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Kyoto advances nuclear-free agenda with Alaska LNG pact

KYOTO — The Kyoto Prefectural Government signed an agreement with Alaska last month to explore the possibility of importing liquid natural gas from the state to Maizuru, a port city on the Sea of Japan. While daunting financial and bureaucratic challenges mean it will still be a while before Alaskan LNG flows to Kyoto, the agreement represents a step forward ...

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Thailand seen to invest $19 billion on energy in next three to five years

BANGKOK – Thailand’s private and public sectors are estimated to spend 690 billion baht ($19.4 billion) over the next three to five years on expanding capacity of petroleum, electricity and renewables to secure energy supplies, a senior official at energy ministry said on Thursday. About 342 billion baht will be used for petroleum development, including expanding natural gas pipelines, building ...

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Energy company tests solar as backup power for rural Montana

DEER LODGE, Mont. — NorthWestern Energy is looking at solar energy to make power more reliable in rural Montana. The Montana Standard reports that the energy company unveiled its first solar panels in Montana at an event Monday. The panels are located on private property the company is leasing about eight miles north of Deer Lodge. Northwestern Energy spokesman Butch ...

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Power line opponents give renewables their Keystone moment

Dave Ulery was set to build his “forever home” on his family’s 26-acre property near the Ozark mountain foothills in Arkansas when a knock on the door heralded trouble. The visitor represented Clean Line Energy Partners LLC, a Texas company established to build transmission lines for carrying wind and solar power. He had come to tell Ulery about a planned ...

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Loss of tax credit puts North Carolina solar industry under a cloud

State and local officials worry that an end this year to tax credits for solar farms could halt or significantly curtail an industry that has helped build the tax base and generate economic activity in job-hungry rural areas. Any reduction in the industry could hit especially hard in the Cape Fear region, which is home to dozens of solar farms. ...

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Renewable energy and efficiency in the same sector at last

It’s apparent that after the Clean Power Plan was released by the Obama Administration that the energy sector would undergo some fundamental changes. Though this might be too good to be true, renewable energy and efficiency are both contributing to a decrease in fossil fuels. Efficient use means smarter use. Don’t underestimate the impact efficiency can have on energy use. ...

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California’s ambitious renewable energy bill signed into law

LOS ANGELES – Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring California to produce half its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a goal he said was key to combating global climate change. “A decarbonized future is the reason we’re here,” Brown said at a signing ceremony in Los Angeles. “What we’re doing here is very important, ...

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Xcel Energy plans more wind, solar power and less coal — and sooner — in Minnesota

Xcel Energy said Friday that it will accelerate cuts in its Minnesota-region greenhouse gas emissions by increasing wind and solar power investment in this decade and replacing two big coal-burning generators with a natural gas-fired unit in the mid-2020s in Becker, Minn. The plan, submitted to state regulators who could approve or reject it, would mean a 60 percent cut ...

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Clinton opposes construction of Keystone XL pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling voters at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday that she opposes the project assailed by environmentalists. The Democratic presidential candidate said the project had become an impediment to efforts to fight climate change. “I think it is imperative ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio says he’s shedding fossil fuel investments

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio is joining a campaign to use investment decisions to fight global warming by shedding his own fossil fuel investments. The actor joined members of the Divest-Invest Coalition in New York on Tuesday as it made the announcement on his behalf. A leader of the effort, Ellen Dorsey, said DiCaprio planned to divest his own ...

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