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The renewable energy rollback that wasn't

June 25 -- For renewable energy supporters, this was supposed to be a year of statehouse setbacks. "States Cooling to Renewable Energy" read the headline of a March Wall Street Journal story reporting that more than a dozen legislatures were weighing proposals to roll back or abolish mandates that utilities purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. Mandates are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C. >>View Article

Level playing field for renewables

June 25 -- Equal opportunity or a “level playing field” in the free market is one of the greatest cornerstones of American society. It ignites healthy competition between competitors, rewards the best ones and protects the path for others to reach the top. But in the marketplace of energy, that path is blocked when it comes to equal opportunity for investors. Since 1987, only fossil-fuel-based projects — not renewable energy technologies — have been able to leverage low-cost capital through master limited partnerships. >>View Article

For Solazyme, a Side Trip on the Way to Clean Fuel

June 24 -- Starting when they became friends in freshman year at Emory University in Atlanta, Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon would take off into the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado for weeks at time. They spent their days hiking in the wilderness and their nights drinking bourbon by the campfire, talking big about how one day they would build a company that would help preserve the environment they both loved. >>View Article

Tesla Motors speeds to 'the next level'

June 24 -- There are many ways to measure Tesla Motors (TSLA)' remarkable progress in the three years since the electric-carmaker launched its initial public offering. There's the first-ever profitable quarter this spring. There's the nearly perfect 99 out of 100 score in Consumer Reports' review of the Model S sedan. There's the stock price, up more than 500 percent since June 2010 and currently trading around $99.55 a share. >>View Article

City of Houston makes big renewable energy buy

June 24 -- The City of Houston said it agreed to pay $2 million for two years worth of renewable power from Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc. That’s more than 140 megawatts of renewable power — or about half of the city’s annual electricity demand, which will feed into the city from July 1 to June 30, 2013, according to a June 20 statement. >>View Article

Benefits of hydropower require investment now in our energy future

June 24 -- Hydropower will most sustainably take us into our energy future. In the 11th century, the power of rivers was harnessed to grind grains into flour. By the mid-1800s, fossil fuels were discovered and began to be used prolifically. By 1920, hydropower generated almost 40 percent of the United States' electricity. As fossil fuels became more prevalent, the use of hydropower dwindled. It was after the fossil fuel scare that hydropower came back. Its use has more than doubled since the 1970s, and today, hydropower accounts for about 30 percent of the world's energy, the most of any renewable energy source. >>View Article

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 

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