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Walmart Makes Good on its Massive Clean Energy Promises

November 13 -- When Walmart hits the headlines, it's often not for the most positive reasons. From allegations of predatory pricing and poor working conditions to low wages, the company has been involved in so much controversy that when it pledged in 2005 that its business would one day be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy, there was healthy skepticism that the company was engaged in greenwashing.

As recently as last year, skepticism still held sway, with a nonprofit advocacy group reporting that the company’s sustainability initiatives "are heavy on admiration-inducing goals and astonishingly light on execution." >>View Article 

Climate Change is the ‘Mother of All Risks’ to National Security

November 13 -- Serving at Pentagon, I worked with leaders who studied threats ranging from insurgent groups to rogue states. One of the U.S. military’s less-noticed findings, however, is that there is clear consensus that climate change poses an immediate risk to national security.

Military leaders recognize that they must lead by example and address the threat of climate change, and they are actively pushing goals to dramatically scale up renewable energy. The U.S. must replicate this leadership and seize the opportunity when countries meet this December in Paris to finalize a global deal on climate change. >>View Article 

61 Percent of Public Supports Clean Power Plan in States Suing to Stop It

November 6 -- Across the 26 states suing to stop the landmark rule – the first ever to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants – an average 61 percent of adults say they support the policy, according to an analysis released Monday by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

In only three of those states do most voters oppose the Clean Power Plan: West Virginia and Wyoming, the nation's top two coal producers, as well as North Dakota, which has seen a boom in unconventional oil and natural gas production, commonly referred to as "fracking." >>View Article 

Goldman Sachs Targets $150 Billion in Clean-Energy Deals by 2025

November 6 -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. set a goal of arranging financing or investments in $150 billion worth of clean-energy projects by 2025, part of a promise to “harness market-based solutions” to address climate change.

The new target almost quadruples the $40 billion goal Goldman Sachs set in 2012. The New York-based investment bank also said it expects to spend $2 billion to make its operations more environmentally friendly and will seek to get all of its own electricity from renewable sources by 2020, according to a statement Monday. >>View Article 

Researcher Says Michigan Could Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

November 6 -- A study by Stanford University professor Marc Jacobson says every state in the U.S. could get 100% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2050 – and save money in the process.

In Michigan, most of that power would come from the state's most abundant renewable resource: wind. Forty percent of the state's electric needs could be met with on-shore wind power, according to Jacobson's analysis, and 31% from off-shore wind power. >>View Article 

Solar Power Can Have a Major Impact Without Major Harm

November 6 -- In the rush to site solar energy to combat climate change, we got it half right. Building a clean energy future does not have to come at the expense of the environment. We can have it all.

Solar energy facilities can spread across thousands of acres, and if not put in the right places, can destroy pristine natural lands, inhibit the ability of those lands to store carbon, and disrupt habitat for imperiled wildlife such as the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep and giant kangaroo rat. Fortunately, as compared to conventional energy sources, solar has the potential to harness large amounts of energy and reduce impacts on land, water, human health, and climate, through better siting in places such as rooftops, parking lots, and lands with fewer natural resources. >>View Article 

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 

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