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Grid parity: Why electric utilities should struggle to sleep at night

03/27/2014

Washington Post - What’s good news for those concerned with climate change, and bad news for electric utilities? That’s grid parity, which is sometimes called socket parity. It exists when an alternative energy source generates electricity at a cost match

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VEC first Wisconsin utility to construct community-owned solar

03/22/2014

Vernon Electric Cooperative (VEC) is bringing community-owned solar to Wisconsin. In partnership with national community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC), VEC will provide any member in its service territory the opportunity to own individual

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NYT - Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate

03/19/2014

The report warns that the effects of human emissions of heat-trapping gases are already being felt, that the ultimate consequences could be dire, and that the window to do something about it is closing.

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Poll: 75% of US Homeowners Say Utilities Shouldn’t Block Solar

03/14/2014

Consumers want more choice. And they’re open to buying solar power from the utility or a third party.

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UCS - Michigan Can Triple Its Use of Renewable Energy at Virtually No Additional Cost

03/13/2014

With Governor Snyder’s recent announcement of clean energy goals for Michigan, the conversation is quickly developing around the future role of renewable energy in the state.

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Minnesota becomes first state to set ‘value of solar’ tariff

03/13/2014

Minnesota utility regulators on Wednesday approved the nation’s first statewide formula for calculating the value of customer-generated solar power.

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Solar-generated electricity a powerful success story

03/10/2014

NYT -The average price of a solar panel has declined an estimated 60 percent since the beginning of 2011, and this year the total photovoltaic capacity in the United States is projected to reach 10 gigawatts, the energy equivalent of several nuclear power

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Minnesota solar industry enters boom phase

03/10/2014

The major driver is a solar law requiring the state’s larger utilities to get 1.5 percent of their energy from the sun by 2020. Minnesota can expect exponential growth in solar power over the next seven years under the state’s new energy law, a state Com

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Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative opens solar facility

03/10/2014

WINCHESTER — Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative held a ribbon cutting for its new 500 kilowatt solar facility which is located south of Winchester on Illinois Route 106, next to one of the substations that serves the cooperative’s 7,800 members.

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US Solar Market Grew 41%, Had Record Year in 2013

03/05/2014

Weighted average PV system prices fell 15 percent in 2013, reaching a new low of $2.59 per watt in the fourth quarter.

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