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NJ Public Wants Renewable Clean Power, Not Cheap Natural Gas, Poll Finds

November 6 -- While the state is stepping up its reliance on natural gas to help meet its energy needs, most residents would instead prefer it ramp up its use of renewable energy, such as solar and wind, according to a recent poll.

Nearly 80 percent of residents surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson’s Public Mind said the state should invest more in renewable energy, with more than three-quarters of those responding saying they favor a pending bill (S-2444), that would require a target of 80 percent renewables by 2050. >>View Article

EPA Issues Clean Power Plan Final Rule: Rule Includes New Incentives For Early Renewables Projects

November 6 -- On October 23, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published in the Federal Register a highly anticipated final rule implementing its Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Electric Utility Generating Units, also known as the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”). 80 Fed. Reg. 64662. A prepublication version of the final rule has been available since August 3. However, the rule’s official publication starts the clock on compliance with the CPP and also opens the rule to legal challenges.

The highly controversial CPP is among the most important of the Obama administration’s many regulatory measures to combat climate change. The standards dictated by the plan demand modest improvements in the greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions performance of coal-fired electric generating units (EGUs). However, the real focus of the CPP is increased deployment of natural gas-fired and renewable generating capacity in the United States. As such, it includes several elements of interest to developers of renewable power projects. >>View Article 

Lockheed Martin Launches State’s Largest Private Solar Project in Oldsmar

October 26 -- OLDSMAR — With the flick of an oversized wall switch, Gov. Rick Scott helped Lockheed Martin launch a 2.25 megawatt solar energy system on Tuesday that will produce enough energy to power 372 typical homes for a year.

The 7,260 solar panels, which cover 151,400 square feet of the defense contractor’s parking lot and shades 534 vehicles, make up the state’s largest private solar array, Lockheed Martin officials said.

“Whether you’re in Clearwater or in Calcutta, the world relies on energy. And in this century, it must mean energy that is clean and sustainable, with secure distribution and underpinned by advanced infrastructure,” said Leo Mackay, the company’s vice president for ethics and sustainability. “That’s a grand opportunity in the decades to come. If you work at Lockheed Martin, you take this personally. It is a commitment, it’s a part of our daily work, it’s really a calling for us.” >>View Article 

Despite Risks, Cuomo Bets on Solar Power to Lift Buffalo

October 26 -- On the often cloudy shores of the Buffalo River, where a steel factory once thrived, lies the rising framework of one of New York’s most ambitious economic endeavors ever: a giant solar panel factory that the state says will be the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has committed up to $750 million to the project, the biggest economic development effort he has undertaken in his five years as governor.

In doing so, he has not just bet big on solar energy, a competitive and rapidly growing business, but also on the success of SolarCity, a fast-growing California company that will operate out of the factory that the New York State will own. >>View Article 

Massachusetts Ranked First In Energy Efficiency

October 26 -- Several New England states have been ranked among the best in the country when it comes to energy efficiency.

Massachusetts tops the annual list of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. It's the fifth year in a row that Massachusetts came out on top.

Vermont was ranked third, Rhode Island fourth, and Connecticut sixth in the rankings released last week. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont led the field in utility-sector energy efficiency programs. >>View Article 

Don’t Make Ohio’s Energy Fumble

October 26 -- The Michigan-Ohio State football rivalry is fierce and longstanding. Though the Buckeyes were crowned national champions last year in football, Ohio fumbled big time on energy. This year, Michigan has the chance to avoid that blunder.

Ohio made a bad call last spring when Gov. John Kasich and Ohio’s General Assembly froze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. The move undeniably shackled the state’s clean energy economy. Now, more than a year later, Kasich has drastically changed his tune, calling a continued freeze “unacceptable.”

Why did Kasich have a change of heart? Because he’s witnessed firsthand that freezing Ohio’s energy standards has halted economic investment in renewable energy sources, and hurt businesses and families who rely on affordable and clean power. >>View Article 

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte Backs President Obama’s Climate Change Rule

October 26 -- New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is at odds with GOP leadership and the vast majority of her Republican colleagues over climate-change policy heading into the 2016 elections.

Ayotte, who is girding for a difficult reelection fight, on Sunday became the first GOP senator to support President Obama’s sweeping regulation that mandates carbon emissions cuts from the nation’s power plants.

Her announcement arrives as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many other Republicans are ramping-up their legislative and messaging battle against the EPA rules, which seek to cut nationwide pollution from power plants by 32 percent, relative to 2005 levels, by 2030. >>View Article 

Guest Commentary: CPUC Should Not Mess with Successful And Fair Way of Metering Solar Energy

October 26 --  My community is proud to be at the forefront of the clean energy revolution -- and rooftop solar is one of the most important steps to getting us there. California leads the nation in rooftop solar, and here in Oakland, we recognize our role in defining the future of energy use as a community, region, state and nation.

In Oakland, we are excited about the future of energy and how cleaner, distributed and sustainable energy might help us achieve our goals for cleaner air and lower electricity prices.

Our leadership will not only be an example to our children and community, but will demonstrate to the entire region and state that clean energy solutions make sense. >>View Article 

Ohio University to Purchase 50 Percent of Electricity from Renewable Sources Starting in December

October 23 -- Ohio University President Roderick McDavis announced Tuesday that starting in December, the university will purchase 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, according to a news release.

“Transitioning to 50 percent renewable electricity will enable Ohio University to exceed the goals of our 2011 Sustainability Plan and significantly reduce our carbon footprint,” McDavis said in a news release. “The shift is reflective of Ohio University’s deep and continued commitment to environmental stewardship.” >>View Article

Apple Cleaning up Act in China With More Renewable Energy

October 23 -- Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads during the past eight years.

The world's most valuable company is working with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy.

The commitment announced Wednesday represents Apple's latest attempt to prevent the popularity of its devices and digital services from increasing the carbon emissions that are widely believed to changing the Earth's climate. >>View Article

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