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Wind Power Is Poised to Spread to All States

May 20 -- All 50 states could become wind energy producers, according to an Energy Department report released Tuesday, once the next generation of larger, taller turbines in development hits the market. >>View Article

Report Outlines Why Your Electric Bill is Increasing

May 20 -- State mandates requiring electric utilities to draw a portion of their energy from renewable resources are not the primary reason electric bills have grown since 2001, according to a new report from the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. >>View Article

Oklahoma Legislators, Wind Industry Reach Compromise on Tax Breaks

May 20 -- The Oklahoma Senate unanimously approved SB 498, terminating the 5-year property tax exemption for wind developers, and SB 502, ending wind developers’ investment/new jobs tax credit. Both end as of January 1, 2017, but wind projects currently in production or put into production by December 31, 2016, will retain the full 5-year property tax exemption. >>View Article

Clean-Energy Sector Hurt by Ohio S.B. 310

May 20 -- Since last June, when Ohio lawmakers froze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, the state’s clean-energy sector has suffered an economic setback and will stay in jeopardy unless the freeze is lifted, an organization of business leaders, investors, and others said Tuesday. >>View Article

Why EPA's Alleged 'War on Coal' May Actually Be a War On Wasting Energy

May 19 -- The growing criticisms of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions have a common theme — the agency and the president, it is often alleged, are waging a “war on coal.” And indeed, if the so-called “Clean Power Plan” is successfully implemented by the agency, it’s pretty clear that coal use will decline, even as we’ll get more and more of our electricity from natural gas and renewables (all trends that have begun already anyway). >>View Article

Clean State

May 19 -- Entities around the country are rushing to free their power supplies from carbon emissions. We’ve seen a small city in Texas do it. Companies like Google use a combination of renewable energy and carbon offsets to achieve the same result. Now an entire state wants to do the same. Earlier this month Hawaii’s legislature passed a law requiring that by 2045, all electric power consumed in the state come from renewable energy. The bill is now awaiting the signature of Gov. David Ige. >>View Article

Preventing Solar Power's Sunset in North Carolina

May 19 -- Solar energy is an economic boom for North Carolina. Only California installed more solar in 2014, pushing the Tar Heel State to fourth overall in America with 953 megawatts installed capacity – roughly the electricity demand of 90,500 homes. >>View Article

Wind Energy Employs About 6,000 in Iowa, Report Says

April 16 -- Iowa's wind energy industry employed about 6,000 people last year, about 2,000 more than in 2013, a report Wednesday showed.

Iowa's wind energy employment was second only to Texas, which put 17,000 people to work, the American Wind Energy Association reported. Altogether, about 73,000 Americans were employed in the wind industry last year, adding about 23,000 jobs since 2013. >>View Article

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