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Attacks on Clean Energy Up for Debate in Minnesota Legislature

, energy analyst

Prohibiting state planning for the Clean Power Plan is akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face. Read more >

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Michigan Senate Proposals Put Clean Energy, Consumers at Risk

, energy analyst

The ultimate impact of the current proposals: Kill the state’s successful clean energy standards, deal a blow to the state’s burgeoning rooftop solar industry, and put in place a process that won’t adequately ensure that Michiganders have a say in their energy future. Read more >

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One Million Solar Energy Systems Now Turned On in US

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Around the country, solar advocates are cheering. One million solar installations (including nearly 950,000 rooftops) are now turned on somewhere in the US, a symbolic milestone signaling a fundamental change in the energy landscape. Read more >

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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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