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Kansas in Top 10 for Renewable Energy Jobs in Second Quarter, Report Says

September 23 -- Kansas was in the top 10 for renewable energy jobs announced in the second quarter, mostly due to plans for two wind farms. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a group that advocates for policies that favor renewable energy, recorded 462 jobs related to that sector were announced in Kansas in the second quarter. Nationwide, about 10,500 renewable energy and “clean transportation” jobs were announced in the second quarter, according to E2. Texas had the most announcements, at 2,160. The other top 10 states were Nevada, California, Utah, North Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Virginia and Nebraska. >>View Article

The Clean Power Plan Isn’t Just About Energy -- It’s About Water Too

September 11 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United States. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, the new policy is designed to promote the development of renewable energy sources nationwide. >>View Article 

Another Smear by Big Oil on Wind Power

September 11 -- Koch-funded Kathleen Hartnett White’s Aug. 31 commentary on the Clean Power Plan ignores how low-cost wind energy helps states cost-effectively and reliably cut carbon pollution.

Unable to criticize American wind energy, among the lowest-cost and most productive in the world, White instead focuses on Germany. Her argument has little relevance as U.S. wind plants are nearly twice as productive as those in Germany, allowing the cost of wind in the U.S. to be a fraction of what it is in Europe. >>View Article 

Ocean thermal conversion to electricity begins in offshore Hawaii

August 27 -- A small but operational ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant was inaugurated in Hawaii last week, making it the first in the world. The opening of the 100-kilowatt facility marked the first time a closed-cycle OTEC plant will be connected to the U.S. grid. But that amount of energy production can power only 120 Hawaiian homes for a year, a tiny drop in the ocean for the island state's own energy needs. What promise OTEC holds for other regions is even less certain. >>View Article

Congress Should Extend the Tax Credit for Solar Energy Installations

August 24 -- Solar energy is becoming increasingly important as a way for
homeowners and businesses to lower their electricity costs while also reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.

An essential element in the growth of this renewable energy source is a federal
tax credit that is due to run out. It may be too much to ask, given the current
political atmosphere, but Congress should not hesitate to extend the credit.
>>View Article

Barry Goldwater Jr. to Michigan Conservatives: Rooftop Solar is About Choice, Freedom and Liberty

August 24 -- Barry M. Goldwater Jr. has a problem with fellow conservatives and
utility executives in Michigan.

Goldwater Jr., 77, told me in an interview this week that he is upset with
Michigan Republican legislators who he says want to discard the state’s
successful net metering law that has helped to create jobs and a booming yet
fledgling industry for rooftop solar projects on residential homes, churches and
small businesses. >>View Article


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