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OTHER VOICES: Solar bill: A ‘blatant attempt...

Solar energy is booming here in Iowa. I am proud to say that Iowa’s solar industry grew by 4 percent last year and the industry supports nearly 1,000 jobs in communities across the state. Less than a quarter of those jobs are driven by utility-scale solar. Private investment is the driving factor of Iowa’s solar growth. The industry is now at risk. MidAmerican Energy is pushing a new utility energy bill, House File 669. The...

Commentary: Ohio conservatives take energy message...

As a young conservative, the thought of Republican-led policies that pursue innovation-driven advances in renewable energy is exciting. Ohio conservatives recognize the importance of traditional energy sources, such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. We also must embrace the benefits of renewable energy, generated right here in Ohio — such benefits conservatives support as economic growth and job creation. A recent poll from...

Battery Power’s Latest Plunge in Costs Threatens C...

London and New York, March 26, 2019 – Two technologies that were immature and expensive only a few years ago but are now at the center of the unfolding low-carbon energy transition have seen spectacular gains in cost-competitiveness in the last year. The latest analysis by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows that the benchmark levelized cost of electricity,[1] or LCOE, for lithium-ion batteries has fallen 35% to $187...

New York City says electric cars are now the cheap...

Electric cars are expensive. The sticker price for electric vehicles (EVs) has historically exceeded that for comparable gasoline cars. But that’s less true every month. The arrival of cars like Kia’s $33,145 electric Soul, GM’s $36,620 Bolt, and Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3—not to mention the $23,800 Smart EQ—have pushed the price of top-reviewed EVs below the median price for cars in the US. And that’s before thousands of...

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-chargin...

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Customers who purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can buy one of Kia’s recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations on Amazon. Once they’ve selected a charger, customers can arrange installation in their homes by licensed electricians handpicked and certified by Amazon before they take delivery of their...

Battery start-ups are raising millions in the batt...

Source: Tesla Tesla’s Roadster uses a rechargeable lithium battery that has been the standard for electric vehicles. For powering your smartphone or your Tesla Model 3, there’s currently nothing better than the lithium-ion battery. Since its introduction in 1991, the rechargeable lithium battery has been the standard for everyday tech devices and electric-vehicle power. Many of the world’s more than 3...

Solar and wind firms call the ‘Green New Dea...

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. solar and wind power companies may have the most to gain from the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal backed by several Democratic presidential candidates to end U.S. fossil fuel consumption within a decade. But do not expect the renewable energy firms to endorse it. Representatives of America’s clean energy companies are withholding their support for the climate-fighting plan,...

New TV ad targeting solar consumers creates contro...

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — A TV spot is advocating for a new fee for people with Solar panels in Iowa. The Iowa Senate this week approved the bill at the center of the ad, Senate File 583. The bill would let utility companies charge solar energy users a fee. The ad says that is because those customers do not pay to support the electrical grid. A group called the ‘REAL Coalition’ is running the ad...

Can 100 Percent Renewable Energy Cope With a Polar...

When a polar vortex hit parts of the Midwest and Northeast at the end of January, it brought temperatures cold enough to cause frostbite on exposed skin in just five minutes and closed down schools and businesses. Demand for power was intense, and the internet erupted in arguments about whether transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy would leave people in the lurch in periods of extreme weather. The conventional power...

Fact check: Is snow on solar panels a problem for ...

Snow can temporarily slow solar panel output, but the impact tends to be small and short-lived, a developer says. On the day Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced a goal of powering his state entirely by renewable electricity by 2050, a rural Republican legislator threw snow on the proposal in a Facebook post. Rep. Jeremy Munson’s photograph of snow-covered solar panels was accompanied by a pointed a rebuke of Walz’s vision: “On...

Utility-Scale Solar Projections Now Exceed Pre-Tar...

The latest data from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables shows a year-over-year dip for solar, but growth above pre-tariff levels on the horizon. Projections for utility-scale solar growth from 2020 to 2022 now exceed forecasts drafted before the Trump administration’s announcement of Section 201 tariffs, according to a new Solar Market Insight report from energy research and consulting company Wood Mackenzie Power &...

The Good News About a Green New Deal

Last month’s rollout of the Green New Deal, a fourteen-page legislative resolution, sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, that called for “net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” through a ten-year “national mobilization,” has sparked a good deal of controversy. The resolution was larded with goals not directly tied to the environment, such as guaranteeing everyone a job, affordable housing,...

Ohio bill would create nonprofit to promote advanc...

Sponsors tout economic development potential, but critics question the benefits and risks to taxpayers. A group of Ohio lawmakers wants to help make the state a leader in advanced nuclear technology, but some critics are questioning the benefits and potential risks to taxpayers under a new bill to promote research and development. Ohio House Rep. Dick Stein, R-Norwalk, introduced the Advanced Nuclear Technology Helping...

Researchers: Biofuels mandate may cause more harm ...

Jeff Wheeler – Star Tribune Hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and wild habitat in the Upper Midwest have been plowed up to plant corn and soybeans in the last decade because of demand created by the government’s ethanol mandate. Hundreds of thousands of acres of grasslands and wild habitat in the Upper Midwest have been plowed up to plant corn and soybeans in the past decade because of demand created by the...

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ev...

We did not make or devise the plan—the plan exists and is being implemented worldwide. It has been difficult to envision this possibility because the focus is overwhelmingly on the impacts of climate change. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward...