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Solar Power Cuts Costs At SW Florida Schools

October 8 -- Estero High School flipped the switch Friday on a program that will bring the sun into classrooms as a teaching aid. The Lee County school is among 21 in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties using solar power to reduce energy costs and provide a learning opportunity as part of Florida Power & Light's Solar for Schools initiative. >>View Article

Hundreds Of Jobs Being Added In Little Rock By LM Wind Power

October 8 - Leading wind turbine blade manufacturer, LM Wind Power, ramps up capacity in its U.S. manufacturing base, adding more than 850 jobs to support increased volumes from major customers. LM Wind Power, the world’s leading supplier of blades for wind turbines, today announced that it has doubled its U.S. workforce in less than six months from 350 in April to a little more than 700 in August. >>View Article

Beer Goes Green With Solar Power

October 8 -- Solar-powered breweries are giving bar patrons and consumers one more reason to enjoy a tasty brew—the feeling they’re saving the planet, one sip at a time. Abita Brewing Company, just north of New Orleans, has announced the completion of its 85 KW solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof of its main warehouse. The brewery’s 340 solar panels installed by South Coast Solar are expected to offset 2,737,202 kilowatt hours of electrical usage, making it one of the largest commercial solar systems in the state of Louisiana, reports the Beer Street Journal. Abita Brewing Company’s new solar array is expected to offset 2,054 tons of carbon — the equivalent of planting 10,264 trees. >>View Article

Exporting Maine's Wind Energy

October 7 -- Southern New England utilities must find renewable energy sources, and many are signing contracts with major wind projects in Maine. Maine’s wind power industry is poised to see its biggest period of growth since the state’s first major project was built six years ago, a surge brought on by unprecedented demand for renewable energy in southern New England and by evolving technology that has lowered the cost of producing electricity. >>View Article

Winds Of Change Blow Across Ohio

October 7 -- Two years ago, 152 massive windmills at the Blue Creek Wind Farm started spinning, adding $5 million a year into our regional economy through landowner lease payments and local property taxes. The wind farm instantly solidified the agricultural and wind energy partnership in Van Wert County, allowing our farmers to harvest a new crop of electricity from the wind that seems to blow over their fields nearly endlessly. >>View Article

State Can Do Better With Renewable Energy Use

October 7 -- Environmentalists, utility companies and energy experts had different takes on a draft report released last month on increasing Michigan's renewable energy portfolio standard. The 90-page report concluded there are no technical problems to increasing the standard to as much as 30 percent of electricity production in the state by 2035 from the 10 percent standard that is on schedule to be met by 2015. >>View Article

International Paper Testifies before Congress; Says Time for Truck Weight Reform is Now

October 4 -- The Coalition for Transportation Productivity (CTP), a group of 200 shippers and allied associations dedicated to safely and responsibly increasing the federal vehicle weight limit on interstate highways, today announced that CTP member International Paper (IP) testified before a key Congressional panel that the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act would safely modernize federal truck weight requirements by allowing states to grant interstate access to six-axle trucks weighing up to 97,000 pounds. >>View Article

High-Tech Manhole Covers Wirelessly Charging Cars

October 3 -- When it comes to innovation, some old-school car companies are speeding ahead. Nine automotive companies – including Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and BMW – ranked in the top 20 of Boston Consulting Group’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in 2013. And some newer-school startups are also hoping to disrupt the car space. NYC-based startup HEVO Power, which launched in 2011, sees a huge market in the road ahead for electric vehicles – and is putting money on the company’s prediction that plug-in stations will soon become a thing of the past. >>View Article


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