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The utilities say their own “motivations are clear: Amendment 1 is designed to protect the use of solar energy in Florida but would ensure that government can manage its growth to protect the broader public interest.”

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Bennett cites a biomass plant by NOVEC as real-world example of how government can inspire utlities to cost-effectively generate electricity from renewable sources.

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The Paris Agreement goes into effect once 55 countries representing 55% of global emissions have sign on then actually joined it. Advocates hope that will happen in 2017.

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You can find the newest “Living Building” in Virginia Beach, VA courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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There is another dynamic in play which does not necesssarily show up as clearly in states where solar makes a lot more sense economically: the desire to be part of a like-minded community and share the learning experience of buying into a much-talked about technology that can scale to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Don’t discount the bragging rights from one’s rooftop.

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