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Industrial Battery Maker Appears at Legislature to Boost Case for Renewable Energy Legislation

July 16 -- Republican Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County been criticized by some on the political right for sponsoring a bill that he says could vastly grow the amount of solar-powered electricity production in North Carolina.

On Wednesday Szoka addressed one of complaints by bringing the representative of industrial battery maker Alevo to the legislature to make a presentation about its products. Alevo's batteries are designed to store electricity for utility companies, including electricity from solar farms and wind farms, to help them maintain a consistent supply. >>View Article

Florida Voters Aren't the Ones Confused About Solar Power

July 15 -- One can understand Pam Bondi's worry that certain Floridians might misunderstand
the solar power ballot initiative.

Not that she need concern herself with ordinary citizens. They know they'll be voting on a
constitutional amendment that would allow consumers to generate electricity from their own
or leased solar panels and sell the excess -- up to two megawatts a day -- to adjacent
businesses and property owners. >>View Article

Clean Power Plan Puts Children Ahead of Polluters

July 15 -- Every day, new evidence rolls in showing that climate change is a present and
growing danger. Epic droughts, extreme rainfall and floods, melting glaciers, rising oceans,
dying and burning forests. The hottest global four months on record after the hottest year
on record.

Scientists are virtually unanimous in their conclusion that burning fossil fuels is the
primary cause of our warming and destabilizing climate. Scientists are also clear that we
must make deep cuts in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to leave our
children and grandchildren a livable world. That’s what motivates this grandfather to take
action. >>View Article

Utah National Guard Saving Millions with Solar Energy

July 15 -- The power of the sun is turning into savings for the Utah National Guard and
Utah’s taxpayers.

At the south end of Camp Williams, nearly 4,000 solar panels are generating about a quarter
of the facility's energy needs.

“We believe in being good stewards of all of our resources,” said Brig. Gen. Dallen Atack,
assistant adjutant general with the Utah National Guard. “This is an opportunity for us to
become more green.” >>View Article

Senators Propose to Extend Federal Solar Energy Tax Credit

July 15 -- A group of U.S. senators, including Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz have introduced
legislation to extend the federal tax credit on renewable energy equipment for homeowners
who want to utilize solar photovoltaics, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and
small wind turbines.

On Tuesday, Schatz, D-Hawaii, and other senators said they want to extend the 30 percent
residential energy efficient property tax credit, which ends on Dec. 31, 2016, by five years, through the introduction of Senate Bill 1755. >>View Article

I Love the Clean Power Plan: Six Great Reasons You Should Too

July 14 -- It’s July, it’s beautiful out, and all thoughts naturally turn to… the Clean
Power Plan! This historic, first-ever nationwide limit on carbon emissions from power plants
will be finalized within weeks. Many of my colleagues and I have spent months deep in the
weeds of the technical details of the draft proposal. But it’s important to look at the big
picture, and think about why we’re doing this. Here are six reasons I really care about this
powerhouse of a rule – and why you might too. >>View Article

Study: Northeast States Benefit From Carbon Cap Program

July 14 -- Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the
economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction
are seeing economic benefits.

The study by a Boston-based consulting firm, the Analysis Group, will be presented in New
York Tuesday at the summer meeting of a national group of state utility regulators. It found
that the nine states combined saw $1.3 billion in economic value from the carbon-cutting
program from 2012 to 2014.

The program prompted 14,200 new jobs and cut consumers' electric and heating bills by $460
million, the consultants found. >>View Article

Amazon to Power Cloud with Big Wind Farm in North Carolina

July 14 -- Amazon plans to buy energy from a big wind farm in North Carolina to power its
current and future data centers that handle its cloud computing service. The news comes a
little over a month after some of Amazon’s largest cloud customers publicly asked the
company to make a bigger commitment to clean energy.

On Monday, Amazon said that it is working with clean power company Iberdrola Renewables to buy energy from a large 208 megawatt wind farm that will be built in two North Carolina
counties. Solar and wind farms that are hundreds of megawatts in size are relatively big,
and the so-called “Amazon Wind Farm US East” will be able to provide enough energy to power
61,000 average American homes in a year. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Column had Incorrect Information

July 14 -- The opinion piece submitted by Rea Hederman ("Repeal renewable energy mandates" July 9) was one of the most misleading and biased pieces I have ever seen the Enquirer print.

Mr. Hederman wants us to believe that the average Ohioan lost $3,842 in 2013 because of the
renewable standards that required just 2.5 percent of Ohio's energy to come from renewable
sources. Even the most cursory analysis of this claim shows it to be laughably false. Duke
Energy currently has the Alternative Energy Recovery Rider which allows them to recover
every cent they spend on buying renewable energy credits. This charge is currently $0.000196
per kilowatt-hour. >>View Article

Additional Hydropower Could Cut Carbon Emissions

July 13 -- With each passing day, Americans are becoming more mindful about the ways in
which energy is being generated. Our nation's reliance on fossil fuels, coupled with the
looming challenges of climate change, is giving rise to the movement to reduce our
collective carbon footprint. And while many areas of the country find themselves behind the
curve, Oregon has been at the forefront of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions through
hydropower generation.

As such, it should come as a shock to few within the state that Oregon is one of the
nation's leading producers of hydropower – ranking second in the country. In fact, between
2011-2013, waterpower generated a whopping 63 percent of the state's energy from federal and non-federal systems. As a result, Oregon's household electricity prices are well below the
national median. More importantly, Oregon continues to demonstrate to the country
hydropower's potential as a clean, reliable source of renewable energy. >>View Article

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