July 26 -- The Energy Information Administration, one of the government's greatest research outfits, has released its latest outlook for what the energy landscape will look like by 2040. >>View Article
July 26 -- The USA has tripled its solar-power-generating capacity since 2010 and increased it tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the non-profit advocacy group Environment America. >>View Article
July 26 -- When it comes to renewable energy, Californians hear a lot about solar power. Massive solar power plants are under construction in the desert and will soon be online. Solar panels adorn the roofs of a growing number of homes and commercial buildings. PG&E alone has 90,000 solar customers. Gov. Jerry Brown recently spoke at Intersolar, the solar trade show that met in San Francisco this month, and the state's solar industry lobby is increasingly influential. >>View Article
July 26 -- The White House’s nominee to head the Navy’s clean-energy push didn’t encounter much opposition at a Senate hearing Thursday, a signal that he is likely to be confirmed for the job. >>View Article
July 26 -- The cost of owning an electric car is wriggling its way down to becoming competitive with its gas-powered peers, according to new projections by the Electrification Coalition. >>View Article
July 25 -- Pam Johnson, a farmer from Floyd, Ia., on Wednesday asked Congress to keep the controversial Renewable Fuel Standard, legislation that helped create and expand the biofuels industry.
Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association, told the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee told members of Congress that the standards have produced 300,000 jobs and cut gas prices by 89 cents a gallon. It also more than doubled the price of corn, a boon to Midwestern agriculture. >>View Article
July 25 -- U.S. solar companies are borrowing sales techniques from online retailers to make paying for power as easy as buying an airplane ticket.
The $3.5 billion U.S. residential solar industry is seeking to automate a sales process that often requires representatives to visit prospective customers’ homes. Websites now predict how much power a rooftop system will produce and let homeowners compare prices from multiple installers. >>View Article
July 25 -- The auto industry has danced around the idea of electric cars for more than a century.
You can see some of the first incarnations this weekend at the annual Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, where an 1899 prototype Oldsmobile electric will be on display.
It survived a 1901 factory fire, only because company founder Ransom Eli Olds liked driving it so much, he had it parked safely at home. >>View Article
July 25 -- Critics, including big oil companies, say the ethanol industry shouldn't get federal support, like the Renewable Fuel Standard through which transportation fuel must be blended with renewable fuel. It should have to stand on its own two feet, they say.
OK, fine, but the federal government then should end all forms of support, like tax writeoffs, for all energy producers, including the oil industry.
Seems fair, right? >>View Article
July 25 -- In Ohio, as in many other states, most power plants operate at efficiency levels of just 33 percent to 45 percent. That means as much as two-thirds of the fuel used to produce electricity is released into the atmosphere and wasted.
As consumers, it's hard to imagine paying for 10 gallons of gas and being able to use only three. But that's exactly what our local businesses are experiencing as they pay their utility bills. Wasted fuel (coal, natural gas, or biomass) at power plants hurts Ohio's ratepayers and makes our manufacturers less competitive. By finding ways to deploy technologies that reduce waste and promote efficiency, we can help businesses save money on energy, achieve Ohio's clean energy goals, and grow Ohio's manufacturing sector, which employs more than 660,000 people. >>View Article
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