April 3, 2018

This Texas City Wants to Pay People to Install Solar Panels

To generate more local electricity, Georgetown, Texas—which already uses 100 percent renewable energy—wants to pay property owners to let the city-owned utility install solar panels on their roofs and feed the energy back into the power grid. Homeowners would get lease payments or royalties.

April 2, 2018

New Map Shows Where the Solar Jobs Are

A new national map of solar jobs breaks down data to county and congressional district-levels and shows the largest concentration of jobs is in San Francisco, which has more than 10,000 solar employees.

March 30, 2018

March 29, 2018

March 28, 2018

PG&E's Local Clean Energy Plan Gets Regulatory Nod

California regulators have approved Pacific Gas and Electric's plan to use local clean energy resources in Oakland as a backup so an old jet fuel generator that runs during peak demand can be retired. PG&E says it will open a request for offers this spring for 20-45 megawatts of renewable energy projects.

March 27, 2018

Half of All U.S. Coal Plants Would Lose Money Without Regulation

Barely half of U.S. coal plants earned enough money last year to cover their expenses, and the vast majority of those that didn't operate in regions where regulators set rates, a new study found. Instead of allowing market forces to determine their fate, regulators and utilities often keep the struggling plants open.

New Ballot Measure Crops Up in Arizona Clean Energy Fight

In another effort to compete with a clean energy mandate proposed as a ballot measure this fall, Arizona Republican lawmakers are proposing their own measure that would require 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030—but allow utility regulators to sidestep the standards if doing so could raise customer bills or cause reliability concerns.

March 26, 2018

One of World's Dirtiest Oil Sources Is Closing Coal Plants

Alberta—known for its production of tar sands oil—is closing several coal-fired power plants and has increased its tax on carbon emissions by 50 percent to help Canada reach its Paris climate agreement goals. At the same time, however, the province is increasing its high-emissions tar sands output.

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