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Renewable-energy backers tout support in Ohio poll


More than 70 percent of Ohioans support the state’s renewable-energy requirements, according to a poll paid for by a clean-energy business group. The poll results were released this week as the Ohio Senate is considering a proposal that would rewrite the requirements. State law says that electricity utilities must meet an escalating series of benchmarks for renewable energy and energy ...

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Akon Lighting Africa hopes to bring solar power to 1 million households


By Lydia Gilbertson | Google+ Modern society is powered by electricity. From our cellphones to our air conditioners, it is essential to thrive in the contemporary world.  Sadly, almost a century after the invention of the light bulb, the majority of Africa is still unable to access the power grid leaving the continent’s economic development to struggle severely. African countries ...

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Deal-making ahead as China president visits France

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LYON, France (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping was the toast of France as he embarked on a state visit — and what better time just days after China ended an anti-dumping, anti-subsidy investigation of French wine. Deal-making and commemorations of a half-century of French diplomatic ties with Communist China were the order of business during Xi’s three-day visit, part ...

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Changes to community solar bill draw criticism

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HARTFORD — Efforts to bring renewable energy to a broader group of Connecticut residents have been dealt a setback by the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology committee. But the so-called community solar bill isn’t completely dead. The legislation, House Bill 5412, was folded into Senate Bill 353, which the Energy and Technology panel moved out of committee last week. The ...

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Regulators to decide solar power vs. natural gas

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ST. PAUL, Minn. —(AP)– Minnesota utility regulators heard competing bids Tuesday as they decide whether solar power or natural gas should generate additional electricity for Xcel Energy’s 1.2 million customers in the state. The decision marks the first time the two energy sources have competed head-to-head on price before the state Public Utilities Commission, which is scheduled to decide the ...

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Midwest Energy contracts for “community” solar array

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HAYS — Midwest Energy electricity customers will soon have an opportunity to buy into solar energy generation without having to install solar panels on their homes or businesses. The Hays-based utility has signed an agreement with community solar developer Clean Energy Collective of Colorado to build a 1 megawatt solar photovoltaic array, according to an announcement from the companies. The ...

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