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Clean Energy Investment Rises 9%, Led by Solar Power

April 16 -- Clean energy investment rose by 9 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier on surging demand for rooftop solar panels from the U.S. to Japan.

New investment in renewable power and energy efficiency rose to $47.7 billion in the first three months of the year from $43.6 billion, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said today in an e-mailed statement.  >>View Article

Meet the Pilots Behind the Sun-Powered Plane That Can 'Fly Forever'

April 16 -- Their CVs combined look like the envy of all bona fide air adventurers. Pioneering ultralight aircraft? Been there. Setting world records by circling the globe nonstop in a balloon? Done that. Commanding the first ever 24-hour flight on a plane powered just by the sun? Yep, you've guessed it.

And now, following 12 years of complex designs and intense training, aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are set to conquer new heights, taking up the challenge of the first solar flight around the globe. >>View Article

Todd Renard: Clean Energy is Investment For Future

April 16 -- An annual report tracking global investment in clean energy found for a second straight year that China has overtaken the United States as the leader.

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?,” which found that clean energy investment worldwide declined 11 percent in 2013, and that the United States saw a 9 percent decline in investment to keep it firmly in second place. >>View Article

#IHeartRenewables Week - Celebrate Earth Day & Renewable Energy

April 16 -- It is the week before Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) and we are asking American wind power supporters to share why they love wind energy on Twitter and Facebook.

Similar to our #iheartwind week a couple months back, we are asking supporters to use the #iheartrenewables hashtag to tell your followers, your friends, everyone why you love wind power in the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and all the successes wind power has achieved so far. >>View Article

Tom Kiernan: Nevada is a Leader in Renewable Energy

April 15 -- Highlighting the growing economic strength of the Southwest, the renewable energy sectors in the Silver State are booming and predicted to keep growing with the bipartisan support of Nevada’s congressional and state leaders

Solar, geothermal, and wind energy investment in Nevada, measured at $5.5 billion since 2010, has accelerated rapidly thanks to the state’s leaders. Everyone can agree that continuing that scale of private investment in the economy should be a top priority for elected decisionmakers. >>View Article

Triad's Renewable Energy Investment Tops $278M

April 15 -- Renewable energy projects in the Triad’s 12 counties represented a combined investment of more than $278.9 million between 2007 and 2013, according to a report from national research institute RTI International.

RTI International’s study on the economic impact analysis of clean energy development in North Carolina was commissioned by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. >>View Article

77 percent of Atlantic City Residents Favor Offshore Wind Energy Project

April 15 -- The majority of residents in Atlantic City, N.J., and surrounding communities favor the construction of an offshore wind power project, based on surveys conducted through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Results show that 77 percent of residents are inclined to support a demonstration project of five offshore wind turbines visible from the shore, versus 20 percent leaning the other way. The remaining three percent were undecided. >>View Article

Thomas Friedman: Putin's Cutoff of Gas Could Accelerate Clean Energy Development

April 15 -- So the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn't pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine's pipelines are the transit route for 15 percent of gas consumption for Europe. If I'm actually rooting for Putin to go ahead and shut off the gas, does that make me a bad guy?

Because that is what I'm rooting for, and I'd be happy to subsidize Ukraine through the pain. Because such an oil shock, though disruptive in the short run, could have the same long-term impact as the 1973 Arab oil embargo - only more so. That 1973 embargo led to the first auto mileage standards in America and propelled the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries. A Putin embargo today would be even more valuable because it would happen at a time when the solar, wind, natural gas and energy efficiency industries are all poised to take off and scale. >>View Article

Wind Power Is a Win for Americans and the Environment

April 15 -- Wind power is a win-win for consumers and the environment.

By the end of the year, U.S. wind plants will have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road. Wind energy cuts emissions of other health-harming pollutants by hundreds of thousands of tons annually, while also saving tens of billions of gallons of water in drought-ravaged areas by displacing water consumption at conventional power plants. As the lowest cost and most scalable zero-emission electricity source, wind energy plays a critical role in diversifying our energy mix. >>View Article

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