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Zerrenner: Claims Against Regulations on Emissions Ignore Reality

August 25 -- In June, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced standards to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan. Currently, power plants emit 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30 percent below 2005 levels. >>View Article

U.S. Navy Eyes Biofuels to Fuel Fleet of the Future

August 25 -- Every single day the U.S. Department of Defense uses 300,000 barrels of oil. It alone accounts for about 2% of America's total daily energy consumption, which makes it the single largest fuel consumer in the country. America's military actually consumes as much energy as the entire population of Nigeria, and there are 140 million people living in Nigeria. Suffice it to say, the military uses a lot of oil, which is why it's looking at alternative fuel sources to wean itself off of oil. One of those alternative sources is biofuels, and this year actually marks the first time the U.S. Navy is including biofuels in its annual procurement for bulk fuels. >>View Article

The Country's Sinking Climate Debate

August 25 -- The national debate on climate change has devolved.

By the late 1990s, big U.S. businesses were beginning to accept that greenhouse gases must be wrung out of the economy. In the 2000s, prominent Republicans such as Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) proposed aggressive anti-emissions policies. By 2008, the presidential candidates of both major parties favored strong national climate strategies. Regardless of who won that election, serious action seemed inevitable. >>View Article

10 Facts About Wind Power

August 25 -- 10. Human civilizations have harnessed wind power for thousands of years. Early forms of windmills used wind to crush grain or pump water. Now, modern wind turbines use the wind to create electricity. Learn how a wind turbine works. >>View Article

Report: Former Energy Efficiency Program was Cost Effective

August 20 -- A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. >>View Article

Department of Energy is Optimistic of US Wind Energy Future

August 20 -- Amid concern over tax incentives, the low cost of wind turbines and the price of wind powered electricity, a federal agency is predicting a large increase in the amount of electricity generated from wind.

"Since 2000 North Dakota has gone from virtually zero megawatts to 1700 megawatts," says Julie Fedorchak, one of three Public Service Commissioners, who oversee the permitting of wind farms. "Wind farm permitting has been quite brisk and I think you can see that across the state with the wind development that we have." >>View Article


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