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Energy Fact Check News (11)

Thursday, 07 March 2013 15:31

EFC News - March 7, 2013

Written by

ECG – 3.7.13 Jobs & Algae
2012 Clean Energy Jobs Year-in-Review and Fourth Quarter Report (Environmental Entrepreneurs) http://bit.ly/Xqspz3
Algae industry survey: increased production, hiring and price-competitive algae biofuels (Algae Biomass Organization) http://bit.ly/10bExmo

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. 1. Inflated Numbers; Erroneous Conclusions (American Energy Alliance) http://bit.ly/13HHrV1


STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. U.S. added over 100,000 clean industry jobs last year (San Antonio Business Journal) http://bit.ly/XUdRqn
    • Sample Tweet: More than 110,000 #cleanenergy jobs and clean transportation jobs were announced in 2012 via @e2org http://bit.ly/12wCEpM
    • a. Arizona highly ranked for clean energy job growth in 2012 (Phoenix Business Journal) http://bit.ly/Zrphku
    • b. Michigan a top 10 state in green job growth (Crain's Detroit Business) http://bit.ly/ZcaFra
    • c. North Carolina Leads The Way In Clean Energy Jobs. Let's Keep It That Way. (Natural Resources Defense Council) http://bit.ly/VFVwyB
    • d. Report: Texas ranks among top 10 states for clean energy and clean transportation projects and jobs announced in 2012 (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/107gYeA
  2. Green Investing Update (AOL Energy) http://aol.it/106ZoY5
    • Sample Tweet: The #cleanenergy train has left the station! Today's innovative technologies attract capital at high levels. http://aol.it/106ZoY5
  3. Viewpoints: Investment needed in new low-carbon fuel (Sacramento Bee) http://bit.ly/Ww5zYh
  4. Wind energy lessons from Illinois: Q&A with AWEA’s Rob Gramlich (Midwest Energy News) http://bit.ly/10b3ZIN
  5. Don't Stop Renewable Energy Subsidies. Just Make Them Better (Dallas Observer) http://bit.ly/XTiy4B
    • Sample Tweet: Transparency, Longevity, Certainty. Don't stop #renewableenergy subsidies, just make them better via @Dallas_Observer http://bit.ly/XTiy4B
  6. Crowdfunding Clean Energy (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/Xq7OuS
  7. GM's Chief Touts Electric Vehicles (Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/14u4Wwm


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Proposed Dam Presents Economic and Environmental Challenges in Alaska (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/16b2mzd
  2. Little Unity Over California's Cap-And-Trade Program (Fox Business) http://fxn.ws/VGtItV
  3. Energy costs should be no secret (Las Vegas Review Journal) http://bit.ly/WW3Wnj
  4. BP Bows Out Of Solar, But Industry Outlook Still Sunny (National Public Radio) http://n.pr/10jylg6
  5. Analysis - Tax-based investment keeps US wind finance expensive (Wind Power Monthly) http://bit.ly/109fZum


NEW RESOURCES

  1. 2012 Clean Energy Jobs Year-in-Review and Fourth Quarter Report (Environmental Entrepreneurs) http://bit.ly/Xqspz3
  2. Algae industry survey: increased production, hiring and price-competitive algae biofuels (Algae Biomass Organization) http://bit.ly/10bExmo


TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics

  1. Bill on tax incentives for wind energy stalls (Omaha World-Herald) http://bit.ly/XUbVhA
  2. Keep wind energy a Kansas priority (The Marysville Advocate) http://bit.ly/ZbEWqa
  3. NRG CEO David Crane Offers Top Priorities for Incoming Energy Secretary (AOL Energy) http://aol.it/XqOL3s
  4. GM chief calls on Obama to create new energy commission (The Hill) http://bit.ly/W65iZI
  5. Cleaning up (The Economist) http://econ.st/W6km9F


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. D.C. Government to Switch to Wind Power for Electricity Needs (DCist) http://bit.ly/13FQpSo
  2. Plunging Cost Of Solar PV (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/10jN6PY
  3. Cheyenne company seeks to build facility to store energy generated by wind turbines (Billings Gazette) http://bit.ly/WVnxEa
  4. Idea of the Day: Offshore Wind Is an Economical Source of Renewable Energy (Center for American Progress) http://bit.ly/ZbEW9E
  5. Renewable energy advocate thinks Montana’s wind industry has a bright future (Montana Public Radio) http://bit.ly/W6hmdn
  6. $3.6M in Maryland funds for Crisfield wind power project clears way for construction (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/W7QJVI
  7. NM utility to expand solar power capacity (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) http://bit.ly/W7R4rl


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. US ethanol credits surge 1,400% this year (Financial Times) http://on.ft.com/12wus8W
  2. Ford sees more hybrid and electric cars in its future (Colorado Springs Gazette) http://bit.ly/XUkybO
  3. Ecotality, ChargePoint to Link Electric Car Charging Networks (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/10iADvZ
  4. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Supercar — More Details Revealed (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/XTTmKi
  5. Battery breakthrough sought for electric cars (USA Today) http://usat.ly/15yVB9a


Business & Investing

  1. SolarCity Reports Fourth-Quarter Loss as Rooftop Leases Surge (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/10gI1bg
  2. Solar City, Working With Giants (Seeking Alpha) http://bit.ly/WLFrDN
  3. Electric Vehicles and Solar: A Match Made in Heaven (The Motley Fool) http://bit.ly/XXbIry
  4. Tesla Predicts A Profit, But Analysts Disagree (Seeking Alpha) http://bit.ly/Z1wszT
Tuesday, 05 March 2013 16:57

EFC News - March 5, 2013

Written by

ECG – 3.5.13 A snowstorm named “Snowquester”
Snowquestration: How D.C. Fits In With The ‘Less Snow, More Blizzards’ Pattern http://bit.ly/15vcnFX

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. The Hot Air in Wind Power (Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/ZWsM3g
    • Renewables were the largest source of new U.S. electricity capacity in 2012, providing over 45% of all new generation capacity. (Source: FERC, http://1.usa.gov/TEICtz)
    • Wind energy installations alone proved to be the largest single new generation technology in the U.S. in 2012, outpacing even natural gas and adding over double the capacity of new coal last year. (Source: Energy Information Administration, http://bit.ly/WdF6PA and Bloomberg, http://bloom.bg/XUNBcK) More here >> http://bit.ly/WlFVFv


STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. GOP’s mistaken attacks on renewable energy (Kansas City Star) http://bit.ly/YswvoZ
  2. Many Ohioans support renewable energy; will the Ohio Senate? (Fierce Energy) http://bit.ly/ZhSgHg
    • Sample Tweet: The #Ohio Senate should continue supporting #renewableenergy. 80% of Ohioans support laws requiring more #cleanenergy http://bit.ly/ZhSgHg
  3. It's Rocky, but Our Transition to Clean Energy Is Well Underway (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/XSPrep
  4. Guest Column: ACC shows hostile, destructive thinking on solar power's promise (Arizona Daily Star) http://bit.ly/YrSkoR
  5. Good policy (Hutchinson News) http://bit.ly/VzzxcH
  6. Solar, Wind Prompting Electricity Grid Innovation In California (Environmental Defense Fund) http://bit.ly/XTLbvj
    • Sample Tweet: #Solar, #Wind Prompting Electricity Grid Innovation In #California via @EnvDefenseFund http://bit.ly/XTLbvj
  7. Oregon's role in reducing dependence on oil (Statesman Journal) http://stjr.nl/YLh7RD
    • Sample Tweet: Fossil fuel dependence is a matter of national security. #Biofuels provides a solution to our fossil fuel dependence. http://stjr.nl/YLh7RD


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. The Loophole That’s Letting Conservatives Manipulate Renewable Energy Standards (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/XOvJne
  2. Can the grid handle distributed renewable energy? (Midwest Energy News) http://bit.ly/12qSYsf
  3. Is fracking a ‘bridge’ to a clean-energy future? Ernest Moniz thinks so. (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/13B12pv
  4. Wind industry is still clinging onto tax credit (Politico) http://politi.co/Z5MkDr


TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics

  1. Renewable energy grants will end (Minnesota Daily) http://bit.ly/15v5PY7
  2. US Senate Energy chief to focus on natural gas, nuke waste, subsidies (Platts) http://bit.ly/WswwMy
  3. Do Obama cabinet picks match his greener second-term talk? (Christian Science Monitor) http://bit.ly/YRbQKy
  4. Financial incentives help push greener technologies (Washington Times) http://bit.ly/106dkW4
  5. Wind energy tax break finds opposition, awaits deciding committee vote (Omaha World-Herald) http://bit.ly/XJZVz9


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Clean Energy Helps Wal-Mart Reach Elusive Sustainability Goal (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/Vu8eQK
  2. Wal-Mart Stores becomes state's largest solar power user (Columbus Dispatch) http://bit.ly/XTLK8u
  3. A new champion of solar-powered stadiums (MSN Money) http://on-msn.com/Zhyax5


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. Beta Renewables sees 2015 as boom year for cellulosic biofuels (Reuters) http://reut.rs/WqU4kU
  2. Bringing green vehicle technology to auto racing (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/1049k8s
  3. Ethanol industry loves Obama’s EPA nominee (Washington Examiner) http://bit.ly/VzuWqL
  4. U.S. Navy Going Full Green Ahead (WBUR Boston) http://bit.ly/163dJJf


Business & Investing

  1. Renewable Energy Companies to Keep an Eye On (Oil Price) http://bit.ly/XHq3KV
  2. Tesla: On Rocket Launches, Electric Cars and Expectations (Forbes) http://onforb.es/12oRNth
Monday, 04 March 2013 17:05

EFC News - March 4, 2013

Written by

ECG – 3.4.13 Fact Check highlights success of renewable energy

New Featured Fact Check highlights success of renewable energy. Please amplify Energy Fact Check’s new Featured Fact Check through your communications channels. http://bit.ly/WlFVFv

Sample Tweets:

  • Unprecedented growth, decreasing costs, benefits to all Americans. #Renewableenergy is growing and powering America. http://bit.ly/WlFVFv
  • New fact check shows #renewableenergy powers America. 45% of all new generation capacity in 2012 was from renewables. http://bit.ly/WlFVFv
  • Millions of American use cheap and reliable power from #renewableenergy, including the @NFL, @VW, @OhioState. http://bit.ly/WlFVFv


STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. State goes green, but neglects the basics (U-T San Diego) http://goo.gl/JQbUX
    • According to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “the integration of 35% wind and solar energy into the electric power system will not require extensive infrastructure if changes are made to operational practices” (such as forecasting and scheduling). (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, http://1.usa.gov/WpTHFj)
    • It’s important to realize that renewable energy sources are not the only cause of variation in a power system. The entire electrical grid – fossil fuel resources included – relies on “load balancing” to manage the variability between the supply side and consumer demand. (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, http://1.usa.gov/XFqHXI)
    • More on renewable energy reliability >> http://bit.ly/YReP6g
  2. Are we near peak biofuels?: Gerard Wynn (Reuters) http://goo.gl/xYkXs
    • Cellulosic biofuels use non-food source materials to develop biofuels, debunking the myth that biofuels is a “food.vs fuel” debate. Biomass resources totaling just under 680 million dry tons could be made available, in a sustainable manner, each year within the United States by 2030. That’s enough biomass to produce more than 54 billion gallons of ethanol – four times as much corn ethanol as the United States produced in 2010. (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists, http://bit.ly/12wPnrl)
    • There is approximately a billion tons of biomass available to produce cellulosic ethanol. Potential feedstocks include things like wood waste, prairie grass, corncobs and leaves, and more. Every state in the country has potential to produce biofuels from cellulosic sources. (Source: DOE, http://1.usa.gov/qy0pzO) More on biofuels >> http://bit.ly/Q6pC9B


STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Reid correct about renewable energy (Las Vegas Sun) http://bit.ly/VtZOJ8
    • Sample Tweet: While some sectors of the economy have slumped in recently, #renewableenergy has provided #Nevada jobs and revenue. http://bit.ly/ZhbJb3
  2. Obama to tap McCarthy to lead EPA, Moniz for Energy secretary (The Hill) http://bit.ly/XNQr6U
  3. Renewable energy: We're using more of it (Petoskey News) http://goo.gl/4RqTZ
  4. Ohio Walmart stores roll out solar power (Fox 19 News) http://bit.ly/XRtZGM
    • Sample Tweet: #Ohio is in the #solar spotlight! @Walmart installs solar panels at over a dozen stores in the Buckeye State. http://bit.ly/Y8AqV1
  5. EDITORIAL: The Bayou State will benefit from a beefed-up Biofuels Sector (Zachary Plainsman News) http://goo.gl/njNUi
    • Sample Tweet: 5 year @USDA loan has Louisiana gearing up to lead in #biofuels. Renewable fuel creates jobs and lessens oil use. http://goo.gl/njNUi
  6. SolarCity CEO talks the future of solar power (Fortune) http://bit.ly/ZgSJJX
    • Sample Tweet: CEO and Co-founder, Lyndon Rive discusses what makes @solarcity different and a winner on Wall Street http://bit.ly/ZgSJJX
  7. Solar Report Stunner: Unsubsidized ‘Grid Parity Has Been Reached In India’, Italy–With More Countries Coming in 2014 (Think Progress) http://goo.gl/h29RB
  8. Wrap Up: 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (Department of Energy) http://goo.gl/a1jUH


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Measure would cloak terms of renewable companies' utility sales agreements (Las Vegas Review Journal) http://goo.gl/pZNKU
  2. S.F. to get cleaner energy - and a battle (San Francisco Chronicle) http://goo.gl/EzMb4
  3. Gov. Jerry Brown works to spread California's green doctrine (Los Angeles Times) http://goo.gl/jGkC4
  4. Breaking the logjam (Washington Post) http://goo.gl/imY4T
  5. Politics imperil offshore wind sweet spots (Boston Globe) http://goo.gl/mD6zv
  6. Editorial: Texas wind power could feel effects of sequester storm (Dallas Morning News) http://dallasne.ws/Z9EdT3
  7. First Solar offers to recycle Abound's abandoned panels (Denver Post) http://bit.ly/12hjjsB

 

TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics

  1. Scientists want state to use more renewable energy (Journal Star) http://goo.gl/i4Sbk
  2. Clean Energy Market Poised For Rapid Growth In California (Forbes) http://goo.gl/3PWWz
  3. Bill aims to make it easier for businesses to pay for renewable energy features (Austin Statesman) http://goo.gl/bUzOI
  4. PSC double standards echo Walker's fossil fuels obeisance (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) http://goo.gl/ahr6x
  5. In protest, residents prepare for meetings over 'nonsensical' Bedminster solar power plant (NJ.com) http://goo.gl/RaLtr
  6. The Bullies Are Bringing the Fight to Your Playground (Huffington Post) http://goo.gl/L1bQ6
  7. Kansas Ignores Koch Brothers, Keeps Renewable Energy Standard (Clean Technica) http://goo.gl/RTOFv
  8. Action needed to preserve renewable energy momentum, proponents say (MI Biz) http://bit.ly/VZnFzs


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Solar energy project benefiting Cobb EMC back on track (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) http://goo.gl/E1bM4
  2. Mass. rebates for wood pellet boilers (Boston.com) http://goo.gl/TPe96
  3. 750 MW McCoy Solar Project Put On The Fast Track To Development (Clean Technica) http://goo.gl/hCjAz
  4. Maximizing Iowa’s Wind Resources (KIMT News) http://goo.gl/ATWBE
  5. Catching Up: New wind turbines not at full power yet (Wisconsin State Journal) http://goo.gl/Luild
  6. Walmart Advances Solar Capacity In Hawaii Stores (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/XkVZpN
  7. Ivanpah — The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Plant — Passes Its First Functional Test (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/XD4ZFl
  8. Shell Scenario: Solar To Be #1 Source Of Energy (But Don’t Jump Yet) (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/14h5AgO
  9. State's solar strategists' hopes not dimmed for industry (Knoxville Biz) http://bit.ly/YnljKv


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. UMF takes on $1.55 million geothermal heating project (Kennebec Journal) http://goo.gl/rQlx0
  2. Nissan Leaf & Chevy Volt Sales Up (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/1013kxr


Business & Investing

  1. Investment firm’s funds fuel conversion of dung to dollars (Chicago Sun Times) http://goo.gl/kZqsC
  2. SolarCity Shines Bright Like A Diamond (Seeking Alpha) http://goo.gl/i8fsq
  3. Tesla Motors Delays Filing Annual Report on Presentation Error (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/13zTJOY
Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:07

EFC News - February 28, 2013

Written by

ECG – 2.28.13 Clean power to the people
Majority Of Ohio Voters Support Renewable Energy (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/YBKDJv

For those of you attending today’s ECG meeting, see you there!

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. California's green jobs bust (Washington Examiner) http://bit.ly/WttF0o
  2. ATR Calls on Kansas Legislators to Repeal Expensive Energy Mandates (Americans for Tax Reform) http://bit.ly/13oRcYa
  3. RPS mandates have carefully crafted “cost-caps” to protect consumers from rate spikes and unfair utility bills. In Kansas, this cap is 1% on the rate impact of compliance. (Source: DSIRE Database, http://bit.ly/XDvdVb ) ACORE 50 State Report >> http://bit.ly/UypeW3 and Fact Check on RPS policies >> http://bit.ly/13h2icM
    • Sample Tweet: The #Kansas #RPS drives investment and supports 25,000 jobs. Impact of #renewableenergy is overwhelmingly positive. http://bit.ly/UypeW3
  4. More hot air over wind (Boston Herald) http://bit.ly/YzHRoh
  5.  Wind and solar power are plentiful, but they’re not always there when you need them (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/YYBRpK
    • According to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “the integration of 35% wind and solar energy into the electric power system will not require extensive infrastructure if changes are made to operational practices” (such as forecasting and scheduling). (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, http://1.usa.gov/WpTHFj) More on reliability issues http://bit.ly/YReP6g


STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Wind Power to Compete With Fossil Fuels by 2015, Make Says (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/Wio4Qg
    • Sample Tweet: Onshore #wind power to compete with traditional fossil fuels in #Europe, #US and #Asia by 2015 via @BloombergNews http://bloom.bg/Wio4Qg
  2. NRG to add 2,000 MW of US natgas, solar power in 2013 (Reuters) http://reut.rs/15QBVP2
  3. Majority Of Ohio Voters Support Renewable Energy (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/YBKDJv
    • Sample Tweet: Poll finds almost 80% of voters support laws requiring more #cleanenergy in Ohio. Clean power to the people! http://bit.ly/143Ax88
  4. Elon Musk says Tesla will repay Department of Energy loan well before 2022 due date (Engadget) http://engt.co/YAqZO8
    • Sample Tweet: Elon Musk says @TeslaMotors will pay back loan from the Department of @ENERGY well ahead of expectations. http://engt.co/YAqZO8
  5. Shell Sees Solar as Biggest Energy Source After Exiting It (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/WjYsCF
  6. Power is blowing in the wind (Delmarva Now) http://bit.ly/Y6MDwm
  7. Full Green Ahead: Inside the Military’s Clean-Energy Revolution (Wired Magazine) http://bit.ly/YAeDrF
  8. Forget The Tar Sands: How Canadian Hydropower Can Help America (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/YXHoNq
  9. Exclusive: Sen. Grassley Seeks Fairness For Wind Energy In Tax Debate (North American Wind Power) http://bit.ly/XEPAoS


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Biofuel Policies Causing Fastest Rate Of Grassland Destruction Since The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/Y28Etn
  2. Imperial County betting its future on renewable energy (LA Times) http://lat.ms/WqXM8X
  3. Opponents question Koch lobbyist role in renewable energy issue (Kansas City Business Journal) http://bit.ly/13nqb72
  4. Green-energy advocates target Duke Energy (Charlotte Observer) http://bit.ly/Y6LJzS
  5. SoloPower confirms layoffs as company restructures, struggles mount (The Oregonian) http://bit.ly/WsD5cJ


NEW RESOURCES

  1. 40 Facts About Ethanol (Renewable Fuels Association) http://bit.ly/WjzdQt
    • Sample Tweet: From coast to coast, border to border, #ethanol decreases our reliance on #oil and strengthens America's heartland. http://bit.ly/XEXeQi


TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics

  1. Green-energy group to N.C. lawmakers: Jobs are on the line (Triangle Business Journal) http://bit.ly/VOceKU
  2. Former Lawmakers Make Recommendations on Energy Policy — and Bipartisanship (Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/XiC4Gi
  3. Bipartisan coalition issues broad energy blueprint (PoliticoPro) http://politi.co/13o6JHH


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Wind Power Players (Honolulu Weekly) http://bit.ly/XcT2rd
  2. US poised to sell offshore wind leases (Boston Globe) http://b.globe.com/13Z8yGG
  3. 'Tallest turbines' in Minnesota now generating energy; Xcel is buyer (St. Cloud Times) http://on.sctimes.com/13qfWyV
  4. Falling costs could mean a bright future for solar panels (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce) http://bit.ly/13qhc55


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. Legislative notebook: Butanol may join ethanol as farm-based fuel in Minnesota (Grand Forks Herald) http://bit.ly/Vdh9WC
  2. Cars go leaner and greener (Chicago Tribune) http://bit.ly/12diFMC
  3. House Dem bullish on 'major' energy efficiency bill (The Hill) http://bit.ly/15QDUD3


Business & Investing

  1. A new way to invest in green energy (CNN Money) http://bit.ly/XCZM1k
  2. Sector Snap: Solar energy companies slide (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/Z0CRLj
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:09

EFC News - February 26, 2013

Written by

ECG 2.26.13 - What’s your take?
Let us know what you think. What policies are you focusing on in 2013? http://svy.mk/15efLoN.

STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Wind-energy programs yield engineering jobs (Houston Chronicle) http://bit.ly/YTDVj2
  2. Partnership aims to make Northern Colorado leader in electric vehicles (Denver Post) http://bit.ly/15KOXNU
    • Sample Tweet: Partnership aims to make Northern #Colorado leader in #EVs with installation of quick charging stations. http://bit.ly/VKKRkT
  3. OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Chu, industry chief to talk green cars (The Hill) http://bit.ly/ZwhIJP
  4. Schnurman: Wind power is a blowing force in Texas (Dallas Morning News) http://dallasne.ws/VKC2HY
  5. Sunpower Providing Solar Energy For New SF 49ers Stadium (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/13IAyxY
    • Sample Tweet: The @49ers are going green with #solar from @nrgenergy. @nfl teams continue to drive down field for #cleanenergy. http://bit.ly/13IAyxY


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Colorado orders Abound Solar to clean up hazardous waste at four sites (Denver Post) http://bit.ly/15f8SUa
  2. Obama May Expand Oil Drilling to Pay for Clean-Car Research (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/WnsYG2
  3. Study: Wind power's role overestimated (UPI) http://bit.ly/13jrILf
  4. US CEOs call for increased oil, gas access, end to wind subsidies (Platts) http://bit.ly/15MNLtm
  5. Tesla's Musk says NY Times review led to a 'few hundred' cancellations (Fox News) http://fxn.ws/V1Rwbr


NEW RESOURCES

  1. Taking Action on Energy: A CEO Vision for America's Energy Future (Business Roundtable) http://bit.ly/V1R1ho


TOP CLIPS

National & State Politics

  1. WNC goals for clean energy by 2050 set (Citizen Times) http://avlne.ws/15MMAdw
  2. Ernest Moniz, possible energy secretary pick, already drawing criticism (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/13JZsNV
  3. Legislators debate tax credit for electric cars (The Sun Journal) http://bit.ly/WnxEvx
  4. No. Va. lawmakers take aim at hybrid fee increase in transportation bill (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/126lmQ9
  5. Montana Senate kills bill allowing more to sell excess renewable energy back to utility (The Missoulian) http://bit.ly/13evmXc
  6. U students lobby for renewable energy at the Capitol (Minnesota Daily) http://bit.ly/WfVui4
  7. Renewable energy is on the front burner at Gov. Rick Snyder's forum in Grand Rapids (Mlive.com) http://bit.ly/W8Ym0o


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. NJ's Approach to Offshore Wind a Model for Other States, Report Says (NJ Spotlight) http://bit.ly/XDhDBX
  2. Developer of wind farm appeals (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) http://bit.ly/V38SEB
  3. El Paso Electric solar grid is one of Texas' weakest (El Paso Times) http://bit.ly/13Pc5Hr
  4. Report: California Should Remove Limits on Net Metered Solar (KCET Rewire) http://bit.ly/X89rx6
  5. Massachusetts seeks data to fund hydroelectric energy incentives (HydroWorld) http://bit.ly/WoDMnh


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. Renewable Energy Adoption — Not Fast Enough (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/WfPWEb
  2. States Encourage and Discourage Renewable Energy Trading (AOL Energy) http://aol.it/15Kabvw


Business & Investing

  1. A second dawn for solar stocks (MSN Money) http://on-msn.com/ZG823u
  2. Are Banks Backing Away From Solar Projects? (Green Tech Solar) http://bit.ly/XBQCio
  3. Tesla CEO Says N.Y. Times Article Reduced Market Cap (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/13J6Mcr
Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:16

EFC News - February 21, 2013

Written by

ECG – 2.21.13 Renewables Jammin in January
Renewables constitute all new US electricity capacity added in January (The Hill) http://bit.ly/XpJohl

Be sure to check out Energy Fact Check's new Featured Fact Check on Renewable Portfolio Standards. http://bit.ly/13h2icM

    • Sample Tweet: New from @EnergyFactCheck: RPS policies drive economic growth and have overwhelmingly positive impact on states. http://bit.ly/13h2icM

 

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. Obama to fast-track permits for green energy, no mention of oil and gas permits (Daily Caller) http://bit.ly/XpIFMY
  2. Renewable energy's big secret (Washington Times) http://bit.ly/135o4o6

 

STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Reid: Strengthen renewable energy standards (Houston Chronicle) http://bit.ly/13lMQfu
    • Sample tweet: Harry Reid calls on #Nevada lawmakers to strengthen renewable energy standard. Clean energy drives economic growth! http://bit.ly/13lMQfu
  2. Wind Energy Records Fall in Washington, Texas, Colorado (Green Tech Media) http://bit.ly/XpBQLw
    • Sample tweet: Washington, Texas, and Colorado recently broke #wind energy records. Wind is a cost-effective, key source of energy. http://bit.ly/W5M0Gf
  3. Renewables constitute all new US electricity capacity added in January (The Hill) http://bit.ly/XpJohl
    • Sample tweet: #Renewableenergy constituted all the new electrical capacity added in the U.S. during January. #solar #wind #biomass http://bit.ly/XpJohl
  4. Tesla expects to turn a profit, build 20,000 electric cars (Detroit Free Press) http://on.freep.com/1571Lgv
  5. Michigan Utilities On Track To Meet Renewable Energy Mandates (North American Wind Power) http://bit.ly/YdgBxZ
  6. Offshore wind production bill gets preliminary approval in Maryland House (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/13gRA62
  7. Guest column: Unleash energy opportunities for Montana (Bozeman Daily Chronicle) http://bit.ly/XAuCWV


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Senators raise alarm over another possible sale of taxpayer-backed firm to Chinese (Fox News) http://fxn.ws/UKrNE9
  2. Biofuel Energy cuts 45 jobs at Minn. ethanol plant (Denver Post) http://bit.ly/XyMa5K
  3. Brazil Ethanols Exports to U.S. May Rise 29% Next Crop (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/ZrWfWc
  4. Tesla results renew worries about its long-term viability (LA Times) http://lat.ms/13j5qoC
  5. Minnesota solar industry pushes for utility mandate (Star Tribune) http://bit.ly/Xn5tjF
  6. Ford predicts slow Focus EV sales climb (Detroit News) http://bit.ly/Ydf7nb


NEW RESOURCES

  1. Financial regulation – biased against clean energy and green infrastructure? (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) http://bit.ly/VObsQx


TOP CLIPS

National & State Politics

  1. SC House sidelines solar bill (Charlotte Business Journal) http://bit.ly/1350Oa0
  2. $2 million in grants, loans lure New York green energy company to Hoboken (Jersey Journal) http://bit.ly/Zh6IjA
  3. Biodiesel proponents lobby for high-blend exemption (Iowa Farmer Today) http://bit.ly/YbRVYk
  4. Vermont launches new energy loan program (Boston.com) http://bo.st/ZiUcA1
  5. Solar energy companies upset over Idaho Power proposal (KTVB News) http://bit.ly/Xqqas2
  6. Court the Right: Advice for Obama's Next Energy Department Chief (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://bloom.bg/1371L1w
  7. ATRA Inadvertently Expands Scope of Hydropower Facility Credit Period Rule, But Possibly Without Consequence (Bloomberg BNA) http://bit.ly/YoIW2a


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Three Ways for a Solar Energy Deal to Fail (AOL Energy) http://aol.it/Wagul8
  2. One more problem for Energy Future Holdings: wind power (Dallas Morning News) http://bit.ly/WXx77t
  3. Residents: Solar power plant would destroy Bedminster's rural character (NJ.com) http://bit.ly/WavUpi
  4. Green Power: Cheap Ways You Can Get It (Earth Techling) http://bit.ly/VyebLw


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. Electric car turns heads (Saint Cloud Times) http://on.sctimes.com/Xro9vz
  2. PACE Funding In Florida Gets $500 Million Boost (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/Zhlh6B
  3. U.S. Agriculture secretary: Biofuels helping Ohio agriculture (The Lima News) http://bit.ly/Y9QiKV
  4. Clean Fuels to Drive Economic Growth (The Energy Collective) http://bit.ly/XN0NQf
  5. Portland company making environment-friendly fuels from restaurant grease (Bangor Daily News) http://bit.ly/XlKrSq
  6. EPA sets renewable fuel standards, tackles fraud (The Hill) http://bit.ly/WRdOLk


Business & Investing

  1. Tesla’s Earnings Indicate Some Customer Cancellations (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/XlWTli
  2. As Tesla Eyes Profit, Elon Musk Wants to Punch Himself in the Face (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/VwY2Wu
Monday, 25 February 2013 16:51

EFC News - February 25, 2013

Written by

ECG – 2.25.13 Action Item: Complete Before 2/28 Meeting
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STORIES FOR PUSHBACK

  1. EPA's fuel folly (Politico) http://politi.co/UZhQCN
  2. Difference Engine: Air apparent (The Economist) http://econ.st/13ht5tQ

 

STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Solyndra Critics Back U.S. Lab Seeking Biofuel From Germs (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/YSygtA
  2. Wind, Solar, Biomass Provide All New U.S. Electrical Generating Capacity In January 2013 (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/YQrMez
  3. Report: Renewable energy pays off for state (Huron Daily Tribune) http://bit.ly/Xv2uCE
    • Sample Tweet: Report shows #Michigan's #renewableenergy standard is driving economic growth, #cleanenergy development. http://bit.ly/Xv2uCE
  4. Developers of proposed Alabama wind farm say technology can harvest enough power in the South (AL.com) http://bit.ly/ZnENyv
    • Sample Tweet: #Alabama's first #wind developers tout improvements in technology as the reason #greenenergy will work in the South. http://bit.ly/ZnENyv
  5. Unsubsidised roof-top solar power grows competitive: Wynn (Reuters) http://reut.rs/W7Vdxu
    • Sample Tweet: Data shows unsubsidized rooftop #solar is cost-competitive and prices will continue to decline via @Reuters http://reut.rs/W7Vdxu
  6. Maine senator seeks tax break on electric vehicles (Boston.com) http://bo.st/ZuhAL7
  7. Power surge: The United States needs a sweeping energy policy (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) http://bit.ly/YSy5hJ

 

STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Energy Nominee Moniz Sees Fracking as Bridge to Renewables (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/13b1WJf
  2. Silicon Valley Shifting to Power Grid After Solar Sours (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/Ztr5ds
  3. Maryland man sentenced to nearly 13 years in renewable energy fraud case (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/VUfQh5
  4. Md., D.C. utilities pay paper mills burning ‘black liquor’ for alternative fuel credits (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/XGQyzN
  5. Oregon to review $30M in tax credits for wind farm (Statesman Journal) http://stjr.nl/XzVlkI
  6. Cape Wind: Regulation, Litigation And The Struggle To Develop Offshore Wind Power In The U.S. (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/121Qm3y
  7. Below-average US Northwest hydro year will boost natgas demand: Barclays (Platts) http://bit.ly/XReTCZ

 

NEW RESOURCES

  1. Report on the implementation of the p.a. 295 renewable energy standard and the cost-effectiveness of the energy standards (Michigan Public Service Commission) http://1.usa.gov/ZhiN8e


TOP CLIPS:

National & State Politics

  1. McDonnell signs bill repealing renewable energy bonuses for Va utilities, makes other changes (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/XFEIpy
  2. NREL’s economic impact $815M, CU’s Leeds estimates (Denver Business Journal) http://bit.ly/XveR4S
  3. Op-ed: Time to jump on Obama’s energy recommendations (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/WgzzSF
  4. EDITORIAL: Wind energy needs incentives (Rapid City Journal) http://bit.ly/YJB0uc
  5. A Gas Tax Is Much, Much, More Efficient Than The CAFE Standards So Why Have We The CAFE Standards? (Forbes) http://onforb.es/YoAC4x


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Experts hold out hope for solar energy (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) http://bit.ly/VH5WwC
  2. NCSEA: Clean energy brings down costs of electricity in North Carolina (Solar Server) http://bit.ly/XqZzOB
  3. Big Solar Looks To Grow With Precise Cloud Forecasts (Earth Techling) http://bit.ly/W5hVGS
  4. February is a Month of More and More Broken Solar Records in California (KCET Rewire) http://bit.ly/Wl9H8h
  5. Clean Energy Advocates Cry Foul Over Hydropower Legislation (Ozarks First) http://bit.ly/ZtOSdc
  6. Proposed wind farm off Atlantic City coast stirs debate over costs (Philly.com) http://bit.ly/13heRJz


Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

  1. Two Dem legislators urge McDonnell to nix $100 hybrid fee (Virginia Pilot) http://bit.ly/YPW967
  2. $2.2 billion project will overhaul Minnesota's electrical grid (Star Tribune) http://bit.ly/ZtOBa3
  3. Big Oil's big smear (Tampa Bay Online) http://bit.ly/X5s1G7
  4. Electric vehicles to get Fort Collins jump-start (The Coloradoan) http://noconow.co/Zqf2h3
  5. Flipping The Switch: What It Takes To Prioritize Electric Cars (National Public Radio) http://n.pr/15EZvyd
  6. West Michigan Environmental Action Council: Mine buildings, tap infrastructure for Michigan’s cheapest, cleanest energy (Mlive.com) http://bit.ly/Ys5SBE


Business & Investing

  1. Demand For The Model S Looks Solid But Will Tesla Live Up To The Hype? (Seeking Alpha) http://bit.ly/ZDOyMM
  2. Boulder sees upside if the Colorado city breaks from Xcel Energy (Minnesota Star Tribune) http://bit.ly/XRcZSU

Be sure to check out Energy Fact Check’s new Featured Fact Check debunking the claim that “renewable energy is unreliable and must be continually backed up by fossil fuels for times when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.”(http://bit.ly/YReP6g)
Sample Tweet: Think renewables are unreliable? Think again. Renewables provide steady and reliable electricity via @EnergyFactCheck http://bit.ly/YReP6g

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK
1. Solar and wind power are no panacea for climate change (Baltimore Sun) http://bsun.md/V8P6Xf
a) According to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “the integration of 35% wind and solar energy into the electric power system will not require extensive infrastructure if changes are made to operational practices” (such as forecasting and scheduling). (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory,http://1.usa.gov/WpTHFj)
b) Several techniques are used to mitigate the variability challenges of renewable resources. For example, frequent scheduling of generation and interchanges reduces the need for continuously-running fossil fuel reserves. Additionally, “increasing the size of the geographic area over which the wind and solar resources are drawn from substantially reduces variability.” (Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, http://1.usa.gov/WpTHFj)
More from Energy Fact Check’s new Featured Fact Check on renewable energy reliability >> http://bit.ly/YReP6g
2. An unwise wind plan is back in Maryland (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/12iR5Ij
a) The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates that the potential for offshore wind power in the U.S. is four times greater than the country's current total generating capacity from all sources (Source: NREL, http://1.usa.gov/cjaMXu).
b) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that by 2030, the development of 54,000 MW of offshore wind projects in the U.S. could create more than 43,000 permanent operations and maintenance jobs and approximately 20.7 direct jobs per annual megawatt (MW) (Source: NREL, http://1.usa.gov/bdlFAB).
3. The Wind Power Tax (Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/12ERdGI

STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION
1. The Challenges of Financing Renewable Energy (Platts) http://bit.ly/154gIRn
2. Murkowski energy plan would gut the RFS (Biomass Magazine) http://bit.ly/XgzZcJ
3. Winds of change: Texas poised to double wind energy output (KENS 5 San Antonio) http://bit.ly/YOmTEQ
Sample Tweet: #Texas is becoming a #renewableenergy powerhouse. The state leads in #windenergy production & is poised for a lot more. http://bit.ly/YOmTEQ
4. Solar neighborhood projects shine in ‘sunbreak’ Seattle (Seattle Times) http://bit.ly/VMk3Ob
5. Maryland Ocean Turbines Seen Powering Offshore Energy (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/12jUeHZ
Sample Tweet: Maryland offshore wind turbines would power over 60,000 houses, create jobs, and mark the emergence of an industry. http://bloom.bg/11Bo2F2
6. Germany has five times as much solar power as the U.S. — despite Alaska levels of sun (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/ULcdtd
7. Solar Battle Afoot In Arizona Due To Cheap Solar? (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/UXD8lI
8. Rocky Barker: Fox News doesn't shine with solar story (Idaho Statesman) http://bit.ly/UWmm6w
9. 7 Solar, Wind, Energy Efficiency, Geothermal, & EV Charts & Graphs From Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/VMQDok
10. In the Rockies, Growing Support for Renewables (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/U5yK2g
Sample Tweet: Renewable energy and protection of public lands gains increasing support among voters in the Rocky Mountain states. http://nyti.ms/U5yK2g

STORIES TO WATCH
1. Kansas considers pulling plug on renewable energy standards (Topeka Capital Journal) http://bit.ly/12iQl5Z
2. Corn shortage idles 20 ethanol plants nationwide (Minnesota Public Radio) http://bit.ly/U30Vz0
3. It’s Not Easy Being Green (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/Y0zsvD
4. Solar power boom fuels increase in hazardous waste sent to dumps (Star Tribune) http://bit.ly/XzGU11Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse (Houston Chronicle) http://bit.ly/XwALR7
5. Tesla Motors Approaches Crossroad (Wall Street Journal) http://on.wsj.com/X15q9V
6. Plugging In, Dutch Put Electric Cars to the Test http://nyti.ms/Z5naHg

TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics
1. Vermont’s flawed renewable energy policy (Times Argus) http://bit.ly/WYhHPJ
2. Shumlin: Don’t ban windmills (Bennington Banner) http://bit.ly/VaGtLR
3. The New Sustainable Energy Factbook: A Strong Case for Consistent Policy (Think Progress) http://bit.ly/WXB7El
4. United States Aims To Win Clean Energy Race (Earth Techling) http://bit.ly/Y3Z22O
5. DOE, US Treasury Announce New, $150M Round Of Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/150Klmx
6. Sen. Murkowski: 'Energy is good' (The Hill) http://bit.ly/WL3hAR
7. Kerry cool to Keystone XL project, pushes clean energy (The Star Phoenix) http://bit.ly/X0QybC
8. Climate change and the president (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/WYMkkS

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass
1. Wind Energy Jobs Trickle Back Post Wind Tax Credit Extension (Earth Techling) http://bit.ly/14LVRBe
2. New Yorkers' Green Helps Wind Power Supply More Of The Power Grid (NY1) http://bit.ly/V9ccwW
3. Texas Wind Power Transmission Set To Skyrocket As Energy Exec Hints At End Of Nukes (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/VO6Cx9
4. Nebraska behind the game in renewable energy (KOTA News) http://bit.ly/12Fox0d
5. Solar power sees cheaper prices (The Daily Targum) http://bit.ly/YQNmBD
6. Wind farm giant goes after 'myths' (New Hampshire Union Leader) http://bit.ly/YQI0pX
7. With federal tax credit renewed, new life breathed into wind industry (Austin Statesman) http://bit.ly/VKcEPp

Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification
1. USDA: No time to rest on biofuels success (The Messenger) http://bit.ly/Y37OhI
2. Ventura County paves smoother road for electric vehicles (VC Star) http://bit.ly/VNIqem
3. New E15 fuel configuration gets approval in US (Biofuels International) http://bit.ly/Y5UuZJ
4. A look at the green cars at the Chicago Auto Show (Daily Herald) http://bit.ly/12lu1sq
5. Lawmaker wants to extend carpool lane access for clean cars (Los Angeles Times) http://lat.ms/WyPVcP

Business & Investing
1. Investments in renewable energy sector to triple by 2020: study (Business Standard) http://bit.ly/U5iYUZ
2. Is It Smart To Go Long On First Solar? (Seeking Alpha) http://bit.ly/XxeXF6

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 20:00

EFC News - January 18, 2013

Written by

 

ECG – 1.18.13

TREND ANALYSIS
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a report urging the “U.S. to capitalize on the hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy investment.” The study shows that the United States can greatly benefit from the inevitable global shift to renewable energy, possibly securing 14.5% or $267 billion of the global market over the next 6 years (http://bit.ly/WmXal2 ). Governor Jay Inslee echoed similar sentiment during his inauguration speech this week stating Washington needs to be a global leader in clean energy. (http://bit.ly/105G6kl )


More Americans continue to find employment in the renewable energy industry. Vestas is ramping up operations and hiring more workers at its Pueblo plant in Colorado after the extension of the PTC which Vestas felt was “critical to keeping U.S. wind in play” (http://bit.ly/11A9Z1b). Austin Texas has seen a significant increase in the number of solar installation companies the past 8 years partnered with strong job growth. (http://bit.ly/XaCuet)


The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a report Thursday titled “American Taxpayer Investment, Foreign Corporation Benefit,” claiming foreign companies received approximately four billion of the $16 billion spent on the Department of Energy’s 1603 program (http://fxn.ws/SPPX0n). Energy Fact Check’s previous assessment of the 1603 program shows that the program created American jobs and attracted investments in the American market. (http://bit.ly/13ICBUy )


Private investment for renewable energy remains strong, as 2012 was the second highest year for private investment on record and financiers continue to expect strong clean tech investment 2013. This week, Goldman Sachs, “the top arranger for renewable-energy stock offerings last year” is predicting a rebound in the renewable energy industry.(http://buswk.co/XisH66 ) Stuart Bernstein who heads the Goldman Sachs renewable unit said “It feels like the worst is behind us.” BP also released a new study predicting “renewable to continue to be the fastest growing class of energy over the next several years.”( http://bit.ly/WdunPU )

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK
1. DRIESSEN: Obama’s wishful thinking on green energy (Washington Times) http://bit.ly/UUVXQK
2. US taxpayers giving $4B to foreign firms for green energy projects, study says (Fox News) http://fxn.ws/SPPX0n
3. House report: 2009 stimulus program sent $4B to foreign green energy companies (Washington Examiner) http://bit.ly/WMn0NX
4. Guest opinion: Advice, dissent needed on Obama's 'Key Three' (Daily Camera) http://bit.ly/13LZqqG

STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION
1. Wind Beat Natural Gas As America's Fastest-Growing Power Source In 2012 (Business Insider) http://read.bi/102LPrd
Sample Tweet: What was the fastest-growing power source in 2012? #Windenergy by far! http://read.bi/102LPrd
2. US urged to capitalise on hundreds of billions in renewable energy investment (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/VveHJi
3. Goldman Leading Renewable Offerings Says Slump Is Ending (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/VMK0QY
Sample Tweet: Goldman Sachs gearing up for increased investment in #renewableenergy, forecasting strong investment landscape. http://buswk.co/VMK0QY
4. Sustainable energy center has new admiral (U-T San Diego) http://bit.ly/103D9Ro
5. Clean Tech and the Big Turnaround (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/VNq3te
6. U.S. Wind Power Accounted for 6% of Generation Capacity in 2012 (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/VvGU2E
7. Solar cheap enough to compete without subsidies in parts of U.S. (Fox Reno) http://bit.ly/10EdCE9

STORIES TO WATCH
1. Study of state’s renewable-power mandate has support of environmentalists, utility companies (Montana Independent Record) http://bit.ly/Xi2tkc
2. Va. lawmakers considering changes to utility incentives (Virginia Pilot) http://bit.ly/XdFgj4
3. Vestas To Make More Products for other Wind Companies -Operating Chief (Fox Business) http://fxn.ws/SQeC51
4. Aemetis Idles California Ethanol Plant, Plans Sorghum Shift (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/W8NZUC

NEW RESOURCES
1. Renewable Energy Industries’ Contribution to the North Dakota Economy (North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy) http://bit.ly/VvEelG

TOP CLIPS
National & State Politics
2. DOE names new Bonneville Power Administration chief (The Hill) http://bit.ly/WaSHRD
3. Pew advocates national clean-energy standard (Philadelphia Inquirer) http://bit.ly/Xi1hxi
4. U.S. Missing the Boat on Clean Tech, Pew Study Finds (Green Tech Media) http://bit.ly/WjKcEA
5. Obama to focus on renewable energy, climate change (Salon) http://bit.ly/U5oiGP
6. Aspen takes public comments about its energy future (Denver Post) http://bit.ly/10liOM9
7. Energy Secretary Chu Said to Plan Departure From Cabinet (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/1023qPR
8. Theresa Drake: Idaho Power proposal will encourage small-scale renewable projects (Idaho Statesman) http://bit.ly/13Jptib
9. Breaking Down the Federal Clean Energy Innovation Budget: Demonstration Projects (Consumer Energy Report) http://bit.ly/VrH3nP
10. Building on President Obama’s Clean Energy Successes (Center for American Progress) http://bit.ly/W2PM0l
11. Clean Line Energy working to bring clean wind energy to Missouri (KSDK News) http://on.ksdk.com/Vbkd6O
12. Outer Banks institute goes deep for clean energy (Virginia Pilot) http://bit.ly/103N7C5

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass
1. Renewable energy companies get second wind with tax credit extension (Houston Business Journal) http://bit.ly/UAnxVl
2. Renewable energy surge (Austin Business Journal) http://bit.ly/VatesS
3. Oregon wave energy plan ready for vote after four years of work (The Oregonian) http://bit.ly/XfF9DO
4. Wind Farm Coming To Eastern Nebraska (NBC News 6 Nebraska) http://bit.ly/WmDr4I
5. WWF Report Finds Solar Land Use Doesn’t Conflict With Conservation Goals (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/VtTBLz
6. It takes a whole lot of energy to start a wind farm (Sacramento Business Journal) http://bit.ly/WaUXZd
7. Contractors named for wind energy transmission project (NJ Biz) http://bit.ly/UUP1mE
8. Mass Megawatts brings low-cost wind energy system to market (Boston Business Journal) http://bit.ly/13LZQNx
9. Proposal resubmitted for Anaconda wind farm (The Montana Standard) http://bit.ly/UAqK74

Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification
1. Report highlights economic impact of ethanol in N.D. (Ethanol Producer Magazine) http://bit.ly/13Lqyqx
2. Could our Corn Belt "grow" energy more efficiently--and help clean up our waters too? (Natural Resources Defense Council) http://bit.ly/103HhAK
3. GM remains 'excited' for electric cars (WOOD TV Michigan) http://bit.ly/S9z0MF
4. Recharging electric cars no big deal (Portland Tribune) http://bit.ly/10iNnSI
5. J.D. Power: Fuel Economy Is #1 Car Criteria, But Bad Styling Can Keep Customers Away (Washington Post) http://wapo.st/XhpcO4
6. EPA: New Ford Fusion Energi Delivers 620-Mile Range, 21 In EV Mode; Beats Honda Accord, Toyota Prius PHEVs (Automotive World) http://bit.ly/VvHv4C
7. Why 2012 was pivotal for next-gen transportation (Sustainable Business Oregon) http://bit.ly/Wl1b9z

 

 

Thursday, 10 January 2013 19:00

EFC News - January 10, 2013

Written by

STORIES FOR PUSHBACK  

  1. Food Costs are Eating American Family Budgets(Farmecon) http://bit.ly/UNf0hs          
    a) Many opponents of renewable fuel claim that 40% of the nation’s corn crop goes toward ethanol, limiting the supply for other uses. 40% of the nation’s corn crop is purchased by the ethanol industry. However much of that corn, as we can see, is used to produce distillers grains, a high-protein, high value and highly nutritious animal feed. (http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/131100/err114.pdf)

    Sample Tweet: The Renewable Fuel Standard lessens our dependence on oil and doesn't increase food prices. Ethanol works for America. http://bit.ly/ZwnqtR

    b) Accounting for the production of this important coproduct, only 16% of the nation’s net corn crop actually goes in to making ethanol, a significantly lower number.[2] And globally, only 3% of the grain crop goes toward ethanol. (http://www.growthenergy.org/news-media/press-releases/un-spreading-misinformation-about-biofuels/)
    c) According to the United States Department of Agriculture and the Economic Research Service, 84% of food costs are derived from non-farm costs, leaving the cost of food that derives from the farm at 16%. (http://www.growthenergy.org/news-media/ethanol-in-the-news/growth-energy-attempts-to-alter-requests-for-rfs-waiver/)


STORIES FOR AMPLIFICATION

  1. Former White House aide defends 'green' stimulus, says 720K jobs were created (The Hill) http://bit.ly/WztQWK

    Sample tweet: How do you create 720,000 jobs, leverage billions in investment, and        reduce carbon emissions? Invest in #cleanenergy. http://bit.ly/10i03Kn

    b) Joseph Aldy, a Harvard University economist praises the green stimulus for creating 720,000 jobs. http://bit.ly/10i03Kn
  2. Google Invests $200 Million in 161-Megawatt Texas Wind Farm (Bloomberg Businessweek) http://buswk.co/TMFBfE Sample Tweet: Google continues to invest in #renewableenergy to reduce energy costs and mitigate carbon footprint. http://buswk.co/VRnsvq
  3. Wind Tax Credits Breathe New Life Into Our Economy (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/ZrBTan
  4. Pattern Energy Starts Providing Wind Power for Sempra (Bloomberg) http://bloom.bg/13j0oKG
  5. Joint base housing to get $35-million solar-panel project (Philly Burbs) http://bit.ly/ZLbxFc
  6. Solyndra stunk. The green stimulus didn’t. (Washington Post Wonk Blog) http://wapo.st/Ski2fZ
  7. Guest column: Science proves wind energy is safe for Wisconsin (Green Bay Press Gazette)  http://gbpg.net/WDDp6S


STORIES TO WATCH

  1. Mill officials say renewables not to blame for Maine's high energy costs (Maine Sun Journal) http://bit.ly/VR6s8s
  2. President Obama’s Clean Energy Progress: How the Top 10 Energy Priorities Fared During His First Term (Center for American Progress) http://bit.ly/XMCVlK
  3. Chinese Firm Buys U.S. Solar Start-Up (New York Times) http://nyti.ms/VSVsqK
  4. Maryland Senate President Miller: 'Wind energy will pass' (Washington Business Journal) http://bit.ly/XmP50F
  5. Obama administration cuts hybrid, electric buys (Detroit Free Press) http://on.freep.com/TMumUu


NEW RESOURCES

  1. A Preliminary Review of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Clean Energy Package (Resources for the Future) http://bit.ly/RGuB3H
  2. Interactive Tool For Developing A Cleaner Energy Future (Clean Technica) http://bit.ly/Sm2Qij
  3. Unleashing Private-Sector Energy R&D (American Energy Innovation Council) http://bit.ly/13i8Jzd


TOP CLIPS

National & State Politics

  1. Wyden names energy committee staff (The Hill) http://bit.ly/11gMSbY
  2. Incentives Watch: Fiscal Cliff Legislation Temporarily Bolsters Renewable Energy Industry (Bloomberg BNA) http://bit.ly/11j15VX
  3. Desert Plan Could Fast Track Green Energy Projects (KPBS News) http://bit.ly/VfoS5R


Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Google Keeps Its Renewable Energy Investments Going (The Atlantic) http://bit.ly/VTqyys
  2. Google puts $200 million in Texas wind farm (San Francisco Chronicle) http://bit.ly/ULVIsQ
  3. The Promises and Challenges of Wind Power in the US (Huffington Post) http://huff.to/11iGfWw
  4. Wind Energy: Twisting and Turning and Getting Bent out of Shape (Forbes) http://onforb.es/XNPs8B
  5. The Wind Technology Testing Center: Pushing the Envelope on Wind Technology (Forbes) http://onforb.es/XN7jN0
  6. What can the city 'claw back' in solar deal? (San Antonio Express News) http://bit.ly/UXJvCv
  7. Sempra completes first phase of Arizona solar power plant (Reuters) http://reut.rs/XQVXHD
  8. Under Construction: The World's Largest Thermal Solar Plant (NPR) http://n.pr/ULm3eo


Vehicles, Biofuels, Electrification

  1. Renewable Fuels Group Excited About Governor Leading Biofuels Coalition (WNAX Radio 750) http://bit.ly/ZvSWrS
  2. Novozymes gets $2.5M to research turning corn waste into fuel (Sacramento Business Journal) http://bit.ly/13jj5yL
  3. 43 Alternative fuel vehicles we’ll see by 2015 (The Spokesman Review) http://bit.ly/11iXya3


Business & Investing

  1. Warren Buffett continues his solar project buying spree (Daily Caller) http://bit.ly/Xktsye
  2. Solar VC funding halves in 2012 says report (Power Engineering) http://bit.ly/RFuwNF

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