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Coal, Renewables Mix Well In West, NREL Report Says

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

Volkswagen US CEO: Expect An ‘Array’ Of Electric Vehicles

September 24 -- Electric vehicles are a must have segment for automakers looking to compete in the long term, although traditional engine types will continue to be important, Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group of America CEO, told CNBC on Monday. Browning said that the German automaker's strategy is to roll out a 10-year growth plan, which includes a ramp-up in electric vehicle production. >>View Article

Choose Wind Power For Western Pennsylvania

September 24 -- Over the past 30 years, Pittsburgh has been creating a healthier city. Pittsburgh has worked hard to clean up its air. Unfortunately, the people of Pittsburgh still must breathe too much air pollution, pollution that threatens their health and even risks their lives. The American Lung Association published in April our latest "State of the Air" report with local grades on air quality. "State of the Air 2013" showed that the Pittsburgh region ranked eighth in the nation in year-round particle pollution and 24th for ozone, from data gathered between 2009 and 2011. >>View Article

WSJ Debunks WSJ's Renewable Energy Myths

September 24 -- The Wall Street Journal debunked several of what it labeled "myths" about renewable energy on Monday. But the paper itself has promoted several of these myths in the past, obscuring the promising growth of renewable energy as prices rapidly decline. According to Wall Street Journal reporter Keith Johnson, "[o]ld ideas die hard" when it comes to renewable energy. He went on to debunk "six myths about renewable energy" that he said stemmed from "outdated facts and assumptions." >>View Article

Geothermal Could Be Key To Figuring Out Nome's Costly Power Problem

September 24 -- Scientists and drillers are searching for hot water -- and lots of it -- at Pilgrim Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Nome on Alaska’s western coast. A drill rig is currently chewing away at the earth, and has passed 750 feet in depth. Once it reaches 1,000 feet, groups interested in a geothermal power plant there may have their answer: can the hot springs supply enough geothermal energy to make it a worthwhile endeavor? >>View Article

Wind Power Now Competitive With Conventional Sources

September 23 -- The state’s biggest utilities, in a milestone for New England’s wind power industry, have signed long-term contracts to buy wind-generated electricity at prices below the costs of most conventional sources, such as coal and nuclear plants. The contracts, filed jointly Friday with the Department of Public Utilities, represent the largest renewable energy purchase to be considered by state regulators at one time. If approved, the contracts would eventually save customers between 75 cents and $1 a month, utilities estimated. >>View Article

Money Talks For Wind Energy

September 23 -- One thing is for sure, Google is putting its money where its mouth is where green energy is concerned. One of the big boys of the Internet age, Google recently announced it plans to use even more Texas Panhandle wind to reach its goal of powering the cyberspace giant with 100 percent renewable energy — an objective pulled straight from Google’s website. >>View Article

For The Sake Of America's Families, Pass The Energy Efficiency Bill

September 23 -- The Christian Coalition believes that energy efficiency is a family value issue.  What could be more important for the family than helping families save money in these hard economic times?  That’s why we support Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and the bipartisan bill he has co-authored with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) – the bill will be good for America’s families. >>View Article

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