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IKEA completes geothermal work at future Kansas location

June 11 -- Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA announced Tuesday it had completed its underground geothermal work on a future store near Kansas City, Kan., which is scheduled to open in the fall.

The store in Merriam will be the second IKEA store in the nation with geothermal heating and cooling, the company said in a news release. IKEA Centennial near Denver has used the technology since opening in 2011. >>View Article

Nothing partisan about renewing American wind power incentives

June 11 -- At a time when Congress needs to demonstrate to the American people that it can still get important things done, it has a unique opportunity to do exactly that by renewing its commitment to critical wind energy incentives. We urge the Senate to pass its package of tax incentives that includes key credits for renewable energy. In doing so, Congress can show it is still focused on priorities that matter most to the public—encouraging the creation of good-paying jobs and spurring private sector investment. >>View Article

Value of Hydropower in a New Era

June 10 -- For well over a century, hydropower has been a reliable, low-cost, clean component of America’s electricity portfolio. It powered the nation through the Great Depression and helped fuel our war effort during World War II, becoming a mainstay of economic growth and national security. >>View Article

Clean Energy Opportunities

June 10 -- Tackling climate change is one of America's greatest economic opportunities. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released groundbreaking standards that will limit carbon pollution from existing power plants - the single largest source of greenhouse-gas pollution in the United States. These new standards provide an opportunity for Pennsylvania businesses and investors to innovate, reduce risks, and increase returns on their investments. >>View Article

Buffett Ready to Double $15 Billion Solar, Wind Bet

June 10 -- Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay.

Describing the company’s increasing investment in renewable energy at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas yesterday, Buffett had to rely on a deputy, Greg Abel, to remind him just how much they’d committed: $15 billion. >>View Article

Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power

June 9 -- The $100 billion solar power industry is gaining a lot of attention both globally and domestically, attracting high-profile investment from Wall Street giants such as Apple, Google and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. >>View Article

In Some States, Emissions Cuts Defy Skeptics

June 9 -- 

The cries of protest have been fierce, warning that President Obama’s plan to cut greenhouse gases from power plants will bring soaring electricity bills and even plunge the nation into blackouts. By the time the administration is finished, one prominent critic said, “millions of Americans will be freezing in the dark.”

Yet cuts on the scale Mr. Obama is calling for — a 30 percent reduction in emissions from the nation’s electricity industry by 2030 — have already been accomplished in parts of the country. >>View Article

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