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ND wind farms producing 1,600 megawatts of power

June 3 -- Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says North Dakota has about 1,600 megawatts of power generated from wind turbines. Wrigley says amount of wind power has spiked with the addition of new turbines that have been placed in south central North Dakota by Allete (ah-LEET') Inc. >>View Article

A Floating Wind Tower Is Launched in Maine

June 3 -- One reason that offshore wind has not caught on in the United States is the steep cost of erecting a tower in the water, but researchers at the University of Maine tried another approach on Friday by launching a floating wind machine. It is the first offshore wind installation in United States waters, according to the Energy Department, which helped pay for it. >>View Article

DOE loans drive innovation

June 3 -- The Department of Energy's loan guarantee program is working. It's working to drive American innovation, create jobs, transform our economy — and along the way, helping improve our environment, our health and our future. >>View Article

Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part II: Food Prices

May 31 -- Last week I kicked off a short series of posts examining some of the biggest myths perpetuated by the oil industry in its crusade against biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As part of an aggressive push to repeal the RFS, oil industry trade groups and their allies have used a well-stocked arsenal of half-truths and misinformation regarding ethanol and other biofuels. Big Oil’s PR machine regurgitates these myths via conference calls with reporters, meetings with editorial boards, sham studies, paid advertising, social media and many other channels. Their goal, of course, is to weaken political and public support for the RFS and put the brakes on the transition to renewables. >>View Article

Fox Reporter Conjures Mystery Numbers For New Tesla Attack

May 31 -- Still in search of ways to attack the federal government's investments in green technology, Fox Business baselessly claimed that the battery for the all-electric Tesla Model S "conks out after about 16 miles." In fact, the car is noted for its 200-mile battery range, which is superior to that of other electric vehicles on the market. >>View Article

Some clean energy bets pay off nicely

May 31 -- Remember Tesla, the clean energy automobile company that the Department of Energy gambled on with big investments in 2009? Mitt Romney declared it a "failure" during the presidential campaign and critics compared it to another company with a space-age sounding name: Solyndra, a solar energy company that defaulted on its half-billion-dollar government loan.... >>View Article

Biodiesel is green and farm-friendly

May 30 -- While the petroleum industry and alternative fuels supporters debate the merits of more domestic drilling versus providing assistance through the federal Renewable Fuels Standard in diversifying the transportation fuels market, it's important to note the protections afforded American consumers by the country's first commercially available advanced biofuel — biodiesel. >>View Article

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