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Some Atlantans Are Discovering Electricity (For Their Cars)

September 11 -- Some Atlanta drivers — who are shouldering the highest car ownership costs in the nation — have seized upon an electrifying solution.  The number of plug-in cars on the road in Georgia is increasing by about 500 a month, and last month, Atlanta became the top-selling market in the country for the nation’s top-selling all-electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, surpassing even San Francisco and Los Angeles. >>View Article

Solar Panel Is Next Granite Countertop for Homebuilders: Energy

September 11 -- Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets. At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. (SPWR:US) Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. >>View Article

Utility Moves Forward On $255M Wind Power Project

September 11 -- Consumers Energy plans to begin construction this year on a $255 million wind power project in Michigan that will expand the company's renewable energy options. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. announced Wednesday that it signed a contract with Southfield-based Barton Malow Co. for engineering, procurement and construction services at the Cross Winds Energy Park, a 105-megawatt wind farm in Tuscola County. >>View Article

Xcel Energy Hopes To Triple Colorado Solar, Add Wind Power

September 10 -- Xcel Energy Inc. is proposing to triple the amount of utility-scale solar power on its grid in Colorado, and add another 450 megawatts of wind power. The proposal, filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, is the result of months of competitive bidding by power plant developers eager to supply electricity to Xcel. >>View Article

U.S. Army Picks Firms For Up To $7 Billion In Wind Energy Orders

September 10 -- The U.S. Army has picked 17 companies that will be eligible to receive orders for wind energy under an umbrella contract valued at up to $7 billion, the Pentagon said on Monday.The companies include many large energy producers including Dominion Energy, a unit of Dominion Resources Inc (D.N); the U.S. unit of Spain's Acciona SA (ANA.MC); Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N); the U.S. unit of France's EDF Energies Nouvelles; and the U.S. unit of Spain's Iberdrola SA (IBE.MC). >>View Article

World's Largest Solar-Powered Boat Cruises Into London

September 10 -- It is one of the most iconic ports in the world, the dramatic backdrop to everything from ancient Roman sailing ships to World War Two military vessels and gas-guzzling speedboats.Now London's historic River Thames has played host to a new generation of boat -- one which could revolutionize not just the future of nautical design, but scientific research on the high seas. Introducing MS Turanor Planet Solar -- the world's largest solar-powered boat. >>View Article

Geothermal Power Has Nearly Doubled Since '96

September 6 -- Worldwide geothermal power generating capacity will hit 12 gigawatts by the end of the year, nearly doubling its global footprint since 1996, according to a report published this week. The Geothermal Energy Association's report said construction on geothermal plants in Indonesia and the United States will be among those adding substantial supplies of the renewable resource to the grid in the coming years. >>View Article


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