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Utah Caps Solar Quota at Just 21 Homes Statewide

September 15th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

What a difference it makes whether you live in a good clean-energy-policy state or you don't. Solar incentives in sunny but 95% coal-powered Utah are so low that the entire state has capped rooftop solar with a quota of no more than 107 KW worth of home solar systems allowed per year. At about 5 KW each (Utah homeowners likely have A/C costs to cover) that amounts to only 21 or so homes! That is not an incentive. That is a damper on solar development

FERC’s New Transmission Rule Helps Renewable Development, Hurts “Traditional” Energy

September 5th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

In what has been called the most significant act of reform in years for power distribution in the United States, FERC Order No. 1000 will help solar and wind projects overcome a significant hurdle that has held up the development of more than 25 GW of solar projects and an uncounted number of wind farms nationwide for lack of transmission. At the end of August, the final day for a rehearing of the controversial rule passed. Despite heated opposition from large non-renewable energy providers, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruling, initiated by pro-renewable FERC chief Jon Wellinghof, appointed by President Obama in 2009, is now law

Australia Gets Ten Times Bigger Solar Farm Following Carbon Tax

September 1st, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

In its first solar investment in Australia, GE has partnered with US thin-film producer First Solar and local state-owned energy firm Verve Energy to build a solar farm ten times larger than any in the country. It will supply electricity for a desalination plant in Western Australia, which has a mandate to use renewable power for all new desalination projects

No Risk From EPA Coal Plant Shutdowns Grid Operator Says

August 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

In contrast to recent widespread corporate media scaremongering about the lights going out because the Obama administration EPA is now finally forcing the dirtiest coal plants offline, a just-issued new report by the nation's largest regional transmission operator PJM Interconnection, says... Nu-uh

Tea Party Joins Dems to Save Solar PACE Funding!

August 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

While we were all fuming during the ridiculous bra-waving by the GOP over whether we should pay our bills or not, a rather startling bit of actual legislation was being proposed in their Tea Party House, as revealed by Ethan Elkind at Legal Planet

New Findings on Hydro Power Could Shake up Renewable Policy

August 1st, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

Hydroelectric power has long been left out of renewable energy counts, on the assumption that it creates some greenhouse gas emissions as vegetation caught in damned rivers rots. But that may be about to change, with the results of new research just published by Dr. Jonathan Cole in Nature Geoscience finding that hydroelectric power reservoirs are responsible for only about a sixth of the carbon dioxide and methane previously attributed to them

Largest Airplane Order in History – American Airlines Orders Low CO2 Planes

July 21st, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

Finally noticing that it really will need new low carbon airplanes in order to land in Europe starting in 2012, at least one airline in the US has just ordered the aircraft it will need to do that. American Airlines just placed the largest order in history for a new fleet of fuel efficient airplanes, according to Green Car Congress. The 460 new planes meet the EU climate regulations to lower airline carbon emissions

New Jersey Now Setting US Solar Rooftop Records

July 13th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

New Jersey continues its incredible solar development - now rivaling California's, as a result of its membership in RGGI and participation in regional cap and trade and renewable energy policy that makes new clean energy investment more competitive with fossil energy through the sale of SRECs

Australia’s Climate Legislation Meets a Surprise Success

July 11th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

After months of Tea Party-type astroturf attacks by the Australian coal industry, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has prevailed in introducing a comprehensive carbon tax on the top 500 polluters in the country to move the heavily coal-dependent Australian economy to a more sustainable future based on clean renewable energy, in the country's most comprehensive economic reforms in a century. The support of the Green Party turned the tide, according to the Canberra Times

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