Sunday night sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise energy bill that, while less broad than some senators had hoped, would require the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other renewable sources.

"I don't think that where we ended up is nearly as strong as where the Senate was," said State Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, Senate chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. "But both the administration and the House had a far narrower view, and tha tmade for a rather difficult negotiation."

State Rep. Thomas Golden, D-Lowell, House chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, praised the bill on the House floor. "Today is a celebration for the Massachusetts Legislature," Golden said. "We are poised with your vote today to pass and authorize the largest procurement of renewable energy in the history of the commonwealth of Massachusetts."

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Electric Car Charging Could Follow Airbnb Model

The lack of charging infrastructure nationwide, especially outside EV-friendly cities, has long bred “range anxiety” and chilled sales of the clean vehicles. Utilities, municipalities, workplaces and startups have all ramped up their investment in the infrastructure to calm fears. But in many places, EV drivers still depend on an unreliable patchwork of outlets at hotels and campgrounds.

Increasingly, the sharing economy is filling the void. Private individuals like the man Thomson called are stepping up, offering their personal charging stations, mostly for free, near bustling highways or in places as remote as a desert road hours from Las Vegas. The network has earned the nickname “Airbnb of charging.”

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Wind Is Winning — Delivering America’s Clean Energy Future, Today

It’s remarkable how quickly the future can arrive. For the long-anticipated revolution in renewable energy, that future is today. And wind power is leading the way.

The signs are unmistakable. On June 29, the leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada made an unprecedented commitment, announcing their historic pledge to speed the transition from fossil fuels and reach 50 percent clean power generation across North America by 2025. That’s an audacious goal, and less than a decade away.

What makes the goal not just aspirational but actually achievable is the accelerating pace of the clean-power transformation dramatically reshaping energy markets. The renewables switch is on, and it’s picking up speed. That’s especially true for wind, which accounts for 77 percent of U.S. growth in non-polluting power generation in the past decade. Today, wind powers approximately 5 percent of America’s electricity and is on track to quadruple to 20 percent by 2030.

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Organic Mega Flow Battery: A Breakthrough For Renewable Energy

Harvard recently developed a new type of flow battery that could revolutionize mass electrical storage, rendering renewable energy resources as the final solution for reliability and sustainability.

Recently, a Harvard team reported in a paper published in Nature, a new, innovative large-scale battery that could fundamentally alter the foundation of energy storage.

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Alliant Energy Plans To Add $1 Billion Of Wind Power In Iowa

Madison-based Alliant Energy Corp. says it will invest $1 billion into building more wind power in Iowa over the next five years.

Alliant said Wednesday it is seeking approval to expand its Whispering Wilow Wind Farm in Franklin County, in north-central Iowa, and it may develop wind farms in other parts of Iowa, as well.

The utility plans to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy.

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Georgia Power Signs Off On Major Renewable Energy Commitment

Georgia Power Co. will add 1,600 megawatts of renewable energy to its portfolio by 2021 under an agreement approved Thursday by the state Public Service Commission (PSC).

That's three times what the Atlanta-based utility proposed in January when it filed its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) with the PSC. Georgia Power submits an IRP every three years outlining the mix of energy sources it intends to rely on to meet customer demands during the next two decades.

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Renewable Energy Is Key To Fighting Climate Change

Renewable energy is one of the most effective tools we have in the fight against climate change, and there is every reason to believe it will succeed. A recent New York Times column seems to imply that renewable energy investments set back efforts to address climate change—nothing coujld be further from the truth. What's more, renewable technologies can increasingly save customers money as they displace emissions from fossil fuels.

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Corporate Demand For Renewable Energy Could Rock The Grid

Renewable energy is good for customers, the environment and the bottom line of corporations that run their operations with it. In the United States, though, renewables (including solar, wind, hydropower and biomass) account for only about 10 percent of all energy used and 13 percent of total electricity generated—even as corporate contracts for renewable energy nearly tripled from 2014 to 2015. If there are challenges now, when capacity and use are low, what will happen when renewable penetration reaches 30, 40 or even 50 percent of the U.S. market?

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D.C. Mayor Signs New Clean Energy Bill Into Law

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser has signed into law a bill that increases the district's renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 20% by 2020 to 50% by 2032.

The District of Columbia City Council unanimously passed the legislation in June, and according to a press release, Bowser says the new law will expand access to clean energy for D.C. residents and create a long-term pipeline for green jobs and business creation. As the RPS is implemented, the release adds, demand for solar will rise dramatically.

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Chernobyl's Atomic Wasteland May Be Reborn With Solar Energy

Ukraine's looking toward the sun to put a radioactive wasteland back into business.

Thirty years after atomic fallout from the Chernobyl meltdown rendered an area the size of Luxembourg uninhabitable for centuries, Ukraine is seeking investors to develop solar power near the defunct Soviet reactors.

Sunshine is one of the only things that can be harvested from Chernobyl's 1,000 square mile exclusion zone, where long-lasting radiation makes farming and forestry too dangerous. Save for the guards and workers who maintain the roadblocks and barriers, the area about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Kiev remains devoid of productive activities.

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