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Sacramento Kings Sign Solar, Marketing Deal with Solar Power

March 19 -- Solar Power Inc. and the Sacramento Kings announced Wednesday they will work together to install a photovoltaic system on the new downtown sports arena.

The agreement includes a 10-year marketing agreement with in-stadium signage for Solar Power Inc., along with ongoing in-game marketing. >>View Article

Ohio Pressed Pause on Economic Growth When it Froze its Clean Energy Standards

March 19 -- Ohio shot itself in the foot last year and we’re only now learning just how bad the damage is.

In May of 2014, the Ohio Legislature froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards as a result of political pressure from Ohio’s largest power company, FirstEnergy, and other groups. This freeze came after efficiency measures led to more than $1 billion in savings for Ohioans, clean energy companies invested more than $660 million in 2012 alone, Ohio boasted the nation’s largest number of wind-component manufacturing facilities, and the state created 43,000 in-state jobs within the clean energy sector. >>View Article

Editorial: Energy For the Future

March 19 -- Like it or not, coal has a dwindling place in Michigan's energy future. Federal regulations assure that. Renewable forms of energy, nuclear power and natural gas will take its place, along with ramped up efforts to eliminate energy waste. >>View Article

California Could Power Itself Three to Five Times Over with Solar

March 18 -- Deserts and remote fields are popular spots for building vast arrays of solar panels, which generate dramatically more energy than individual homeowner rooftop installations. These areas are rich in sunlight while offering plenty of clear, flat land to work with. But what if we didn’t always have to go all the way out to these remote and potentially ecologically fragile areas? What if we could simply drive down the street and make use of the buildings and lands in areas we’ve already developed?

A new study suggests that such a strategy could work in a state like California, which is working aggressively to boost its renewable energy use. And it could provide a lot of power. There’s enough space suitable for solar power on or near land that humans occupy in the state to power three to five of today’s Californias, researchers report in Nature Climate Change today. >>View Article

Wind Energy Will be Cheaper than Fossil Fuels Within a Decade

March 18 -- Wind energy is growing fast. While it still accounts for less than 5 percent of the United States' total electricity mix, wind is by far the biggest source of renewable energy other than hydroelectric dams, and it accounted for 23 percent of new power production capacity built last year. Some experts think wind could provide a fifth of the world's energy by 2030. But wind in the US is always in a perilous position, thanks to its heavy reliance on a federal tax credit that is routinely attacked in Congress; the subsidy was allowed to expire at the end of last year, and its ultimate fate remains unclear. >>View Article

Green Jobs Are Growing, but Politics Get in the Way

March 18 -- The technology to produce solar and wind energy keeps getting better and cheaper, electric cars are more practical and more popular than ever, and scientists’ warnings about climate change keep getting more alarming. So you’d think that businesses producing or using renewable energy would be growing like mad, giving rise to a big surge of new jobs. >>View Article

Outlook for Solar Gets a Bit Brighter

March 18 -- Here is a trick question: Which country led the European Union last year in putting new solar panels on rooftops and in countryside energy parks? If you chose sunny Spain or balmy Italy, you were wrong. Britain, the green and pleasant land often shrouded in cloud, was the leader, according to the market research firm I.H.S. >>View Article

Texas City Pulls Plug on Fossil Fuels With Shift to Solar Power

March 18 -- A Texas city just north of Austin plans to begin weaning its residents from fossil fuels.

The municipal utility in Georgetown, with about 50,000 residents, will get all of its power from renewable resources when SunEdison Inc. completes 150 megawatts of solar farms in West Texas next year. The change was announced Wednesday. >>View Article

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