Posts Tagged ‘Clean Energy’

The Hill: Minnesota regulators approve state’s largest solar project

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Regulators in Minnesota have approved a $250 million, 100-megawatt solar project, the state’s largest, which will help a utility company comply with a local solar power mandate.

The state’s Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 Thursday to approve the project, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, giving a local company permission to build 21 solar farms in rural areas outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

The project increases the state’s solar output “sevenfold,” according to the Star Tribune. Developers intend to begin generating electricity at the new solar sites by the end of 2016.

The utilities commission denied the project developer’s request to build three other solar sites, given their proposed locations near residential areas or commercial development. Minnesota law lets state regulators approve energy projects regardless of local zoning laws, but a utilities commissioner said her panel was “particularly sensitive in having it go as smoothly with local units of government as possible.”

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How Energy Policies Dramatically Cut Carbon Pollution State by State

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

As the nation responsible for more manmade carbon dioxide pollution than any other country, the U.S. is certainly in line for comprehensive, congressionally approved legislation that addresses global warming.

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing its proposal to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center sheds light on the work individual states and President Barack Obama’s administration have done to reduce carbon emissions.

According to the report, Moving America Forward, clean energy policies adopted by states and the federal government from 2007 to 2012 reduced U.S. carbon dioxide pollution by 162 million metric tons in 2012. That amount equals the annual emissions from 34 million vehicles, or all the passenger cars and trucks in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois and Colorado combined.

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A Summary of Key Changes in the Farm Bill’s Energy Title

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

(February 11, 2014) President Barack Obama last week signed a Farm Bill after a long grueling process to renew the bill, after the last one ended in 2012. This is the third Farm Bill to include an Energy Title since the first one was established in 2002. ELPC will provide more in-depth resources in coming days but a quick overview of key programs is available at FarmEnergy.org.

E&E TV: Learner Discusses Shift in Midwest Power Market

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

HAL-EETVHow will the Midwest respond to the U.S. EPA’s proposed changes to coal plant pollution standards? Listen to this E&E TV interview with ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner. Watch video.

Ohio’s Clean Energy Economy Thriving

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

A new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE) claims that Ohio is home to at least 25, 410 clean energy jobs- more than the state’s forestry and mining sectors combined. AEE considers this a conservative count, as it only focuses on the “known universe” of clean energy companies. In 2009, Pew Charitable Trusts estimated that Ohio had 35,267 jobs related to clean energy.

The majority of jobs in the report are related to building materials and heating, cooling, and ventilation.

Read the report here.