This week in renewable energy: 12/6/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Global progress

  • Joe Recchie's Community Renewable EnergyThis week, President Obama unveiled ambitious clean energy goals. By 2020, he wants all federal agencies to derive 20% of their energy from renewable sources. From the AP report:

Obama said the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.

  • By 2025, solar power will be “cost competitive with natural gas” in America, according to a new report from Lux Research. (Forbes)
  • Social entrepreneurs in Africa are making sure communities have access to clean, safe solar power. (The Guardian)
  • Japan continues its shift away from nuclear power toward reliable, safe solar power. (Financial Times)

Midwest renewables

  • Ohio policymakers cancelled a vote on the state’s renewable energy standard. Senate Bill 58 has been strongly opposed by environmentalists and those who wish to see Ohio invest in more renewable energy and more local renewable energy. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The USDA’s Rural Utilities Service will now offer loans to rural electric co-ops. “Currently, loans are given to the cooperatives for energy infrastructure projects such as power transmission and distribution, but they are not permitted to give money to homeowners.” (DesMoines Register)
  • Ohio farms are saving money and protecting the environment by installing solar panels. (Farm and Dairy)

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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