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Study: Cali Could Save $1B/Year with Wyoming Wind

March 25 -- A new economic analysis puts more oomph behind the idea of exporting Wyoming wind to California via new transmission.

The Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, a quasi-governmental "instrumentality" of the Cowboy State, Monday released data from a commissioned study at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The study makes the claim that Californian ratepayers could save up to $1 billion annually by importing Wyoming wind on a not-yet-built direct-current line. >>View Article

Wind and Solar Harvest Enough Energy Now to Pay Back Manufacture Plus Add Storage

March 24 -- To be cost-effective, any source of power has to produce more energy than it consumes. Oil companies would hardly turn a profit, for example, if extracting a barrel of oil required the energy output of a second barrel of oil...

Thanks to dramatic improvements in the manufacture of both wind and solar technologies, that appears to be more than possible. A new study published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science finds that wind and solar not only produce enough power to be energetically sustainable but could support grid-scale energy storage as well. >>View Article

Time for the Sun to Rise on Clean Energy, Not Coal

March 24 -- As Illinois, as well as farmers and residents in Vermilion County, find themselves again in the throes of a short-term coal rush with devastating health and environmental impacts, it's time to turn the page on the past and transition to a future with more sustainable economic development. >>View Article

Geothermal the Way to Go in Central Pa.

March 24 -- In 2013, the United States finally became the world’s leader in installed photovoltaic capacity, putting in 4,751 new megawatts of energy production and beating Germany, which had held the lead for the previous 15 years despite having 3.6 percent of America’s land mass, 225 million fewer people and 20 percent less average annual sunlight.

The U.S. also leads the world in the number of geothermal (ground source heat pump) installations; the annual growth rate has doubled in the past decade, making geothermal a $2 billion a year domestic industry. >>View Article

Did Congress Kill Wind Energy Jobs in PA?

March 24 -- Bradley Molinick started work at Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Pa. in 2006, before the plant was even finished...

The company had come to Ebensburg with help from $15 million in tax breaks from the state of Pennsylvania in 2006. It built industrial scale wind turbine blades, more than a hundred feet long. Some of the blades ended up on big windfarms nearby, in the hilly terrain of the southern Alleghenies. Many of these projects benefitted from the PTC.

So in ending its subsidy of the wind energy, was Congress to blame for the job losses at Gamesa? >>View Article

Secure America with Clean Energy

March 24 -- West Virginia has been a national leader in confronting our nation's energy challenges. Throughout the 20th century, it was West Virginians who helped develop the vast fossil fuel resources — like coal — that powered America's rise to a global economic superpower.

And as a native West Virginian, I am proud of our leadership and the role we have played in our nation's energy history.

But today, our energy posture has brought new challenges to light: Climate change — a result of our insatiable need to consume fossil fuels — poses a threat to our national security and global economic stability. >>View Article

Report Touts Benefits of Clean Energy

March 21 -- Governor LePage criticized the state's Green Energy policies at an energy forum Today, saying Maine ratepayers can't afford to subsidize clean energy research and development projects.

His comments came on the same day an environmental group released it's report touting the benefits of clean energy. >>View Article

Reid, Sandoval Laud $5.5B Clean Energy Investment

March 21 -- A new report shows at least $5.5 billion has been invested in Nevada's clean energy sector since 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval held a press conference Thursday at the solar-powered "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign to highlight the report, which was produced by the nonprofit Clean Energy Project. >>View Article

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