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Now Is Not The Time To Gut Funding For Innovative Energy Research

July 9 -- Last month, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to gut funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) efforts to promote innovative energy research. The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) was first on the chopping block. The subcommittee voted to slash its funding from the current level of $252 million to just $50 million—an 80% cut. On top of that, the subcommittee cut funding for the DOE’s work on renewable energy in half. >>View Article

DOE to toughen energy efficiency standards for new federal buildings

July 9 -- The Energy Department (DOE) on Tuesday will unveil regulations requiring new federal buildings to meet more stringent energy efficiency standards. The move comes as President Obama aggressively launches a new push on his climate change agenda, implementing a number of executive actions to bypass Congress and promote renewable energy and green technologies. Strengthening energy efficiency standards is a centerpiece of Obama’s efforts. >>View Article

Phoenix Building Georgia’s Largest Solar Farm on Old Cotton Farm

July 9 -- Phoenix Solar AG (PS4)’s U.S. unit is building a solar power facility at a former cotton farm in Georgia that will be the state’s largest when completed later this year. The company is erecting the 38.6-megawatt Simon Solar Farm about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Atlanta in partnership with closely held U.S. developer Silicon Ranch Corp., Phoenix said today in a statement. >>View Article

Going Green Is a Moneymaker for These Business Owners

July 9 -- The CEO of the high-end ski resort Aspen Skiing Co. wanted to align his business with the needs of the mountains, streams and trees upon which its existence depended, but he wasn't thinking of improving the company's bottom line when he hired a vice president of sustainability. >>View Article

Wind power won't ruin the OBX view

July 8 -- The debate about what's on the horizon for the Outer Banks is a familiar one. To some people, wind turbines are elegant additions to the view. To others, they're eyesores and obstacles. >>View Article

Editorial: Florida lags in race for clean energy

July 8 -- The plan to cut carbon emissions that President Barack Obama laid out exposes again how badly Florida is positioned to capitalize on the global drive toward clean energy. Obama's proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has as much potential to create new jobs and rebuild communities as it does to reduce global warming. Yet Florida will be left out unless the state creates a cohesive energy policy and Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature begin to show forward-looking leadership. >>View Article

American renewable energy Is powering the American energy transformation

July 8 -- More so than any other time in history, Americans are focusing their attention on energy issues. From the president’s recent call to action on climate change to the possibility of finally attaining energy independence by the end of the decade, America appears to be entering a new golden age of energy development - great news for our energy security and economy. But for some policymakers on Capitol Hill, there is a need for a much better understanding that renewable energy is a significant and rapidly growing catalyst driving the American energy transformation. >>View Article

Volt, Leaf, Fit EVs report strong sales month

July 3 -- Electric vehicles had their strongest month in June this year as major automakers cut prices and added hefty incentives to boost sales. General Motors Co. — after a series of disappointing sales months for its plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt — reported sales jumped by 53 percent to 2,698 in June, up over the 1,760 in June 2012 after it offered incentives worth as much as $5,000 off 2012 models and $4,000 off 2013 models. For the first half of 2013, sales are up 11.8 percent. >>View Article

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