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Department of Energy Pressed on Grid Reliability

About a month ago, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry ordered a study examining how wind and solar impact the electric grid. Basically, his concern is that subsidies for renewables are…

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Senate Spares Obama Methane Rule

The Republican U.S. Congress has spent much of the year using a fast-track procedure to overturn federal regulations that were finalized in the waning months of President Obama’s term. That…

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ECONOMIST MAKES PITCH FOR TRADITIONAL UTILITIES

In its February 25 edition, the Economist made an argument that renewable energy subsidies need to be better balanced with traditional utility systems. The magazine said it is “remarkable” what…

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Data Shows Wind Overtakes Water

According to data released by the American Wind Energy Association on February 9, wind turbines have beat out hydroelectric dams to be America’s top renewable energy source. More than 82,000…

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Obama Makes Contribution to Climate Fund

With just three days left in his term, President Barack Obama finalized a payment of half a billion dollars to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund. America has now contributed…

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Solar Panels Seem to Kill Power Line

Several years ago, the California Independent System Operator decided that a new high-voltage line would be needed to get electricity from a substation near Coalinga to another substation near Madera….

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Ohio Utilities Accused of Seeking “Bailouts”

FirstEnergy, a major utility company in Ohio, has been struggling to get customers to pay for some of its troubles. The company is suffering credit crunch and looking for a…

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A Fox in the Henhouse at the EPA

It looks like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to be handed over to perhaps its biggest enemy at the moment, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Pruitt has been…

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Cities Seeking Leadership Role on Climate

The election’s results suggest little climate action in the future by the federal government, so states and cities are going to be taking the lead. A New York Times editorial…

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American Samoa Shows Solar’s Potential

Even as renewables rapidly expand their market share, many people doubt whether anyone could truly rely on a 100 percent renewable system. There could be problems when the wind stops…

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