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  • Lifting State Limits on Local Power
    In the first half of 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25 percent of new power plant capacity. This impressive growth continues several years where solar power has grown by leaps and bounds, producing power right where it's needed and juicing up local economies. But many states have limited how much of their electricity can come
  • Wind Project Adds 200 Megawatts to Texas Grid
    EDF Renewable Energy, a leading power producer in the green energy sector, has announced that its Hereford Wind Project reached commercial operation on December 22nd, 2014. The Hereford Wind Project is a wind power plant located on approximately 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County southeast of the northern panhandle town of Hereford, Texas. The Heref
  • Community Solar Helps Utilities Transition to a New Energy Future
    A disruptive innovation is one that helps create a new market by improving a product in an unforeseen manner, thereby ?disrupting? the existing market. Today?s disruptive technologies?from solar photovoltaics (PV) and battery storage to fuel cells and wind turbines?are transforming the electric utility industry, according to a report released by th
  • Solar Plus Storage: What It Is, How It Works, and Why Your City Needs It
    The emergence of solar power in the last decade has been impressive, with accelerating scale up and reduced costs. Following on that progress, a new combination of solar plus energy storage is likely to be the story of the coming decade. The battery storage options for solar are likely to make solar+storage the go-to technology for a range of diffe
  • U.S. Solar Energy Industry Achieves Record-Shattering Year
    Today?s new economy is driven by industries that are characterized by cutting-edge technology and high growth. Sound familiar? Well, it should. Remarkably, America?s solar energy industry, which continues to grow at a very brisk pace, now has more employees than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined. And to top it all off, 2014 t
  • Are Utilities or States the Leaders in Renewable Energy and Efficiency?
    A June 2014 study by Ceres highlighted the top electric utilities for renewable energy and efficiency. In an article discussing the findings, Utility Dive suggested that there are ?wide disparities [?] in the extent to which electric utilities currently deliver renewable energy and energy efficiency.? To find the source of these disparities, look n
  • The Keystone XL Pipeline: Nobody Won
    Left, Right, Left, Right... It's been a long battle. More than five years of bickering by both sides. A Republican-led Congress took office almost two months ago, and they, along with many Democrats, made the XL Pipeline one of their top priorities. Meanwhile, almost no other issues have been discussed, virtually no other legislation has passed. It
  • West Virginia Legislation Poses Serious Threat to Rooftop Solar
    Is it politics at play? Or is it simply a case of sloppy drafting? Whichever the case, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has a tough choice to make in the next few days. Legislation now on his desk, HB 2201, could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia?s net-metering policies. Regardless of the motives of t
  • A Call for Multi-State Collaboration on US Offshore Wind
    The disappointing news that the Cape Wind project might never be built highlights a stark conclusion: U.S. offshore wind policy isn?t working. After nearly fifteen years of planning, policy making, and contentious debate, the 430-MW wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod was dealt a sharp blow this past January when National Grid and Northeast Utiliti
  • Financing Residential Solar PV: What's the Best Choice?
    The number of residential solar PV installations has increased rapidly in recent years, due in part to the emergence of financial products that give homeowners the ability to spread out the costs of going solar over time. Coupled with state and federal incentives that help reduce the costs of PV systems, new financing approaches are helping homeown
  • Nuclear: Is It Clean and Green?
    Nuclear energy has been, and still is, a vital part of the current U.S. energy picture. It has provided a steady baseload energy source for decades, and this may continue - it is projected that many U.S. nuclear plants will last another 50+ years. If you?re interested in clean energy generation, then at least nuclear isn?t a dirty fossil fuel like
  • Utility-Scale Projects Helping to Power Solar Growth
    In a new report, the Department of Energy (DOE) has highlighted the success of the Loan Programs Office?s solar projects, saying that since it financed its first five utility-scale projects in 2011, 17 additional projects have come on line without the use of loan guarantees. The report coincides with today?s dedication ceremony of Desert Sunlight,
  • Five Landmark Renewable Energy Projects from Around the World
    Several enormous renewable energy infrastructure projects ? the kind that kick-start revolutions ? have been completed over the last few years.  They may have their difficulties, and they may not be the perfect model for the future, but at the very least they serve as a reminder that some corners of money, power and influence are fighting the good

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