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August 8 -- With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for the United States. The rise in oil prices back over $100 per barrel in the wake of Egypt's political turmoil provides a sobering answer. >>View Article

Montana Needs Fair Access To Renewable Energy Markets

August 6 -- Earlier this month, NorthWestern Energy officially dedicated its new 40-megawatt wind farm, Spion Kop, near Great Falls. The wind farm is already exceeding expectations and NorthWestern Energy deemed it a “phenomenal” energy resource providing cheap, clean energy for thousands of Montana households. >>View Article

America Is Being Left Behind By Energy Innovators

August 6 -- In June, within the span of two days, I found myself in the seat of the European government and in the capital of an African nation that wants to lead its continent into the future. On the surface, Brussels, home of the European parliament, and Algiers, the capital of quickly growing Algeria, might not have much in common. >>View Article

RFS Hasn't Hurt The Poultry Industry

August 6 -- I followed with interest the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearings concerning the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). I became very skeptical of the statements by those representing the livestock and poultry sectors of agriculture when, in a very complex economy, they are able to find a single cause, the RFS, for all the perceived or real challenges confronting their industry. So I did some research on the 2003-2007, pre-RFS period and compared it to the 2008-2012 period that followed enactment of the law. >>View Article

Deepwater Wind Lease Shows Promise Of Offshore Turbines

August 6 -- When the US Department of the Interior last week awarded a Providence-based firm the right to develop wind-power projects in 257 square miles of federal waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island, the prospect of additional renewable energy wasn’t the only benefit for New England. The plans by Deepwater Wind, which won the US government’s first lease competition for wind energy development rights offshore, to plunge up to 200 turbines into the ocean beginning in 2017 should also establish southern New England as a hub for wind energy equipment and services. Offshore wind energy, in short, isn’t just an environmental boon; it promises to be an economic one as well. >>View Article

NASCAR Driver Talks About Ethanol Use In Racing

August 5 -- Biofuels are used in more than just everyday cars and trucks. NASCAR driver Austin Dillon stopped at POET Biorefining in Portland to talk about ethanol use in his car, one of the fastest on the road. As part of his American Ethanol Heartland Tour, Dillon visited the biorefinery, signed autographs and answered questions about his racing career and ethanol use in NASCAR vehicles. >>View Article

Congress Can’t Agree On Most Energy Issues. But It Loves Dams.

August 5 -- Here’s something you hardly ever see anymore. The House and Senate just passed two bills to promote clean energy around the United States. Not only that, but the votes were virtually unanimous.So what’s this mysterious energy source attracting all-but-unheard-of bipartisan affection? Hydropower. >>View Article

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