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Advanced Energy Industry Grows in Tennessee

June 18 -- Nearly 325,000 jobs in Tennessee, including 23,130 in Hamilton County, are supported by advanced energy companies that do everything from improving energy efficiency to generating power from renewable sources to better automotive technologies, an economic study released today shows.

Despite a slowdown in the growth on energy consumption, a University of Tennessee economic study found that businesses identifying ways to generate power in new ways or with greater efficiency and reliability are growing faster than the economy as a whole. >>View Article

Barack Obama's climate change initiative: $4 billion for clean energy

June 17 -- A series of initiatives and recent investment successes in the field of renewable energy were announced at the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit on Tuesday morning.

“Unbelievably exciting advances" are "happening in real time” in the field of clean energy, senior advisor to the president Brian Deese, told summit attendees. Mr. Deese spoke of progress made in meeting the “global challenge” in the field of renewable energy, and characterized the advances his team and the Obama administration have made as “improbably American success[es].” Chief among these gains, Deese noted, are a 50 percent decrease in the cost of solar energy and a three-fold increase in the amount of energy produced by wind since 2009. >>View Article

Michael Breen: Clean Energy Vital to Military

June 17 -- During a recent trip to North Carolina, I was often told that North Carolina is the nation's most military-friendly state. To live up to that reputation, however, the legislature must reject efforts to scale back renewable energy policies that support energy independence, strengthen national security and create jobs for military veterans.

When you're in the middle of a war zone, you don't have a lot of time to think about issues like energy policy. But while serving as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, I saw firsthand how our energy choices are matters of life and death for our soldiers. >>View Article

GM Gets Life Out of Old Electric Car Batteries

June 17 -- General Motors is betting that using electric vehicle batteries for generating and storing electricity after the car is scrapped will save money for the company and others.

It could also bolster the case that vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, and the upcoming all-electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt, are about more than garnering credits toward meeting the government's fuel-economy standards. >>View Article

Multiple Studies Confirm: Ohio Can Cut Carbon from its Power Fleet--Affordably and Reliably--With Clean Energy

June 17 -- In the 11 months since the Clean Power Plan was proposed last summer, naysayers have been spinning doomsday scenarios claiming that cutting carbon would somehow be costly or would plunge Ohio into the dark ages.

This could not be farther from the truth.

In reality, the new federal rules were created to protect our health and encourage economic growth by increasing energy efficiency and more renewable energy to reduce carbon pollution, the biggest contributor to climate change.  >>View Article

No Renewable Left Behind

June 16 -- Throughout the country, there are more than 80,000 dams, primarily used
for flood control and irrigation. Today, just a mere three percent (roughly 2,500
dams) are equipped to generate affordable, clean power to our homes, businesses and
schools. But that three percent produces nearly 7 percent of the nation’s
electricity and serves every region of the country – with room to grow. Hydropower
has significant and real potential for increased capacity, particularly on existing

This untapped potential, however, is only the beginning of the story. As America’s
largest source of renewable and emissions-free energy, hydropower helps the nation
avoid over 190 million metric tons of CO2 each year – the equivalent of over 40
million passenger cars. Yet, expanding use of this clean energy solution is
hindered by outdated regulatory and permitting barriers. >>View Article

White House Raises $4 Billion for Clean Energy

June 16 -- The White House is touting $4 billion in commitments from the private sector to invest in clean energy technologies as it convenes a Clean Energy Investment Summit Tuesday.

And the Obama administration is announcing new executive actions it hopes will make it easier for the private sector to interest in solar, wind and fuel cell technologies. The Treasury Department is releasing new guidance allowing charitable foundations to invest in for-profit companies doing clean energy research as a "mission-related investment."  >>View Article

The Promise of Wind Energy in Virginia: Look to Denmark

June 16 -- This year, the federal government said it would give nearly $47 million to each of three states hoping to develop offshore wind power – Virginia, New Jersey and Oregon.

Virginia said it would partner with Dominion Power to build a demonstration project, but the utility now says it can’t get started, because installing a couple of turbines is too expensive. Meanwhile, Denmark reports it’s getting nearly 40% of its power from wind. How did such a tiny country do that, and what could we learn from the Danes?  >>View Article

This Is What Happens When A State Seriously Invests In Clean Energy

June 16 -- Solar farms are blooming across California’s deserts, wind turbines are
climbing the Sierra, photovoltaic roofs are shimmering over suburbs, and Teslas are
the Silicon Valley elite’s new ride. A clean energy rush is transforming the Golden
State so quickly that nearly a quarter of its electricity now comes from renewable
sources, and new facilities, especially solar, are coming online at a rapid rate.
Last year, California became the first state to get more than 5 percent of its
electricity from the sun.

With its goal of 33 percent renewable energy by 2020 now within reach, Governor
Jerry Brown recently raised California’s bar, ordering the state to cut its
greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 level within the next 15
years — the most ambitious target in North America. To meet the new directive,
planners say Californians will need to step up their energy transition even more:
doubling energy efficiency, boosting electric transportation, and getting at least
twice as much of their electricity from renewables. Energy experts caution that it
will take effort, but they say it’s doable.  >>View Article

Renewal of Production Tax Credit Important to Oklahoma, Nation

June 15 -- The winds of change are blowing in Oklahoma. Within two decades, wind energy here could power the equivalent of almost 2 million homes.

That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy. According to this report, wind energy could comprise one-fifth of the domestic electricity market by 2030. Advanced turbines will be able to reach higher and stronger winds, bringing wind energy development to every state in the nation. That rise promises to generate huge economic benefits here in Oklahoma and all across the country.  >>View Article

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