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Energy Roadmap Shows Illinois Falling Behind on Renewable Energy and Efficiency

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Illinois is not meeting the intent of its own standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency. That is leading to higher electricity bills for consumers and costing the state jobs and economic growth opportunities. Read more >

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Draft Groundwater Regulations Don’t Make the Grade: Water Commission Calls Out “Substantial” Loophole

, climate scientist

Last week’s California Water Commission meeting should serve as a wake-up call to everyone interested in more sustainable groundwater management. Commissioners called out a “substantial” loophole in the draft regulations large enough to overwhelm the intent of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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What Can Hydro and Wind Imports Do for New England? New Study Brings New Numbers to the Debate

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

With a major natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts being put on hold last week, Massachusetts’s electricity future is a hot topic. A new study looks at pieces of the electricity policies in play in the state, and comes to some pretty positive conclusions. Like the Union of Concerned Scientists’ own recent study on Massachusetts and energy, this new work suggests that more renewable energy is likely to be a good deal, in a lot of different ways. Read more >

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Powering Up Solar Energy for All

The burgeoning potential of solar goes far beyond the stereotyped (but wrong) image of wealthier white suburban homeowners, big-box stores, and massive town fields. Read more >

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Senate Energy Bill Better than Doing Nothing

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Today the Senate is expected to pass the Energy Policy and Modernization Act. From a clean energy standpoint the bill still falls far short of what is needed to promote more clean energy deployment. But there’s a lot to like in this bill and passing it is definitely better than doing nothing. Almost as important as the substance is the bipartisan way the bill was developed—proving you can still make progress on energy policy, albeit modest, in a Republican-controlled Senate. Read more >

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