Washington State carbon tax rejected soundly, again

Initiative Measure No. 1631, a tax of $15/ton on carbon pollution, was rejected 56-43% on almost 2 million votes. It was the most expensive ballot measure ever in the state with over $46 million in advertising dollars spent.

Renewables reduced wholesale power costs by $5.7 billion in Texas

A recent report puts numbers to the power of wind and solar to reduce wholesale prices in ERCOT. And there is a lot more coming.

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Coal decline is good news, but solar will fight for its share against gas

10 GW of coal plants have already retired this year, and this is expected to hit 15.4 GW by the year’s end. But solar will have to compete with the “rush to gas” to replace this capacity.

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After more than a decade, the 500 MW Palen Solar Project is approved

EDF Renewables has gotten final approval from the Bureau of Land Management to move forward on its 500 MW-AC / 627 MW-DC solar power facility in Riverside County, California.

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Koch Brothers say RIP to New Hampshire solar net metering, other targets rising

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch funded group, noted that their work pushed New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu to veto a net metering expansion for 1 to 5 MW projects, even as the Governor said it would benefit the state.

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North Carolina’s climate plan could bring 25 gigawatts of solar (or more)

pv magazine crunched the numbers on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2025, and found huge opportunities for solar.

Wind dominates, solar taking land from gas as cheapest electricity

The Energy Institute at University of Texas, Austin has updated its research on “The Full Cost of Electricity” taking into account further variables such a social costs, as well the changing technological and political marketplaces.

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SunPower still swinging in Q3 results

The high efficiency PV maker is still chasing elusive profitability, but had some major successes this quarter and is optimistic about new technologies and opportunities.

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Distributing knowledge on shared solar energy

IREC has released its National Shared Renewables Scorecard to give insight into various states programs.

New renewables, nuclear bring down U.S. electricity emissions by ~13%

A recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy puts some numbers on how zero-carbon energy has brought down power sector emissions since 2005 – and it is almost all wind and solar.

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