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Western States Are Leading The Way Toward Sustainable Energy

September 17 -- The western United States’ remarkable renewable energy resource availability, supportive policies, and well-developed supply chains have transformed western states into national leaders in renewable energy development. In 2012, the 13 western states attracted more than half of the country’s combined venture capital, private equity and asset finance investment in the renewable energy sector, and produced approximately 31% of their total energy generation from renewable energy sources – compared to roughly 12% nationally (sources: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA)). >>View Article

The Green Tea Party: Debbie Dooley Battles Big Energy

September 16 -- This Tuesday, at high noon, Debbie Dooley aims to launch a revolution on the steps of the Georgia state capitol. As national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots and co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party, Dooley knows a little something about political agitation and taking on the establishment. She was in on the planning calls for the movement’s first nationwide day of protest on February 27, 2009. Since then, the Louisiana native has marched, given speeches, sat for interviews, and rallied the troops to fight the powers that be on issues ranging from taxation to Syria. Now, Dooley is amassing an army of likeminded patriots fed up with Big Government and Big Business pushing them around and looking to save America by alerting fellow conservatives to the urgent need for ... green energy? >>View Article

Gains Outweigh The Costs For Hydropower From Quebec

September 16 -- The rolling hills of northern New Hampshire are among the treasures of New England, and the prospect of an elevated power line cutting across the face of these ranges instinctively seems distressing. This sort of fear — of the destruction of natural beauty as well as the disruption to the local tourism industry due to this damage — has characterized the debate surrounding Northern Pass, a high-voltage transmission line being built by Northeast Utilities that will carry 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to the New England grid. The proposed route runs the length of New Hampshire, and much of the northernmost 40 miles will travel through forestland. It is understandable that the people of New Hampshire are concerned.  >>View Article

Michigan Theater Marquee To Run On Sun Power

September 16 -- Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater is going solar. Or at least its marquee is. The solar energy installation marks the first renewable energy project by XSeed Energy, which is part of the Ann Arbor Solar Plan, according to The Ann Arbor News. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar America Cities program provided initial funding for XSeed, which resulted from a partnership between the city and Clean Energy Coalition. >>View Article

How Big Poultry Sided With Big Oil

September 12 -- Oil is essential to our economic and national security because our transportation system runs on it. The danger of this monopoly is that consumers must pay whatever price is charged for gasoline or diesel. The danger to our nation is that our foreign policy and military strategy are hostage to the need to protect oil supplies in the Middle East. The only way out of this box is to give consumers something new — a choice in fuels. >>View Article

Fed Guidelines For Wind Farms Aim To Reduce Bird Killing

September 12 -- The average wind turbine kills three to four birds a year. Operators can face penalties if their turbines kill bald and golden eagles, endangered species and some migratory birds.  That’s according to Dale Strictland, president of Cheyenne-based environmental consulting company Western EcoSystems Technology, which provided technical research for a set of guidelines published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2012. If operators follow the guidelines, they can get out of penalties for bird deaths, because the government will presume they worked on good faith and didn’t intend to kill them, he said. >>View Article

U.S. Solar Power Rises 15% On Large Scale Power Projects

September 12 -- Developers installed 832 megawatts of solar power capacity in the U.S. in the second quarter, led by large projects that sell electricity to utilities, a trade group said.  Installation grew 15 percent from the prior quarter, with flat results in the residential market and commercial demand slumping 11 percent, the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association said today in a statement. Utility-scale projects increased 42 percent. >>View Article

Hydroelectric Power Makes Big Comeback At US Dams

September 12 -- On a typical summer weekend, hundreds of boats glide across the shimmering surface of Iowa's Lake Red Rock, the state's largest body of water. The placid 15,000-acre lake was created in the 1960s after the government built a dam to prevent frequent flooding on the Des Moines River. Now the cool waters behind the dam are attracting interest beyond warm-weather recreation. A power company wants to build a hydroelectric plant here — a project that reflects renewed interest in hydropower nationwide, which could bring changes to scores of American dams. >>View Article

A Call For Greener Investments

September 12 -- Some Massachusetts lawmakers want the state to join a growing national movement that is fighting climate change by pressuring institutional investors such as pension funds and university endowments to divest holdings in companies that produce, distribute, and support fossil fuels.  Fossil fuels include oil, natural gas, and coal, which, when burned, produce carbon dioxide, the major culprit in climate change. Earlier this week, the Legislature held its first hearing on a bill that would require the state pension fund to unload over five years some $1.4 billion in investments — about 2.6 percent of the $54.4 billion fund — in oil companies, mining companies, refiners, and similar corporations. An estimated 200 people rallied in support of the bill in front of the State House Tuesday. >>View Article

U.S. West's Rush to Renewables Moves to Under-Used States: Wynn

September 11 -- Some western U.S. states have already made full use of their best locations for large-scale wind and solar power generation, creating opportunities for neighbouring states that still have suitable sites and for small-scale solar generation. Renewable resources are bountiful in theory - a few tens of square kilometres of desert could supply enough solar power for the world's electricity needs - but that is before taking practicalities into account. >>View Article


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