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Senators Propose to Extend Federal Solar Energy Tax Credit

July 15 -- A group of U.S. senators, including Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz have introduced
legislation to extend the federal tax credit on renewable energy equipment for homeowners
who want to utilize solar photovoltaics, solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and
small wind turbines.

On Tuesday, Schatz, D-Hawaii, and other senators said they want to extend the 30 percent
residential energy efficient property tax credit, which ends on Dec. 31, 2016, by five years, through the introduction of Senate Bill 1755. >>View Article

I Love the Clean Power Plan: Six Great Reasons You Should Too

July 14 -- It’s July, it’s beautiful out, and all thoughts naturally turn to… the Clean
Power Plan! This historic, first-ever nationwide limit on carbon emissions from power plants
will be finalized within weeks. Many of my colleagues and I have spent months deep in the
weeds of the technical details of the draft proposal. But it’s important to look at the big
picture, and think about why we’re doing this. Here are six reasons I really care about this
powerhouse of a rule – and why you might too. >>View Article

Study: Northeast States Benefit From Carbon Cap Program

July 14 -- Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the
economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction
are seeing economic benefits.

The study by a Boston-based consulting firm, the Analysis Group, will be presented in New
York Tuesday at the summer meeting of a national group of state utility regulators. It found
that the nine states combined saw $1.3 billion in economic value from the carbon-cutting
program from 2012 to 2014.

The program prompted 14,200 new jobs and cut consumers' electric and heating bills by $460
million, the consultants found. >>View Article

Amazon to Power Cloud with Big Wind Farm in North Carolina

July 14 -- Amazon plans to buy energy from a big wind farm in North Carolina to power its
current and future data centers that handle its cloud computing service. The news comes a
little over a month after some of Amazon’s largest cloud customers publicly asked the
company to make a bigger commitment to clean energy.

On Monday, Amazon said that it is working with clean power company Iberdrola Renewables to buy energy from a large 208 megawatt wind farm that will be built in two North Carolina
counties. Solar and wind farms that are hundreds of megawatts in size are relatively big,
and the so-called “Amazon Wind Farm US East” will be able to provide enough energy to power
61,000 average American homes in a year. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Column had Incorrect Information

July 14 -- The opinion piece submitted by Rea Hederman ("Repeal renewable energy mandates" July 9) was one of the most misleading and biased pieces I have ever seen the Enquirer print.

Mr. Hederman wants us to believe that the average Ohioan lost $3,842 in 2013 because of the
renewable standards that required just 2.5 percent of Ohio's energy to come from renewable
sources. Even the most cursory analysis of this claim shows it to be laughably false. Duke
Energy currently has the Alternative Energy Recovery Rider which allows them to recover
every cent they spend on buying renewable energy credits. This charge is currently $0.000196
per kilowatt-hour. >>View Article

Additional Hydropower Could Cut Carbon Emissions

July 13 -- With each passing day, Americans are becoming more mindful about the ways in
which energy is being generated. Our nation's reliance on fossil fuels, coupled with the
looming challenges of climate change, is giving rise to the movement to reduce our
collective carbon footprint. And while many areas of the country find themselves behind the
curve, Oregon has been at the forefront of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions through
hydropower generation.

As such, it should come as a shock to few within the state that Oregon is one of the
nation's leading producers of hydropower – ranking second in the country. In fact, between
2011-2013, waterpower generated a whopping 63 percent of the state's energy from federal and non-federal systems. As a result, Oregon's household electricity prices are well below the
national median. More importantly, Oregon continues to demonstrate to the country
hydropower's potential as a clean, reliable source of renewable energy. >>View Article

Renewables Reinforce Resiliency, Reliability

July 13 -- When a storm like the one that struck Fort Wayne on June 27 disrupts service to
our customers, Indiana Michigan Power’s work is quite visible. Bucket trucks were mobilized
throughout the city as I&M marshaled internal and external crews to restore power to more
than 30,000 customers within 72 hours.

Fortunately, I&M’s work often involves preparing for the future – and that work is visible,
too. >>View Article

Let's Make a Declaration of Energy Independence

July 13 -- This past weekend we honored the day our nation declared independence more than
200 years ago. We enjoyed our parades and fireworks, so now let’s also celebrate a different
kind of revolution – an energy revolution – that’s underway all across America.

Driven by innovation and entrepreneurship, the cost of renewable energy has fallen faster
and further than anyone could have predicted just 10 years ago. As a result, we are
developing secure, competitive clean energy at a record pace. Last year, the U.S. added more
homegrown solar and wind than any other electricity source. >>View Article

Don't Sell Us Short; Ky. Can Meet Clean-Power, Efficiency Goals

July 13 -- Last month I attended a hearing of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural
Resources, which included a presentation from the Energy and Environment Cabinet on the
proposed federal Clean Power Plan.

Under the plan as currently proposed, Kentucky would need to reduce its power-sector carbon
emissions rate 18 percent between 2012 and 2030.

While this sounds like a significant reduction on the surface, the goal is far less
stringent than most state goals across the country. >>View Article

Are Homeowners That Go Solar "Freeloaders"?

July 10 -- The solar boom shows no signs of slowing down. According to SEIA, the last quarter was the best one ever for the U.S. residential solar sector. The U.S. added 1.3 GW of solar energy, and solar made up over half of the electricity generation capacity added in the U.S. last quarter. Yup, we added more solar than natural gas, coal, and nuclear energy combined.

This is all great news. Solar is saving businesses, schools, and homeowners money, and the industry supports a thriving workforce. It will only keep growing as the price of solar continues to drop. But some people aren’t thrilled about that, and opponents of this booming industry have taken to throwing out as many criticisms as they can and seeing what sticks. >>View Article

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