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Buffett Strikes Cheapest Electricity Price in US with Nevada Solar Farm

July 9 -- A Nevada utility owned by U.S. tycoon Warren Buffett has agreed upon a purchase
price for solar power from a First Solar plant that might well be the cheapest electricity
available anywhere in the U.S., reports Bloomberg.

NV Energy, a Nevada-based utility owned by Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has agreed to pay
just $0.3.87/kWh for solar electricity from the 100 MW Playa Solar 2 project being developed
by U.S. thin film company First Solar. >>View Article

It's Time for Solar Power to Shine for All Consumers

July 9 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State Energy Plan, released last week, breaks big barriers to
clean energy. But the biggest barrier of all is affordability for 100 percent of people.
That’s what we care about most and it’s why we launched the 100% campaign last month in New York. The governor’s plan could help bust that barrier, too, through community net-metering – often called shared renewables – which could allow millions of New Yorkers to plug into solar power for the first time.

Solar is already powering the Empire State in a big way. Declining solar installation costs
mean that record numbers of New Yorkers are harnessing sunshine to save on their energy
bills. New York State, in turn, has invested $750 million in the construction of the
nation’s largest solar panel manufacturing facility in Buffalo. In July, our PUSH Green
program will begin signing people up for a discount rooftop solar PV program tailored to the
needs of low- and moderate-income households in Western New York. This program will help
spur job creation at the neighborhood level. >>View Article

Poll: Most Desert Voters Support Renewable Energy Plan

July 9 -- Most people don't know that state and federal officials are working on a plan to
balance renewable energy development and conservation across California's sprawling deserts.

But among those who have heard of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, a vast
majority support the proposal.

That's according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which surveyed more than 800
desert voters about their views on renewable energy development and conservation. Of the 24
percent of respondents who knew anything about the plan, 66 percent said they support it,
compared to just 15 percent who said they oppose it. >>View Article

EPA Carbon Standards Will Help Us Breathe Easier

July 9 -- Later this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue the Clean Power
Plan, new clean air safeguards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. This
plan will provide a significant opportunity for Arizona to step up its commitment to clean
solar energy and energy efficiency programs and reduce its dependence on dirty coal-fired
power plants.

The Clean Power Plan creates a framework that enables states to move toward utilizing clean
energy, such as solar, wind and energy efficiency, and puts states in the driver's seat to
determine how best to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. These new protections represent the first-ever limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants. >>View Article

Cerabino: Bondi Tries Sun Block

July 8 -- Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi is trying to stop a voter initiative that
would allow state residents to buy solar-generated energy from their neighbors instead of
the state's big electric utilities.

Bondi has come to the aid of Florida Power & Light to oppose a ballot amendment that would
prevent the government and state utilities from imposing legal barriers to people who choose
to power their homes in a way that eliminates doing business with one of the state's big
providers. >>View Article

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

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