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Exposing Koch-Funded Groups and Their Dubious Claims About Renewable Portfolio Standards

July 21 -- The Wall Street Journal frequently opens its pages to fossil-fuel-funded front groups and individuals to launch blatantly false attacks on our country's burgeoning clean energy industry. A week ago Friday was no exception, with the paper printing a misleading, anti-clean energy screed by two leaders in the group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP). A bit of background on AFP tells us what we're dealing with here.

First, fossil fuel industry interests, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Koch brothers, heavily fund the group. Second, AFP relentlessly pushes the supposed virtues of fossil fuels and the supposed ills of wind and solar power, twisting the evidence - and spending a great deal of money to spread the resulting propaganda around as widely as possible. >>View Article

The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo

July 21 -- Along a bend in the Buffalo River here, an enormous steel and concrete structure is rising, soon to house one of the country’s largest solar panel factories. Just to the south, in the rotting guts of the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, where a dozen wind turbines already harness the energy blowing off Lake Erie, workers are preparing to install a big new solar array.

And in Lockport, to the north, Yahoo recently expanded a data and customer service center, attracted by the region’s cheap, clean power generated by Niagara Falls. >>View Article

Great Jobs Power a Sustainable Economy

July 21 -- Des Moines Area Community College was proud to host Diocese of Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates at an event following Pope Francis’ recent encyclical about the moral obligation to improve the environment. Sustainability is something that DMACC takes very seriously, both internally and externally as we prepare a future workforce for “green-collar” jobs.

As the Pope calls for engagement on environmental issues, we are working on solutions. DMACC has signed on to the American College & University President’s Climate Commitment, and have created an Operation Green initiative to create awareness within the DMACC campuses and its members regarding the financial and environmental impact of our existence. This project creates and fosters a sustainability contingent within the DMACC district in order to investigate, design, implement and evaluate our move to a greener existence. >>View Article

HP to Power Texas Data Centers With Wind Energy

July 21 -- For years, clean energy developers could look to only a small handful of corporations as project partners or customers for their power. Mostly, there was Google, and a few other high-tech companies that worked directly with wind and solar developers to help green their energy use.

Now, that appears to be changing. On Tuesday, Hewlett-Packard announced a 12-year contract to buy 112 megawatts from a wind farm that SunEdison is expanding in Texas. That is enough, HP said, to operate its data centers there, the equivalent of powering 42,600 homes each year. >>View Article

Don't Let Colo. Wind Jobs Blow Away

July 20 -- Wind energy is more than just rotors. It is more than just towers. These wind
turbines are important to our economy. Thousands of parts and materials go into each
turbine, and dozens of companies are part of the wind supply chain in Colorado. >>View

Nevada May See More Solar Plants as Price Tag Drops

July 20 -- Two major solar power projects proposed by Nevada Power could be a boon to
customers because of a dramatic drop in the cost of the renewable energy technology.

Nevada Power is seeking approval from state regulators to build two 100-megawatt renewable
solar energy projects as part of a three-year plan to help replace the utility‘s coal-fired
electrical capacity set to be fully retired by 2019. >>View Article

Shumlin: Leading the Way

July 20 -- I recently traveled to Toronto to attend the Climate Summit of the Americas,
which brought together Pan-American governmental, advocacy, energy and climate change
leaders to share ideas on how we can work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
capitalize on a cleaner energy economy to grow jobs and opportunity. I was so proud to
represent Vermont at this summit because, when it comes to combating climate change and
finding opportunity in a green energy future, our state is world leader.

We weren’t always, though. When I took office in January 2011, Vermont’s energy policy was
stuck in the 1990s, literally. Our last and only major wind energy project was built in
1997. Our last comprehensive energy plan was completed in 1998. And we were relying on a
1998 net metering law that wasn’t meeting the needs of the 21st century. That lack of
progress on energy meant we were losing out on the opportunity to grow jobs, save
Vermonters’ money on energy bills and help lead the way on combating climate change. >>View ArticleArticle

SAS Joins Chorus of Companies Warning Against Changing N.C.'s Renewable Energy Standard

July 17 -- SAS Institute Inc. has become the latest high-profile company to weigh in on the
ongoing debate in the General Assembly over whether to change the state’s renewable energy

In a letter sent to all state lawmakers Wednesday, the Cary-based business analytics
software company warned lawmakers that changing the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio
Standard could hurt the development of clean energy in North Carolina. >>View Article

Half the World Already Gets More Power From Renewables than from Nuclear

July 17 -- The dream of a low-carbon future thanks to nuclear power is already looking
dated. The two most populous countries in the world—China and India—plus Japan, Germany,
Spain, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil already generate more electricity from (non-
hydro) renewable sources than they do from nuclear, according to a global nuclear industry
report (pdf). That’s 45% of the world’s population that rely on wind, solar, and other green
energy more than they do on radioactive atoms. >>View Article

Report: Wind Could Supply 40 Percent of Iowa Energy by 2020

July 17 -- Iowa could meet 40 percent of its energy needs from wind power within five years,
according to an industry report Thursday that looks at the state’s wind generation

The state could push its wind-energy mix to 41 percent in 2020 and supply enough power to
more than match its energy usage by 2030, with excess energy to export to other states, the
American Wind Energy Association said Thursday. >>View Article

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