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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:21

Statistically, Ethanol Is A Farm-Friendly Fuel

August 21 -- The Aug. 15 commentary “Yes — reconsider that ethanol blend rate” was chock-full of misrepresentations and cherry-picked data to allow the authors to make a case against other American farmers and the ethanol industry. >>View Article

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 13:48

Charting The Fall Of Solar Prices

August 20 -- The prices of solar cells are falling rapidly, and will keep doing so for the next few years. The big questions revolve around the rate of the price declines. And the panels themselves aren't the only place where cost reductions will be found. America has very high "soft costs" -- installation, permitting, marketing etc. Whittling down these expenses will help, too. >>View Article

August 19 -- The Sunshine State has long been a solar energy laggard, trailing such gray-sky locales as Massachusetts and New Jersey. That might be about to change. >>View Article

August 16 -- Aug. 14, 2003, was a dark day in U.S. history -- in a lot of different ways. It started off as a quiet Thursday. Then a single tree limb in Ohio came crashing down, touching off a power outage which cascaded across eight states and parts of Canada, leaving 50 million Americans in the Northeast in the dark. Commuters were stranded. Businesses closed. People sweltered in the heat. And the U.S. economy took a huge beating, losing an estimated $10 billion. >>View Article

August 14 -- If you want to understand why people so often compare deployment trends in solar photovoltaics (PV) to Moore's law in computing, consider this statistic: two-thirds of all solar PV capacity in place worldwide has been installed since January 2011. >>View Article

August 14 -- Xcel Energy said Tuesday it will purchase another wind farm being developed in North Dakota, the fourth wind power project the Minneapolis-based utility has announced in the past month. >>View Article

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 14:22

Ethanol Is U.S.-Made, Cheaper Than Gas

August 13 -- In “Imaginary optimism” (Comment & Analysis, Aug. 12), The Washington Times asserts that oil companies are being forced to blend cellulosic ethanol that does not exist. The Times also claims that biofuel blending increases pump prices. We get it. The Washington Times is dubious of policies that promote biofuels, but facts are facts. >>View Article

August 9 -- Michael and Sandra Wade had enjoyed lower utility bills thanks to a solar water heater on the roof of a home in Fort Mill. So, when they moved to Charlotte a year and a half ago, they investigated solar options for the new place. >>View Article

August 9 -- More than two years ago, Korean tech company LG Chem opened a battery plant in Holland, Michigan, with a deal to produce batteries for the Chevy Volt. But slow sales have meant not enough work for the plant, which finally went online this month. The first Volts sporting American-made LG Chem batteries will hit streets sometime this fall. >>View Article

Friday, 09 August 2013 16:51

Renewables: A Rising Power

August 9 -- When Ricard Jornet opened his organic beachside restaurant outside Barcelona in 2007, he was determined to power it with the solar panels the Spanish government was then lavishly subsidising. >>View Article

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