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June 10 -- Energy subsidies have a long history. Governments often argue they are necessary to promote new energies during early developmental stages—think of NASA’s funding for photovoltaics. In America, support like this goes back all the way to land grants for timber extraction in the 1800s. There have been tariffs to support coal, preferential tax treatment for oil and gas, loan guarantees for nuclear power, and so on. >>View Article

Ikea Charlotte plugs in solar system

June 7 -- Ikea Charlotte has completed installation and "plugged in" the 1.1-megawatt solar-energy system atop its store in the University area, according to a news release from the Swedish home-furnishings retailer. >>View Article

Tea Party Takes On Georgia Power Over Lack Of Solar Energy

June 7 -- The fight to bring cheaper, clean energy to Georgia is uniting some unlikely allies. Renewable energy advocates and leaders of the Atlanta Tea Party are taking on utility giant Southern Co., and its subsidiary Georgia Power, over resisting the call to expand its development of solar energy. >>View Article

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

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