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For years, one of the big arguments against solar energy is that it’s too expensive for consumers, and can’t compete price-wise with conventional electricity produced by burning fossil fuel in utility plants.

But that may be changing. Two new studies indicate that solar is getting affordable more quickly than expected, and that it’s on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices for most of the United States in just two years.

One study, by Deutsche Bank energy analyst Vishal Shaw, isn’t yet available on the financial institution’s website, but its...

Lt. General Richard Zilmer is not a climate scientist, but he knows how to prepare for a risky situation — and climate change, he says, is looming.

“Energy is a national security issue,” Zilmer said. “This is not just an issue that will go away tomorrow.”

Zilmer and Michele Combs, chairwoman of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, a grassroots group advocating for renewable energy, met with North Carolina political, community and business leaders in Raleigh last week about energy reform...

FORT DIX, N.J., Sept. 27, 2013 -- Mosaic, America's first online marketplace to offer solar investments to the public, presents the first major US military solar project to be funded by the public. This is a historic opportunity for Americans to invest in the nation's energy independence and troop preparedness. Online today, investors large and small in the state of California, can put their dollars to work investing in solar panels on military housing.

Mosaic is offering investments in a 12.3 Megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) energy installation across 547 homes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. This base, located in New...

POLITICS:

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Clean energy may still be fighting words in Congress, but conservative and liberal states are often talking the same language, according to a report that finds support for using less fossil fuel in some unlikely places.

It asserts that an energy "transformation" is underway in disparate states, including Republican ones, as public officials, businesses and city leaders pursue efforts to...

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in conjunction with the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation host bipartisan briefing - Americans outside the Beltway are "Powering Up" at home, work, and school...saving money, generating economic growth

/PRNewswire/ -- In the face of national political gridlock and inaction on energy reform, Americans...

ClimateWire - Politics: Obama makes a moral case to U.S. for combating climate change
June 26, 2013
Evan Lehmann

In a nationwide speech, President Obama warned of future hazards for new generations and launched an ambitious climate plan that could help define his presidency but may expose Democrats to electoral attacks.

Yesterday's announcement featuring carbon reductions at power plants stands to be the biggest achievement in his two terms on the issue of climate change, even if it falls short of his earlier ambitions to price carbon across...

I am a solar and instrumentation instructor in the integrated energy technology program at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle. I've been installing solar systems for more than 15 years and teaching for the last three and a half.

My concept, along with some of my colleagues, has been to develop a program that not only teaches courses on renewable energy, but also plots a pathway to transition through traditional fuels. While I believe in renewables and transitioning to them as quickly as possible, we need to move toward them with a responsible philosophy that embraces efficiency, conservationism and intelligent planning...

To achieve true energy security, the United States badly needs a single federal energy policy and a new White House council to make it happen, retired Marine Corps General Jim Jones said this week at the annual conference of the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E).

The recommendation was just one part of a comprehensive overhaul of federal energy policy that the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a Beltway think tank Jones helps run, called for in a report released Wednesday.

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson called on President Barack Obama to come up with a cohesive 30-year national energy policy that would develop all forms of energy, but slash carbon emissions and shrink the trade deficit.

"The commission needs to include a broad cross-section of energy producers and energy consumers, and they should be given a straightforward charge: Develop a plan to improve our standard of living by extending the duration of the natural gas and tight oil 'dividend' for as long as possible," Akerson said Wednesday at the IHS CERA energy conference in Houston.

For Akerson and GM, his remarks...

As U.S. oil and natural gas production booms, the Obama administration's energy policy has been "fluid" by necessity to adapt to the huge economic opportunities and climate challenges posed by growth, the top White House energy and climate adviser said on Wednesday.

In a speech to a room packed with energy analysts and lobbyists, Obama adviser Heather Zichal acknowledged that U.S. energy policy "might not look perfectly pretty from the outside" as it evolves to shifting supply-and-demand scenarios.

"It is a...

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