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Xcel Energy Commits to 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2050 | Greentech Media

Xcel plans to cut its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2030, and be entirely carbon-free two decades later across the eight Western and Midwestern states where it operates. This target represents a first for the electric power industry. We’re accelerating … Continue reading

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Renewable energy threatens to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt. – Vox

The centralized, top-down power grid is outdated. Time for a bottom-up redesign. Source: Renewable energy threatens to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt. – Vox

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The Energy 202: The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy – The Washington Post

The newly minted governors, all of them Democrats, will serve from California to Maine and aim to inch the United States closer to meeting its emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement at a time when the federal government under Trump is … Continue reading

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Renewable energy is catching up to natural gas much faster than anyone thought – Vox

The cost of natural gas power is tethered to the commodity price of natural gas, which is inherently volatile. The price of controllable, storable renewable energy is tethered only to technology costs, which are going down, down, down. Source: Renewable … Continue reading

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Chicago Tops List of Greenest Office Markets

More than half of the CEP cities are on the list, with Chicago claiming first place as the greenest American office market. Chicago’s win is thanks to its rapidly improving building stock; 69 percent of the city’s office space square … Continue reading

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Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to renewables and storage | Utility Dive

In January, the utility solicited notably low bid prices for wind-plus-storage, $21/MWh, as well as $36/MWh for solar-plus-storage, some of the lowest bids for renewable energy plus storage on record. Source: Colorado approves Xcel plan to retire coal, shift to … Continue reading

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U.S. solar growth dimmed a bit in 2017, but Minnesota’s picture stayed brighter | MinnPost

America’s advancing solar-energy sector stumbled last year, according to a new industry analysis, as the tally of newly installed capacity fell for the first time since 2010.Minnesota, however, stood out as a major exception, with strong growth continuing thanks to … Continue reading

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Take the Energy Efficiency Quiz

Are you an energy czar, an ignoramus, or something in between? Take our energy efficiency quiz and find out if you know which appliances save energy. Source: Take the Energy Efficiency Quiz from Constellation

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As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation. Source: As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

“An ideal climate policy would reduce carbon emissions, limit regulatory intrusion, promote economic growth, help working-class Americans and prove durable when the political winds change. We have laid out such a plan in a paper to be released Wednesday by the Climate … Continue reading

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