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IRS: Renewables Companies May Be Double-Dipping Federal Subsidies

IRS: Renewables Companies May Be Double-Dipping Federal Subsidies

Policy: Federally subsidized wind turbine and solar facility owners may be double-dipping federal subsidies, according to a report by a division of the Internal Revenue Service.
Solar Project Would Infringe Tribes' Salt Songs

Solar Project Would Infringe Tribes' Salt Songs

Solar Thermal: Building the 3,277-acre concentrating solar project "will cause irreparable adverse impacts" to cultural landscapes important to the Pahrump Paiute and nearby Native people.
Study: California Could Replace San Onofre Nuke With Renewables

Study: California Could Replace San Onofre Nuke With Renewables

Policy: A study by a renowned alternative energy thinktank holds that California could replace San Onofre by conserving energy and increasing rooftop solar.
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Poll: Californians Support Carbon Cap and Trade

Poll: Californians Support Carbon Cap and Trade

Climate Change: Californians support the state's new cap and trade system of auctioning greenhouse gas emission permits by a margin of two to one, according to a poll released today -- including a majority of Republicans.
California Schools Are Going Solar

California Schools Are Going Solar

Solar: California's schools are leading the way to a solar future, according to a new report released today.
Second Presidential Debate: More Energy, But Not On Renewables

Second Presidential Debate: More Energy, But Not On Renewables

Policy: There was some mention of renewable energy in Tuesday's Presidential debate, but if you sneezed during the proceedings you may well have missed it.
Five Reasons Why Stock Market Pundits Are Wrong About the Death of Solar

Five Reasons Why Stock Market Pundits Are Wrong About the Death of Solar

Policy: Investment pundits are declaring solar "over" these days. But they're badly wrong, for a handful of reasons.
Imperial Valley Utility Expects to Beat State Renewable Energy Goals

Imperial Valley Utility Expects to Beat State Renewable Energy Goals

Policy: The state's third-largest public utility expects to surpass California's renewable power requirements.
Commercial Renewable Energy Loans Take Off as Residential Program Stalls

Commercial Renewable Energy Loans Take Off as Residential Program Stalls

Policy: A new program launched this week in 14 California counties allows commercial property owners to finance energy upgrades and pay the loan off through their property tax bills.
One Company's Solar Sexism Fail

One Company's Solar Sexism Fail

Solar: A Tennessee solar company shoots itself in the foot with sexist advertising.
GOP Rep Pushes to Decentralize the Grid

GOP Rep Pushes to Decentralize the Grid

Government: House Resolution 762 exhorts communities to develop distributed generation -- and it was written by a Tea Party Republican.
California a Step Closer to Carbon Cap and Trade

California a Step Closer to Carbon Cap and Trade

Policy: California has reached a crucial, if forbiddingly wonky, milestone in the implementation of its Cap and Trade program.
Corporate or Community Energy? San Diegans May Get to Choose

Corporate or Community Energy? San Diegans May Get to Choose

Policy: A non-profit would provide San Diegans with a way to choose renewable energy without even flipping a switch.
Antelope Valley Solar Ranch Vandalized

Antelope Valley Solar Ranch Vandalized

Photovoltaic (PV): Someone was mad enough at the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch that they took a reciprocating saw to a transmission line and water pipe this month.
Report: Public-Owned Utilities Need Improvement on Renewables

Report: Public-Owned Utilities Need Improvement on Renewables

Policy: California's ten largest publicly owned utilities have made significant renewable energy gains, but some have a lot more work to do.
Scientists Discuss Renewable Energy's Effect on Wildlife

Scientists Discuss Renewable Energy's Effect on Wildlife

Wildlife: Renewable development, if done carelessly, can harm wildlife populations. Scientists gathering in Oakland this week discuss how, and why we need to do better.
Republican Elder Statesman Calls for Carbon Tax

Republican Elder Statesman Calls for Carbon Tax

Policy: Admitting the possibility of climate change is enough to get you drummed out of the GOP these days, but Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz is taking it a lot further.