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After a year of deliberation about the value of rooftop solar energy, Arizona regulators voted 4-1 last week to substantially curtail the credits that solar customers receive for providing solar power. The Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) decision slashed net-metering, which has played a major role in the expansion of rooftop solar in Arizona and nationwide.

With all that happened in 2016, solar isn’t showing many signs of slowing down -- at least not yet. According to recent data from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research, solar just had its best overall quarter ever.

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John Rumpler
Senior Director, Clean Water for America Campaign and Senior Attorney

After Flint, Michigan’s water crisis gained national attention earlier this year, it was soon revealed that Flint was not alone -- cities across the country were facing lead contamination of their drinking water. While the spotlight has remained fixed on these big cities, the problem extends far beyond urban areas. Small -- often rural -- communities are also at risk from lead in their water.

Many of fracking’s worst impacts — from air pollution and water contamination to health problems — are felt by nearby communities. That’s why municipalities across the country are taking a stand.

With every passing day, we find it more urgent and necessary than ever to transform our energy systems away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable sources. Burning oil, gas, and coal is not only polluting our air, water and land -- it’s changing our climate more rapidly than scientists predicted. In the United States, we already see the many devastating impacts of climate-related disasters - from the first American climate refugees in Louisiana to more frequent and severe wildfires in the West. This will only continue and worsen unless we take swift and decisive action.

A closer look at the spookiest pollinators.

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

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Bronte Payne
Director, Go Solar Campaign

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for offshore wind in the United States. Over the last several years, the Obama Administration has leased eleven commercial offshore wind energy areas, the Department of Energy and Department of Interior released the National Offshore Wind Strategy, Massachusetts made the largest commitment to offshore wind in the country at 1,600 megawatts and construction is complete on America’s first offshore wind project.  This week I joined clean energy advocates, offshore wind developers, supply-chain manufacturers, and state and national officials, to plan the strategies for taking clean energy to the next level.

Transportation is now America’s leading source of carbon dioxide pollution, having surpassed power plants. As a nation, we produce more transportation-related carbon pollution per person than any other country.

Today, partnering with Frontier Group, we are releasing a new report to tackle this problem head on, highlighting 50 steps we can take to adopt a carbon-free transportation system.

Learn more about recent headlines: "Bee species added to U.S. endangered species list for first time."