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UN report shows China leading rebound in renewable investment

Investment in renewable energy grew 17 percent in 2014, driven by significant increases in the developing world, according to a new United Nations report. 

The report, issued by UN Climate Program, says the growth in investment reversed a two-year decline, and was driven by China, which increased its spending by 39 percent. Renewables investments by the United States grew by 7 percent. 

UN official speaks on renewable investment

Washington, April 1, 2015, 12:30 pm

United Nations Under Secretary General Achim Steiner, also director of the United Nations Environment Programme, speaks at the Atlantic Council on a new report highlighting global efforts on renewable investment.

Remaining grid-connected makes economic sense: Report

Source: 
The Washington Post

Even with solar installations of their own, most customers would be better off financially staying connected to the grid, according to a study in the journal Energy Policy, The Washington Post reports.

Block Island project set to become 1st for US offshore wind

Source: 
E&E

The Block Island Wind Farm, to be built off the coast of Rhode Island, is on track to become the first offshore wind project operational in the U.S, E&E reports.

Solar slowdown likely as Mass. utility approaches net metering cap

Source: 
The Boston Globe

Massachusetts utility National Grid has just about hit its net metering cap, and that could put the brakes on future solar installations in its service area, The Boston Globe reports.

Tesla to unveil new product - likely a battery - next month

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that "a major new Tesla product line" will be revealed April 30.

Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world.

The office of the parliament speaker says energy generated from some 1,500 solar panels will provide 10 percent of the electricity used at the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

Pioneer unit gives up on Chesapeake wind farm

Source: 
The Delmarva Daily Times

Language in a defense appropriations measure introduced last August by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., was one obstacle cited by a subsidiary of Pioneer Green Energy as it announced it was putting plans on hold for a wind farm in the Chesapeake Bay area, The Delmarva Daily Times reports.

Virginia moving ahead with offshore wind

Source: 
Daily Press

An agreement Virginia has reached with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will permit Dominion Virginia Power to install two test turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Daily Press reports.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Photo

California sets new mark, generates more than 5 percent of electricity from solar

Driven by strong renewable policies and new projects coming online, California has become the first state to exceed 5 percent electric generation from utility-grade solar projects and now produces more solar energy than all other states combined, according to the federal government’s energy statistics agency.

According to Energy Information Agency data released Tuesday in its Electric Power Monthly report, California's utility-grade solar generated 9.9 million megawatt hours of electricity in 2014, up from 3.8 megawatt hours in the previous year.

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