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Jigar Shah
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Revolutionizing Infrastructure
Revolutionizing Infrastructure

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Here’s another thing that’s exciting about the growth of clean energy: a recent study found that solar’s rapid and projected continuing expansion offers workers in shrinking fossil fuel industries – most notably, coal – opportunities for new careers in an area where they already have considerable skills. For some, there’s retraining involved, but the promise is real. Witness the success of Solar Ready Colorado, which is working to retrain hundreds of laid-off coal miners and veterans in Colorado’s Delta County – a region that’s lost over 1,000 coal mining jobs in just the past three years – for long careers in the solar industry.

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The solar industry alone has created one out of every 80 jobs in the United States since the Great Recession. When including wind, LED lighting, and other clean energy categories, that number could be close to one in 33.

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Often, though, the interactions with Republican senators were less smooth, and there wasn’t much the White House could do about it. Richard Burr blocked one Obama district-court nominee in North Carolina even though he had recommended her nomination; that seat is now the nation’s oldest vacancy, unfilled since 2005. Georgia’s GOP senators have also scuttled nominations they initially approved, and Marco Rubio of Florida has done so twice, while Republicans in Pennsylvania and Alabama have held up appeals-court nominees they had already recommended for lifetime jobs on district courts. Under the Senate rules, that’s their prerogative.

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A passion for solar has taken root among people who may not "give two shits" about the environment, Shah says. "The reason Debbie Dooley is involved is that the Tea Party people who support Ted Cruz believe very strongly that the electric utility company is every bit 'the man' as the government is."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-koch-brothers-dirty-war-on-solar-power-20160211#ixzz3zxKDnY1C
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we need to change the conversation around clean energy, align its story with the emotional and aspirational narratives that speak to the Canadian public. People need to see Clean Energy as cutting-edge, exciting, rugged, reliable, and tough as Harper painted the Canadian Oil Sands. We need it to feel like what it actually is, using our cunning, sweat and ingenuity to capture and access the mother load of all mother loads, renewable energy. 

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An "all of the above" energy policy is not consistent with our energy ethic. We need leaders who will put a price on carbon emissions and stop fossil fuel subsidies. - Sandy Reisky

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Independence is the heart of American identity. Clean energy is independence turned into electrons: the application of cunning, sweat, and ingenuity to harness the restless power of the American landscape.

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If the utility lawyers want to start charging solar PV real-time pricing they first have to upgrade their clients’ billing systems to handle the data.  At that point I would be happy to appoint an independent consultant to account for the full benefits and costs of net metering – offsetting any lost revenues to the overall system costs with cost savings on system upgrades and reduced operation costs -- we can then get a more precise assessment of how this net metering nets out.

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The bottom line.  Once the utilities actually enter the 21st century for real I would be happy to move away from net metering.  If net metering truly costs the utility companies more, the solar producers (and others) should pick up the tab.  If net metering is a bonus to the utility companies, they should pay the renewable energy producers the real value for their solar electricity.  Deal?
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