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Issue 286: March 4, 2014
» Could Off-Grid Solar Prices Spur Mass Grid Defection?
The improving economics of battery-backed off-grid solar systems pose a real danger for U.S. utilities, according to a new report by the Rocky Mountain Institute. But utilities say the envisioned 'widespread grid defection' is far from fait accompli. ...more
» Arizona Bills Would Cut Conservation and Declare Nuclear Renewable
The Arizona Corporation Commission's spring agenda will explore the future of distributed energy and the utility model itself. ...more
» Costs of Saving Sage Grouse Gives SE Oregon Co-op 'Heartburn'
A tiny electric cooperative in southeastern Oregon is worried that saving the threatened sage grouse may force it into extinction. Harney Electric Cooperative has more threatened sage grouse in its territory than there are members of the co-op. ...more
» LEDs on Track to Surpass CFLs
LEDs have a slight environmental edge over CFLs and are rapidly surpassing them in efficiency, because LEDs are new technology, which inherently comes with a lot of room for improvement. ...more
» New Mexico, 2014: Where Energy Bills Go to Die
New Mexico's 2014 Legislature has adjourned and turned out the lights on the bevy of bills that sought to forge the state's energy landscape. ...more
» Battle Over Tax Breaks Heats Up Amid U.S. Wind Boom
A record 12.3 GW of wind projects are under construction in the U.S., the vast majority in Texas and the Midwest. But this boom could go bust, pending the outcome of intensifying federal tax-reform efforts. ...more
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