The Energy 202: The EPA is targeting biofuels. Chuck Grassley isn’t happy.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Iowa congressional delegation and the Environmental Protection Agency, led by Scott Pruitt, are on a collision course over an issue central to the economic viability of biofuels — and to the farmers in Iowa growing the corn and other agricultural products that go into them.

Largest Michigan Solar Park Begins Commercial Operation

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The 200,000-panel array broke ground in 2016 and is spread across more than 250 acres. The facility is estimated to produce sufficient clean energy to power 11,000 homes.

The Myth That ‘Business’ Hated Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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But the Clean Power Plan, which which would have required states to meet certain individualized targets to limit emissions from existing power plants, was also supported by a wide array of businesses. Many big companies that have publicly pledged to reduce their environmental footprint would have been happy to see a shift toward more renewable energy, and even stood to benefit from it if it brought their energy costs down. The divide highlights something that is becoming increasingly obvious as the Trump administration rolls back various Obama-era policies: The business world isn’t a monolith, and some benefit from regulations that others detest.

US stands to save billions through renewable energy usage

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Rolling out and extending existing US renewable energy standards nationwide could save hundreds of billions of dollars in health and environmental costs by 2050, a new study has found.

Making Maryland Homes More Affordable with Energy Efficiency

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Since 2012, Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has administered the state’s limited-income energy efficiency programs. The programs have been effective in delivering substantial energy savings for each participating household, but overall participation has been low. This report documents the development, successes, and challenges of DHCD’s programs. Our findings rely on information collected from Maryland stakeholders, public program filings, discussions with leading energy efficiency professionals, and ACEEE’s past best practices research. We conclude by identifying several opportunities to improve future program performance.

Could Evaporation Be a Significant Source of Renewable Energy?

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One drawback of wind and solar power is intermittency, resulting in the need for energy storage. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, biophysicist Ozgur Sahin explains how evaporation from lakes and reservoirs could be transformed into a stable source of renewable energy.