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Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 13–20, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, solar PV installments are driving up home values, supplemental batteries and software are addressing power flow fluctuation from wind energy and the EPA is investigating Volkswagen for untrue claims about a few “clean diesel” models.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 13–20, 2015

EPA: Meeting Clean Power Plan with wind saves consumers billions on natural gas purchases

Diversifying a utility’s energy mix and adding solar energy to the game will keep natural gas price spikes in check.

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Renewable energy’s potential may be understated

How do you fix fluctuating power flows from wind and solar sources? Coinciding batteries and software are good places to start.

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz unveils roadmap to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030

Secretary Moniz has released a strategic plan for businesses, state and local governments, consumers and other stakeholders to achieve the Obama administration’s goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

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The dollars and cents of pricing a PV home

Homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home with PV solar installments across a variety of states, housing and PV markets and home types. Solar power is a hot commodity and adds value to a home.

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VW cheats EPA tests, faces up to $18 billion in fines

West Virginia University students studying the emissions of Volkswagen’s “clean” TDI diesel cars discovered the vehicles were equipped with defeat devices, used to detect emissions testing and deactivate certain control systems. The models equipped with these devices actually produce up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide and other dangerous emissions – and VW has some explaining to do.

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