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Defense Bill Preserves Military Biofuels Program

December 19 -- A House-Senate deal on defense legislation omits a GOP-backed plan to thwart military purchases of biofuels.  The Senate already had stripped restrictive language from its version of the defense authorization bill last month, making it differ from the House. House and Senate negotiators took cues from the Senate's version.  >>View Article

Indianapolis To Swap All City Vehicles For EVs And Hybrids

December 18 -- You read that right. The first U.S. city to outfit itself entirely with electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids is Indianapolis, Indiana. Time to up your game, San Francisco and Austin. Mayor Greg Ballard signed the order mandating that official city-use sedans will be swapped for electrically driven vehicles in the coming year, with more vehicles to follow. >>View Article

Amid Global Trade Fight, A Bright Year For Solar Use In The U.S.

December 17 -- The United States installed more solar panels in 2012 than in any previous year, according to a new report, with residential use of solar power up 70 percent over 2011. By the end of this year, homeowners, businesses and utility companies will have installed enough photovoltaic cells to produce 3.2 gigawatts (or GW) of electricity in the United States, up from 1.9 GW last year, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. >>View Article

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