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Rhode Island’s Long-Term Sustainability Goals Encourage Solar & Wind

Rhode Island’s Long-Term Sustainability Goals Encourage Solar & Wind

Solar panels helping RI to meet renewable energy goals Turn to 10, May 20, 2015. Image credit: afrndz About 1,600 solar panels now sit on what was once vacant town-owned land, generating enough electricity to power 100 homes, and bring in $3,000 in annual tax revenue to the town of Richmond. With more states offering

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The Future of Solar Is…

Ryan Pollin for Zondits. Image credit: geralt The interdisciplinary folks at MIT could finish that sentence in quite a few ways, and that’s just the intent of their new report The Future of Solar Energy. They brought up several conclusions about the way forward for solar, including these interesting issues with our current financial and

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The Energy Debate in Michigan

Rowe: Government stacks deck against renewable energy The Detroit News, March 24, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder recently gave an address on energy and, as expected, his approach included market-based solutions, the notion that the market should take care of renewable energy development. As a professor of renewable energy and energy management for more than 30

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Shaheen-Portman Act Sees Renewed Action

Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 20, 2015 Last year, the bipartisan-supported Shaheen-Portman Act failed to pass due to political bickering. The act seeks to help the federal government become more energy efficient, and is largely non-controversial. However, political fighting over provisions that would take decision-making capabilities away from the executive branch on the Keystone XL

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Michigan Politicians Attempt to Derail Efficiency and Clean Energy

Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 19, 2015 Last year, Michigan policy-makers proposed questionable changes to the state’s definition of clean energy; a house bill attempted to expand clean energy to include the burning of waste material and garbage in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. State representative Aric Nesbitt, who proposed the initial

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Stop the Mutiny – Engage Industrials & Gain Their Support for Efficiency Programs

Stop the Mutiny – Engage Industrials & Gain Their Support for Efficiency Programs Brian McCowan Presented at AESP 25th National Conference, February 11, 2015 Large industrial and commercial customers use significant amounts of energy and any strategy to improve energy efficiency is deficient without them. Still, they have not fit easily into utility energy efficiency

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Critics Concerned Over Maine PUC’s Move to Reconsider Wind Projects

Wind industry sees ‘political interference’ in Maine PUC’s move to reconsider 2 projects Portland Press Herald, February 20, 2015 Maine’s reshaped Public Utilities Commission wants to reconsider two proposed wind projects it approved two months ago, a move critics say would damage the integrity of the regulatory process and scare off future renewable-energy investors. The

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How Do You Measure the Impacts of Energy Efficiency Policies?

Gita Subramony for Zondits, February 17, 2015 Energy efficiency policies have long been evaluated in order to examine if claimed savings are in fact achieved and if program processes work successfully to reach these goals. One tricky part of this analysis is figuring out if energy savings are in fact attributable to a program’s intervention

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