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Geothermal Power Installations Grow Most Since 1997

April 23 -- Geothermal power producers added the most capacity since 1997 last year as developing nations in Asia and other regions seek alternative energy sources, while installation declined in the U.S., according to the Geothermal Energy Association.

The industry added 530 megawatts of new power plants and total installed capacity now exceeds 12 gigawatts worldwide, the Washington-based trade group said today in its annual report. Geothermal power is growing at 4 percent to 5 percent annually. >>View Article

As Nuclear Power Dies, Solar Rises

April 23 -- At long last, this Earth Day we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age. That sunrise is hastened, here and abroad, by the slow demise of the once-touted "too-cheap-to-meter" Atomic Age of nuclear power.

As utilities find nuclear power less and less cost effective, new solar photovoltaic installations in the United States are springing up. New solar installations in 2013 reached a record 4.2 gigawatts, bringing the total to 10. On average, one gigawatt of solar photovoltaics powers 164,000 U.S. homes. That means power for 1.6 million homes. >>View Article

Google, MidAmerican Sign Renewable Energy Agreement

April 23 -- Iowa's wind energy will fully power the first phase of Google's Council Bluffs data center, adding another Iowa data center that is receiving power from renewable energy.

Under an agreement with Google, MidAmerican Energy will provide up to 407 megawatts of wind-sourced energy to the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology company's Council Bluffs data center. >>View Article

Navy Gets Ready for Two Large Pathways to Alternative Fuel

April 23 -- The Navy plans to create two new acquisition vehicles this year to ensure it has a consistent supply of advanced biofuels.

As an indication of their development, the service says the biofuels will not be any more expensive than the petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels that it has been buying for decades. >>View Article

Editorial: 3's the Charm for PRC on Renewable Credits

April 23 -- Kudos to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for finally plugging into the correct calculation – for the state, utilities and ratepayers – on renewable energy sources.

It took three tries. In November the PRC awarded double credits for each kilowatt-hour of solar generation and triple credits for sources like geothermal and biomass to make it less expensive for utilities to comply with diversity requirements. But that equation masked the real amount of renewable energy being generated. >>View Article

Biofuels Are A Way to Help the Environment

April 22 -- More than four decades of Earth Day celebrations have passed, yet each year we still find ourselves searching for the best way to celebrate the event that has helped to inspire our commitment to protecting the environment.

On this Earth Day, I challenge you to switch to something that’s not only good for our environment, but also renewable, sustainable, inexpensive and produced locally. Filling up with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel supports Iowa jobs, energy security and our economy. >>View Article

Production Tax Credit is Common-Sense Policy

April 22 -- More than four decades of Earth Day celebrations have passed, yet each year we still find ourselves searching for the best way to celebrate the event that has helped to inspire our commitment to protecting the environment.

On this Earth Day, I challenge you to switch to something that’s not only good for our environment, but also renewable, sustainable, inexpensive and produced locally. Filling up with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel supports Iowa jobs, energy security and our economy. >>View Article

Renewable Fuel Experts Say Study Refuting Biofuels is Faulty

April 22 -- Biofuels have been the hope of many when it comes to developing renewable energy that doesn't hurt the environment.

But a new study says that biofuels may be even worse for the environment than traditional gasoline.

The study results do show that biofuels cause 7% more carbon emissions in the short term, but many on the state and national level are saying that the study is flawed in many ways. >>View Article

Apple Gets Greener: Announces Recycling, Renewable Energy Plans

April 22 -- Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company’s website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills. >>View Article

How Mich. Can Fuel U.S. Military with Clean Energy

April 22 -- Throughout the 20th century, Michigan was at the forefront of innovation, pioneering the rise of the automobile and creating a modern transportation sector. Our hard work helped America become a global economic super power.

With clean energy, Michigan has an opportunity to once again lead a great transformation — one that is critical if we want to protect our national security and ensure a vibrant economy and a secure energy future. >>View Article

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