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Xcel to Double Down on Renewable Energy in Minnesota

January 5 -- Xcel Energy Inc. said Friday that it wants to more than double the amount of electricity it gets from wind and solar in the Upper Midwest.

The company, which serves 1.2 million electric customers in Minnesota and has the most wind power of any U.S. utility, said further expansion of renewable energy over the next 15 years will bring a 40 percent reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. It also could mean higher utility bills for consumers. >>View Article

Report Recognizes Pennsylvania as Clean Energy Leader

January 5 -- Pennsylvania is becoming a nationwide leader in the clean energy industry.

That’s according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center, which highlights eight states that have demonstrated leadership in clean energy policies, installation and economies. The goal was to analyze states outside of those usually credited with clean energy advances such as California. >>View Article

Clean Power Plan is Right for New York

January 5 -- The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate recently released a report indicating that clean energy policy and investments to halt climate change may pay for themselves. We don't have to choose between economic growth and tackling climate change. Investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency can help us achieve both goals. >>View Article

Program That Backed Solyndra Showing Successes

January 5 -- At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops such as Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Obama administration's backing of unproven green-energy projects. >>View Article

NHL Goes Green with Constellation Energy

December 19 -- Constellation, a Baltimore-based energy firm, is entering a partnership with the National Hockey League that will promote the company's brand while it works with the league on minimizing the NHL's environmental impact.

Constellation has sponsorship deals with the Ravens and Orioles, among other professional clubs, but this is its first league-wide deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. >>View Article

Who Really has Grassroots Support? Wind Energy

December 19 -- A recent poll found that 73 percent of American voters support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit “so that investment in wind energy can continue.” And 78 percent agreed it “helps American workers make more of our own energy right here in America.”

Wide majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agreed, consistent with previous polls. >>View Article

It's Not Easy Being Green: Fossil Fuel Subsidies

December 19 -- For several years now, politicians have been pledging to cut fossil fuel subsidies and invest in green energy.

Speaking at the UN Global Climate Summit in September, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said, "We need to give business the certainty it needs to invest in low carbon. That means fighting against the economically and environmentally perverse fossil fuel subsidies which distort free markets and rip off taxpayers." >>View Article

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