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Minnesota regulators want Xcel to cut wait time for connecting solar to its grid

by Frank Jossi, Energy News Network Minnesota utility regulators want the state’s largest power company to pick up the pace on connecting small solar projects to its grid. Xcel Energy’s interconnection process has emerged as a bottleneck in the state’s clean energy transition, with some home and business owners having to wait months or years to connect solar panels to the company’s power…
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Ethanol isn’t as green as you might think, researchers say

A corn field in Hamilton County, Nebraska. A recent study found that corn ethanol backed by the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard increased corn prices by 30%. (Courtesy: Taylor Siebert/Unsplash)Follow @EngelsAngle A study found that the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard has failed to meet greenhouse gas emission targets but increased corn prices by 30%. The carbon intensity of corn ethanol supported by…
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Duke Energy aims to double renewable energy capacity by 2030

The Duke owned and operated, 912 MW Los Vientos Wind Farm in Texas (Courtesy: Duke Energy)Follow @EngelsAngle Duke Energy said it plans to double its renewable energy capacity by the end of the decade, and stop generating electricity from coal by 2035. CEO Lynn Good announced the plans during a call with investors on Feb. 10. The announcement comes as Duke intends to deploy $63 billion of…
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Wind project off North Carolina coast gets overwhelming support

Wind turbines can and do kill birds, but conservationists view the climate crisis as an exponentially greater danger. Credit: Neil / Creative CommonsBy Elizabeth Ouzts, Energy News Network Birders and organized labor dominated a recent public comment period, while beach towns were mostly mum. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will now consider the input ahead of an anticipated auction this…
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