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  • 25 July 2014: Geothermal Visual: US DOE Announces FORGE Program for EGS Development
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  • 25 July 2014: German Utilities Paid to Stabilize Grid Due to Increased Wind and Solar
    Germany’s push toward renewable energy is causing so many drops and surges from wind and solar power that the government is paying more utilities than ever to help stabilize the country’s electricity grid.> <>
  • 25 July 2014: What Happens to Solar Panel Pricing after the WTO Ruling?
    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) issued a panel report to its members on a dispute between China and the United States involving solar panels and sixteen other products. Recent reports delcared the U.S. countervailing duties “illegal” as a result of the ruling, which may be a misleading summary of what actually occur> <>
  • 25 July 2014: Solar Software Tools Slashing Soft Costs
    It’s estimated installers spend up to $3,000 to acquire each new customer. This high price of customer acquisition is one of the many so called “soft costs” that increase the price of solar and reduce installer margins. Every step along the road to a signed contract has inefficiencies, which is spurring new software solutions to help installers increase their sales volume and close deals faster.> <>
  • 25 July 2014: Orix Plans to Build as Many as 15 Small-scale Geothermal Plants in Japan
    Orix Corp., a Tokyo-based finance and leasing company, plans to build as many as 15 geothermal power stations in Japan in the next five years.> <>
  • 25 July 2014: As US Clean Energy Goes Mainstream, Leadership Is Focused on States and Cities
    Clean Edge’s recently released 2014 U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index finds the U.S. clean-tech market making impressive strides in many areas, while still hampered by inaction and inertia in others. As has been the case in recent years — even with encouraging national-level initiatives from the Obama administration — states and cities continue to be where most of the action is.> <>
  • 24 July 2014: Despite Ohio Freeze, Renewable Energy Continues To Be Hot
    Last month, Ohio Governor Kasich signed legislation putting a two-year ‘freeze’ on the state’s proven, successful, and money-saving renewable energy standard. Doing so, he is moving Ohio backward as other states move forward, developing job-creating  CO2-neutral/CO2-light, clean renewable energy. This new state law freezes economic growth in a sect> <>
  • 24 July 2014: India Plans Its Biggest Solar Power Auction with 1,500 Megawatts
    India plans to auction 1,500 megawatts of solar-power capacity in its biggest tender yet, saying photovoltaics may supply power as cheaply as coal five years earlier than it expected.> <>
  • 24 July 2014: UK Announces $340 Million Renewable Power Contract Auction
    The U.K. said renewable-power projects will compete for guaranteed payments worth more than 200 million pounds ($340 million) a year as part of its first auction of contracts to spur low-carbon electricity.> <>
  • 24 July 2014: New Solar Bill Would Destroy Community Solar Potential in Massachusetts
    In 2013 Massachusetts was ranked 4th for most solar installed, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. Despite this success, legislation, officially known as H.4185 (an act relative to net metering), is pending at the Massachusetts State House that could drastically change the direction of the Massachusetts solar industry.> <>