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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 

On The Way To 1 Million Solar Roofs In L.A.

October 23 --  Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves — so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program’s budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year. Participants in the city’s Solar Incentive Program had 22 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar power installed in the DWP’s 2011-2012 fiscal year, up from 9 MW the previous year and 5 MW in 2009-2010, Chris Clarke reports in a Rewire blog post. >>View Article

New U.S. Navy Solar Power Plant At China Lake Saves $13 Million A Year

October 22 -- The U.S. Navy has just flipped the switch on its latest solar power venture, a 13.8-megawatt behemoth at its vast China Lake research center in the Mohave Desert. The Navy’s new China Lake Solar Power Plant is expected to save about $13 million per year in electricity costs, accounting for about 30 percent of the facility’s annual electricity usage. Amazingly, there were virtually no up-front costs for the Navy and the entire thing didn’t cost taxpayers one thin dime. >>View Article 

 

Colorado Among Leaders In Wind Energy Construction

October 22 --  Colorado has 496 megawatts of wind projects under construction, ranking among the top states for ongoing wind construction activity in the third quarter, according to a report released Friday. Colorado ranks sixth behind Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa in wind construction projects under way, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association. >>View Article

Electric Car Ownership Provides Big Savings

October 22 --  With gas prices relatively high, getting around on electric power might be a potential money saver.  "These things are really cheap to operate," said Mark Vaughn, a veteran editor at Autoweek.  Vaughn owns a Mitsubishi EV, which he can fully recharge at home for less than $2. He says many people could use electric vehicles for everyday travel. >>View Article

GE To Set US Record In 2012 For Wind Turbine Installations

October 19 --  “We haven’t released our numbers, but it will be a record year in the US,” he says.  GE also has the four next highest US wind capacity installs including 3.58GW in 2008, 2.54GW in 2010, 2.34GW in 2007 and 2GW last year, according to data compiled by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). Vestas is in sixth place with 1.96GW installed in 2011.  >>View Article

Military Vets Press GOP On Wind Credit

October 19 -- A group of military veterans pressed congressional Republicans on Thursday to renew a tax credit for the wind industry that their party's standard-bearer, Mitt Romney, has vowed to end.  The veterans, who are all employed by the wind industry, secured meetings with staff for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and half of the Republican members on the House Ways and Means Committee, among others. >>View Article

Navy Secretary Won't Back Off From Renewable Energy Goals

October 18 --  Almost three years to the day after he laid out plans to achieve energy security for his service, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on Oct. 17 doubled down on that promise. Mabus praised the progress the Navy has made and assured attendees at an industry conference that the goals he laid out in 2009 would be achieved within or ahead of the ambitious self-prescribed timeline. >>View Article

The Greener The Economy, The Greater The Economy

October 18 --  Facts can be funny things and the fact is, some people don't look at the facts when assessing the economic impacts of environmentally friendly business practices. There has been an ugly rumor floating around that sustainable energy is bad business. Witness the recent U.S. Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates in which Republican nominees Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan implied that over half the green companies receiving federal stimulus dollars have gone bankrupt (actually three out of 28), or that the funds simply amounted to "green pork." That's not likely. As the AP points out, the stimulus helped create both public- and private-sector jobs. By the way: never eat green pork. >>View Article

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