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October 5 -- Does anyone remember the Cheney energy task force? Early in the George W. Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney released a report that was widely derided as a document written by and for Big Energy — because it was. The administration fought tooth and nail to keep the process by which the report was produced secret, but the list of people the task force met was eventually leaked, and it was exactly what you’d expect: a who’s who of energy industry executives, with environmental groups getting a chance to make their case only after the work was essentially done.

But here’s the thing: by the standards of today’s Republican Party, the Cheney report was enlightened, even left-leaning. >>View Article

Editor's Inbox: Support andidates Who Back Clean Energy

October 5 -- From wind energy to solar power, I have grown up watching the state of Iowa work efficiently and effectively on an enormous problem the world is facing: climate change.

It is mandatory that the United States, one of the leaders in global pollution, transition to a clean-energy plan. We not only have the technology to do so, but it will also be economically beneficial and it will help make the Earth a cleaner, healthier and better place to live for generations to come.

Currently, Iowa generates close to 30 percent of its power from wind energy, more than any other state. We have all watched as wind turbines have slowly dotted our countryside, and we are even starting to see more and more solar panels be installed on tops of businesses and even on homes. >>View Article

Germany Offers India $2.25 Billion for Solar, Clean Energy

October 5 -- German will provide India more than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion) for developing a clean energy corridor and solar projects, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Modi has made ambitious renewable energy targets a key part of his development agenda and climate change mitigation commitments ahead of a landmark international summit in Paris at the end of this year. >>View Article

Clean Energy in the Statehouse Freezer

October 5 -- They stacked the deck against clean energy a year ago. In engineering a two-year freeze on the standards for increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in Ohio, the Republican majorities at the Statehouse created a legislative committee to study the mandates. At the same time, they enacted provisions designed to weaken the standards.

Study? They already had the answers.

Sure enough, on Wednesday, the Energy Mandates Study Committee handed down its recommendations. The first proposal? Extend the freeze “indefinitely,” or just what FirstEnergy and other power companies wanted when they began working to remove the standards three years ago. >>View Article

Renewables to Reap Lion's Share of New Power Plants, IEA Says

October 2 -- Renewable energy will be the largest source of new power generation capacity worldwide over the next five years, installing 700 gigawatts, which is more than double what utilities produce today in Japan, the International Energy Agency said.

While installations surge, investment will fall 15 percent to $230 billion a year by 2020 as the cost of wind and solar farms declines, the Paris-based institution said in a report on Friday. >>View Article

Why The World Could Be Shifting to Clean Energy A Lot Faster

October 2 -- First the good news: In a new report on the near term future of the global renewable energy industry, the International Energy Agency is projecting impressive growth. Renewable sources like wind, solar, and hydropower should constitute nearly two-thirds of new net power capacity brought online across the globe between now and 2020. That’s equivalent to 700 gigawatts of new capacity or “more than twice Japan’s current installed power capacity,” according to the IEA.

That would mean that overall, renewables would grow from providing 22 percent of the world’s total electricity generation in 2013, to providing an impressive 26 percent of it by 2020. >>View Article

Why DuPont Supports Oregon's Low-carbon Fuel Standard

October 2 -- As an American company operating since 1802, DuPont has been part of the ongoing movement to create science-powered solutions that make life better for people and the planet we share. Today, we are particularly excited to be a part of the advancement of biofuels — cleaner-burning alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. These fuels hold such promise; contributing to our country's energy security, reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and strengthening America's economy. >>View Article

Jobs Being Created through The Winds of Change

October 2 -- Sweetwater, Texas, 225 due west of Dallas, made its mark in the late 1800s as a railroad hub. Today, it's known for the power of wind that blows in off the prairies.

Sweetwater is the county seat of Nolan County, home to 1,371 turbines, according to Sweetwater's Chamber of Commerce. It is also home to the main campus of Texas State Technical College (TSTC), which has offered an associate's degree in wind energy and applied engineering since 2006. >>View Article

India Pledges Clean-Energy Push in UN Climate Submission

October 2 -- India, the world’s third-biggest polluter, pledged to slow the rise of greenhouse gases produced by its growing economy and to rapidly build up clean-energy sources, becoming the last major country to submit its plan for tackling global warming emissions.

In a plan filed to the United Nations Thursday, India said it would reduce its “emissions intensity” -- the amount of pollution released for each unit of economic growth -- by 33 percent to 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The country also set a goal of having 40 percent of its installed electric capacity powered by non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030. >>View Article

Price of Solar Energy in the United States Has Fallen to 5¢/kWh on Average

October 1 -- Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5¢/kWh. These prices reflect receipt of the 30% federal investment tax credit, which is scheduled to decline to 10% after 2016, and would be higher if not for that incentive. By comparison, average wholesale electricity prices across the United States ranged from 3 to 6 cents/kWh in 2014, depending on the region. >>View Article

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