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Obama 2016 budget urges U.S. states to cut emissions faster

President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposes $7.4 billion to fund clean energy technologies and a $4 billion fund to encourage U.S. states to make faster and deeper cuts to emissions from power plants, officials told Reuters. Obama’s budget, which will be published later on Monday, also calls for the permanent extension of the Production Tax Credit, used

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Maine Legislature Considering Measures to Lower Solar Power Costs

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine could increase the use of solar power for electricity, heating and cooling homes under measures before the state Legislature this year. Among the proposals under consideration, allowing more cooperation between individuals to generate solar energy, and providing rebates to lower costs and improve affordability. Advocates for solar energy in Maine say

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Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits

For more than a year now, an enormous solar thermal power plant has been humming along in the Arizona desert, sending out power as needed, even well after sunset. The plant, called Solana, was developed by the Spanish energy and technology company Abengoa and has succeeded in meeting an elusive solar goal — producing electricity

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Why you need to pay attention to solar energy legislation

The 36 solar panels point south from their perch on the roof of Cumberland First Baptist Church. At first blush, they seem like an unlikely nod to one of the most basic Christian tenets. “There is a holy mandate to care for the earth, which God created and called good,” The Rev. Thomas Wyatt Watkins tells

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Will Falling Oil Prices Kill Wind and Solar Power?

SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology. SA Editor’s Note: As leaders from business, politics and science convene this week at the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss pressing matters of the day, Scientific American is publishing a series of interviews with leading scientists, produced in conjunction

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SolarWorld Wins Final Victory in China, Taiwan Trade Cases

The second big round of SolarWorld’s controversial trade cases ended in the usual fashion on Wednesday, with the U.S. International Trade Commission handing the Oregon-based unit of the German company a final victory that expands duties on Chinese solar manufacturers and penalizes Taiwanese companies that underpriced their solar products in the United States. The ITC

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China Says U.S. Solar Ruling Will Hurt Clean Energy Development

China said a U.S. ruling that will trigger tariffs on solar panels imported from China and Taiwan will hurt both local manufacturers and American companies that buy them. The U.S. International Trade Commission yesterday ruled that solar products imported from China and Taiwan harm manufacturers, the final step for imposing dumping and anti-subsidy duties on the imports. It’s

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Statement from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the 2014 Solar Job Census

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Secretary Ernest Moniz issued the following statement today on the 2014 National Solar Jobs Census: “Solar power is a key component of our all-of-the-above approach to American energy, creating good-paying American jobs that support our growing clean energy economy. According to a new report released by the Solar Foundation today, the solar industry

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A Bill to Kill Solar Power in Indiana

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Clean-energy supporters and utilities are at odds over a new bill at the statehouse. Electricity customers in Indiana who use solar power receive credits for selling excess power back to the grid, but HB 1320 would minimize those credits, and allow utilities to set fixed charges for solar users. Brad Morton, owner of

California Solar Permitting Guidebook

Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has released its California Solar Permitting Guidebook. This book helps Californians understand the new act signed last fall by Governor Jerry Brown, helping to ease the bureaucracy of residential installations. By 2020, California plans on having one-third of its electricity come for clean resources, thanks to the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards. California

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