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October 7, 2016

Ohio: Perennial battleground at an energy crossroad

Dylan Brown, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:51:39

Ohio is seeing a flurry of energy development across all sectors. Gov. John Kasich (R) rolled back regulations as natural gas has soared, but despite the fact that the Republican-controlled state Legislature abandoned renewable targets, wind and solar are surging, as well. “Clean energy is a lot about common sense,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council. [ read more … ]

Coming soon: environment panel’s big makeover

Arianna Skibell and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:52:17

The Senate’s oddest couple is about to break up. Back in 2007, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Jim Inhofe were paired for the first time as their parties’ leaders on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. They represent nearly perfect opposites. [ read more … ]

In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty

By Amy Yee, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:52:42

Kismat Ali is a 33-year-old mason living in Kakhin Bimile, a village a few hours drive from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital. He lives in a large brick home on a dirt road with his wife, son, parents and five brothers. This semirural area is off the main electrical grid, so residents rely on kerosene lamps and electricity from wires strung across the village to a noisy privately owned diesel generator. It runs about five hours each night [ read more … ]

Why It’s So Hard to Get Solar in Florida (That’d Be the Sunshine State)

By NICK STOCKTON, Wired  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:53:20

But the Florida amendment is a bit different from what happened in Nevada. This is a compromise measure: Allow people to lease, but give utilities an option to recoup some of their operating money. If you are a Floridian interested in solar energy, this leaves you in a position of deciding who to trust. (Spoiler: Nobody.) [ read more … ]

New Mexico celebrates state’s largest solar energy project

By Kayla Root, KRQE  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:53:02

State and local leaders celebrated one of New Mexico’s largest solar energy projects Thursday. The Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers feature approximately 600,000 solar panels. The panels are equipped with trackers that will follow the sun from east to west each day to maximize energy production. That’s enough solar energy to power 40,000 homes.
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Group salutes ‘lifetime solar pugilist’ Reid

Christa Marshall, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-10-07 06:53:42

The Solar Energy Industries Association awarded five members of Congress with solar awards, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat, who’s retiring from Congress at the end of this session, was awarded the association’s first “lifetime solar pugilist award,” partly for spearheading the solar investment tax credit in 2005 and pushing to extend it in 2008 and 20 [ read more … ]

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