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Wind Power Said To Beat Natural Gas In Midwest

July 18 -- Xcel is on a wind roll. Days after announcing a subsidiary’s plans to purchase nearly 700 megawatts of wind power for customers in New Mexico and Texas, the company – thought not long ago to be going soft on wind – turned its attention to the Upper Midwest, telling regulators it wanted to add 600 MW of power from three planned wind-farm projects in North Dakota and Minnesota to its portfolio. >>View Article

Addressing Climate Change Grows Our Economy, Creates Jobs

July 18 -- The economic costs of climate change are now clear. From weather-related disasters like Superstorm Sandy to droughts that have wiped out family farms and fueled devastating fires, the United States suffered 11 climate-related disasters last year alone that cost $1 billion -- each. >>View Article

Green With Anger: The Future Is Now For Electric Vehicles

July 18 -- Earlier this week we reported on Ozzie Zehner and his article, “Unclean at Any Speed,” which posited that electric vehicles are not the most environmentally friendly car when you consider the full product life cycle, also known as cradle-to-grave in environmental circles. Our coverage elicited a host of responses debunking Zehner’s debunking.  >>View Article

Tesla Roadster Batteries Aging Well

July 17 -- Long-term owners of laptops, smartphones, and other things powered by lithium-ion batteries are all too familiar with one quality of the world's leading power-storage technology: eventually Li-ion batteries lose their charge. And eventually that same fate will creep into electric vehicles. >>View Article

Don’t Dim Bright Solar Future

July 17 -- The advance of solar power as an economically viable source of energy is a global issue. But if there is a ground zero for solar’s evolution toward becoming a real alternative to carbon-based energy sources, it is Arizona. This state, by definition, should lead the way. >>View Article

Thomas: Utah’s out-of-date energy policy

July 16 -- The recent Western Governors Association meeting in Park City offered a stark reminder of a sad fact: When it comes to energy policy, Utah is stuck in the 19th century, while our neighbors build tomorrow’s clean energy economy. >>View Article

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