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House Testimony: Renewable Electricity Standards are Delivering Significant Economic Benefits Across the United States

, , director of energy research, Clean Energy

Last week, I was invited to testify at the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, Energy and Power Subcommittee’s hearing on “Laboratories of Democracy: The Economic Impacts of State Energy Policies.” My remarks focused on the tremendous success story of state renewable electricity standards (RES) and the important economic benefits they are delivering to state and local economies, as described in more detail in this 2013 UCS report. Read more >

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Toward a Clean Energy Future: 7 Top Reasons to Celebrate 2013

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The last 12 months have brought a lot of change to the world — some good, some less so; some too fast, some too slow. But in the energy space, the essential transition to energy that is cleaner, healthier, lower-cost, and more secure is definitely underway in the U.S. This year, we saw strong signals that we’re moving in the right direction on energy, with renewables like wind and solar (going up), coal (going down), renewables integration (looking good), and energy storage (on its way). Here’s a look at some of the year’s highlights. Read more >

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Congress Should Renew Wind Production Tax Credit

, former president

While President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner tangle over the fiscal cliff and the nation is (appropriately) focused on gun control, Congress is playing with the future of the wind industry by dithering over whether to renew the wind production tax credit. The tax credit has helped make the wind power industry one of the few bright spots in a sluggish economy, and it is one of the most promising carbon-free energy sources. To ensure the health of the wind industry, Congress should renew the wind production tax credit before the current session closes at the end of this month. Read more >

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An Image Worth A Thousand Words

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), from its Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), just released an updated analysis that indicates 2011 was the ninth warmest year on record for the planet. GISS Director James Hansen said: “Even with the cooling effects of a strong La Niña influence and low solar activity for the past several years, 2011 was one of the 10 warmest years on record.”  Read more >

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The State of Clean Energy in the State of the Union

, director of state policy & analysis, Clean Energy

Clean energy played a prominent role in Tuesday’s state of the union speech, lauded as an effective way to spur American innovation and investment, and create jobs. But several of the initiatives President Obama highlighted require legislative action. Will Congress finally cooperate? Read more >

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