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2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Highlights Technology Innovation

June 6 -- One week from today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition will crown its 2013 national champion. Participating in this final round of competition will be the winners of six regional competitions, which were held in April and May around the United States. Their work reveals some of the exciting energy technology innovations that are currently at the cusp of commercialization in the United States. >>View Article

Utilities saluted for green power participation

June 6 -- Utilities in Madison and Milwaukee have been recognized for the popularity of their voluntary green power pricing programs. Madison Gas & Electric Co. ranked third in the country last year in customer participation rate for its green power pricing. We Energies of Milwaukee ranked eighth in the country in the number of customers who participated in the program. Under a green power pricing, customers agree to pay more on their monthly electric bill so that the utility will step up its investment in renewable energy. >>View Article

United Airlines Buys Big Into Biofuels

June 6 -- United Airlines is taking a significant step forward in its use of biofuel with a plan to buy 15 million gallons of the stuff during the next three years. The airline signed an agreement with AltAir Fuels to buy fuel it will use on flights departing Los Angeles beginning next year. United says the renewable jet fuel is “price competitive” with the fuel now used by airlines and should, on a lifecycle basis, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent. >>View Article

Electric Cars and U.S. Innovation

June 5 -- Your editorial "The Other Government Motors" (May 24) misses the mark entirely on an American success story that just completed a tremendous feat of fiscal responsibility. By paying back its loan in full, Tesla Motors TSLA -4.77% deserves to be celebrated, not attacked for its success. >>View Article

Mass. at 2d place in US in clean tech ranking

June 5 -- A commitment to energy efficiency, success in attracting private investment, and state policies that support alternative energy sources have helped Massachusetts develop one of the nation’s leading clean technology industries, according to a study released Tuesday. >>View Article

US agency fuels local clean tech companies

June 5 -- As private investors shy away from new energy technologies that require millions of dollars and many years to commercialize, Massachusetts companies are getting much-needed infusions of capital from a little-known federal agency modeled after a Defense Department program that developed the Internet and GPS technology. >>View Article

US opens first bid for offshore wind energy

June 5 -- The race to harness the power of North Atlantic winds is on. On Tuesday the Interior Department unveiled plans for the nation's first auction of offshore wind leases. It's more good news for the US wind industry, which installed a record amount of capacity in 2012, and received a one-year extension on the federal tax credits driving much of the industry's growth. >>View Article

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