March 11 -- Wind power will make up almost half of all new utility-scale electric generation in 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said, while coal power plants are retiring because of federal emissions rules. >>View Article
March 11 -- Most long-term investments in infrastructure -- be they toll roads, railways, hospitals or conventional power generation -- rely on stable government policy. Investors in infrastructure understand those policy risks, and balance them against the long-term, relatively stable returns offered by the asset class. Renewable energy investments are no different. >>View Article
March 10 -- There’s been a lot of positive news about clean energy lately. For instance, we’ve reported that from 2008 to the present, wind and solar energy capacity in the United States has tripled.
Now, a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration makes a similar point. It finds that the electricity generated from wind and solar grew a lot faster than electricity generated by fossil fuels last year. In fact, solar more than doubled, and wind outgrew all other sources. >>View Article
March 10 -- Minnesota is a hotbed for clean energy business growth. It’s hard to understand why some legislators are saying, “Slow down.”
The state’s clean energy market is growing rapidly. Employment in clean energy businesses – such as solar and wind installations, biofuels production capacity and energy efficiency – surged by 78 percent between January 2000 and the first quarter of 2014. These are good jobs – average annual wages were more than $71,000 in 2013. That same year, Minnesota employers in the clean energy economy paid more than $1 billion in wages. >>View Article
March 10 -- SustainX in Seabrook holds several patents for cutting-edge energy storage using compressed gas.
Fiber-Next in Concord builds fiber-optic networks used at wind and solar facilities. >>View Article
March 10 -- A group of shareholders of Madison’s electric utility has received commitments from the power company to expand its use of renewable energy technologies. >>View Article
March 4 -- For several years now in a row, Congress has wrestled with its support of public policies supportive of the renewable energy industry. What happens to the production tax credit for wind? Should we extend the solar investment tax credit? Does the Renewable Fuel Standard need repeal? Did the Solyndra debacle permanently endanger any bipartisan support for renewables? Should we expand the eligibility of Master Limited Partnerships to renewable energy projects? The debate on these policies is sucking almost all of the oxygen out of the room for those members who are focusing their careers on advancing our country's ability to produce all types of energy in this country. >>View Article
March 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan won’t jeopardize the reliability of the electric grid in New York, according to a new report from the Analysis Group.
Despite some initial concern about system reliability, the report indicates the energy grid is responding well to enormous changes. Analysis Group senior advisor Susan Tierney says grid operators, power companies and regulators are working together to “keep the lights on.” >>View Article
March 4 -- As climate change has intensified, so have conversations about one of the best ways to reduce the carbon pollution driving that change – the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Under the proposed plan, Virginia would reduce carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants by 38 percent over the next 15 years. The EPA has given Virginia, and all states, flexibility in how they meet their respective goals. >>View Article
March 4 -- When the world's major financial institutions start to do serious, accurate, research science and measure the declining costs of renewable energy verse the rising costs of fossil fuels, it becomes easier to understand the monumental impact that the Green Industrial Revolution is having. >>View Article
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