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Renewable Industry Wraps Up a Great 2014, But Future of Tax Incentives is Murky

January 7 -- Even though the year-end numbers haven’t rolled in yet, there’s no question that 2014 was another banner year for renewable energy. When the numbers are all added up, solar energy might be America’s largest source of new electricity capacity added in 2014 – an amazing feat for an industry that was installing less than 1,000 megawatts per year just 5 years ago. And the U.S. wind industry has over 13,000 megawatts currently under construction, despite some seriously destructive policy uncertainty. >>View Article

Californians on Way to State's New Energy Goals

January 7 -- Clean-energy programs initiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and governors before him have California already well on its way to meeting his new goals for reducing the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, industry experts and state officials said Tuesday. >>View Article

Maine Wind Industry Boasts 1,560 Jobs, $532 Million in Spending

January 7 -- Wind power companies have spent more than $532 million on projects in Maine over the past eight years and are poised to spend an additional $745 million over the next four, an industry trade group said Tuesday in a report summarizing the economic impact of wind energy in the state between 2006 and 2018. >>View Article

Record Month for Wind Energy Hailed

January 5 -- December was a record month for wind power in Scotland, according to environmentalists who have hailed 2014 as a "massive year" for renewable energy.

The biggest day for output for wind was on December 10 when there was enough energy generated to supply 6.34 million homes for the whole day, analysis from WWF Scotland showed. >>View Article

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

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