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APS partnership provides data centers with 100 percent renewable energy

Arizona Public Service (APS) has entered into an agreement with data center services company IO to provide IO's customers with data center capacity powered by 100 percent renewable energy. This sustainability initiative is part of a broader effort to encourage greener data center practices and engage utilities, vendors and elected officials to enable procurement of renewable energy.

Exelon accused of seeking nuclear bailout

Exelon yesterday introduced its "Low Carbon Portfolio Standard" -- legislation that is receiving opposition from groups like AARP Illinois and the BEST (Better Energy Solutions for Tomorrow) Coalition who are urging state lawmakers to reject this legislation, saying it would increase electric bills in order to "bail out Exelon's nuclear plants."

FERC taken to task on potential nuclear plant closings

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the nuclear energy industry's policy organization, is taking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to task when it comes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions from the electric sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Google commits $300M to SolarCity residential funding program

SolarCity has launched a project to help finance $750 million in residential solar projects, and Google just gave them a big boost. The tech firm has announced a $300 million investment in the project, which will cover the upfront costs of solar panel installations for homeowners in 14 states plus the District of Columbia. 

W.Va governor vetoes net metering bill

House Bill (HB) 2201 was said to provide a definition for net metering, but advocates said the real reason for it was to eliminate solar leasing in the state -- making solar more difficult for those with lower incomes to obtain.

Clean energy growth, falling prices part of U.S. energy economy transformation

Investment in U.S. clean energy reached $51.8 billion in 2014, 7 percent above 2013 levels and five times more than a decade ago, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) commissioned Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, marking a clear transformation of the U.S. energy economy.

Guide lays out the good and bad of rooftop solar

Consumers across the country are jumping on the trend to install solar panels on their homes or at least considering it. Because rooftop solar and its associated technology is relatively new, the available information with which consumers can make their determination can be limited.

Pacific Gas and Electric pairs education with renewable energy

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is supporting solar in California and preparing the next generation of energy workers with a $250,000 sponsorship that will provide sustainable energy project opportunities for several local high schools. Students will build portable solar units, participate in local sustainability projects and have the chance to make a global impact.

Gulf Power petitions to add 4 renewable projects to their portfolio

Gulf Power is planning four different projects in the Gulf Region that could power 68,7000 customers in Northwest Florida. The company has submitted four petitions to the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) this year, for renewable energy projects, including wind and solar.

SunEdison sets goal to bring power to 20 million people by 2020

SunEdison has announced a plan to bring electricity to 20 million people in underserved world communities by 2020. The project will be conducted by SunEdison social innovations, a group whose mission is to help rural communities by developing business models and introducing new communities to help renewable energy sustainable.

Cross-border France-Spain powerline contributes to EU 10 percent goal

A 40-mile powerline crossing the border between Spain and France has officially been inaugurated. The line, called the Santa Llogaia-Baixas link, is meant to increase energy ties between the different nations in the European Union.

Backlash: President Obama uses power to veto Keystone XL

President Barack Obama has kept his word, doing what he said he was going to do -- vetoing legislation put forth by Congress for building the Keystone XL pipeline. The bill the President vetoed halted construction of the pipeline, which would have transported oil from the Alberta tar sands in Canada to refineries in the United States.

More than half of CA households have access to HERO program

Sacramento County has become the 246th municipality to offer the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to local residents, after the approval of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors.

Wind accounted for 10 percent of Texas electricity in 2014

Texas wind is becoming an important part of the energy mix in the state, and according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) -- the operator of the grid covering most of Texas -- more than 10 percent of electricity on the grid in 2014 came from wind generation.

Wind turbines installed on the Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is going renewable. Two wind turbines have been installed on the iconic landmark in Paris as part of a first-floor renovation.

Canada could see increased investment in liquefied natural gas

The Government of Canada recently announced that it intends to establish new Capital Cost Allowance (CCA) rates to help support investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Canada. Specifically, the federal government announced that it intends to establish a capital cost allowance rate of 30 percent for equipment used in natural gas liquefaction and 10 percent for buildings at a facility that liquefies natural gas.

AEIC petitions Congress, White House for increased energy research

The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC) is urging Congress and President Obama to expand energy research in the United States. 

Acadia Center's 2015 UtilityVision builds on 2014 EnergyVision

Acadia Center has released a report, "UtilityVision: Reforming the Energy System to Work for Consumers and the Environment," which it says presents "an ambitious but realistic energy future that puts the consumer firmly in the center." UtilityVision builds on Acadia Center's EnergyVision, which charts out reforms in four interconnected areas to produce a cleaner, lower cost energy system and reach the necessary 80 percent carbon emission reductions by 2050.

New England natural gas demand up over winter 2013/2014

The brutal winter in New England this winter are having a big effect on natural gas in the region. According to the Boston Globe, the demand for natural gas has already surpassed the peak demand during last winter's Polar Vortex.

Apple to open European data centers powered 100 percent by renewables

Apple is planning to take their energy needs to Europe, with an announcement that they would be building and operating two data centers in Europe -- each of which will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.