July 12 -- The recent news that Statoil North America has decided to put its plans for a floating offshore wind project in Maine on hold is disturbing at many levels. The message Maine has just sent to the business community here and abroad is that we do not honor our commitments and therefore people cannot count on Maine as a place in which to make long-term investments. >>View Article
July 12 -- Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL), the biggest U.S. provider of wind power, plans to boost its wind capacity by about 14 percent to reduce fuel costs. Xcel’s Southwestern Public Service unit is asking regulators for permission to buy power from almost 700 megawatts of wind farms in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, the Minneapolis-based company said yesterday in a statement on its website. >>View Article
July 12 -- Consumers Energy customers who participate in the utility’s energy efficiency programs since they were launched in 2009 have saved more than $360 million. >>View Article
July 12 -- State legislatures from North Carolina to Kansas rejected efforts to repeal or reduce renewable-energy mandates sought by conservative groups funded by oil companies and utilities. >>View Article
July 12 -- Georgia Power must purchase more solar power for its energy system under a plan approved Thursday by state utility regulators, a move sought by solar developers and renewable energy proponents but denounced by a commissioner who argued it could raise costs. >>View Article
July 11 -- Imagine if President Obama had promised in his long-awaited climate speech in June to launch the first 45 renewable-electricity projects ever built on federal land, enough to power 4.4 million homes. Imagine that he also pledged to slash the government’s carbon emissions by 15%, jack up vehicle-efficiency standards enough to eliminate an entire year’s worth of U.S. emissions by 2025 and enact appliance-efficiency standards that would save enough electricity to power every single-family home for two years. >>View Article
July 11 -- Developers will spend more than $134 billion annually by 2020 on solar-energy systems, up 51 percent from this year, as falling panel prices make electricity produced from sunlight cost-competitive with power from other sources, according to a report from Navigant Consulting Inc. (NCI) >>View Article
July 11 -- During the last week, I have received more than 500 letters from Georgians concerned about the possibility of Georgia going the way of California with the vote the Georgia Public Service Commission will make this morning.
Fear about a renewable portfolio standard for green energy has thrown many of my friends on the “right” into a panic. I feel I should clear this up. >>View Article
July 11 -- Climate change is one of the greatest challenges society faces and it is becoming more acute every day, threatening not only our environmental health, but economic prosperity and political stability worldwide. Just last month the Scripps Institution of Oceanography indicated that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) – a record high. Understandably, the scientific community is alarmed by this tipping point and its implications for the environment and sea-level rise. >>View Article
July 11 -- A group representing North Dakota's various energy sectors says the state's energy production from all sources has doubled since 2007.
The 16-member EmPower North Dakota Commission says it set a goal in 2007 to double the state's energy production by 2025. >>View Article
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