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NRG spinoff buys into giant California solar farm

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A spinoff of NRG Energy is buying 25 percent interest in the massive new Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in southern California for $285 million.
In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Solar as fastest growing U.S. power source rivals shale boom

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Solar power capacity in the U.S. has jumped 20-fold since 2008 as companies including Apple Inc. use it to reduce their carbon footprint. Rooftop panels are sprouting on homes from suburban New York to Phoenix, driven by suppliers such as SolarCity Corp. and NRG Energy Inc.
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In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, Henry Plange, a power generation engineer, checks temperatures of solar panels at the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Center, in Merritt Island, Fla. Industry experts rank Florida third in the nation in rooftop solar energy potential but 13th in the amount of solar energy generated. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

‘Sunshine State’ or not, Florida badly behind on solar power

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The state’s rules favoring utilities have made unlikely allies of groups like the Sierra Club and the tea party, who view the lack of consumer choice as harmful to the environment and an infringement on personal freedom.
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William Driscoll, 5, of Charlotte, N.C., holds signs as he stands with protestors, including his mother, outside the Duke Energy headquarters before the company's shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 7, 2015. Duke Energy is holding its annual shareholders meeting Thursday, where the company's chief executive officer, Lynn Good, is expected to give an overview of Duke's 2014 performance. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Duke CEO faces contentious shareholders’ meeting

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Demonstrators say the $50 billion company is blocking people from putting solar panels on their roofs.
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Guest commentary: America’s new and improved energy mix

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Demand for alternative energy sources is untethered from oil and natural gas prices, the writers argue.
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Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

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The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.
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Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

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FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.
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Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

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Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.
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A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

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During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]
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Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

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Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.