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Richard Caperton: Leveling the Playing Field Between Dirty and Clean Energy

June 13 -- We recently hosted nationally recognized energy finance expert Richard Caperton for our ongoing Scaling Green's Communicating Energy lecture series. We've posted the curtain raiser on this series of posts about Caperton's remarks on Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), and their advantages and disadvantages relative to wind energy's Production Tax Credit and solar's Investment Tax Credit. As Caperton points out, clean energy's most valuable incentives have been neither permanent nor reliable, unlike  the perennial welfare check dirty energy sectors get from the taxpayers each year. >>View Article


Ask Bill Clinton: How Can We Encourage Homeowners to Adopt Solar Energy?

June 13 -- We need to develop in every state a network of cooperation in which contractors, utilities, building and home owners, tenants, and government agencies understand the shared benefits of solar energy and work together to accelerate its deployment. Our outdated energy grid’s outages cost the U.S. economy $25 billion or more every year, according to a recent Morgan Stanley study using Department of Energy data. Recent extreme weather events have had devastating effects on our aging infrastructure and make a stronger case than ever to build a more resilient and reliable energy system. Distributed solar energy will help us to build that resilience and reliability, both for the nation and for individual owners of homes and buildings. >>View Article


The Power—and Beauty—of Solar Energy

June 13 -- Utility power plants are many things—sprawling, expensive, often polluting—but one thing they are not is beautiful. Power plants are the engines of modern society, but we’d rather they stay out of the way. The Ivanpah solar thermal plant is something different. Soon to be completed in California’s Mojave Desert, Ivanpah will provide nearly 400 megawatts of electricity. It will do so with the sun, but the not the way you might expect. Solar photovoltaic panels—the sort usually seen on rooftops—convert sunlight directly into electricity. That’s elegant, but limited—each panel produces only a little bit of power, and that power stops flowing as soon as the sun disappears. >>View Article


Midlands Voices: Wind energy bill to boost rural areas

June 12 -- The Nebraska Legislature has taken a momentous step forward this session to tap into one of our state’s greatest natural resources — wind energy.  My priority bill, LB 104, will add renewable energy projects, including wind energy projects, to the Nebraska Advantage Act. This legislation will allow our state to take advantage of this untapped potential and realize the significant economic activity that follows investments in renewable energy sources, especially for rural communities. >>View Article

Greenspace: Clean jobs are growing industry in Minnesota

June 12 -- Looking for a job to help you save the planet? You live in the right state for it.  According to Environmental Entreprenuers, an environmental policy group that studies Green jobs, Minnesota ranked 10th in the nation in adding new clean-energy jobs in the first quarter of 2013. The 189 new jobs, the group said in a June 4 report, come from 83 announced projects in the state as well as 106 projects that are in progress. >>View Article

U.S. solar installations jump in first quarter

June 12 -- The U.S. solar industry continued its healthy growth in the first quarter, according to a new industry report out Tuesday.  The U.S. added 723 megawatts of solar power from January through March, up 33 percent from the same period in 2012, according to the report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. >>View Article


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