March 27 -- Nearly 70 percent of all new power plants built in the Great Lakes region use wind as an energy source, according to reports from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. >>View Article
March 27 -- Oakland-based Mosaic figured out that pricy solar panels are much more affordable when the crowd chips in. >>View Article
March 27 -- Renewable energy standards aren’t going away in Kansas – at least not yet.
Less than 24 hours after the Senate voted to repeal a renewable energy mandate for utility companies, the House refused to do so Wednesday.
House Bill 2014 would have repealed a state requirement that utility companies get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. >>View Article
March 26 -- Most of the attention may be focused on domestic oil and gas production, but it could be solar power that really helps the United States on its path to energy independence. >>View Article
March 26 -- President Barack Obama recently paid a visit to the Argonne National Laboratory where he strongly voiced concerns about the national security threat Americans face from dependence on oil as a single source of fuel. As an Army veteran now working to develop advanced-energy technologies, I was proud to be there, too, standing next to a president who listens to the advice of military and national security leaders — and offers solutions to tackle our nation’s toughest energy challenges. >>View Article
March 26 -- Nowadays, a huge chunk of the action on clean energy in the United States is happening at the state level. Some 29 states and Washington D.C. have renewable energy standards requiring electric utilities to get a portion of their power from sources like wind or solar. >>View Article
March 26 -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in his Monday farewell speech that realizing a goal since his Senate days of curtailing oil imports was one of his top accomplishments at the Interior Department. Salazar said he repeats a metric in speeches across the country that astounds him: “We are now at a point where we are importing less than 40 percent of our oil.” >>View Article
March 25 -- With the recent layoff of 40 employees at Acciona Windpower in West Branch and larger furloughs last fall at Siemens Energy, Trinity Towers and other Iowa wind turbine component plants, the long-term viability of the industry has been questioned. >>View Article
March 25 -- Last year Crossroads College Preparatory School was the first K-12 school in the region with a major solar installation: 364 solar panels totaling 87 kilowatts, enough to power eight homes. Over 10 years, we'll offset the burning of 1 million pounds of coal and save at least $33,000 in energy costs. That's money we can use to support our academic programs. >>View Article
March 25 -- In 2005, the Montana Legislature set a modest, sensible energy standard that 15 percent of the power acquired by utilities would come from renewable energy – primarily wind – by 2015. Now some legislators are working to undermine that standard by redefining it. Changes proposed under Senate Bills 31 and 45 would effectively eliminate wind and solar power in future energy supplies. When lawmakers set the renewable energy standard, Montana had a mere 2 megawatts of generating capacity from wind turbines. Now we have 627 megawatts of capacity. View Article >>
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