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Our understanding of the global need to act, and the state of renewable energy policy and news are rapidly evolving in Oregon, nationally and internationally. This monthly resource will keep you up-to-date with what's new both in OREP and renwewable energy conversations from around the planet. These articles are further archived under the navigation menus listed in red below.

From local communities to national policy decisions, informed and engaged citizens will advance the transition to locally-owned and locally-generated clean renewable energy. We encourage you to check back regularly.

May 2016
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Policy News: World FiT News

Ontario: Canada's energy transition success story; Pembina Institute, June 15, 2015

Policy News: Utility Adaptation

New York's Full Value Tariff Could Be a Radical Departure From Net Metering; Katherine Tweed, GreenTech:Media, May 16, 2016

Better together: How an organized market can help clean up the western US grid; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, May 11, 2016

RE News: Energy

We Can Stop Searching For The Clean Energy Miracle. It's Already Here.; Joe Romm, Think Progress, May 12, 2016

RE News: Energy & Storage

What SolarCity's new portfolio of grid services can do for utilities; Herman K Trabish, Utility Dive, May 16, 2016


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Policy News: Community RE

How Low-Income Households Can Take Advantage Of Renewable Energy And Efficiency; Marlene Cimons, ThinkProgress, May 13, 2015


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100% RE Cities: RE100 News

Germany nearly reached 100 percent renewable power on Sunday; Craig Morris, Energy Transition, May 11, 2016

More cities — of all sizes — taking the plunge to use 100% renewable energy; Jodi Gralnick, CNBC, Mar 13, 2016

RE News: Energy

PSE&G looks for State Approval to Spend $275 Million on Solar Farms; Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight, May 12, 2016

Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are 'Off'?; Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, May 7, 2016

RE News: Solar

Utilities, greens still miles apart on solar valuation, new report shows; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, May 12, 2016

Policy News: Utility Adaptation

Not Just Illegal, Targeting Solar Facilities With Fees is Poor Policy; John Farrell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, May 12, 2016

Environment: Climate

How scared or hopeful should we be in a warming world?; Clive Hamilton, The Guardian, May 12, 2016

Environment: Society

Nation's Fastest-Growing Job Only for Those Who Like to Get High; Jennifer Oldham, Bloomberg, May 12, 2016

RE News: Energy & Storage

Electric Cars to Rival Tesla's Powerwall in Nissan Deal; Ania Nussbaum & Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, May 11, 2016


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Policy News: Community RE [World FiT News]

Social Benefits of Renewable Energies: Creating the Environment for Societal Ownership – Lessons learned from Germany's Energiewende; Dr Sebastian Helgenberger, IASS Potsdam Blog, Mar 10, 2016

Environment: Climate

Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated, Part 1; Joe Romm, Think Progress, May 10, 2016

RE News: Solar

Conservation Groups Hail New "Smart from the Start" Solar Report; Defenders of Wildlife, YubaNet, May 10, 2016

RE News: Energy & Storage

Why Used Electric Car Batteries Could Be Crucial To A Clean Energy Future; Joe Romm, Think Progress, May 9, 2016

100% RE Cities: RE100 News

Where in the world have we achieved 100% renewable power?; Cassie Werber, Quartz, Dec 18, 2015

Policy News: Utility Adaptation

The 10 Worst States for Solar Power; Julian Spector, Mother Jones, May 9, 2016

RE News: World FiT News

NAFTA Tribunal Issues Ruling in Mesa Power-Canada Case; International Centre for Trade & Sustainable Development, May 4, 2016


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100% RE Cities: RE100 News

Here's what it would take for the US to run on 100% renewable energy; David Roberts, Vox, May 3, 2016

RE News: Energy

Buffett vs. Musk: The clash of old and new energy titans; Daniel Rothberg, Las Vegas Sun, May 2, 2016


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Policy News: US FiT News

At 16.4 MW, largest U.S. rooftop solar array will utilize LA muni's feed-in-tariff; Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, May 3, 2016

RE News: Solar

SunEdison Is Not Solyndra: Why 2016 Looks So Different From 2011; Clint Wilder, Clean Edge, May 01, 2016

DTE Energy, City of Detroit partner to convert blighted land into solar array and neighborhood park; PennEnergy, Mar 30, 2016


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RE News: Storage & Integration

Tesla will install more energy storage with Solarcity in 2016 than the USA installed in 2015; John Fitzgerald Weaver, electrek, Apr 25, 2016

Policy News: Oregon FiT/RE News

Oregon Solar News: Policy Update 4/19/16; Jeff Bissonette, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association

Policy News: World FiT News

German PV auctions reach record low price, but most bids still lose; Craig Morris, Energy Transition, Apr 27, 2016

Environment: Climate

Curbing Methane Pollution Could be Our Best Bet for Slowing Climate Change; Emma Foehringer Merchant, Newsweek, Apr 29, 2016

Massive Victory for 7 Kids in Climate Change Lawsuit in Washington State; Our Children's Trust, EcoWatch, Apr 29, 2016

Policy News: RE Policy Innovation

Exploring How Cities Can Switch To A Low-Carbon Energy Grid; Joshua S Hill, CleanTechnica, April 28th, 2016


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