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Renewable energy advocates say utility’s fee is unfair

BILLINGS, Mont. — A proposed fee for some Montana-Dakota Utilities customers who use their own wind or solar power has drawn opposition from renewable energy backers who say the company is trying to stifle small-scale electricity generation. The fee is built into a 21-percent rate increase that’s proposed for about 26,000 eastern Montana customers. The Bismarck, North Dakota-based utility says ...

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Editorial: NM’s big-time power play

The road from Artesia to Hobbs — which cuts through the bustling oil-producing town of Loco Hills — is as crowded and active now as before world oil prices began to plummet last fall. And more oil- and gas-related facilities are planned or under way, such as a massive center in Jal to transfer sand from rail cars to the ...

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Texas solar company shining across the nation

Austin, Texas-based solar company Circular Energy is branching out of the lone star state and headed east in a new business venture. A national provider of solar energy solutions for commercial and industrial customers, Circular Energy recently announced its expansion to Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. In a press release, Circular announced Rob Liflander will lead the expansion ...

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Opinion: Behold the use of solar power

A plane that uses only solar power landed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii last Friday after being flown across the Pacific Ocean. The flight was the most dangerous part of the plane’s planned 35,000-kilometer trip around the world. The trip is being made without using any conventional fuel. The name of the plane is Solar Impulse 2. Pilot Andre ...

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Obama works to expand solar energy for all Americans

President Barack Obama is continuing the push for more solar energy into the mainstream as the White House revealed a handful of initiatives to make the energy source accessible to lower-income households. Solar may fall in price year after year, but the majority of panels in homes are skewed towards the upper-classes of America. According to a George Washington University ...

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On gas, nuclear, hydro, Vermont ducks energy problems

MONTPELIER, Vt. — When Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin said the ban was “in keeping with our environmental ethic and our protection of our natural resources.” But the state is likely on the verge of a big increase in the use of fracked gas from Canada. The aging ...

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New Mexico recognized for clean energy

CARLSBAD — In a new study about states leading in clean energy development, New Mexico was recognized as a clean energy state, despite recent criticisms from the state’s attorney general. The new report, released Monday by the Clean Energy States Alliance, is called, “Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies.” The alliance is a nonprofit group with ...

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White House rallies investors to commit $4 billion to clean energy

WASHINGTON – The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said. The administration issued a call to action early in the year asking them to make commitments on clean energy innovation, and “we’ve seen a really ...

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Exxon CEO on renewable energy: ‘We choose not to lose money on purpose’

Exxon Mobil Corp. is unlikely to adopt a climate change resolution initiative, the Houston Business Journal reports. CEO Rex Tillerson and shareholders collectively rejected environmental activists’ proposals for climate-conscious additions, including a global warming expert on the board of directors. Activists in the company’s home base of Irving ultimately hope the company shift their focus away from oil and gas ...

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