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Potawatomi Project Will Use Food Waste To Make Energy

October 28 -- One of Wisconsin's signature industries — food and beverage processing — is getting a cutting-edge flavor in a new renewable energy project scheduled to start operating this week. The project, located in the Menomonee River Valley, just west of the Potawatomi Bingo Casino, will convert food wastes into renewable energy, with the power to be sold to We Energies. >>View Article

U.S. Should Keep Renewable Fuel Standard

October 28 -- This month, we have the dubious honor of recognizing the 40th anniversary of the OPEC Oil Embargo when the cartel declared economic warfare against the U.S. and the West, quadrupling gas prices and sending the country into a crippling decadelong recession. The good news, according to the federal Energy Information Administration, is the U.S. is producing more oil than it has in over 20 years — more than 7 billion barrels per day. We have reduced imports to about a third of our annual consumption. >>View Article

Only Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol Can Keep U.S. From Oil Dependence

October 28 -- It’s been 40 years this month since the oil embargo of October 1973. What have we learned as a nation and what has changed? Unfortunately, not much. Four decades later we are still exposed to oil shocks, disruption and price hikes — because even after 40 years, we still overwhelmingly rely on one source of fuel: oil. During that time we’ve experienced price shock after price shock due to unrest and instability in the Middle East. Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran and now Syria — all unstable oil-producing nations in a region where even the slightest disruptions can have a drastic ripple effect on the supply and price of oil. Ultimately the American consumer is stuck footing the bill for an antiquated energy policy that is reliant on others. >>View Article

Solar Power On The Rise In Golden State

October 28 -- Once we passed Whiskey Pete's, a tawdry castle-turned-casino/hotel where rooms go for $36 a night, I got my first glimpse of Ivanpah, the world's largest solar project, which cost $2.6 billion to build. The contrast between the two structures near the California-Nevada border some 50 miles south of Las Vegas was stunning. Ivanpah, a solar-thermal system jointly owned by Google, BrightSource Energy, and NRG, uses more than 300,000 mirrors (technically called heliostats) to concentrate the sun's energy. The futuristic project will begin generating electricity by year's end for 140,000 California homes. >>View Article

8-State Coalition Pushes Electric Vehicles

October 25 -- Eight states, led by California and New York, are partnering on a plan to boost sales of electric vehicles and increase sales of emissions-free vehicles to 3.3 million by 2025. The states, The New York Times reports, will seek to develop uniformity for car-charging stations and retool building codes to encourage expanded charging options. Other elements of the plan would allow off-peak charging rates and lane, toll, and parking perks for electric-vehicle owners.  >>View Article

Clean Energy Jobs Touch Every Region

October 25 -- The Massachusetts clean energy sector is booming. The sector grew jobs by 11.8 percent this past year, the third year of strong growth. Over the past two years this industry has grown 24 percent, to more than 5,500 clean energy firms employing nearly 80,000 clean energy workers. These achievements are not by accident. They result from a disciplined strategy to grow jobs and opportunity by investing in education, infrastructure and innovation.  >>View Article

49ers' New Stadium Goes Solar To Save Energy

October 25 -- It's almost too good to be true, but the new 49ers stadium used 49 solar panels (big ones) to reach phase one of "net zero" status. That means, during the regular season home games, the entire stadium will not use a drop of power that doesn't come from the sun. That stat comes to us from NRG, the company that did the heavy lifting to put the panels on the stadium roof. The panels themselves come from San Jose-based SunPower, which has been on a roll lately, turning out panels and pleasing investors (SPWR) with a high-flying share price. >>View Article

The Fray’s ‘Love Don’t Die’ At Giant Ivanpah Solar

October 25 -- When U2 ventured out to the California desert in the late ’80s, they used stark empty spaces punctuated by the other-wordly Joshua tree as their thematic backdrop. Now it’s 2013 and a new generation of rockers are traipsing around the desert, but they’ve traded Joshua trees for the implements of big concentrating solar power in a kaleidoscopic new lyric video. That’s the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station in The Fray’s just-released “Love Don’t Die” lead single for the Helios album that will come out in January. The song has absolutely nothing to do with solar power, but you knew that. It’s a nervous, hard-edged declaration that “no matter where we go, or even if we don’t, and even if they try, they’ll never take my body from your side – love don’t die.” >>View Article

Wal-Mart Now Draws More Solar Power Than 38 U.S. States

OCtober 25 -- Solar power and keg stands have one thing in common: Wal-Mart wants to profit from them. In the race for commercial solar power, Wal-Mart is killing it. The company now has almost twice as much capacity as second-place Costco. A better comparison: Wal-Mart is converting more sun into energy than 38 U.S. states. >>View Article

Energy Efficiency: A Solid Long-Term Investment For Alaskans

October 24 -- American billionaire Warren Buffett earned his wealth by focusing on the long-term value of his investments rather than the short-term pricing of stocks. There is an easy way Alaskans too, can make sane smart, long-term investment decisions that made Mr. Buffett successful: energy efficiency. While it’s not as “sexy” as a shiny new wind turbine or gas pipeline, energy efficiency can deliver a stronger return on investment than the stock market, often times paying for itself in just a few short years. Alaska has a goal to increase energy efficiency 15 percent per-capita by 2020, however in order to get there great strides must be made. As construction booms across the state, I encourage developers to help us reach that goal by channeling their inner Buffett and thinking of energy efficiency as a solid long-term investment for Alaska. When considering energy efficiency upgrades, many building owners are reluctant to take on the additional up-front costs associated with these retrofits. While high efficiency light bulbs, appliances and insulation can increase construction costs by 1 to 2 percent, the long-term payoffs are very real. When looking at the cost of a building over 40 years, experts have determined only 11 percent of a building’s life-cycle costs were associated with construction, while 50 percent came from operation and maintenance -- including utilities. Knowing this, why not invest a little more upfront to reduce your building’s utility costs in the future? >>View Article


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