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Bright Lights, Big City--Big Battery

June 7 -- Advances in energy storage could help make wind and solar power a mainstay of our electricity system by taking root not only in the Great Plains and the Mojave Desert but also Park Avenue high-rises and urban data centers. >>View Article

Tidal Energy Could Be Next Big Wave

June 7 -- The U.S. Department of Energy has just unveiled a floating off-shore wind platform that it thinks could make a big splash. But it has already been working hard to commercialize “tidal energy” that uses underwater turbines to create electricity, which must then be wired into the grid. >>View Article

2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Highlights Technology Innovation

June 6 -- One week from today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition will crown its 2013 national champion. Participating in this final round of competition will be the winners of six regional competitions, which were held in April and May around the United States. Their work reveals some of the exciting energy technology innovations that are currently at the cusp of commercialization in the United States. >>View Article

Utilities saluted for green power participation

June 6 -- Utilities in Madison and Milwaukee have been recognized for the popularity of their voluntary green power pricing programs. Madison Gas & Electric Co. ranked third in the country last year in customer participation rate for its green power pricing. We Energies of Milwaukee ranked eighth in the country in the number of customers who participated in the program. Under a green power pricing, customers agree to pay more on their monthly electric bill so that the utility will step up its investment in renewable energy. >>View Article

United Airlines Buys Big Into Biofuels

June 6 -- United Airlines is taking a significant step forward in its use of biofuel with a plan to buy 15 million gallons of the stuff during the next three years. The airline signed an agreement with AltAir Fuels to buy fuel it will use on flights departing Los Angeles beginning next year. United says the renewable jet fuel is “price competitive” with the fuel now used by airlines and should, on a lifecycle basis, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent. >>View Article

Electric Cars and U.S. Innovation

June 5 -- Your editorial "The Other Government Motors" (May 24) misses the mark entirely on an American success story that just completed a tremendous feat of fiscal responsibility. By paying back its loan in full, Tesla Motors TSLA -4.77% deserves to be celebrated, not attacked for its success. >>View Article

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