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Vermont’s war of words over renewable energy continues

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Critics of Vermont’s process for deciding where solar and wind energy projects can be built emerged from a legislative hearing Tuesday unhappy, while a key regulator said the dissatisfaction stems from “growing pains of a changing world.” In the end, Vermont’s war of words over the issue continues unabated. Two House committees, Fish and Wildlife and ...

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Feds approve 287-megawatt solar plant in California desert

BAKER, Calif. (AP) — The federal government has approved plans to build a solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert that could provide enough electricity for 86,000 homes. The Interior Department says approval was granted last week for the Soda Mountain Solar Project. The 287-megawatt plant would be built six miles southwest of Baker near Interstate 15, the highway that ...

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Legislative committee reaches deal on solar power bill

BOSTON (AP) — A legislative committee has reached a deal on a bill designed to help shape the future of solar energy use in Massachusetts by making it easier to get credit for generating extra power from solar panels. Lawmakers have been debating proposed changes to the state’s net metering program, which allows homeowners, solar developers and municipal governments to ...

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Solar farm developers target New York with lease offers

The Long Island Solar Farm (LISF) is a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant built through a collaboration including BP Solar, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and the Department of Energy. (Image: Brookhaven National Laboratory via Flckr)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less than a year after New York banned fracking, dashing the hopes of farmers who had hoped to reap royalties from natural gas leases, the commercial solar industry is courting landowners for energy production. Buoyed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s renewable energy plan and the extension of the 30 percent federal tax credit in December, solar ...

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Detroit City Council approves utility’s solar array project

DETROIT (AP) — A utility seeks to develop a solar energy array in Detroit as part of a project designed to help stabilize a neighborhood and make use of vacant public property. The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved a 20-year lease for DTE Energy. The project is expected to generate more than $1 million in tax revenue for Detroit ...

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Giant pension fund buys stake in California solar plants

Hybrid solar-geothermal plant at Stillwater, Nevada. A small part of the 118 acre 26 MW photovoltaic array is seen adjacent to the 48 MW-gross Stillwater 2 binary power plant. (Image: Geo Thermal via Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation’s largest public pension fund is investing in solar power farms near Palm Springs. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System announced Wednesday that it has agreed to buy up to 25 percent of Desert Sunlight Investment Holdings, which owns two solar energy facilities in Southern California. CalPERS Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos says in a ...

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Company seeks to build non-combustion plant in Pennsylvania

COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A renewable energy company is scrapping plans to build an electricity plant in Pennsylvania in favor of a non-combustion plant that would use waste tires. Crawford Renewable Energy had planned to build a 90-megawatt power plant about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh in Cochranton. But the company says the plant is “economically unfeasible” due to falling wholesale ...

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US OKs offshore wind research facility off Virginia’s coast

Offshore wind energy farm. (Image: Håkan Dahlström via Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The development of offshore wind farms took another halting step forward Thursday with the federal approval of a research facility off Virginia’s coast to test wind turbines in a harsh open seas environment. The decision clears the way for the construction of two 6-megawatt turbines 27 miles off Virginia Beach on the outer continental shelf, Bureau ...

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Vermont working on new rules to continue solar expansion

solar expansion in vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont utility regulators are proposing new rules that will govern the installation and management of small, local electrical generation projects in the state for years to come. The rules proposed by the Public Service Board would govern the installation and management of small power projects, such as residential rooftop solar panels up to solar projects that ...

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Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

Developing world overtakes West in renewables investments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A U.N.-backed report says global investments in solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy reached a record $286 billion last year. For the first time the developing world accounted for the majority. The United Nations Environment Program on Thursday said renewable investments in developing countries jumped 19 percent to $156 billion in 2015, with $103 billion ...

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