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January 11, 2016

SolarCity to cut 550 jobs, uproot Nev. operations

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:53:06

SolarCity Corp. released a statement Wednesday that it plans to cut 550 jobs in Nevada and shift operations to more “business-friendly” states after regulators approved higher utility fees for rooftop solar. That chunk of workforce includes a Las Vegas training facility and nearly all of SolarCity’s Nevada workers, though, company spokeswoman Chandler Sherman said, “We will keep some staff in the state to service existing customers.” This is SolarCity’s first major layoff. [ read more … ]

Researchers push to find the next generation of energy

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:54:05

Emily Heaton says clean energy from the 12-foot tall miscanthus she grows at an Iowa State University farm can help cut the carbon that’s warming the planet. “I should be able to start my truck or turn on my lights at home, and it makes the air cleaner,” said Heaton, a 37-year-old agronomy professor who is researching how to use perennial grasses to cost-effectively generate electricity and fuel.
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Texas governor urges constitutional reset over federal ‘threat’

Mike Lee and Edward Klump, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:53:40

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called last week for a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution and roll back what he called overreach by the executive branch and the Supreme Court. Abbott, a Republican, cited U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and the Endangered Species Act as prime examples of “government run amok.” His “Texas Plan” proposed nine changes to the Constitution that he said would put power back into the hands of the people. [ read more … ]

5 Solar Energy Trends for 2016 in the Residential Market

by Sarah Lozanova, Triple Pundit  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:51:46

The U.S. has enough installed solar energy capacity to power 4.6 million homes. Solar energy accounted for 32 percent of total new power generation in 2014, exceeding coal and wind energy but lagging behind natural gas. In just nine years, the installed cost of solar energy has fallen by more than 73 percent – setting up the industry for explosive growth. [ read more … ]

Utilities, enviros agree to ax coal

By Ted Sickinger, Portland Oregonian  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:50:38

Environmentalists and officials at Oregon’s two largest utility companies have reached an agreement that could radically change the state’s electric supply in an agreement that looks to double renewable energy by 2040 and eliminate its dependance on coal by 2035. The groups plan to introduce the bill in the 2016 legislative session. If the bill is enacted, environmentalists have agreed to drop ballot measures that would require additional changes. [ read more … ]

Enviros wield TransCanada challenge against trade deal

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-01-10 14:51:21

Environmentalists are seizing on TransCanada Corp.’s twin legal challenges against President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal pending before Congress. The company, which is hoping to build the pipeline from Alberta into the United States to largely carry oil sands crude, accused the White House of flouting the Constitution and international norms. And many supporters of the project in Congress are rallying to its side. [ read more … ]

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