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While Washington Argues Policy, Corporations Keep Buying More and More Clean Power

February 17, 2016

Don't tell Washington, but corporations are quietly spending billions on clean power. Renewable energy policy may be contentious on the floors of the U.S. Congress and the Supreme Court, but it's finding more friends than foes in corporate boardrooms. Last year was a record-breaker for corporate purchasing of large-scale wind and solar energy, reports the Rocky Mountain Institute, which reports that corporate use of renewable power in the U.S. more than doubled from 2014 to 2015--from 1.2 GW purchased in 2014 to nearly 3 GW of renewable energy purchased in 2015. >>View Article

17 Governors Agree to Pursue Clean Energy Goals

February 17, 2016

The announcement by 17 governors yesterday to jointly pursue clean energy goals was perhaps most noteworthy in what it did not include—any mention of climate change.
That omission was necessary to bring a bipartisan swath of states together on energy efficiency and renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid and promoting electric and alternatively fueled vehicles—all subjects often mentioned in the same breath as climate change. >>View Article

Is the Climate Changing for Fossil Fuel Investments?

February 17, 2016

Over the past decade, conversations around climate change have often been laden with political overtones, wrapped tightly with competing agendas, opinions and research. However, mounting data and international cooperation has created a significant shift in thinking that is now re-framing the conversation for investors. >>View Article

Proposed Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards to Lead to $12.5 Billion in Annual Consumer Savings

February 16, 2016

New light bulb energy efficiency standards proposed by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) today will complete the gradual phase-out of inefficient everyday incandescent bulbs required under a 2007 law passed by a bipartisan Congress with industry support. And once all of America's approximately 4 billion lighting sockets contain energy-saving bulbs that meet the standards, U.S. consumers and businesses will save about $12.5 billion every year--and gain cleaner air and a healthier environment. >>View Article

University of Montana orders Proterra electric buses

February 10, 2016

Proterra’s zero-emission battery-electric buses are serving in city transit systems around North America, and the company is now setting its sights on the university market (read our interview with CEO Ryan Popple in the May/June 2015 issue of Charged). 

The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation, one of a handful of student-led transit agencies, has ordered two 40-foot Catalyst Fast Charge buses and one semi-autonomous fast charger for its UDASH routes. >>View Article

 

Obama's Clean Power Plan May Be on Hold, Coal's Fate Is Not

February 10 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision putting on hold President Barack Obama’s most aggressive plan to curb power-plant emissions won’t save coal from a shrinking market, or stop some states and utilities from moving forward with their own measures. >>View Article

 

A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power

February 4, 2016

Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Developers installed 16 gigawatts of clean energy in 2015, or 68 percent of all new capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released Thursday with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That was the second straight year that clean power eclipsed fossil fuels. The biggest growth came from wind farms, with 8.5 gigawatts of new turbines installed as developers sought to take advantage of a federal tax credit that was due to expire at the end of 2016; Congress extended it in December. >>View Article

 

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