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Paradise found? Local renewables can boost island experience

Locally generated renewable energy can unlock socio-economic benefits for islands, specifically, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Marshall Islands, according to research from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). 

GELF to Governor: Goal should be 100 percent renewables

Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State energy plan is coming under more fire for not going far enough when it comes to renewables and climate change. Environmental activists claim that the Governor's call for 50 percent of the state's electricity to be met by renewables by 2030 is a step in the right reduction -- but falls far short of needed action.

Presidential deal means U.S. needs to triple renewable output

A meeting between President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff turned into a big day for energy, as the presidents announced an initiative that numerous organizations have been hoping for for years -- a renewable standard (for non-hydro renewables) of 20 percent by 2030.

Unjust and unreasonable: Ameren latest to file complaints against MISO

Another utility is accusing the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) of unfairly adjusting prices, causing their required auction to go up by 40 times. Ameren Illinois is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) -- who regulates MISO -- to explain to their customers why prices will be surging this year.

Politician to Politician: A cry for help with energy strategy

The United States Senate is working to create a new national energy policy, but is taking a unique tactic of seeking input from the nation's governors to help form that policy.

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