Renewable energy


What Extending Federal Wind and Solar Tax Credits Means for the Clean Power Plan and Paris

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Two new studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Rhodium Group show that the five-year extension of the federal production and investment tax credits (PTC and ITC) for wind and solar, included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 passed in December, could result in record-setting growth in the U.S. renewable energy industry while significantly reducing power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Read more >

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All Talk, No Action Leaving Michigan’s Clean Energy Future in Limbo

, energy analyst

Last week, Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder announced his signing onto the Governor’s Accord for a New Energy Future—a bipartisan agreement among 17 states to work together on advancing clean energy technologies and “transformational policy changes.”

It’s a fine gesture, but on the very same day, Governor Snyder also announced that Michigan was suspending its Clean Power Plan activities pending court resolution. Actions speak louder than words. Unfortunately, the governor is once again leaving Michigan’s potential for a bright clean energy future in the dark.    Read more >

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Forging Ahead with Clean Power Plan Compliance Would Benefit Illinois

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Illinois’ Governor Bruce Rauner has not confirmed whether Illinois will move forward with a Clean Power Plan (CPP) planning process. Yet 16 other leadership states have already wisely stated they will continue to plan for compliance with the rule. Illinois should follow suit. Read more >

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New Analysis Shows Minnesota Can Save Millions AND Cut Carbon Pollution

, energy analyst

A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Minnesota’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant cost savings on consumer electricity bills through 2030. Read more >

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How to Push Climate and Energy Funding through a Republican Congress

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Every year the president outlines priorities for his administration and the country through his budget request to Congress. But the Republican Congress controls the purse strings, and the president isn’t exactly winning popularity contests with those folks. So what climate and energy priorities can actually get funded in the Republican Congress? Lots, actually. Read more >

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