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Google Backs Biofuel

October 26 -- Google Ventures is investing in Cool Planet Energy Systems, a company aiming to produce cheap biofuels in its first commercial processing plant, according to reports.  Google, along with BP, ConocoPhillips and NRG, are investing in Cool Planet, a company that pants to replace gasoline with biofuel, GigaOm reported.  >>View Article 

Colorado’s Wind-Power Capacity Seen Growing By 26% In 2012

October 25 --  The amount of electricity Colorado can generate from the wind is expected to grow by 26 percent before the year ends.  That will boost the state’s total capacity for wind power by 467 megawatts from 1,805 megawatts currently, according to figures from the American Wind Energy Association, to 2,272 megawatts — enough wind power to support 568,000 home should all the wind farms be operating at full capacity at the same time. >>View Article

Solar, Wind Account For All New US Electricity In September

October 24 -- In September, all new electricity generating capacity added in the US came from solar and wind.  Five wind projects totalling 300 megawatts (MW) and 18 solar projects for 133 MW were added, according to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects. >>View Article

Sacramento Ranks No. 4 In Clean Tech Index

October 24 --  Lots of energy-efficient buildings and hybrid vehicles. A sizable crop of workers engaged in green and clean-tech industries.  Add it all up, and Sacramento ranks No. 4 in a nationwide index of clean tech metro areas released Tuesday.  The first-ever U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, assembled by Oregon consulting firm Clean Edge Inc., gives the Sacramento area high marks for its workforce, hybrid and electric vehicles and buildings that qualify for the federal government's Energy Star certification. >>View Article 

Ikea More Than Doubles Renewable-Energy Spending As Costs Climb

October 23 -- Ikea Group, the biggest home- furnishings retailer, more than doubled planned spending on wind farms and solar parks to as much as $2 billion as increased use of renewable power protects it from volatile fossil-fuel prices. The investment will help the Swedish company get 70 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2015, Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said in a phone interview. It aims to get all of its energy from renewables by 2020. >>View Article 

LTE: The Promise Of Renewable Energy

October 23 -- David Brooks’s Oct. 19 column, “A Sad Green Story,” unfairly brands clean technology subsidies as wasteful corporate welfare. He does not mention the numerous subsidies, in the form of research grants, sweetheart resource extraction contracts and costly foreign policy interventions, that have benefited fossil fuels for decades. The reluctance of both political parties to eliminate these subsidies puts clean technologies at a competitive disadvantage. >>View Article 

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