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How the drought boosts your utility bills, and global warming 10.2.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
By starving California’s hydroelectric dams of water, the state’s four-year drought has cost consumers an extra $2 billion in utility bills and pushed up greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 10 percent, a new study finds. Utilities had to buy more expensive replacement electricity from power plants burning natural gas. “When we generate less hydroelectricity, we have to do something else — and in California, that something else is burning more natural gas,” said Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute and author of the study. While California has been rapidly adding solar and wind facilities, the lack of steady and predictable hydropower forced utilities to buy more electricity from more traditional power plants, most fueled by natural gas. Plants produced not only more carbon dioxide, the main culprit behind global warming, but smog-causing pollutants as well. [...] they rose again in 2012, as the drought cut hydropower production and faulty equipment closed the San Onofre nuclear ...
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SolarCity Shares Drop on Soft Forecast 10.2.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
SolarCity Corp. reported better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter, but shares tumbled in after-hours trading as the solar power company acknowledged it continues to fall short of its installation goals.
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Massachusetts hits cap on solar power incentives 9.2.2016 Boston Globe: Latest
Massachusetts hits cap on solar power incentives
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New England digs out from latest storm; snow in Mid-Atlantic 9.2.2016 AP Top News
BOSTON (AP) -- A wind-driven winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to Cape Cod fell short of forecast snowfall totals and spared the Northeast the widespread power outages that had been predicted....
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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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Storm Imogen lashing parts of England, Wales 8.2.2016 New Kerala: World News
London, Feb 8 : Parts of southern Britain have been lashed by heavy rain and winds of up to 96 mph after storm Imogen swept in, the media reported on Monday.
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Second wind for UK oil and gas? 8.2.2016 BBC: Business
Could Shetland's new field give UK energy a second wind?
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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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Gelande jumpers take to Howelsen in Winter Carnival finale 8.2.2016 Steamboat Pilot
How does a ski legend, a man that once went 147 miles per hour down the face of a mountain, wind down after launching himself nearly 100 feet off a ski jump? He grabs an energy drink. “I’m drinking a Redbull to calm down,” Tim Magill said with a chuckle. “It’s a fun kind of scary. I wouldn’t jump if I wasn’t a little nervous about it. You need that courage.” Born 57 years ago during Winter Carnival, the Routt County native long has been one of the most accomplished skiers in a city full of accomplished winter athletes. And despite his age, Magill seems to have no quit in him. Sunday at Howelsen Hill, Magill competed in the Alpine Ski Jumping Association pro Gelande tour event, the capstone of the weekend’s Winter Carnival activities. The eight competitors took to the big hill at Howelsen, jumping off HS127 on regular Alpine skis, opposed to the more traditional Nordic skis. Gelande is a niche group in the ski jumping world, the general age of the jumpers being 40-plus. “We have a pretty … I don’t want to ...
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The Windmills of Bernie's Mind 8.2.2016 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Sen. Sanders better check with his Vermont constituents about the popularity of wind energy.
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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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"Making the Promises Real": Labor and the Paris Climate Agreement 7.2.2016 Truthout.com
A labor climate program can serve as the leading edge of a campaign to realize such traditional labor goals as full employment, job security, equality, human rights on the job and protection against the economic insecurities of working people's lives. The Eiffel tower, covered by a green visual forest during the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, December 2, 2015. A labor climate program can draw together workers, unions and allies around protecting jobs by protecting the climate. (Photo: Petr Kovalenkov / Shutterstock.com ) As nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris approved the UN Climate Change Agreement, the AFL-CIO issued a statement that broke new ground on climate. [1] While the AFL-CIO opposed the Kyoto climate agreement and never supported the failed Copenhagen agreement, it "applauded the Paris climate change agreement as "a landmark achievement in international cooperation" and called on America "to make the promises real." Although it has frequently pointed out the harm that workers and communities ...
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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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Massachusetts plan could spur hydro imports to New England 7.2.2016 AP Business
BOSTON (AP) -- Tapping into Canadian hydropower is hardly a new concept in energy-starved New England. But Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to authorize long-term contracts between utilities and hydropower producers is being viewed in some quarters as a potential game-changer for the region....
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