April 29, 2013
by Noah Long
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Another Big Victory for Renewable Energy – This Time in the Rockies

Noah Long, Legal Director, Western Energy Project, Energy & Transportation Program; and Clean Energy Counsel, Land & Wildlife Program, San Francisco

Critical votes in The Colorado legislature late Friday night and yesterday represent yet another victory for renewable energy despite a national drive by the fossil fuel industry to roll back standards supporting increased clean power sources like wind and solar.

The Colorado House  voted to increase rural renewable energy to 20 percent, doubling access for 100,000 Colorado customers.  A version of the bill had already passed the Senate and is supported by Governor John Hickenlooper.  A final vote is still necessary before it gets to the governor’s desk, but after these decisive votes, it should become law. 

The move will bring clean energy, jobs and economic opportunity to rural Colorado.  The increase could result in as many as 10,000 new wind, solar and renewable jobs. 

The win for renewable energy in the heart of the Rockies sends a clear national message. Despite the fossil fuel industry’s  attempt to roll back renewable energy standards around the country that require utilities to provide an increasing percentage of their power from renewable resources, voters continue to want more clean energy. Roll back attempts have failed in Kansas and North Carolina (more on NC, here).  In Arizona, a lawmaker withdrew his proposal to reduce the renewables requirement on that state’s utilities.

Colorado — which will now get 20 to 30 percent of its energy from clean sources — is on pace to have the second highest renewable energy standard in the country- only behind California.

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April 10, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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New wind energy harvester design looks like giant window blinds

This new design for a wind harvesting device is a big departure from conventional wind turbine design, and the inventor claims it is also quieter and cheaper to operate. Continue reading

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April 3, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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After Record 2012, World Wind Power Set to Top 300,000 Megawatts in 2013

Even amid policy uncertainty in major wind power markets, wind developers still managed to set a new record for installations in 2012, with 44,000 megawatts of new wind capacity worldwide. Continue reading

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February 17, 2013
by Kimi Narita
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Kansas’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Is Under Attack

Kimi Narita, MAP Energy Fellow , Chicago
In Kansas, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is under attack.  Two bills, Senate Bill 82 and House Bill 2241, would weaken or repeal the RPS.
As background, in 2009, Kansas legislator… Continue reading

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January 22, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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December 2012 Saw Record-Breaking 5.5 GW of New Wind Power in US

It’s always fun to keep track of new clean energy records, but some are more impressive than others. 5.5 gigawatts of new wind capacity installed in a single month in a single country is just massive, and a big step forward. Continue reading

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December 31, 2012
by MoreRecycling
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Apple’s New Wind Tech Design Generates and Stores Heat

A patent filed by Apple describes a wind tech design that converts rotational energy into heat, and can then release it to generate electricity on demand. Continue reading

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February 13, 2012
by Cai Steger
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President’s Budget: A Welcome Commitment to Clean Energy and Innovation

Cai Steger, Energy Policy Analyst, New York, Center for Market Innovation
Today, the Obama Administration released its annual budget proposal, outlining  spending priorities for the upcoming year. For supporters of renewable energy… Continue reading

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October 5, 2010
by Barbara Finamore
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The Tianjin Climate Talks: A Dose of "Conventional" Chinese Wisdom

At the outset of this new round of UN climate negotiations in Tianjin, it seems that no high-level speech is complete without a dose of traditional Chinese wisdom.  The UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, sprinkled proverbs in her spe… Continue reading

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