Renewable energy


Gov Dayton State of the State 2016

Minnesota Continues its National Leadership on the Clean Power Plan

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Last week Governor Dayton promised to veto any legislation blocking or slowing efforts related to the Clean Power Plan. He also stated that he would “like to see Minnesota’s dependence on coal eliminated” as soon as possible. Read more >

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Cautious Hope: Global CO2 Emissions Remain Flat in 2015 while Renewable Energy Surges

, lead economist and climate policy manager

New data released today show that, for the second year in a row, global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat in 2015. Coming off the Paris Agreement, these trends are cause for hope that we are making progress toward addressing climate change. Read more >

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Michigan Green Bank Could Attract Billions in Clean Energy Investment

, energy analyst

Our new analysis shows that by smartly using modest public investments, billions in private capital can be leveraged to drive significant growth in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Read more >

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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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