Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 4-11, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, states like Minnesota and California are taking renewable energy into their own hands and encouraging their utility providers to increase clean energy offerings including solar energy and wind energy, while nationwide companies like Comcast work to expand home energy management. In addition, the International Energy Agency is optimistic that more than a quarter of all energy produced by 2020 will be green and Citibank agrees that green efforts will save the global economy trillions of dollars.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 4–11, 2015
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Comcast expands home energy management with new partner Crius

Comcast has teamed up with Crius to offer even more energy offerings. What's in it for you? Go green and a few of the perks include free premium channels.

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VW's emissions fraud is stunning, but not a first from automakers

In the past, Ford and General Motors have also been caught lying to consumers. Play it safe and ride your bike or the bus. Both are environmentally friendly modes of transportation and you'll get exactly what you pay for.

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Clean energy sources will provide 26 percent electricity by 2020

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, warns it's “hardly a time for complacency,” despite the good news of increased clean energy production.

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Big victory in Minnesota will retire coal, ramp up wind and solar

Xcel energy announced it will increase solar and wind power investments in Minnesota and will retire two coal units.

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California raises the bar on its ambitious clean energy goals

California governor Jerry Brown recently signed never-before-seen legislation, requiring 50 percent of the state's energy to come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

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Citibank: Clean energy will save $1.8 trillion

The banking giant has released a report estimating that climate change will cost the global economy $44 trillion by 2060 unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

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