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Can Wind and Solar Power Meet Our Energy Needs?

News out that utility Austin Energy will meet its goal of 35 percent electricity coming from renewable energy four years ahead of schedule should help settle the question. Read More

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Even as Coal Use Declines, Most States Are Still Dependent on Coal Imports

The use of coal to produce electricity in the United States has been declining in recent years. Yet for most states still heavily dependent on coal-fired power, the cost of importing coal continues to be a drain on local economies. According to a new Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis, 37 states were net importers of coal in 2012, paying a total of $19.4 billion to import 433 million tons of coal from other states and even some foreign countries. Instead of sending billions of ratepayer dollars out of those states year after year, consumers would be better served by investing more in local renewable energy development and energy efficiency measures. Read More

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Climate Science, Nuclear Power, and a Renewable Energy Future

Contrary to the public assertions made this week by some of our climate scientist friends, nuclear power is likely to have a limited near-term role in avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. Renewable energy technologies are cheaper, less risky, and ready for deployment today. A look at where things stand with both nuclear and renewables bears all that out. Read More

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Disproving the Skeptics: 10x More Windpower and Solar is No Problem!

What would happen if we tried to make the electric supply 30% wind and solar? Air pollution goes down, and reliability is unaffected. Ok, now picture adding as much as 50,000 MW of wind and 60,000 MW of solar by the year 2026, and the engineers saying, “Sure, we can do that.”

That’s the finding of a study previewed today by the grid operator PJM and a consulting team led by General Electric. Read More

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Is Natural Gas What We Need to Replace Coal-Powered Electricity?

New England gave birth to the Industrial Revolution in this country using water power. Now New England is struggling with decisions over how to power its future. Read More

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Fact Checking ALEC’s Attacks on Ohio’s Clean Energy Standards

Members of the Ohio Senate Public Utilities Committee heard testimony this week on two bills that would roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards. Backed by fossil-fuel funded special interest groups and their political allies, these proposals would undermine Ohio’s emerging clean energy industries and make the state even more dependent on coal and natural gas. Read More

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Solar Soaring: Q2 Results Show U.S. PV Capacity Approaching 10,000 Megawatts

Second-quarter U.S. solar results show a sector on the move, with strong growth, declining costs, and a great future. The results, from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research’s just-released Q2 report, show that the last quarter alone brought 832 megawatts (MW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity, the industry’s second-best quarter ever. Read More

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Koch-Funded Group Misleads Georgia on Solar

UPDATE, July 11: GA Regulators vote 4- 1 for more solar. We describe how to keep rates low in our update at the bottom of the page.

The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) will vote this week on a new proposal requiring Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility, to use more solar energy.

It’s a nonpartisan plan supported by the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots as a way to diversify the state’s energy portfolio and save consumers money.  Read More

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Solar Dawns on Southern Tea Parties

Competition in the electric utility industry came after a nationwide flood of nuclear power cost over-runs. History is now repeating in Georgia and Florida, where popular reaction against uneconomic nuclear power is in bright contrast with support for solar energy. I wrote last week that the utilities resistance to solar makes sense only to the incumbent utility with an old business model. Read More

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Solar Power Heats Up in Minnesota

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog describing how states across the country are scaling up investments in solar power. I’m happy to report that the good solar news just keeps on coming! Read More

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