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Dear New Midwest Governors: The Green New Deal and You

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Getting traction on Green New Deal policies at the federal level won’t be easy—but new governors in the Midwest can make progress on climate and economic priorities right away. Here’s how.

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Queremos Sol Puerto Rico: a 100% Local and Extraordinary Resource

, energy analyst

Queremos Sol Puerto Rico (We Want Sun Puerto Rico) aims to have the island produce at least 50% of its electricity from renewable energy resources like solar and wind by 2035, and 100% by 2050. I interviewed Dr. Agustín Irizarry, one of its collaborators and a professor of Electric Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Read more >

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Queremos Sol Puerto Rico: un recurso 100% local y extraordinario

, energy analyst

Queremos Sol Puerto Rico, una iniciativa innovadora y visionaria, busca que al menos el 50% de la energía en Puerto Rico para el año 2035 y en un 100% para el año 2050 sea producida por fuentes de energía renovable como el sol y el viento. Para aprender más sobre esta propuesta hablé con el Dr. Agustín Irizarry, colaborador de la iniciativa y catedrático del Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez. Read more >

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McNamee on FERC Harmful to Kansas and Iowa Wind Industries and Rate-Payers

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

There’s a little known independent federal agency whose decisions could have big impacts on states like Kansas and Iowa.  It’s called the Federal Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC).  FERC makes decisions that affect electric power markets and approval (or rejection) of applications to build interstate electric transmission lines that are essential for the continued growth of the thriving wind industries in these states.  But the independence of this agency is being threatened by the Trump Administration with the potential confirmation of Bernard McNamee for FERC Commissioner; a Trump politico who has no regulatory experience or experience in the electric utility industry and is an avowed critic of wind power and renewables.

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Hitting 1 Trillion. Think Clean Electrons, Not Stylish Electronics

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

You may have heard that Apple just passed the $1 trillion mark in terms of its market capitalization, the first company ever to reach those lofty heights. Less ink has been spilled on a different 1 trillion figure, but it’s one that’s well worth noting, too. According to Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), we just shot past the headline-worthy figure of 1 trillion watts (that is, 1 million megawatts, or 1,000 gigawatts) of wind turbines and solar panels worldwide. And you can bet there’ll be another trillion watts right behind.

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