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FT Podcast 9.2.2016 Financial Times US
Hanergy and China’s corporate debt spiral 1/2: Flying high
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Vermont attorney general drops probe of environmentalist 9.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general’s office has dropped its criminal investigation into whether an environmental activist has operated as a lawyer without a law license in her advocacy for critics of large-scale wind and solar power projects before state regulators. The office announced on Monday it had examined the claims against Annette […]
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World's biggest solar plant opens 8.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Ikea quietly stops selling solar panels to UK householders 8.2.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

World’s largest furniture retailer is keen to trumpet its green credentials but is no longer selling solar after drastic cuts to government subsidies

Ikea has quietly stopped selling solar panels to UK householders after the government signalled a drastic cut in solar subsidies and just two years after a media-friendly national launch.

The world’s biggest furniture retailer expanded the solar offering to all its 17 UK stores in 2013-14 following a successful pilot at its Lakeside store in Essex.

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How and when to install a rooftop solar system 8.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

California regulators have set new rules for compensating rooftop solar owners, so now what?

Do you buy a solar system now or later? Is a lease better than purchasing? How about a loan?

As the pace of purchasing solar power systems picks up, it can get cloudy for consumers who are trying to figure...

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Solar microgrids and batteries could prevent another Black Saturday bushfire 8.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Smaller sustainable energy systems are a better option than trying to maintain ageing Australian energy infrastructure, say experts

On 7 February, Australia solemnly marked the anniversary of an electrical fault.

It was on this date in 2009 that Melbourne endured its hottest conditions on record – a sweltering 46.4C.

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Clean Energy Fund is delivering outside funding, results 8.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Before the Clean Energy Fund, no one thought energy storage could be a Washington state economic driver. They do now.
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Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid 7.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid. The decision by Nassau to rely on solar, wind, landfill gas and battery storage by 2020 puts the […]
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Driven by power outages and savings, towns look to microgrid 7.2.2016 AP Business
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step by pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid....
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Biggest Israeli Demolition in a Decade Leaves 100 Homeless 7.2.2016 Truthout.com
IDF soldiers operating bulldozers in August 2014. Israeli bulldozers destroyed 23 houses in two West Bank villages within controversial "military" zone in one of biggest demolitions of recent years. (Photo: Israel Defense Forces / Flickr ) On Tuesday morning, the Israeli army demolished 23 Palestinian homes in two villages in the South Hebron Hills , leaving 100 people homeless. Breaking the Silence , the Israeli group of former soldiers, called the actions the largest demolition to take place in over a decade in the occupied West Bank. The demolitions were carried out in an area Israel declared a closed military zone as far back as the 1970s. Thirty square miles in size, it includes a dozen villages where Palestinians have lived for generations. Residents of the area have resisted Israeli efforts to expel them for years. In the meantime, Israel has allowed Jewish settlements in the area to flourish. Called Firing Zone 918 by Israel, the cluster of villages is known by Palestinians as Masafer Yatta ...
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Sutter: Nevada's perplexing war on solar 7.2.2016 CNN: Top Stories
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Welsh home installs UK's first Tesla Powerwall storage battery 5.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Battery could revolutionise UK energy market by enabling people to store excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels

The setting is decidedly modest: a utility room in a red-brick house at the end of a cul-de-sac in Wales. But if the hype turns out to be right, this may be the starting point for an energy revolution in the UK.

Householder Mark Kerr has become the first British owner of a Tesla Powerwall, a cutting-edge bit of kit that the makers say will provide a “missing link” in solar energy.

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Top state legislators raise concern about electric grid expansion 5.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

California legislative leaders questioned Thursday a proposal to expand the electric grid to include one of the largest users of coal-fired power plants in the west.

In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate President Kevin de Leon and House Speaker Anthony Rendon said they were concerned about bringing...

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Morocco unveils massive solar plant 5.2.2016 AP Business
OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AP) -- Morocco's King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world's biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy....
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Massive solar plant opens in Morocco 5.2.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The plant can generating up to 160 megawatts of power and covers thousands of acres of desert, making it one of the world's biggest solar thermal power plants. And it's just the beginning.
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Revamping the electric grid could yield huge cost savings, SolarCity report says 4.2.2016 LA Times: Business

A modern electric grid that incorporates solar, battery storage, energy efficiency and smart technology could save Californians $1.4 billion a year, according to a report released Thursday by rooftop solar giant SolarCity.

In its 28-page report, SolarCity argues that the current utility model works...

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Morocco unveils massive solar plant 4.2.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI unveiled one of the world’s biggest solar plants Thursday, taking advantage of the Sahara sunshine and a growing global push for renewable energy. The $3.9-billion project in the southern town of Ouarzazate, also known as Noor I, is the first phase of a project expected to provide […]
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Naomi Klein: Climate Change "Not Just About Things Getting Hotter" 4.2.2016 Truthout - All Articles
A salt truck drives through Times Square in New York City during the blizzard that took place on January 23, 2016. (Photo: blvdone / Shutterstock.com ) A week and a half ago, just as a blizzard was barreling up the East Coast, I traveled to my hometown, Canandaigua, NY, and before a standing-room-only audience of more than 400 at Finger Lakes Community College, had a conversation with author and climate activist Naomi Klein. Our talk was part of the George M. Ewing Forum, named in honor of the late editor and publisher of our local newspaper. He was a worldly and informed man, dedicated to good talk and a lively exchange of ideas. The forum brings to town a variety of speakers each year, some of them from the area, others not. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful part of the country. As has often been said, it runs on water, and as I grew up, there was an increasing realization that what we have is an invaluable natural resource we could be in danger of losing. Over the years, the threats have grown ...
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Solar users on the electric grid should pay to help maintain it 4.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: It's difficult to understand the letter writers' complaints about fees requested by electric utilities from customers producing their own solar power. ("Solar energy and utilities' outdated way of doing business," Readers React, Jan. 31)

Most of them continue to rely on utilities...

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Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant 4.2.2016 Guardian: Environment

Desert complex will provide electricity for over 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030

Morocco’s king will switch on the first phase of a concentrated solar power plant on Thursday that will become the world’s largest when completed.

The power station on the edge of the Saharan desert will be the size of the country’s capital city by the time it is finished in 2018, and provide electricity for 1.1 million people.

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