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PNM plans to add more renewable energy

July 2 -- New Mexico's largest electricity provider says it expects to add significant renewable energy resources to its portfolio in the coming years.

PNM released details of the resource plan it filed with state regulators Tuesday. The utility considered future changes in the cost and reliability of potential resources — from coal to solar and wind — in determining what should be included in the mix. >>View Article

Federal loan backing lifts fortunes of Cape Wind

July 2 -- The promise of a $150 million federal loan guarantee for Cape Wind keeps the controversial offshore wind project on a path to start construction in Nantucket Sound as soon as early next year, a spokesman said.

Once finalized, the loan guarantee should give Cape Wind the boost it needs to line up the final pieces of financing for the estimated $2.5 billion project by the end of the year, said Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers. >>View Article

Why Geothermal Systems are Heating Up

June 30 -- The hardwood floors, abundant light and meticulously crafted built-ins are what you notice first when walking into the Glastonbury home of Paul and Denise Reddington. But it's what's in the basement — and hidden under the lawn and inside the foundation — that Paul can't wait to talk about.

Paul, a retired Pratt & Whitney mechanical engineer, designed the energy-saving features of the house, custom built for the couple in 2007. So after a cursory tour of the main floor, he heads down a flight of stairs to show off the feature that makes him the most proud. >>View Article

UK and Germany Break Records for Solar Power

June 30 -- Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.

Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on June 9, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest days of the year, nearly doubled its 2013 peak solar power output at the solstice weekend. >>View Article

Stumbo should Stick to the Facts on Renewable Energy

June 30 -- I was raised in Shelbyville and have just returned to my home state, Kentucky. Over the past 30 years, I have been privileged to work with teams that developed, built and operated electric power plants around the U.S. and world, including the last five years in developing utility-scale renewable projects in the U.S.

In response to Speaker Greg Stumbo’s June 19 op-ed, “Germany has seen its renewable energy policy falter,” Stumbo needs to cite facts and not excerpts from one source as he did with Nancy Grant’s article. I ask him to have more courage and promote choices such as passing legislation that allows businessmen like myself the opportunity to build large-scale renewable projects and create jobs in Kentucky. >>View Article

Michigan's Wind Energy Industry Soaring

June 30 -- The shift to renewable energy sources in Michigan — particularly wind — has picked up in the past few years and could get more of a boost as the Obama administration seeks a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, advocates and utility companies say.

“Wind energy has been the primary source of new renewable energy in Michigan,” John Quackenbush, the chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission said Friday as he addressed green energy proponents at the Michigan Energy Fair in Mason. >>View Article

Solar industry leaders commit to truSolar at CGI

June 26 -- In an effort to accelerate the financing of solar energy projects, more than 20 market-leading companies have committed to support the adoption of truSolar, the industry's first, uniform risk assessment methodology governed by an accreditation body.  The truSolar initiative was announced as a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action at the 2014 CGI America meeting. >>View Article

Wind and solar power ready to help states meet EPA rule

June 20 -- With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issuing its first-ever rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, many policymakers in Congress and state capitals are wondering: How can states meet the proposed standards most cost effectively?

Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can get behind two affordable, reliable, and business-friendly solutions that are ready today – American wind and solar power. >>View Article

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