August 17, 2013
by Anjali Jaiswal

India’s Untold Story: Solar and Wind Projects Create Jobs and Clean Energy

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco

As India celebrates its 67th Independence Day this week, the country can also celebrate its clean energy opportunities as solar, wind and other renewable energy projects expand throughout … Continue reading

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April 29, 2013
by Noah Long

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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March 5, 2013
by Max Baumhefner

Good and Green Reasons to Consider an Electric Car This Year

Max Baumhefner, Sustainable Energy Fellow, San Francisco
By Felix Kramer* and Max Baumhefner
When it comes to consumer products, environmentalists generally don’t encourage people to buy new and buy now. But that’s what we’r… Continue reading

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February 17, 2013
by Kimi Narita

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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February 13, 2013
by Allison Clements

A Western Energy Market Milestone

Allison Clements, Senior Attorney, Project for Sustainable FERC Energy Policy, New York
The two largest western U.S. power grid operators today announced a commitment to work toward creating a real-time energy imbalance market, which wi… Continue reading

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January 3, 2013
by Nathanael Greene

Fiscal "Deal" Energy Investments Form Foundation for Clean Energy Future

Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City
Millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief this week following successful votes in the U.S. Congress to avoid the “fiscal cliff”.    Wi… Continue reading

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October 17, 2011
by Frances Beinecke

We Can Power New York without Risking Disaster at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City
The Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York has attracted a lot of attention lately. Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for its shut down. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is starring in a… Continue reading

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May 2, 2011
by Reduce

Op-Ed: Eco-Conscious Construction

As we all know, the housing market continues to be one of the primary sectors lagging in our economy, behind jobs and manufacturing. But still Americans continue to demolish, remodel or build homes. Whether it’s refreshing old kitchen countertops, adding a sunroom to the back of the house or building a new home for a [...] Continue reading

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March 17, 2011
by Doug Sims

Obama to Piñera: Make Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency the Base Case Scenario for Building Chile’s Energy Future

Before the emerging energy crisis was exacerbated by events in Libya and Japan, President Obama’s trip to Chile already had energy as a major agenda item.  The visit seemed destined to be a genial affair in which Obama and President Pi&ntild… Continue reading

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August 17, 2010
by Johanna Wald

NRDC approves first solar project: Lucerne Valley Project

We share exciting news this week as environmental groups, including NRDC, support our first utility scale solar energy project – the Lucerne Valley Solar Project near Victorville in San Bernardino County. This is the first solar power project, an… Continue reading

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