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A sign of the future in Morris: Cows + solar panels + fast electric car charger 20.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris say solar arrays and electric vehicles could help offset greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.
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Catching a Breeze 20.4.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  Three years ago, after the collapse of Cape Wind off Nantucket Sound, renewable offshore wind energy in the United States was “a stone dead market,” according to Thomas Brostrøm, president of Ørsted North America. His Danish parent company, formerly DONG Energy, has built more offshore wind farms than any country in the world. Cape Wind, the 130-turbine, 468-megawatt brainchild of clean energy entrepreneur Jim Gordon, was litigated to the grave by local residents as too ruinous to the Cape Cod seascape. It was resisted by liberal Kennedys and right-wing Kochs alike. Despite its environmental benefits, the project also was persistently criticized as a noncompetitive boondoggle with outrageous power costs. The death knell of America’s first would-be offshore wind farm was arguably most felt in New Bedford, Massachusetts. That city, despite being the richest seafood port in the United States, has long been beset by ...
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Solar sailing 20.4.2018 BBC: Business
How can you create public transport in the jungle without polluting it? The isolated Achuar peoples of Ecuador have created an ingenious solution.
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The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt praises emissions drop but still hasn't conceded climate change is real 19.4.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt praises emissions drop but still hasn't conceded climate change is real
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Solar panel maker SunPower is buying tariff-loving rival that hurt its sales 19.4.2018 LA Times: Business

SunPower Corp.’s new strategy: If you can’t beat them in the tariff game, buy them.

The panel maker, which spent more than a year fighting U.S. import tariffs, announced Wednesday that it is buying a rival that was instrumental in pushing for them. The purchase of SolarWorld Americas for an undisclosed...

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Eni investing 7 billion euros in Italy over 4 years 18.4.2018 AP Business
MILAN (AP) -- Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi says that the oil giant will invest 7 billion euros ($8.6 billion) in activities in its home country of Italy over the next four years....
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Here's how Minnesota is doing with renewable energy 18.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Just ahead of Earth Day, MPR News takes stock of the state's moves away from coal and toward renewable energy sources like solar and wind.
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Colorado wind had a good year in 2017 with some big deals to report 18.4.2018 Denver Post: Business
Last year was good for Colorado's wind industry, according to the 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report released Tuesday.
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While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers 17.4.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Branden Camp) The coal-fired Plant Scherer in Juliette, Georgia. “It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last week as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power—arguing that the “free market” should decide our energy future—are now eager to have government subsidize coal. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is also scrapping rules for disposing coal ash, giving coal producers another big helping hand. As if this weren’t enough, a former coal lobbyist has just become No. 2 at the EPA. If Scott Pruitt leaves (a growing possibility), the coal lobbyist will be in charge.  Meanwhile, Trump is imposing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels from China, thereby boosting their cost to American homeowners and utilities. The Trumpsters say this is because China is subsidizing solar.   To Trump and his merry band of climate-change ...
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Solar energy is at risk 17.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Solar energy is at risk
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Lawsuits filed against L.A. County, lenders over green energy program 13.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Attorneys representing homeowners filed lawsuits Thursday against the Los Angeles County, alleging a county program that funds solar panels and other energy-efficient home improvements is a “plague” that’s ruined the finances of many borrowers by saddling them with loans they cannot afford.

The...

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The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's troubles have no easy remedy 9.4.2018 Washington Post
The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's troubles have no easy remedy
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Washington's largest solar farm coming to Lind 9.4.2018 AP Washington
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A North Carolina company soon will begin installing the largest solar farm in the state of Washington....
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How Standing Rock Is Leading by Example on Renewable Energy 6.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline may have failed to stop Big Oil for now, but the folks at Standing Rock have taken their fight to other fronts. Water Protectors are taking proactive steps to move the Standing Rock Sioux reservation toward renewable energy and plans are also being proposed to move both North and South Dakota to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Giant flood lights set up by a pipeline company and law enforcement illuminate a cloudy winter night at the Oceti Sakowin camp just outside of the Lakota Sioux reservation of Standing Rock, North Dakota, on December 1, 2016. (Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein / Getty Images) The Trump administration quickly  overturned  the December 2016 decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to halt the construction of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline -- almost as quickly as Trump took office. Subsequent challenges in court  failed  to prevent the pipeline from being completed and going into operation. Rather than concede defeat, Water Protectors ...
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'It's like a war zone here': Everything bad about climate changes hits Calif. town 6.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
First, drought. Then fires. Next, heavy downpours. Then came the mudslides. Is Montecito, California, the new poster child for climate change?
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Solar Energy Set a Global Record Last Year, Mostly Thanks to China 5.4.2018 Mother Jones
A new report shows that last year the world moved away from relying on fossil fuels and toward replacing them with renewable energy—solar energy in particular. Solar power “rose to record prominence” in 2017, according to the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report released Thursday by United Nations Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Centre, and Bloomberg […]
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China leads global solar energy investment as US, Europe lag 5.4.2018 AP Business
BERLIN (AP) -- A U.N.-backed report shows more money was invested in solar energy last year than in any other power source, with China responsible for much of the boom....
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FirstEnergy unit that runs power plants files for bankruptcy 2.4.2018 AP National
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A subsidiary that runs FirstEnergy Corp.'s nuclear and coal-fired power plants has filed for bankruptcy after the utility said earlier that it planned to close its three nuclear plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania....
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Musk's Tesla faces a cash crunch as it confronts a suddenly skeptical Wall Street 31.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

It was a bad week for Elon Musk. Tesla bonds got hammered, Tesla stock got slammed.

The National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into Tesla and its Autopilot self-drive system after a Model X driver was killed in a fiery crash on a Silicon Valley freeway. Late Friday, Tesla...

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How warmer winters are making us sick 30.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
As the climate gets warmer and wetter, it's bringing ticks -- and the diseases they carry -- farther north.
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