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Young conservatives flock to Washington in support of clean energy

By Roberta Combs and Tom Kiernan, Opinion Contributors, The Hill

This week, hundreds of young conservatives from across the country will be visiting the nation’s capitol. Their mission is to participate in a time-honored democratic tradition—making sure their elected officials hear their voices. The message these young men and women plan to convey is simple: they support clean energy, and they want to power more of America with it.

Vigorous conservative support for clean energy may come as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t. In fact, conservative principles and clean energy align quite well. Shared common values include a belief in markets, devotion to a strong U.S. economy, and the practice of good stewardship. And many of the country’s wind leaders–like Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and
Kansas–have long conservative histories. Continue reading here.

About the Writers


Roberta Combs is President & CEO of the Christian Coalition.



Tom Kiernan is CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.



2.2 GW Of Solar Power Backed By Ohio Business


Solar has the potential to foster peace and aid conflict resolution by being deployed in several of the world’s crisis areas. Electricity is one of the highest costs for humanitarian missions in fragile regions, such as South Sudan, the Congo, Somalia, Myanmar and Yemen, among others. In an interview with pv magazine, the CEO and founder of Energy Peace Partners describes how solar installed in camps and protected areas, could improve the outcomes of such missions.
Energy Peace Partners Website
Image: UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David A. Frech

  • India to generate 100 GW solar energy by 2022: Suresh Prabhu, Economic Times
    New Delhi: Union Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that India has set a target to generate 100 GW solar energy by 2022 for increasing share of carbon-free energy in the energy mix. While speaking at a function of International Solar Alliance (ISA) Innovation and Investment Forum here today Prabhu stressed on joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and technology for massive production of solar energy. “Many firms of Australia and Japan are keen to invest in India in the solar energy sector.”

Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels

By Tracey Osborne, Scientific American

Indigenous people are rejecting oil, coal and gas extraction in favor of renewable energy to save their land, increase employment and fight global warming.

In the U.S. Native American reservations represent only 2 percent of the land but hold approximately 20 percent of the country’s fossil fuel reserves, including coal, oil and gas. Together these fuels are worth some $1.5 trillion, according to the Council of Energy Resource Tribes. Whereas some have called for privatizing and exploiting native lands to unleash the economic potential of fossil fuels, many indigenous leaders from both the U.S. and other countries disagree with this approach. Read the entire article here.

Photo by Rob Davis


Renewable Energy Has More Economic Benefits Than You Know

By Jake Richardson, Clean Technica

Renewable energy is already cheaper than other energy options in most of the world, but it comes with other economic and societal benefits as well. Because of the number of countries investing in renewable energy, the complexity of their national economies and their energy infrastructure details, it isn’t possible to cover everything in one online article. The subject would be better addressed in a book. So, this article is intended only to be a snapshot of some key high-level points. Click here to continue reading.

Photo: Telesis Inc’s solar array in Lincoln’s Haymarket





Xcel Energy receives shockingly low bids for Colorado electricity from renewable sources

Solar and wind generation with storage now competitive with coal power.
Written by Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post

What stands out about the response Xcel received is that wind sources with storage are now cheaper than coal generation, and solar plus storage is now cheaper than about 75 percent of coal generation in the state, according to CarbonTracker. “As far as we know, these are the lowest renewables plus storage bids in the U.S. to date. Click here to read more.

Photo by Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file

In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future: Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal, Vox



Google, Biggest Corporate Buyer of Clean Power, Is Buying More

By Brian Eckhouse, From Climate Changed, Bloomberg News 

Google has now signed enough renewables deals to match all of its energy needs this year, though not all the projects are currently operational. The company has agreed to buy 2,397 megawatts of clean power in the U.S. — and 3,186 megawatts overall, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Amazon.com Inc is the second biggest corporate buyer, with 1,219 megawatts, all in the U.S. Read more here.

Photo: The Block Island Wind Farm in the waters off Block Island, Rhode Island.
Credit: Eric Thayer / Bloomberg


China takes the lead on cleaning up air pollution

Daniel K. Gardner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Today, China is the world’s largest investor in renewable energy, with outlays in 2015 totaling $103 billion, more than double U.S. spending of $44 billion. Of the planet’s 8.1 million jobs in renewable energy, 3.5 million are in China, whereas fewer than 1 million are in the United States. Persuaded that clean energy is good for the environment and the economy, China has committed $367 billion through 2020 to the development of renewable power sources — a level of investment that is expected to generate 13 million jobs.

China also is looking beyond its borders, by exporting the expertise it has developed in renewable energy and supporting technologies. In 2016, China invested tens of billions in renewable energy projects in Australia, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Pakistan, Vietnam, Indonesia and elsewhere. Read the entire article here.

Stock Photo: In China, the number of premature deaths from air pollution is more than 1 million every year. Each year, 200,000 Americans die prematurely because of bad air quality.


Ariz. utility proposes ‘more strategic’ approach to deploying Demand-Side Management

Public Power Daily, American Public Power Association Blog

APS says reducing summer peak demand can help reduce demand for renewable and non-renewable generation and delay the need for future infrastructure for the benefit of all customers. Read more.