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Facebook Doubles Renewable-Energy Target to 50% by End of 2018

July 8 -- Facebook Inc. set a goal of running half its operations with clean energy by the
end of 2018, and eventually expects to reach 100 percent.

Facebook is also planning to build a data center in Fort Worth, Texas, that will run solely
on renewable energy, the Menlo Park, California-based company said on its website Tuesday.

A growing number of technology companies are turning to clean energy to run data centers and other sites that consume significant amounts of power. Google Inc. gets 35 percent of its
power from renewable sources, as do all of Apple Inc.’s data centers, according to their
websites. >>View Article

Why Wait for Clean Power's Benefits?

July 8 -- Earlier this month I attended a hearing of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural
Resources, which included a presentation from the Energy and Environment Cabinet on the
proposed Federal Clean Power Plan.

Under the Federal Clean Power Plan as currently proposed, Kentucky would need to reduce its
power-sector carbon emissions rate 18% between 2012 and 2030. While this sounds like a
significant reduction on the surface, the goal is far less stringent than most state goals
across the country. More importantly, the information from Kentucky's Energy and Environment Cabinet presented two very clear facts: That coal is continuing to decline in this state regardless of the EPA's Clean Power Plan and that Kentucky is well on its way to meeting the Plan's goals. >>View Article

Missouri Economy Enjoys Green Energy Growth

July 8 -- Missouri has to continue to plant strong roots in the green economy.

A new report from E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) and MEI (the Missouri Energy Initiative)
shows that nearly 40,000 people in more than 4,400 establishments in the state are employed
in green sectors of the economy.

“This number is roughly double Iowa’s clean energy and transportation workforce but less
than half the workers in Illinois and Massachusetts, suggesting room for growth,” the report
says. >>View Article

Pork Industry: Don't Kill State's Renewable Energy Mandate

July 7 -- North Carolina’s pork producers are urging state lawmakers not to tinker with a
2007 renewable energy law that requires electric utilities to tap hog manure as a fuel
source to generate electricity.

Pork industry officials say they are getting close to turning swine waste into an
economically viable fuel and repeated attempts to undo the law will scare off investors from
financing these projects.

“We don’t want to see anything about the law get changed,” said Angie Maier, director of
policy development at the N.C. Pork Council. “It makes the law look unstable.” >>View

Clean Power Plan: Public Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

July 7 -- Recently (June 15), the Missoulian ran a guest column from someone representing
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference claiming that the Environmental Protection
Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan will increase the costs of electricity. I wondered why
someone from a civil rights organization would be in favor of pollution.

I learned that the author has a very close relationship with the fossil fuel industry,
having received funding from them for organizations he has been involved with. It’s
unfortunate that he is using his voice to advance the interests of polluting mega-
corporations instead of people. >>View Article

Allow Solar Industry to Shine on in Mass.

July 7 -- The solar industry in Massachusetts is bursting its caps, which are artificial
restraints advocated by those with an interest in keeping the green-power industry from
thriving. Beacon Hill must act to allow solar to shine more brightly.

According to a report by the Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center, net
metering is not only triggering greater use of solar energy but increases the effectiveness
of the power grid as well. Net metering refers to the process by which solar power is sold
to the grid at the retail rate, which is part of the financial formula to promote the growth
of solar.  >>View Article

Solar Energy Use in WNY Triples in Last 3 Years

July 7 -- Dr. Bernard J. Kolber is a big fan of solar energy.

The Amherst dentist has installed solar panels on the roof of both his dental practice and
his Clarence home – a decision he said has shaved 30 to 40 percent off his home’s electric
bills while helping to reduce the reliance on conventional power sources, such as coal and
natural gas, whose emissions contribute to global warming.

“I call it a no-brainer,” said Kolber, who also serves on the Clarence Town Board. “It just
made sense – economic sense, as well as ‘green’ sense.”  >>View Article

Record-Breaking Flight Shows the Power of Solar Energy

July 6 -- A record-breaking flight using electricity produced from the sun is showcasing
what is possible using clean technology.

The accomplishment marks the latest leg of a round-the-world mission by two Swiss explorers
to promote the promise of clean technology.

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9 on the first stage of a 35,000 km
journey. >>View Article

On the Record -- Trade Media Coverage is Top Tier Coverage

July 6 -- When are 10,000 readers better than three million? Simply put, when you’re a solar
company and all 10,000 readers are cleantech professionals who passionately care about your
ideas or products. At Tigercomm, our cleantech clients want to educate more decision makers
about the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy technologies, and we
regularly turn to trades to get their messages in front of key publics.

Whether you work in cleantech, healthcare or any another field – PR pros get a lot of
pressure from their board members, bosses and clients to land national, mainstream media
hits because of the outlet’s size or reach. However, just because those hits are commonly
perceived as “bigger” doesn’t always make them better.  >>View Article

Policy Critique Ignores Benefits of Solar to All Ratepayers

July 6 -- The June 29 opinion piece “Nonsolar users bear burden of net metering” ignores the
benefits of solar to all ratepayers, and presents a one-sided view of costs based on
incomplete calculations that were compiled by the utilities. The piece also ignores the
overall value of solar in creating high-quality local jobs in the Commonwealth and in
preventing harmful emissions. The Net Metering and Solar Task Force report shows that the
benefits of solar far outweigh the costs, providing a net benefit of $9b to the

The Baker administration supports reaching at least 1,600 megawatts of solar while
minimizing costs to ratepayers. However, according to the task force, the pathway described
by the op-ed’s authors — to not raise the net-metering caps — is the most expensive scenario
for meeting the 1,600-megawatt goal. >>View Article

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