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Letter: RMP is banking on falsehoods about rooftop solar 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The reasons given by Rocky Mountain Power for adjusting the net metering rate are untrue. Rooftop solar is the most efficient and cost-effective way to power the grid and saves them money. 1. Fifty percent of the energy produced by a plant is lost to heat getting the energy to your home. Local injection from solar eliminates that loss. 2. The most expensive parts of the grid are the high voltage transfer lines and step down transformers. The heat produced under high loads greatly shortens the ...
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Google Says It Will Achieve 100 Percent Renewable Energy Next Year 7.12.2016 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Tech giants are jockeying to be the first to hit a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Google, which has invested in solar and wind energy for a decade, intends to get there by 2017. Google is the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy and plans to buy enough wind and solar energy to offset all the electricity used by its 13 data centers and offices in 150 cities worldwide, the company said Tuesday. Apple seems close to reaching its own 100 percent goal as well. The company said it achieved 93 percent in 2015 . An Apple spokeswoman said the company has yet to set a year for when they would likely cross the finish line. For Google, hitting the 100 percent target means for every unit of electricity it consumes—typically from coal or natural gas power plants—it would buy a unit of wind or solar electricity. The company wouldn't say how much electricity it will need to have purchased by ...
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Japan’s deal maker, Softbank tycoon Masayoshi Son 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who met with President-elect Donald Trump and then announced plans to create 50,000 jobs and invest $50 billion in U.S. startups, has been one of Japan’s most aggressive overseas investors for over two decades. He’s getting an early start on deal-making with the future president. A graduate of […]
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Jonathan Johnson: PSC should reject Rocky Mountain's solar plan 7.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In 2010, Utah unveiled a 10-year strategic plan to place the state at the forefront of solving the world’s energy challenges. Six years later, affordable rooftop solar power is at risk of disappearing from Utah — and with it, thousands of jobs and millions of dollars from our economy. Last month, just one day after the election, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) asked the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) to drastically raise rates for Utah homeowners who invest in rooftop solar through a “transiti...
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Boeing to acquire ocean drone maker Liquid Robotics 7.12.2016 LA Times: Business

Boeing Co. will acquire floating-drone maker Liquid Robotics, the aerospace giant said Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

Based in Sunnyvale, Liquid Robotics developed the Wave Glider, a surfboard-shaped drone that floats on the ocean surface and collects data, propelling itself for...

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Plans to build New England’s largest wind farm dropped 7.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

BRIDGEWATER, Maine (AP) — A Texas company says it’s temporarily dropping plans to build in Maine a massive wind farm that would’ve been the largest of its kind in New England. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2gz6W4g ) EDP Renewable’s Number Nine Wind Farm project manager Katie Chapman on Monday said the company withdrew its […]
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Google hits renewables goal to save energy 6.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
San Francisco • Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The company says it believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That’s significant, given Google’s ravenous appetite for electricity to power its offices and the huge data centers that process requests on its dominant search engine, store Gmail, YouT...
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Google to hit 100 percent renewable power in 2017 6.12.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Google has long pursued a goal of running its global network of offices and data centers on nothing but renewable power. With offices and data centers in nearly 60 countries, Google operates in some regions where commercial renewable power remains scarce. [...] in places where solar plants and wind farms are plentiful, such as Texas and Oklahoma, Google will buy more renewable power than it needs, to make up the slack. A study released Tuesday by Advanced Energy Economy, a clean-energy business association, found that 71 percent of Fortune 100 companies have set their own targets to use more renewable power, improve sustainability or both. Companies as different as Walmart, Apple and General Motors have announced plans to one day get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources. In some locations, long-term renewable power purchase contracts are now cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. “It becomes a lot more compelling if there isn’t a price premium attached,” said Malcolm Woolf, ...
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Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution 6.12.2016 AP Business
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity....
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Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution 6.12.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. The company says it believes that beginning next year, it will have amassed enough renewable energy to meet all of its electricity needs throughout the world. That’s significant, given […]
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Nicest dump around? $108M transfer station opens in Wallingford 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Local

It’s still a dump — just not very dumpy. Seattle’s new North Transfer Station is less noisy and less smelly, accepts recyclable items and has amenities that include a green roof and a basketball court.
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Letter: Rocky Mountain Power buys low, sells high 5.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The discussion of Rocky Mountain Power raising fees on solar users has left out a very important point. RMP claims that net meter solar users are not “carrying their weight” by paying a fair share of the costs of maintaining a power network. This is demonstrably false. Net meter users can draw on the grid to provide power when the panels aren’t producing enough to cover their needs but when the panels produce more, the power is put back into the grid. Think for just a moment about when solar ove...
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Trump brings Koch network's anti-green-energy stance from the fringe to the center of power 5.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe.

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Seattle energy adviser seeks to have Oregon forgery charges dismissed 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

A Seattle energy consultant accused of forgery in connection with a major Oregon solar-power project is seeking to have the charges dismissed.
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Seattle energy consultant seeks dismissal of Oregon charges 5.12.2016 AP Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Seattle energy consultant accused of forgery in connection with a major Oregon solar power project is seeking to have the charges dismissed on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct....
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Seattle energy consultant seeks dismissal of Oregon charges 5.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Seattle energy consultant accused of forgery in connection with a major Oregon solar power project is seeking to have the charges dismissed on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Martin Shain was the lead consultant on Oregon’s $24 million “Solar by Degree” project. Prosecutors say he created a fake invoice from a […]
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Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making" 4.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Tapajós River, Brazil. More than 40 dams would turn this free-flowing river and its tributaries into a vast industrial waterway threatening the Tapajós Basin's ecosystems, wildlife, people and even the regional and global climate. (Photo: International Rivers on Flickr, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license) Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans -- development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity , ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate. A total of 42 large dams are planned or under construction in the Tapajós Basin, a biologically and culturally rich region, and one of eight areas of Amazonian biological endemism . Fed by tributaries in the states of Mato Grosso, Rondônia and ...
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Through climate change denial, we're ceding global leadership to China 4.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Remember when China was the climate-action outcast, the obstacle standing in the way of progress in the global fight against a warming planet? What a difference a few years — and an election — can make.

Over the past few weeks, world leaders, delegates to the climate change conference in Marrakech and...

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MASEN gets 2016 'Champions of the Earth' accolade 4.12.2016 New Kerala: World News
MASEN gets 2016 'Champions of the Earth' accolade
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Tennessee wildfires spread quickly, leaving little time for escape 4.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Tracey Mayberry told her boss to fire her.

It was 2:00 Monday afternoon in Gatlinburg, and the sky was dark with smoke. Mayberry's shift as a manager at the resort where she worked did not end until 5 p.m., but she could see a wildfire crawling down the mountain.

Local officials said the city had...

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