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More solar coming to region

DENVER — Tri-State, the power provider for San Isabel Electric and other rural cooperatives, will partner on a 30-megawatt solar farm to be built about 20 miles north of Trinidad in Las Animas County, the company announced Tuesday A 30-megawatt farm can power 7,000 or more homes, based on industry estimates. It is Denver-based Tri-State’s first utility-scale solar project in ...

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Hawaii next center for green energy innovation

Hawaii’s leading the nation in its quest to stamp out oil and gas in favor of renewables. Hawaii Governor David Ige has also effectively refused to use liquefied natural gas as a transition from coal to renewables. Instead, he favors shifting directly to renewables – 100 percent by 2045. This bold move could benefit Hawaii’s economy by fueling investments in ...

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Backers of wind power, solar seeking Nebraska tax credits

LINCOLN, Neb. — With Nebraska facing pressure to meet more stringent federal emission requirements, renewable energy advocates will push again next year for a state tax credit aimed at wind farms and solar projects. Supporters have spent the summer meeting with senators in hopes of passing the production tax credit, which was narrowly defeated by lawmakers this year. “It offers ...

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Unlikely allies on energy, Minnesota and North Dakota are pushed to work together under the Clean Power plan

Minnesota and North Dakota may need to make nice over energy policy. The two states have been fighting in federal court for two years over Minnesota’s cross-border restrictions on coal-based electricity. Now, the federal government’s even-more-sweeping regulations to cut coal power plant greenhouse gas emissions are pushing states to work together. “Pretty clearly there are benefits to consumers and power ...

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EDITORIAL: Congress should extend the tax credit for solar energy installations

Solar energy is becoming increasingly important as a way for homeowners and businesses to lower their electricity costs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. An essential element in the growth of this renewable energy source is a federal tax credit that is due to run out. It may be too much to ask, given the current political atmosphere, but Congress ...

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Google and solar panels

Thanks to Google, people all over the U.S., including the Appalachia region, will be able to see if solar power is worth it. On Monday, Google launched its newest and early version of what the company is calling Project Sunroof. While only in the beginning stages, Project Sunroof is currently only available in two California regions and in Boston. However, ...

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OPINION: Can California turn the West green?

California’s leaders quickly saluted last week when President Barack Obama released his Clean Power Plan, a 1,500-page proposal that would dramatically reduce the nation’s dependence on coal. We’re already there, or at least we think we are. At the Legislature’s urging, California’s private utilities have weaned themselves from coal, and public power agencies are ending their contracts with out-of-state coal ...

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