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Mean and Clean: Mission Readiness Through Energy Diversity

June 24 -- For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country. >>VIew Article

Practically Perfect

June 21 -- The conventional wisdom on the Tesla Model S—the most hyped, decorated, and controversial new car in memory—is that it’s a technological marvel, but prohibitively expensive and ultimately impractical, especially for road trips. For all the accolades (Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Automobile of the Year, the highest rating in Consumer Reports history), the review that sticks most in people’s minds is the one by the New York Times’ John M. Broder. You know, the one where the car ran out of batteries on the freeway and had to be towed to a charging station. >>View Article 

RFK Jr.: Renewable energy good for business, nation

June 21 -- Trumpeting the economic benefits of renewable energy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told a receptive Boulder audience June 12 that a good U.S. economic policy would include valuing natural resources as assets to the community, not as resources to be cashed in hastily. >>View Article

The real cause of rising food prices

June 21 -- As restaurant owners and managers in D.C., we have a healthy appreciation for the vibrant role restaurants play in our economy. We take pleasure and pride in providing the highest quality service, freshest ingredients and best menu options for our customers. >>View Article

Energy efficiency expert's view: Efficiency saves jobs and money

June 20 -- A major energy resource exists in Minnesota — somewhere you’d least expect. This resource protects the environment and creates jobs.

It is Minnesota’s manufacturing sector and the way manufacturers use energy. Energy efficiency is considered the largest source of new energy. With investments in proven energy-efficiency measures, Minnesota’s largest manufacturers could conserve 20 percent to 25 percent of the energy they use. Realizing this potential, the Minnesota Legislature recently prioritized energy efficiency as a resource for utility planning, saying cost-effective energy-efficiency projects should be done before spending hundreds of millions on power plants. >>View Article

Free Solar Electricity Service Could Unplug Electron Thievery

June 20 -- Electricity in the U.S. is just too cheap for electron-bootlegging to weigh on the conscience of the urban polite, or on the energy bills of global retail franchisees. A project unveiled yesterday in Brooklyn’s Fort Green Park would improve this informal culture of power sharing by giving away solar-generated electricity for free.

The park’s new Street Charge tower stands 12.5-feet tall and offers six USB charger ports and cables that allow mobile users to charge up as quickly as if they were at home (or at Starbucks). >>View Article

HECO aiming to develop more renewable energy resources to provide lower electricity rates


June 20 -- Hawaiian Electric Company has asked the Public Utilities Commission for permission to negotiate with five proposed projects that could quickly provide low-cost electricity for Oahu. If the PUC approves, HECO will negotiate agreements directly with the developers of the five projects, which include a mix of solar and wind technologies across Oahu with a combined capacity of 64 megawatts. HECO anticipates negotiating long-term, 20-year contracts with each project.

All the combined projects have committed to sell electricity to HECO at an average price of 15.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is about one-third less than prices paid to existing solar and wind energy projects on Oahu and the current cost of generating electricity from oil. >>View Article

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