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Thursday, 22 August 2013 15:46

Climate & the Economy: A Rational Solution

By ACORE Interim CEO, Michael Brower 08/22/2013

It should be no surprise that when Gallup asks Americans to choose between economic growth or protecting the environment – during a time when too many Americans are still out of work, living paycheck to paycheck, drowning with college debt, and underemployed – they choose improving economic growth. But even as the economy remains America’s number one priority; more and more Americans are calling for action on climate change. Most Americans see the environmental and economic challenges climate change poses, but they also recognize--as the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) does--that clean, renewable energy is a solution to both environmental and economic challenges.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:22

Loan Program Boosts U.S. Geothermal

October 15 -- U.S. Geothermal now has its 22-megawatt power plant near Vale, Ore., online, sending electricity produced from Neal Hot Springs into Idaho Power’s grid.But two years ago, the loan guarantee it got from the U.S. Department of Energy was under fire. >>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 24 -- Scientists and drillers are searching for hot water -- and lots of it -- at Pilgrim Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Nome on Alaska’s western coast. A drill rig is currently chewing away at the earth, and has passed 750 feet in depth. Once it reaches 1,000 feet, groups interested in a geothermal power plant there may have their answer: can the hot springs supply enough geothermal energy to make it a worthwhile endeavor? >>View Article

Thursday, 05 September 2013 16:11

Report Shows Geothermal Continues To Grow

September 5 -- According to a new report, there are strong growth signals in the international market for geothermal power. Released by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA), “2013 Geothermal Power: International Market Overview,” identifies 70 countries moving forward with nearly 700 geothermal power projects. >>View Article

August 28 -- The latest US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report with data through to the end of June, 2013, shows that renewable energy generation is continuing to grow, making up over 14% of the nation’s net generation (not including hydroelectric sources). >>View Article

Friday, 23 August 2013 15:21

A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

August 23 -- After several decades in laboratories and niche applications, clean energy technologies are primed for accelerated and widespread expansion in the global power sector. In the United States and around the world, solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources will represent a significant share of the new generating capacity deployed in the coming years and decades. >>View Article

June 14 -- The annual health and environmental benefits to the United States from geothermal energy have been estimated to be $278 million a year, according to the Geothermal Energy Association. Binary geothermal energy plants produce almost no fossil fuel emissions, and other types only trace amounts of pollutants. Argonne National Laboratories found that hydrothermal binary plants have some of the lowest emissions of any energy technology, in their 2010 life-cycle emissions study. Most new geothermal plants that have recently come online in the US are this type. >>View Article

April 18 -- If the U.S. ceases to burn coal, shuts down a quarter of existing nuclear reactors, and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity grid, according to a major new report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI). >>View Article

March 15 -- The United States is on the path to a cleaner and more secure energy future. Since President Obama took office, responsible oil and gas production has increased each year, while oil imports have fallen to a 20 year low; renewable electricity generation from wind, solar, and geothermal sources has doubled. >> View More

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