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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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New Analysis: Renewables and Efficiency Key to Economic and Public Health Benefits in Michigan

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A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Michigan’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments in the state, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant public health benefits through avoided emissions of harmful air pollutants. Read more >

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Why Electricity Bills Go Up and Down: Putting Costs in Context

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Electricity bills go up and our electricity bills go down, but it takes a dive into the numbers to get a sense of just how much that actually happens. To get at this question, two graphs in our recent analysis on the future of electricity in Massachusetts seems particularly worthy of extra attention. Read more >

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Peabody Energy’s Bankruptcy Filing: Top 4 Things You Should Know

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. Here are four things you should know about the company’s remarkable collapse and the broader implications for transitioning to a clean energy economy. Read more >

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