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Combine Solar Plant with Jobs Program for Double Benefit

June 19 -- The Tallahassee crime rate, especially the rate for violent offenses, is
embarrassing, ominous and unacceptable. Many good suggestions have been made to deal with the problem, but I must agree with Merry Ann Frisby (“Jobs are key to stopping cycle of
violence,” June 10) who said that employment is the key.

All persons in our community who are able to work should have a living-wage job. It is easy
to see that this goal will not be achieved by the private sector alone. The community,
working through its government, needs to make it happen. What can and should the city of
Tallahassee do? I have an idea. >>View Article

Green Energy Targets Drive Renewables Capacity to New High

June 19 -- Capacity to generate power from renewable sources, including solar, wind and
hydro, hit a new high in 2014, driven by a rise in the number of countries with green energy
goals, an international group of experts said on Thursday.

An 8.5 percent increase in renewable energy capacity allowed the global economy and energy
consumption to grow without a parallel increase in carbon emissions for the first time,
according to a report from green energy policy network REN21. >>View Article

California is on Track for a Major Renewable Energy Boost

June 19 -- The number of days most federal and state lawmakers have remaining in session
before summer break is winding down, sparking a flurry of activity.

In Congress, Republicans are advancing legislation that would prevent the U.S. EPA from
enforcing carbon limits on states through the Clean Power Plan (CPP). State leaders are also
preparing legislation and public comments in anticipation of the final EPA rule, which is
expected to be released sometime in August. The National Conference of State Legislatures
offers a comprehensive list of state action on the CPP.  >>View Article

Bioenergy Can Deliver Cleaner Future, Says Global Report

June 18 -- A global bioenergy assessment has said biofuels could meet up to a third of the world's transportation fuel needs by the middle of the century.

The report - involving experts from 24 nations - said bioenergy had the potential to be a key driver in delivering a low-carbon future.

It added that concerns that growth in the sector would increase food insecurities were misplaced.  >>View Article

Renewable Energy Shows Record Growth in Power Sector, but Few Gains in Heating and Transport

June 18 -- The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.

That's more than the generating capacity of all nuclear reactors in the United States and slightly less than Germany's installed capacity from all power sources.

The annual report released early Thursday in Europe by Paris-based REN21, a nonprofit group that promotes renewable energy, underscored how China, the world's top consumer of coal, has become a global leader in clean energy, too. >>View Article

In Ohio and Indiana, Mistakes Were Made

June 18 -- Last year was a contentious one for pro-clean energy state policies. The usual fossil fuel interests mounted attacks against renewables in states across the country; as usual, most of them failed. But two states – Ohio and Indiana – gave in to these anti-renewable, anti-efficiency attacks. Ohio froze its renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years, and Indiana ended its wildly successful “Energizing Indiana” energy efficiency program. Plenty of people criticized those decisions at the time. Now, with some hindsight, it’s clear that both states made a huge mistake.

First, let’s start with Ohio. In 2014, Ohio led the U.S. in wind turbine component manufacturers, and it was 2nd in solar equipment providers. Despite that, the state legislature decided to freeze the state’s (clearly) successful renewable energy and energy efficiency standards – even though they had reduced electricity bills in the state by 1.4% from 2008 to 2012.  >>View Article

Advanced Energy Industry Grows in Tennessee

June 18 -- Nearly 325,000 jobs in Tennessee, including 23,130 in Hamilton County, are supported by advanced energy companies that do everything from improving energy efficiency to generating power from renewable sources to better automotive technologies, an economic study released today shows.

Despite a slowdown in the growth on energy consumption, a University of Tennessee economic study found that businesses identifying ways to generate power in new ways or with greater efficiency and reliability are growing faster than the economy as a whole. >>View Article

Barack Obama's climate change initiative: $4 billion for clean energy

June 17 -- A series of initiatives and recent investment successes in the field of renewable energy were announced at the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit on Tuesday morning.

“Unbelievably exciting advances" are "happening in real time” in the field of clean energy, senior advisor to the president Brian Deese, told summit attendees. Mr. Deese spoke of progress made in meeting the “global challenge” in the field of renewable energy, and characterized the advances his team and the Obama administration have made as “improbably American success[es].” Chief among these gains, Deese noted, are a 50 percent decrease in the cost of solar energy and a three-fold increase in the amount of energy produced by wind since 2009. >>View Article

Michael Breen: Clean Energy Vital to Military

June 17 -- During a recent trip to North Carolina, I was often told that North Carolina is the nation's most military-friendly state. To live up to that reputation, however, the legislature must reject efforts to scale back renewable energy policies that support energy independence, strengthen national security and create jobs for military veterans.

When you're in the middle of a war zone, you don't have a lot of time to think about issues like energy policy. But while serving as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, I saw firsthand how our energy choices are matters of life and death for our soldiers. >>View Article

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