Blue ‘n Red States Go Green, Energy Efficiency SavesTrillions, and More!



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New US solar capacity beat out dirty natural gas in the first half of 2014, and that’s not even counting small scale solar power projects. Way to go!

In Texas, abundant land, simple permitting, and lots of transmission lines mightmake this the next solar boom state. In California, solar replaces fossil fuels, as a solar farm arises from an old oil & gas field.

And the energy independence of rooftop solar has one Tea Party Activist promotingsolar.



A team of Thomas Reuters analysts predicts that solar will be the dominant form of power by 2025 worldwide, based on emerging fronts in solar technology, particularly the evolution of organic solar cells, the rising efficiency of standard cells, and new ways to store solar energy.

A NY Times piece notes that the German commitment to a renewable energy transition has slashed prices on solar and wind power, reports Seth Zuckerman at ClimateCast, bringing them close to being competitive with standard utility prices.


Check it out here, right now!

In Africa, a Mother Jones piece highlights how rural Tanzanian villages are fighting poverty with solar power.



The many ways improved energy efficiency benefits the world’s economies. GHG signifies greenhouse gases, the carbon emissions created from burning fossil fuels.Source: International Energy Agency

Efficiency Upgrades to Save Economies $18 Trillion Via Health, Productivity Benefits equaling or surpassing the resulting energy savings, says a new analysis by the International Energy Agency, reports Joe Romm at Climate Progress.

OO UK: Cutting Carbon Emissions Might
Improve Economy By Upping Efficiency
– says a more realistic analysis than previous ones, which assumed markets were already efficient.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.


For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week


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OO Energy Efficiency Is The Most Important New “Fuel” – since the energy demand that is fulfilled by the energy it saves rivals that of fossil fuels, says a new IEA study.


OO Hope For Clean Economy As $20 Billion In Green Bonds Are Issued In 2014

OO Post-Fukushima Japan Turns To Offshore Wind And Solar

OO New England: Efficiency, Renewables Slows Rise In Energy Demand– it’s predicted to offset most of the increased demand for electricity over the next decade, said electric grid officials. Thursday.


Blue And Red States Going Green On Energy Policy reports Wendy Koch atUSA Today as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support.

About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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