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Key Green Funding Bill Not Expected to Clear House

The recent approval by a Senate committee of a bill that would create a federally-funded green energy bank is good news for an industry openly wondering how it will replace key government funding streams scheduled to expire at the end of the year. However, the bill still has to be approved by the Republican-controlled House,…

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The Week in Green Energy: Let’s Get Integrated…

What’s the best way to sell high-performance solar-capture technology like solar photovoltaic panels? Buyout your customers, of course! Specifically, buy the project pipelines of cash-starved independent developers that in better economic times would be purchasing� your PV panels. That’s the strategy adopted for the past couple of years by some well-funded solar companies, including thin-film,…

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Reid Sees Window of Opportunity For Energy Bill After Mid-Terms

Is Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) an avid poll watcher? Of course! The Majority Leader, like many in his party, knows they’re likely to experience some steep losses in the upcoming midterms. The worst- case scenario: Democrats lose their majorities, gained just four years ago, both in the House and Senate. But Reid is undeterred by…

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The Week In Green Energy: The Local Option

A week after the Democratic Senate leadership killed comprehensive energy reform, the onus is on the states to fix the country’s emission and energy problems. We saw the beginnings of this with the release, this week, by the Western Climate Change Initiative (WCI) of a proposal that over the next 10 years would seek to…

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The Week in Green Energy: The end of Cap and Trade, For Now

It was a bad week for the renewable energy sector and the environmental community as a whole. For almost a year, since the House passed the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), there was optimism that the senate would pass its own measure and finally bring forth the long-awaited comprehensive energy and climate change law. Yet, after months of negotiations, compromise and outreach the Senate Democratic leadership on Thursday afternoon decided not to push for legislation capping carbon emissions. They killed the Kerry – Lieberman American Power Act and its controversial cap-and-trade proposal.

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