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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:40

Google Inks Another Long-Term Wind Contract

September 18 -- Google (GOOG) announced Tuesday that it has agreed to purchase the entire output of the 240-megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm outside of Amarillo, Texas. The wind farm, which is expected to start producing energy in late 2014, is being developed by Chermac Energy, a small, Native American-owned company based in Oklahoma. The wind farm will provide electricity to the Southwest Power Pool, the regional grid that powers Google's data center in Oklahoma. >>View Article

September 18 -- It would be hard for most Americans to look around and conclude that we are in the middle of an historic shift in our energy sector. Gas-powered cars still dominate the roads, most of us don't own a solar PV system, and more than 70 percent of homes still rely on 100-year-old incandescent light bulbs. But within the energy industry, there are major improvements in the economics of renewables, electric vehicles and lighting that are accelerating an increasingly rapid shift in certain sectors. A new report from the Department of Energy report lays out some of these advances in wind, solar PV, LED lighting and electric vehicles throughout the U.S. They're worth a look. >>View Article

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 18:14

Western U.S. States Light The Path For Renewables

September 18 -- The western U.S. stands as a leader among states for renewable energy, with nearly one-third of its energy coming from renewables as the national amount hovers above 10 percent. While states such as California, Arizona and Nevada have an obvious leg up by being home to more solar, wind and geothermal potential, western states also have aggressively set policies that have supported renewables as well as attracted renewable-based companies. >>View Article

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:19

Energy Economy A Defense Against Climate Change

September 17 -- Michigan’s renewed focus on clean energy and energy efficiency are critical to the future of our state and our economy. Gov. Rick Snyder has convened forums across the state asking energy leaders and experts to find the best way forward on energy and will release his recommendations later this year. The Legislature is holding hearings. At the grassroots level, more people today are engaged on this issue, from labor unions and health professionals to conservative Republicans, military leaders and faith groups. Despite our differences, we all recognize that the energy status quo in Michigan is unsustainable. >>View Article

September 17 -- We've marked a number of solar market milestones at GTM. In 2010, the global market installed 10 gigawatts of PV solar in a single year. This year the market will reach more than 34 gigawatts. The 832 megawatts installed in the U.S. in Q2 2013 brings the cumulative operating PV capacity in the U.S. to 8,858 megawatts, according to GTM Research. And that means the U.S. will eclipse the 10-gigawatt-installed mark later this year. >>View Article

September 17 -- Massive population, lots of sunshine and friendly policies have made California the solar leader in the U.S., and two newly passed laws look like they’ll only solidify the state’s position. One bill that cleared the Legislature this week establishes a hefty community solar program; another appears to keep net metering – a huge incentive for rooftop solar – on course for further growth, although the legislation also contains potentially complicating provisions. >>View Article

September 17 -- The western United States’ remarkable renewable energy resource availability, supportive policies, and well-developed supply chains have transformed western states into national leaders in renewable energy development. In 2012, the 13 western states attracted more than half of the country’s combined venture capital, private equity and asset finance investment in the renewable energy sector, and produced approximately 31% of their total energy generation from renewable energy sources – compared to roughly 12% nationally (sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA)). >>View Article

Monday, 16 September 2013 14:41

Michigan Theater Marquee To Run On Sun Power

September 16 -- Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater is going solar. Or at least its marquee is. The solar energy installation marks the first renewable energy project by XSeed Energy, which is part of the Ann Arbor Solar Plan, according to The Ann Arbor News. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities program provided initial funding for XSeed, which resulted from a partnership between the city and Clean Energy Coalition. >>View Article

September 16 -- The rolling hills of northern New Hampshire are among the treasures of New England, and the prospect of an elevated power line cutting across the face of these ranges instinctively seems distressing. This sort of fear — of the destruction of natural beauty as well as the disruption to the local tourism industry due to this damage — has characterized the debate surrounding Northern Pass, a high-voltage transmission line being built by Northeast Utilities that will carry 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. The proposed route runs the length of New Hampshire, and much of the northernmost 40 miles will travel through forestland. It is understandable that the people of New Hampshire are concerned.  >>View Article

September 12 -- The average wind turbine kills three to four birds a year. Operators can face penalties if their turbines kill bald and golden eagles, endangered species and some migratory birds.  That’s according to Dale Strictland, president of Cheyenne-based environmental consulting company Western EcoSystems Technology, which provided technical research for a set of guidelines published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012. If operators follow the guidelines, they can get out of penalties for bird deaths, because the government will presume they worked on good faith and didn’t intend to kill them, he said. >>View Article

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