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Iowa town’s municipal utility effort is financiall...

A northeastern Iowa community could lower its electric bills by creating a municipal-owned utility, according to a feasibility study presented to its city council Tuesday. Supporters of an effort to create a city-owned electric utility in Decorah, Iowa, got a boost this week from a consultant’s report that concludes the move is financially feasible. “We think the results are very robust,” said Andy Johnson, one of the...

Regulators urged to reverse ‘net metering’ decisio...

Ohio officials made a serious mistake with a recent ruling that will discourage the use of renewable energy systems at homes and businesses, said environmental advocates Wednesday during a rare hearing before state regulators. Utility companies supported the recent policy shift that reduces some of the financial incentives of using the systems, which include solar panels and wind turbines. The Public Utilities Commission of...

The ITC’s New Solar Report Could Bolster Trump’s B...

A supplemental report delivered to Trump’s trade rep could be used to defend new solar tariffs at the WTO. The U.S. International Trade Commission released a new report on the Section 201 trade case this week that the Trump administration could use to defend new solar tariffs, if challenged at the World Trade Organization. Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, head of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, requested the...

A Coal Executive Switched to Building Solar Plants...

Jim Lamon is the kind of businessman that Donald Trump would like. And Lamon is the kind of businessman who likes Trump. The CEO of Depcom Power grew up in Alabama, served in the Air Force for six years and spent decades constructing the kinds of coal-fired power plants Trump likes to tout. He’s contributed thousands of dollars to Republican causes, including Trump’s victory fund. But a few years ago, Lamon saw that coal’s...

How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the ...

To highlight the opportunity, let’s look at Australia, where nearly 2 million solar systems have been successfully and safely installed. As of early December, installed costs in the main Australian markets were at $1.34 per watt, compared to $3.25 per watt in the U.S. What does that difference stem from? The Cost of Solar to a Homeowner in Australia vs. the U.S. In Australia, there is no permitting process. You simply lodge...

Industry Leaders Make Last-Ditch Effort to Steer T...

“Obviously, there’s only one person who knows the answer to this, and trying to get inside his head is bananas.” President Trump has two weeks left to decide whether to impose trade remedies on imported solar equipment. If he follows the guidance of his advisers, big changes could be coming to the solar industry. E&E News reported that Trump is expected to receive a formal recommendation to move forward with trade...

Iowa County (Johnson) embarking on Solarize progra...

Solarize Johnson County will be the second of its kind in Iowa IOWA CITY — On the heels of Iowa’s first Solarize program in Linn County last year, officials in Johnson County plan to embark on their own program — which incentivizes private solar development through volume purchasing prices. Becky Soglin, Johnson County sustainability coordinator, said Wednesday. Solarize Johnson County will help residents get involved in the...

First Solar shows off production line under develo...

First Solar Inc. gave a glimpse into the company’s future Tuesday at an unveiling of a new production line and its new Series 6 solar panel that will be made at its North American factory complex in Perrysburg Township. Unfortunately, as things now stand, the new production line is so efficient and flexible that First Solar expects to maintain its current staffing levels of 750 workers, yet produce enough panels annually to...

New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the ...

Building new renewables is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. In one of the fastest and most astonishing turnarounds in the history of energy, building and running new renewable energy is now cheaper than just running existing coal and nuclear plants in many areas. A widely-used yearly benchmarking study — the Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE) from the financial firm Lazard Ltd. — reached this...

Go Green the Right Way – Complaints against ...

Complaints against rooftop solar companies have skyrocketed in recent years as more Americans have installed solar panels on their rooftops. The complaints, filed by angry customers, reveal how rooftop solar companies exploit consumers – especially low-income and elderly homeowners. Federal regulators have taken notice: The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether rooftop solar companies are playing by the...

One step forward, one step back for Ohio policy to...

Rooftop solar provides many benefits to the electric grid, like having no fuel costs and increasing electric grid resiliency – the ability to quickly recover from problems. So how can utilities recognize these benefits and reward people who install solar at their homes and businesses? A popular way is through net metering, which allows customers to send the electricity from their solar panels to the power grid and receive a...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

Who Will Invest in Clean Energy? Big Money Will

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: People who invest in the world’s energy systems often want to know how many trillions of dollars will be needed to finance renewable energy and natural gas. One way to find the answer is to look at what those who have already invested trillions of dollars want to happen as the world transitions to a lower-carbon power system and electrifies transportation. A look at the numbers shows that the...

Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill C...

   Photo A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power...

Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...