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Wind Power Here To Stay In Iowa

March 25 -- With the recent layoff of 40 employees at Acciona Windpower in West Branch and larger furloughs last fall at Siemens Energy, Trinity Towers and other Iowa wind turbine component plants, the long-term viability of the industry has been questioned. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Standard Benefits Our Schools

March 25 -- Last year Crossroads College Preparatory School was the first K-12 school in the region with a major solar installation: 364 solar panels totaling 87 kilowatts, enough to power eight homes. Over 10 years, we'll offset the burning of 1 million pounds of coal and save at least $33,000 in energy costs. That's money we can use to support our academic programs. >>View Article

Preserve Renewable Energy Standards

March 25 -- In 2005, the Montana Legislature set a modest, sensible energy standard that 15 percent of the power acquired by utilities would come from renewable energy – primarily wind – by 2015. Now some legislators are working to undermine that standard by redefining it. Changes proposed under Senate Bills 31 and 45 would effectively eliminate wind and solar power in future energy supplies. When lawmakers set the renewable energy standard, Montana had a mere 2 megawatts of generating capacity from wind turbines. Now we have 627 megawatts of capacity. View Article >>

Scientists To Ohio Senators: Continue Clean Energy Standards

March 21 -- Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are urging Ohio state senators to remember the many benefits of the state’s clean energy standards, warning that reliance on biased information from outside groups aimed at ending the standards could harm their state in the long run. >>View Article

How To Cut U.S. Gasoline Use In Half By 2030

March 21 -- This week, the National Academy of Sciences put out a massive — as in, 395-page — report on how the United States can cut gasoline use in half by 2030. And, beyond that, how to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation 80 percent by mid-century. >>View Article

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