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Lighting the Way is a guidebook to the US Solar Boom

The Top Ten States that Helped Drive America’s Solar Energy Boom in 2013

By Roy L Hales

Environment California’s report Lighting the Way is a guidebook to the US Solar Boom. The 51 page report, written by Jordan Schneider & Rob Sargent, focuses on 10 key states who collectively possess 87% of US installed capacity.

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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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What Really Happened in Kansas?

By Roy L Hales

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News of Rooftop Solar’s most recent victory reached me on Friday, April 4. The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) issued a press release stating, “Fresh on the heels of recent ALEC defeats in Utah and Washington, the solar industry today declares victory in Kansas. Across the country, many utilities are attacking the solar industry (and the utilities’ own customers) by attempting to eliminate net metering.” Is that what the utilities have been trying to do? What Really Happened in Kansas?
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Utilities Fail to Legislate Washington State’s Net Metering

By Roy L Hales

The latest attempt to curtail net metering just occurred in Washington state. If HB 2176 had passed, utilities companies would have been able to obtain control of  “leased energy” programs. Only the bill has been returned to committee which, as this session is over, means it is dead.
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February 3: The Threat to Colorado’s Rooftop Solar

By Roy L Hales

The relationship between Colorado’s rooftop solar industry and the state’s principal investor owned utility, Xcel, seemed good in 2012. Xcel had reason to be proud of the solar topped schools, homes and libraries that it had partnered with local installers on build. The utility’s annual reports mention being able to provide more electricity with a smaller carbon footprint.
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