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Democratic EPA Moves Decisively on Coal

February 2nd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The Obama administration is moving ahead with not one, but three EPA rules that will start to reduce our use of coal, (by far the worst emitter of greenhouse gases in the nation) to move the nation towards a cleaner, safer, healthier energy future, despite misuse of the Senate filibuster by Republicans who are paid to support coal


Each Ton of CO2 Worth $40 in Health Costs

February 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Surprisingly, in climate policy discourse, the cost/benefit analysis of the health benefits has not been a consideration - because the focus has been on just minimizing the cost of the transition to renewable energy


Utility-Scale Distributed Solar Gets Blast-Off in California

January 23rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Other states could learn from this innovative idea. Distributed solar could be a way that cities with regions of urban blight to re-purpose all those empty big box stores so their roofs could supply neighbors with power, and in the process, bringing about urban renewal and lots of clean energy American jobs


Rooftop Solar Installations Growing Faster than Utility-Scale Solar

January 10th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Private solar installations are really taking off nationwide. In just two years, (about the same length of time it takes to get a pair of 250 MW solar power plants approved in California, for example), homeowners and businesses have added that much power to the Californian grid, just from individual rooftops throughout the state


Feinstein Expands 30% Solar Tax Credit to Include Public Swimming Pools

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

When the 30% tax credits as cash grants were instituted with the American Recovery Act, I was doing solar estimates for a small start-up in California. I was surprised to find that the 30% tax credit (available as a cash grant for businesses) for solar, was applicable to solar thermal only if it was not used for swimming pools



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