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Renewable Energy Companies Use New Clout in Statehouses

Earlier this year, Ohio became the first state to freeze a scheduled increase in the amount of electricity that must come from wind, solar and other renewable sources. The move gave advocates of repealing states’ mandatory green energy standards a rare victory after defeats the last two years. But the Ohio victory may have been an aberration: Green energy industries ...

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Solar fee is a lightning rod for Public Service Company plan

Public Service Company of New Mexico is expecting sharp opposition to its proposal to begin charging customers who install solar photovoltaic systems a monthly fee after January 2016 to help pay for maintenance and operation of the electric grid. Customers with solar PV continue to receive electricity from the grid when the sun doesn’t shine, and they need power from ...

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Community solar projects on the rise with announcement of new deal

Another day, another new solar energy deal for a Colorado company. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a Colorado-based community solar company, announced today that it has paired up with First Solar Inc., the largest solar power panel manufacturer in the United States. As part of the deal, First Solar—based in Tempe, Arizona—will make an undisclosed investment in Clean Energy Collective, one ...

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Colorado rejects Xcel’s Solar Connect plan


DENVER — Colorado has rejected a plan by Xcel Energy to create a premium solar energy program. The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Monday rejected the plan to charge electricity customer a premium on their bills to support solar projects. The Denver Post reports that Xcel said its proposed Solar Connect program would enable those who can’t have solar panels on ...

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New York unveils latest solar power campaign

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently launched a new effort to make accessing solar energy easier and more affordable for communities across the state, according to a report by Buffalo Business First. Backed by the NY-Sun initiative, the new program called Community Solar NY, will support community projects known as Solarize campaigns. The campaigns will be organized locally and ...

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Clean energy out jobbing tar sands in Canada

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The Canadian clean energy sector has been booming. It has increased 37 percent from 2009 to 2013 according to a recent report by ThinkProgress.com. Clean Energy Canada recently released “Tracking the Energy Revolution,” which outlines what is considered a clean energy job and how many people are employed in the professions. It states that clean energy jobs employ 23,700 people, ...

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California energy brings in 70,000 jobs in 2015

Already providing 432,000 jobs in alternative energy, California is brining in another 70,000 jobs over the next year. Advanced Energy Economy Institute, a nonprofit cofounded by Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist, reported the California projections. The report estimated that the Sacramento region already has 15,000 alternative energy jobs, the Bay Area has 104,500, the Inland Empire has 55,300 and ...

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New study anticipates rapid solar energy growth in Colorado

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According to a new report just released by The Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, Colorado should build on the recent growth in solar energy by setting a goal of obtaining at least 20 percent of its electricity from solar power by 2025. Colorado currently sits seventh in the nation in solar power generation. The report states that the United ...

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Prices drop, but solar system sales fall as aid expires

The cost is lower, but fewer Western Pennsylvanians are installing solar systems as government aid begins to slow. In Allegheny County last year, 62 solar systems were installed on homes and businesses, compared with 10 this year, according to the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association. It’s the first year that Pennsylvania residents cannot double-dip by tapping a $100 million state ...

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California fires up world’s largest solar farm (Video)

Buried underneath heavy loads of dramatic energy-related news, like accounts of precarious oil prices, officials announced that the Topaz Solar Farm in Eastern San Luis Obispo County, California was online and producing electricity. The 550-megawatt solar farm located in California Valley reached its full operational status sometime last month, and the final installations are expected to be completed sometime in ...

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