clean energy


Midwest States Finally Catching on to Solar Power’s Potential

, energy analyst

Michigan and Minnesota are catching on and the solar power movement is now gaining a foothold in the Midwest. Read more >

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The Long-Term Goal We Need: The Science of Climate Neutrality

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

We’re halfway through the two weeks of the climate change negotiations here in Paris, and one contentious part of the draft text being negotiated is Article 3.1, entitled “Collective Long-Term Goal.” This will be a fundamental to the Paris Agreement, because it will establish what the nations of the world agree to be their ultimate objective in terms of global warming. Will it be to limit it to 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average, or 2 degrees, or—God forbid—no limit at all?

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Flaws in a Mining Industry “Study” of the Clean Power Plan

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Another day, another false study of the costs and benefits of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Read more >

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In Michigan, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Take a Hit in Proposed Legislation

, energy analyst

After years of analysis and public input, months of hearings, and now weeks of political maneuvering, Michigan took a small step towards overhauling its energy policy last week when the House Energy Policy Committee approved its legislative proposal. Unfortunately, “E” for effort doesn’t cut it, and the proposal on the table falls short of what’s best for Michigan. The end result of this proposal would slow development of Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency resources and do little to ensure the state achieves Governor Snyder’s goal of 40 percent of Michigan’s energy demand from renewables and efficiency by 2025. Read more >

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Clean Energy Microgrids, Storage, and Building Grid Resilience

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The significant impacts of power outages are driving interest and technology innovation to provide electric power in a sustainable manner, even when the grid is damaged. An approach that’s growing in popularity and is becoming increasingly cost-effective is to combine solar plus storage to provide this added layer of reliability. Read more >

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