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Scituate: Town Saving a Bundle From Renewable Energy

July 23 -- Scituate is the first community in Massachusetts to generate 100% of its power
for public buildings from green energy sources.

The town installed the solar farm at the former landfill 2 years ago and the wind turbine
was erected 3 years ago on the Driftway.

Vice-chair of the Scituate Board of Selectmen John Danehey said each project has earned the
town over $250,000 annually. >>View Article

Distributed Solar Power Revenues May Triple in Decade

July 22 -- Global revenues from distributed solar photovoltaic power are expected to more than triple in a decade as the technology becomes viable without subsidies, according to the industry analyst Navigant Research.

Revenue from the installations, which are typically small-scale and deliver power to areas near the point of generation, is forecast to rise to $151.6 billion in 2024 from $40.6 billion last year, Navigant said in an e-mailed study. >>View Article

New York Wants to Lead the Renewable Energy Revolution.

July 22 -- Brooklyn’s trendy hipster hangouts may soon offer more than craft beers, artisanal cheese and organic produce: They’ll brag of being powered by locally sourced electricity, from their own solar panels or maybe from batteries down the street.

Instead of a microbrewery tour – how about a tour of local micro power grids?

New York state officials say small-scale power production is the wave of the future. The big power plants will still be there, and the local utility will still run wires to your house. But your power supply will be a mix of what you and your neighbors produce from technology like rooftop solar and what you buy from the electrical grid. >>View Article

John Kasich Halted A Program That Saved Consumers $230 Million

July 22 -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides.

But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw: In 2014 he signed a bill freezing a successful clean energy program. Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) had created 25,000 jobs and spurred at least $1 billion in private sector investment. >>View Article

Why is Hewlett Packard Harnessing Wind Power?

July 22 -- Hewlett Packard is the latest in a string of companies to buy into renewable energy this year.

The IT company announced a 12-year contract on Tuesday to buy 112 megawatts from a wind farm in Texas being developed by SunEdison. The wind energy is enough to operate all five of HP’s Texas-based data centers, and is the equivalent of powering 42,600 homes annually, eliminating the emission of more than 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. >>View Article

Exposing Koch-Funded Groups and Their Dubious Claims About Renewable Portfolio Standards

July 21 -- The Wall Street Journal frequently opens its pages to fossil-fuel-funded front groups and individuals to launch blatantly false attacks on our country's burgeoning clean energy industry. A week ago Friday was no exception, with the paper printing a misleading, anti-clean energy screed by two leaders in the group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP). A bit of background on AFP tells us what we're dealing with here.

First, fossil fuel industry interests, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Koch brothers, heavily fund the group. Second, AFP relentlessly pushes the supposed virtues of fossil fuels and the supposed ills of wind and solar power, twisting the evidence - and spending a great deal of money to spread the resulting propaganda around as widely as possible. >>View Article

The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo

July 21 -- Along a bend in the Buffalo River here, an enormous steel and concrete structure is rising, soon to house one of the country’s largest solar panel factories. Just to the south, in the rotting guts of the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, where a dozen wind turbines already harness the energy blowing off Lake Erie, workers are preparing to install a big new solar array.

And in Lockport, to the north, Yahoo recently expanded a data and customer service center, attracted by the region’s cheap, clean power generated by Niagara Falls. >>View Article

Great Jobs Power a Sustainable Economy

July 21 -- Des Moines Area Community College was proud to host Diocese of Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates at an event following Pope Francis’ recent encyclical about the moral obligation to improve the environment. Sustainability is something that DMACC takes very seriously, both internally and externally as we prepare a future workforce for “green-collar” jobs.

As the Pope calls for engagement on environmental issues, we are working on solutions. DMACC has signed on to the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, and have created an Operation Green initiative to create awareness within the DMACC campuses and its members regarding the financial and environmental impact of our existence. This project creates and fosters a sustainability contingent within the DMACC district in order to investigate, design, implement and evaluate our move to a greener existence. >>View Article

HP to Power Texas Data Centers With Wind Energy

July 21 -- For years, clean energy developers could look to only a small handful of corporations as project partners or customers for their power. Mostly, there was Google, and a few other high-tech companies that worked directly with wind and solar developers to help green their energy use.

Now, that appears to be changing. On Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard announced a 12-year contract to buy 112 megawatts from a wind farm that SunEdison is expanding in Texas. That is enough, HP said, to operate its data centers there, the equivalent of powering 42,600 homes each year. >>View Article

Don't Let Colo. Wind Jobs Blow Away

July 20 -- Wind energy is more than just rotors. It is more than just towers. These wind
turbines are important to our economy. Thousands of parts and materials go into each
turbine, and dozens of companies are part of the wind supply chain in Colorado. >>View


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