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Study of Renewable Energy In America Finds Solar Power Has Grown 43-Fold Since 2007
The Inertia
July 31, 2017

New York has been graced with strong sun and whipping winds that electricity companies have harnessed for renewable energy in the past several years. The state has seen a 6,548% increase in the amount of energy it gets from the sun and a 473% increase in wind power production since 2007, according to a report released by the Environment New York Research & Policy Center. While the state’s been undergoing an energy revolution, the findings in New York advances are really just a glimpse into America’s growth toward using more and more renewable energy sources.

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JPMorgan Chase Commits To 100% Renewable Energy By 2020 & Facilitating $200 Billion In Clean Energy Financing By 2025
CleanTechnica
July 31, 2017

Multinational banking giant JPMorgan Chase has announced it is committing to sourcing 100% of its energy needs from renewable energy by 2020 and a promise to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025.

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Wind energy development rose 40% in Q2
Utility Dive
July 31, 2017
  • Wind energy development and construction rose 40% in the second quarter compared to the same time last year, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). 
  • Nationwide, 29 wind projects with a combined capacity of 3,841 MW began construction in Q2, bringing the total to 25,819 MW of wind projects in various phases of construction, 7,500 MW more than the end of Q2 2016. 
  • On another front, Kansas became the fifth state to reach the benchmark of 5,000 MW of installed wind energy. The majority of those projects are centered in the Midwest, Texas and the Mountain West (including states like Wyoming.)
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Bill to speed up renewables gains traction
E&E News
July 28, 2017

California legislators' bid to speed up the pace of renewable energy adoption is moving into the political spotlight.

Having reached a two-thirds vote last week on a bill to extend the state's cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases through 2030, lawmakers are now turning their attention to state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León's (D) S.B. 100.

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U.S. wind power momentum up 40 percent from last year
UPI
July 28, 2017

July 28 (UPI) -- About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed.

A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy projects under construction or advancing through the development stage during the second quarter.

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Letters to the editor: SB 100 will help diminish reliance on fossil fuels
Inland Empire Community News
July 20, 2017

Dear Editor:

Black soot from trucks, seas of freeways, and the perpetuation of unstable warehouse jobs are the circumstances my future is faced with as a young first generation Mexican student.  At school, we are taught to think critically about the problems our society faces, and one common issue that weaves the struggles I’ve mentioned above is climate change and environmental injustice, specifically caused from burning fossil fuels.

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Hydro, wind and solar make inroads in California's electric grid
Los Angeles Times
July 20, 2017

Wetter weather and continued growth in renewable energy sources resulted in some big changes in electricity generation in California in 2016, according to numbers recently released by the California Energy Commission.

Natural gas still accounted for the largest single share of in-state power generation but the amount deployed dropped 10% last year.

The difference was largely replaced by electricity produced by large hydro facilities — home to reservoirs that started to fill up at the end of 2016 as one of the wettest winters on record began — and production from wind and solar, which each posted double-digit growth.

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Solar Beats the Heat
The Huffington Post
July 18, 2017

In the wake of a changing climate, solar power proved reliable – and essential – in California’s energy mix

 

As temperatures in California soar to record highs, California’s Independent System Operator (CAISO) data showed that large-scale solar plants daily provide more than 11% of the total electricity on the grid. In the evening on the hottest days, when demand for power peaked as families returned home and kicked on air conditioners, large solar plants can supply more than 15% of California’s peak electricity needs.

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Clean Energy Is Trouncing Oil, Gas and Coal in Trump Era
Bloomberg
July 18, 2017

President Donald Trump took office vowing to revive the coal industry’s fortunes. So far, the smart money has been on clean energy.
An index of 40 publicly-traded solar companies, wind-turbine component makers and others that benefit from reduced fossil fuel consumption is up 20 percent this year. That’s more than double the S&P 500’s 9.8 percent gain. And better than the 8.3 percent rise by an index of leading coal companies.

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Governor Jerry Brown Likely To Face Decision On 100 Percent Clean Electricity
KPBS
July 14, 2017

A key vote this week in Sacramento has moved California closer than most people could imagine to a future in which all electricity — 100 percent of it — is produced without releasing more carbon into the air. When Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León proposed the bill, many viewed it as aspirational. Now, it could actually become the law of the land.