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October 1 -- Congress and the American people have been told a number of stories about the causes of rising prices for Renewable Identification Numbers — the credits oil refiners and importers use to demonstrate compliance with the renewable-fuel standard. What’s really behind this year’s rapid rise in the price of RINs? And will their cost be passed to consumers at the pump? >>View Article

October 1 -- The Hill recently carried on its blog an attack on wind power by Christine Harbin of Americans for Prosperity, a group which is funded by competing energy industries and which, not surprisingly, strongly supports them instead.  If there is a sense of déjà vu from reading Harbin’s column, which calls for ending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC), it’s because her claims are the same misinformed chatter about wind power and the tax credit that we’ve had to get used to in recent years from other special-interest groups.  >>View Article

October 1 -- Hybrid vehicles may have had pole position so far in the race to a sustainable transportation future, but electric-only vehicles are about to pull even – and they’re both becoming a significant part of global vehicle sales. Combined worldwide sales of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles will reach 6.6 million annual units by 2020 and become almost 7% of the total light-duty vehicle market, according to Navigant Research’s 2013-2020 Electric Vehicle Market Forecast. >>View Article

September 30 -- The Western U.S. could reap huge benefits in pollution savings and reduced spending on fossil fuels by installing more wind and solar power plants, according to a comprehensive new analysis released today by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The study found that obtaining 25 percent of electricity in the Western U.S. from renewable energy will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by up to 34 percent and save $7 billion annually in fossil fuel costs. The NREL report also conclusively puts to rest the fossil fuel industry myth that wind energy’s pollution savings are smaller than expected because fossil-fired power plants run at lower efficiency when wind is generating electricity. Even at the very high level of renewable energy use examined in the report, the impact on the efficiency of fossil-fired power plants was found to be “negligible,” reducing the carbon emissions reduction benefits of wind and solar by only 0.2 percent, so that on net wind and solar produced 99.8 percent of the expected emissions savings. >>View Article

Monday, 30 September 2013 15:14

Google Nearly Doubles Wind Energy Portfolio

September 30 -- For the past few years, Google has been at the forefront of some of the largest projects between the renewable energy industry and the private sector. Collectively, the company has committed over $1 billion to renewable energy projects since 2010. But efforts to mitigate its carbon footprint started years before. In 2007, for example, Google installed thousands of solar panels on the rooftop of its Mountain View, California corporate headquarters. The panels greatly contribute to the power at the facility, offering 1.9 megawatts of solar capacity at any given time. On their Google Green webpage, the company touts that it has covered over a third of its operations’ electrical draw through renewable energy resources. >>View Article

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:58

A Reasonable Model For Clean Energy Leadership

September 30 -- In a week full of crazy Republican extremism, a common-sense moderate feels like a breath of fresh air. One of those welcome breezes is blowing out of Michigan, where Governor Snyder has made it clear that threats of a Tea Party primary challenge won't distract him from doing what is best for his state. >>View Article

Monday, 30 September 2013 14:45

Grid Sets Green Energy Record

September 30 -- Power production from renewable sources hit a record Thursday afternoon in San Diego Gas & Electric Co.’s service territory, utility spokeswoman Jennifer Ramp said Friday. About 1,000 megawatts were pumped into the grid from renewable sources such as wind and solar, she said. That was nearly a third of Thursday’s peak consumption of 2,924 megawatts.  >>View Article

September 30 -- RINs don’t have to be complicated. But it sure helps the opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) if people think they are. Over the past nine months, Big Oil and its apologists have elevated the lowly RIN – an acronym for Renewable Identification Number - to near super-villain status, citing high RIN prices as “proof” that the RFS has to be scrapped. >>View Article

Thursday, 26 September 2013 16:06

Geothermal Generation Gaining New Customers

September 26 -- As Southern California Edison scrambles to replace the 2,200 megawatts of critical power it lost with the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, the utility appears to be cutting another source from its energy mix — geothermal power from the Salton Sea. >>View Article

September 26 -- Wind power is no longer an insignificant energy source in the United States. Turbines across the country provided 4 percent of the nation's electricity last year — enough to power half of Mexico. >>View Article

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