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Editorial: San Antonio shines as solar city

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San Antonio Express-News Editorial Staff SAN ANTONIO — Let’s look at the sunny side of life: San Antonio is one of the nation’s leading solar cities. The sixth-ranked city, per a report from Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, a nonprofit. The report ranked the leading cities of the 50 largest metro areas in the United States. For states that ...

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Ohio ‘Clean’ energy bill sparks plugs, pans

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By Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch Some of Ohio’s largest and best-known businesses are at odds this week over a proposal that would stop mandated annual increases in “green” energy purchases by utilities. This includes power produced using renewable resources, such as wind and solar. The supporters of Ohio Senate Bill 310 include FirstEnergy, Timken Co. and Marathon Petroleum. Opponents include ...

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FirstEnergy CEO takes national stage; says regulatory challenges and mandates make it difficult for electric industry

Betty Lin-Fisher for The Akron Beacon Journal FirstEnergy Corp.’s President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Alexander had a national stage Tuesday to discuss regulatory challenges and mandates that he said are making it more difficult for electric utilities to provide reliable, affordable service. Alexander was featured at the CEO Leadership Series lunch, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ...

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Climate meeting to discuss future of fossil fuels

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BERLIN (AP) — After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, will meet next week in Berlin to chart ways in which the world can ...

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Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

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HARTFORD — Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee last week. The ...

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Regulators to decide solar power vs. natural gas

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Minnesota utility regulators are facing a controversial choice between solar power and natural gas as the favored energy to generate additional electricity for Xcel Energy Inc.’s 1.2 million customers in the state. The decision marks the first time these two energy sources have competed head-to-head on price before the state Public Utilities Commission, which is scheduled to decide the question on Thursday ...

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Solar water heating is nothing new

Here’s an advertisement from a May 1996 Ontario newspaper: “Hot water produced … by our system of solar heating, a valuable invention especially adapted to this climate,” read the ad from G.B. Southard of Ontario. Oops, that’s a mistake. That ad was actually from 1896. Solar heating 118 years ago? How can that be? Actually, solar water heating is hardly ...

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S.A. ranks among top 10 cities for solar power

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SAN ANTONIO — A top 10 list has shed some light on the importance of solar power in San Antonio. Fast Company reported that the Alamo City is the only Texas metropolitan area among the nation’s leaders for solar power. One Block Off the Grid, a firm that helps homeowners find suppliers and installers for solar panels, last month wanted ...

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Xcel asks federal regulators to intervene in Boulder’s condemnation bid

Erica Meltzer | Boulder Daily Camera, Colo. Xcel Energy asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday to issue a ruling that Boulder cannot condemn a high voltage transmission line that circles the city without first getting the federal regulators’ permission. The filing made before the federal commission is one more salvo in the ever-widening legal war between Boulder and ...

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