Category Archives: Renewables

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Wind Generation Surpassed Hydroelectric Power in 2016 – U.S. EIA

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Last year, wind energy generation in the United States edged out conventional hydroelectric output, which has historically been the nation’s largest source of renewable energy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a brief published March 6. Wind power now … Continue reading

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NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Deal to Close Indian Point Nuclear Plant

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The Indian Point Nuclear Plant will close in four years, more than a decade ahead of schedule, a deal that “eliminates a major risk” to the safety of New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State … Continue reading

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Benefits of State Clean Energy Mandates Outweigh Costs, Federal Report Finds

The costs associated with implementing state renewable-energy standards between now and mid-century will be far outweighed by the benefits to public health and the environment, a new federal report finds. The report was released jointly by the Lawrence Berkeley National … Continue reading

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First-in-the-Nation Offshore Wind Farm Comes Online in Rhode Island

By Rona Cohen Last week, America’s first offshore wind farm, a 30-megawatt project situated off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island, began to deliver electricity into the New England Power grid. Proponents of the industry hope the pilot will … Continue reading

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In New York’s Fast-Growing Solar Market, A Focus on Assessing “Value”

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By Rona Cohen As New York proceeds with its energy-system overhaul, solar power is booming, and regulators and industry sources say that finding a way to accurately value solar’s contribution to the grid will be key to sustaining that growth. … Continue reading

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CSG/ERC Seminar at Penn Addresses Carbon Policies, Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Renewables

On May 6, CSG/ERC brought together legislators from around the Northeast and eastern Canada to discuss policies to reduce carbon emissions, expand access to renewable energy and electric vehicles and promote sustainable practices for managing urban water resources. The meeting … Continue reading

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Societal Benefits from State Clean Energy Standards Outweigh Costs, Federal Report Says

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State renewable portfolio standards (RPS) led to $7.4 billion in societal benefits in 2013, largely by reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants that cause significant public health impacts, said researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in a new report. … Continue reading