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Group salutes ‘lifetime solar pugilist’ Reid

Source: Christa Marshall, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Solar Energy Industries Association awarded five members of Congress with solar awards, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat, who’s retiring from Congress at the end of this session, was awarded the association’s first “lifetime solar pugilist award,” partly for spearheading the solar investment tax credit in 2005 and pushing to extend it in 2008 and 20

Why It’s So Hard to Get Solar in Florida (That’d Be the Sunshine State)

Source: By NICK STOCKTON, Wired • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

But the Florida amendment is a bit different from what happened in Nevada. This is a compromise measure: Allow people to lease, but give utilities an option to recoup some of their operating money. If you are a Floridian interested in solar energy, this leaves you in a position of deciding who to trust. (Spoiler: Nobody.)

New Mexico celebrates state’s largest solar energy project

Source: By Kayla Root, KRQE • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

State and local leaders celebrated one of New Mexico’s largest solar energy projects Thursday. The Roswell and Chaves County Solar Energy Centers feature approximately 600,000 solar panels. The panels are equipped with trackers that will follow the sun from east to west each day to maximize energy production. That’s enough solar energy to power 40,000 homes.

In Rural Bangladesh, Solar Power Dents Poverty

Source: By Amy Yee, New York Times • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

Kismat Ali is a 33-year-old mason living in Kakhin Bimile, a village a few hours drive from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s crowded capital. He lives in a large brick home on a dirt road with his wife, son, parents and five brothers. This semirural area is off the main electrical grid, so residents rely on kerosene lamps and electricity from wires strung across the village to a noisy privately owned diesel generator. It runs about five hours each night

Coming soon: environment panel’s big makeover

Source: Arianna Skibell and Robin Bravender, E&E reporters • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Senate’s oddest couple is about to break up. Back in 2007, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Jim Inhofe were paired for the first time as their parties’ leaders on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. They represent nearly perfect opposites.

Ohio: Perennial battleground at an energy crossroad

Source: Dylan Brown, E&E reporter • Posted: Friday, October 7th, 2016

Ohio is seeing a flurry of energy development across all sectors. Gov. John Kasich (R) rolled back regulations as natural gas has soared, but despite the fact that the Republican-controlled state Legislature abandoned renewable targets, wind and solar are surging, as well. “Clean energy is a lot about common sense,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council.

The future belongs to clean energy

Source: By Anders Runevad, The Guardian • Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As we close out a summer marked by uncertainty in news and events, one trend for which analysts voice increasing certainty is the accelerating pace of the clean-energy transformation reshaping how the world generates electricity. With increasing speed, global energy markets are turning away from fossil fuels and towards wind and other renewable sources, not just because they’re clean but because they’re cheaper, more competitive energy choices and offer a level of long-term certainty more price-volatile fossil fuels just can’t match.

Canada to create one agency to oversee offshore renewable energy projects

Source: By Brett Ruskin, CBC News • Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Canada is working on new rules for regulating offshore renewable energy projects, currently a patchwork of laws and procedures that can cause friction between producers and local communities. The federal government is working on a set of comprehensive rules for approving and monitoring offshore energy projects and a single regulatory board to oversee them. It’s reviewing similar legislation in United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and the United States.

The Paris climate agreement is entering into force. Now comes the hard part

Source: By Chris Mooney and Brady Dennis, Washington Post • Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ratify the Paris climate accord, a move that will make the sweeping international agreement a legal reality long before even those who negotiated it expected. “We made the deal in Europe, and we make it a reality in Europe,” Miguel Arias Cañete, the E.U.’s climate and energy commissioner, said on Twitter after the vote.

Obama celebrates Paris ratification

Source: Hannah Hess, E&E reporter • Posted: Thursday, October 6th, 2016

President Obama hailed the ratification today of the Paris climate agreement. The deal negotiated in December crossed the threshold for entry into force with the announcement that 72 countries, accounting for about 57 percent of the world’s emissions, have now officially signed on. “This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got,” Obama said in an address from the Rose Garden