News Release | Environment America

Cities Leading the Solar Revolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The amount of solar energy installed in the U.S. has increased 200-fold since 2002, and cities are playing a critical role, according to a new report from Environment America. The report, ‘Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,’ a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. 

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144 Members of Congress Urge Investment in Clean Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of Congress from both parties – representing more than a quarter of each chamber – called for an extension of federal tax credits for wind energy today. In the Senate, Mark Udall (D-CO) and Charles Grassley (R-IA) were joined by 24 of their peers on a letter to Senate Finance Committee leadership calling for a renewal of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind energy. 118 members of the House joined a companion letter led by Iowa Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Steve King (R-IA).

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Progress on Solar Energy is Fueling Job Growth in States

The steady growth of solar energy across the country is leading to significant employment in almost every state, according to according to the national Solar Jobs Census released today by The Solar Foundation. 

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Solar Energy Should be Key Part of America’s Energy Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Foundation (TSF), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, today released its fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census, which found that the U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 Americans in 2013. That figure includes the addition of 23,682 solar jobs over the previous year, representing 19.9 percent growth in employment since September 2012. Solar employment grew 10 times faster than the national average employment growth rate of 1.9 percent in the same period.

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Clean Energy Tax Incentives Set to Expire, Extension Should Be New Year Priority

Washington, D.C. – With federal clean energy tax credits for wind power (the Production Tax Credit for onshore wind and the Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind) set to expire on Dec. 31, Environment America Federal Global Warming Program Director Julian Boggs issued the following statement:

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Massive Conservation Coalition Calls for Bold Action to Advance Offshore Wind Power

Washington, D.C. -- With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, more than 230 faith, conservation, and public health organizations; small businesses; and elected officials joined Environment America, the National Wildlife Federation, Conservation Law Foundation, and Southern Environmental Law Center Wednesday in a letter supporting swift, bold action by the Obama administration to facilitate the development of offshore wind power.

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Wind Energy Slashes Climate and Air Pollution, Saves Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wind energy is on the rise in America and is providing huge environmental benefits for the country, according to a new report released today by Environment America. 

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Obama Administration Hits Second Milestone for Offshore Wind this Summer

Washington, D.C. -- Offshore wind companies will bid today in the second competitive auction in America for an area off our coasts to develop offshore wind energy. The area being auctioned is off the coast of Virginia and could generate enough wind energy to power about 700,000 homes. The first U.S. competitive auction for an offshore wind energy area, a huge milestone in clean energy in America, was held in late July for areas off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island that could power more than 1 million homes. Environment America’s Clean Energy Program Director, Rob Sargent, released the following statement in response:

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Obama Administration Sets Major Milestone for Offshore Wind in America

Offshore wind companies will bid today in the first competitive auction in America for areas to develop offshore wind energy. The two areas being auctioned are about 10 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the two areas could generate enough wind energy to power more than 1 million homes. 

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New Report Ranks Top 12 States Leading the U.S. in Solar Power

Washington, D.C. – Today, Environment America Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The top 12 solar states ranked by per capita solar  are: Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland.

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