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Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:16

EFC News - February 21, 2013

ECG – 2.21.13 Renewables Jammin in January
Renewables constitute all new US electricity capacity added in January (The Hill)

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  1. Obama to fast-track permits for green energy, no mention of oil and gas permits (Daily Caller)
  2. Renewable energy's big secret (Washington Times)



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


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


  1. Financial regulation – biased against clean energy and green infrastructure? (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)


National & State Politics

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

Solar, Wind, Hydro, Biomass

  1. Three Ways for a Solar Energy Deal to Fail (AOL Energy)
  2. One more problem for Energy Future Holdings: wind power (Dallas Morning News)
  3. Residents: Solar power plant would destroy Bedminster's rural character (
  4. Green Power: Cheap Ways You Can Get It (Earth Techling)

Vehicles, Biofuels, Geothermal, Electrification

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

Business & Investing

  1. Tesla’s Earnings Indicate Some Customer Cancellations (New York Times)
  2. As Tesla Eyes Profit, Elon Musk Wants to Punch Himself in the Face (Bloomberg Businessweek)

April 17 -- California’s wind energy production levels recently reached a new all-time high of 4,196 megawatts (MW).  >>View Article

April 17 -- Home furniture retailer Ikea has activated what it says is the largest rooftop solar array in Maryland at its distribution center in Perryville.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:49

Toyota's Hybrid Vehicle Sales Pass 5 Million

April 17 -- Toyota's global sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have surpassed 5 million in a milestone for a technology that was initially greeted with skepticism.  >>View Article

April 17 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans Monday to increase energy efficiency on farms and help farmers update their technology with a proposal for streamlined applications for renewable energy funding.  >>View Article

Friday, 12 April 2013 15:47

Solar Power Shines In March

April 12 -- Now, for the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid in March, the Solar Energy Industries Association is announcing. >>View Article

April 12 -- Enviros hoping for details on President Obama’s promised biofuel push got a few answers yesterday in the president’s new budget, which still left some questions as to how the administration plans to pay for expensive new biofuels research. >>View Article

Friday, 12 April 2013 15:40

Union Station Switches To Wind Power

April 12 -- The historic train depot signed a contract with Herndon, Va.-based Washington Gas Energy Services that will see it purchase renewable energy credits from a network of wind farms in order to offset its annual energy consumption. >>View Article

April 12 -- New Jersey's proposal to start funding renewable energy storage projects comes at the same time that the state is cutting renewable energy funding down to $7.5 million for 2014. >>View Article

April 10 -- California wind power generators produced a record 4,196 megawatts of electricity Sunday evening, the state's grid operator reported. >>View Article

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