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US Electrical Grid More Reliable With Renewables

April 18 -- If the U.S. ceases to burn coal, shuts down a quarter of existing nuclear reactors, and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity grid, according to a major new report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI). >>View Article

Toyota Predicts A Hybrid Majority

April 18 -- The man behind Toyota Motor Corp. first generation of hybrids — or vehicles that blend a gasoline-based engine and an electric motor — wasn’t always so confident that the cars would be a hit. “When the question of the future of hybrids first came up…I’d felt quite bold in saying that Toyota cars will be 30% hybrid by 2020,” former chief engineer and current vice chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada told reporters at a briefing in Tokyo on Wednesday. >>View Article

IRS Sets Wind Tax Credit Regulations For 2013 Projects

April 16 -- The Internal Revenue Service completed rules today that define how wind-farm developers can qualify for tax breaks. Under a law signed by President Barack Obama in January, wind projects must begin construction by Dec. 31 to qualify for the production tax credit. That’s looser than the standard from previous years, which required energy production to qualify. >>View Article

How Do We Reverse The Drop In Combined Heat And Power Use?

April 16 -- Combined heat and power (CHP) is an underutilized tool that could have a huge impact on industrial energy efficiency. Recycling heat to generate electricity makes a lot of sense. But how do the benefits of CHP stack up against building new wind, solar, or natural gas that could serve onsite energy needs? >>View Article

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