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Van Jones on the Future of Green Jobs

No one can make the pitch for green jobs quite like author and TV news host Van Jones. 

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In Denmark, They're Making Electricity Demand Meet Supply

When demand for electricity spikes, utilities have to ramp up their coal and gas plants. But in Denmark, they're trying to make demand meet supply.

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Grid Needs Upgrades for New Energy Sources

Gregory Reed says the electricity grid needs an upgrade. And he should know. He's Director of the Electric Power Initiative at the University of Pittsburgh, and leads the Grid Technologies Collaborative for the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

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Study: Ohio's Renewable Energy Freeze Slows Wind and Solar

A new law freezing Ohio’s green energy standards has led to significant declines in the state's wind and solar industry, research finds. But that research finding is getting blowback from a key backer of that law.

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Offshore Wind Energy Faces Setbacks in Great Lakes

The United States is not yet generating a watt of energy from commercial offshore wind. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation.  But now some are sounding the death knell for any wind development in the Great Lakes.

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Did Congress Kill Wind Energy Jobs in PA?

In January, Congress cut off an important tax credit for the wind industry. A few weeks later, a company that makes wind turbine blades in Pennsylvania announced it will shut its doors. Did Congress kill wind jobs in Pennsylvania? 

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Stephen Lacey: Is PA Trying to Dial Back Solar?

Solar panel owners can sell their excess solar energy back to the grid through net metering. Pennsylvania is proposing changes to its net metering system, and some solar advocates are worried it could put a drag on the installation of new solar panels. Stephen Lacey, senior editor at Greentech Media, explains how utilities and government are dealing with a still small solar sector. 

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Choosing Renewable Power

With coal and gas battling it out as the fuel of choice for electricity generation, it's sometimes easy to forget that renewables like wind and solar play a part in keeping the lights on. Pennsylvania is one of 20 or so states that has deregulated the retail electricity market. Customers now have the option to add more renewable energy to the power mix

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Going off the Grid: Renewable Energy Made Accessible

About half the electricity produced in the U.S. is still made using coal, with natural gas and nuclear also contributing big numbers. Renewable energy is a relatively small slice of the pie.  One Pittsburgh company is offering its customers a few alternatives to the grid.

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The Future of Energy is.....

Nathan Hultman, a scientist at the University of maryland, has thought a lot about shale gas, climate change, and energy policy.

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