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PTC Extension Already Making a Big Difference for Wind

Many people expected 2013 to be a slow year for the wind industry as Congress let the federal production tax credit (PTC) expire at the end of 2012 before approving a one-year extension as part of the fiscal cliff deal a few days later. While wind development is unlikely to come anywhere near the record setting 13,124 MW installed in the U.S. in 2012, there are early signs that 2013 could be much better than expected. Read More

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The State of the Union is This: America is Ready to Take Bold Climate Action

The President’s recent remarks about the imperative to take action in his second term on the threat of climate change can be understood as a sequence of purposeful statements meant to signal intent and resolve.

From his speech on the night of his successful re-election to his remarkable inaugural speech and multiple times in between, the President’s clear and inspiring comments offer a clear rationale and compelling call to action. His next big speech, the State of the Union, is traditionally where presidents provide more details on their plans for the coming year, and we can expect President Obama to do that next Tuesday. Read More

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State Renewable Electricity Standards: A Cornerstone in America’s Clean Energy Transition

Compelling evidence shows that state-level renewable electricity standards (RES) are affordably reducing market barriers and stimulating new, stable, and long-term markets for wind, solar, and other renewable energy technologies throughout the United States. To continue the nation’s clean energy transition in 2013 and beyond, strong leadership in expanding state RES policies is critical. Not surprisingly, fossil-fuel backed special interest groups have geared up to block progress. Read More

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Offshore Wind Surges Forward

A new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) shows just how far their commitment to offshore wind has taken them, and where they’re headed. Meanwhile, in the United States, no turbines, but progress nonetheless. And in Asia, some notable results. Read More

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Driving Renewable Energy: Policies That Matter

The year 2012 will go down as a very good year for renewable energy, with both the wind and solar industries experiencing record development. What will it take to continue the momentum in 2013? In this new blog series — Ramping Up Renewables: Clean Energy Policies to Watch in 2013 — UCS energy experts will discuss some of the most important policies that President Obama, Congress, and state policy makers can focus on in the coming months to further the clean energy transition this year and beyond. Read More

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Connecting the Dots: What Recent Events Mean For Our Energy-Water Future

Events of the last few days say a lot about our politics, our planet, and our prospects. When it comes to thinking about our energy-water future, three events in particular stand out: NOAA’s news about 2012 temperatures, Georgia Power’s announcement about power plant retirements, and the renewable energy pieces of Washington’s recent fiscal deal. Read More

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Congress Should Renew Wind Production Tax Credit

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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Proposal 3: Wind Companies Ready to Create Jobs in Michigan

Dozens of wind energy manufacturers, developers, and suppliers are encouraging Michiganders to vote ‘Yes’ on Proposal 3 as a way to strengthen the state’s renewable energy standard and economy. And that’s just the tip of the job-creating iceberg. Read More

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Fact Check: Koch-Funded Group Misleads Michigan Voters on Clean Energy

On November 6, Michigan voters will decide on Proposal 3, a renewable electricity standard (RES) that requires utilities to increase their use of clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar to 25 percent by 2025. The initiative is affordable and will deliver important economic and environmental benefits. But a flawed and biased study released last week by the Koch-funded Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Beacon Hill Institute threatens to undermine Proposal 3 and stall Michigan’s progress toward a clean energy future. Read More

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Clean Energy Blurs Political Lines (Despite What You Hear on TV)

If all you did was listen to political rhetoric about the green economy, including statements we heard during last night’s presidential debate, you would probably conclude that support for green jobs is divided along party lines. However, a new report released by DBL investors proves that this is not true. Outside Washington, governors and mayors from both traditionally “red” and “blue” states are recognizing the potential of the clean economy to bring jobs to their states. Read More

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