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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

Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:50

Turn Your Leftovers Into Energy

September 26 -- If we can turn sewage into energy, why not food—at least this is US-based Kroger’s plan for contributing to clean energy production initiatives. US based Kroger unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that can't be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs and Food 4 Less food division. >>View Article

September 26 -- Former state legislator Louis Blessing Jr. is scratching his head over his old colleague Bill Seitz’s plan to rework Ohio’s renewable and energy efficiency standards. >>View Article

September 25 -- A study by a group that advocates curbing U.S. reliance on oil said changing the kinds of cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. could improve economic growth over the long term and reduce the budget deficit. The study, “Oil and the Debt,” was commissioned by Securing America’s Future Energy, a group that includes business and military leaders seeking reduced oil dependence. It was prepared by Keybridge Research LLC, whose prior work on federal budget issues highlighted some of the same issues. >>View Article

September 25 -- BrightSource Energy’s massive solar farm in a remote corner of California delivered its first flow of power to the grid, an important step for demonstrating that the project is on the final path to become a fully operating power plant, the company said Tuesday. >>View Article

September 25 -- Coal-fired power plants and wind farms can find happiness together in the West — that is the finding of a new National Renewable Energy Laboratory study. The impact that renewables have on coal and natural-gas base-load generation has been one of the concerns about adding more renewable generation to the power grid. Some studies have indicated that ramping up and down fossil-fuel plants to accommodate wind and solar ends up creating expense and pollution. The NREL study, however, concluded that with the offsets in operation and fuel savings from renewable energy, the benefits outweigh the costs. >>View Article


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