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Don't Hobble Colorado Renewable Energy Rules

February 2 -- By just about every metric imaginable, Colorado's renewable energy standard has been a success.

It has created jobs in the wind and solar industries. It has provided additional income for rural landowners. It has reduced the reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation at a reasonable cost. >>View Article

An Oasis in the Desert: Geothermal Energy and the Salton Sea

January 30 -- Washed up tilapia carcasses litter the pearly white shoreline. A carelessly placed sign reading “This Park is Closing Due to Budget Cuts” welcomes visitors to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It is the worst nightmare of every environmental agency. This is the state of affairs that the Salton Sea, a body of water stretching from Riverside to Imperial County, is faced with. In 2012, a rotten odor attributed to the decaying fish from the sea had people from southern California holding their breaths. Combined with rising salinity and falling water levels, the Salton Sea is confronted with its toxic fate: to drain out. >>View Article

MillerCoors Brewery Lights Up Solar Array

January 30 -- You can brew tea with the sun, why not beer? Brewing company MillerCoors has constructed a 3.2-megawatt (capacity) solar array at its brewery in Irwindale, California. It’s the largest one installed (to date) at any U.S. brewery, according to the proud new landlord. >>View Article

The Best Idea in a Long Time: Covering Parking Lots with Solar Panels

January 29 -- America is a nation of pavement. According to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, most cities’ surfaces are 35 to 50 percent composed of the stuff. And 40 percent of that pavement is parking lots. That has a large effect: Asphalt and concrete absorb the sun’s energy, retaining heat — and contributing to the “urban heat island effect,” in which cities are hotter than the surrounding areas.

So what if there were a way to cut down on that heat, cool down the cars that park in these lots, power up those parked cars that are electric vehicles (like Teslas), and generate a lot of energy to boot? It sounds great, and there is actually a technology that does all of this — solar carports. >>View Article

Watch People Freak Out Over Tesla's New 'Insane Mode'

January 29 -- Tesla’s all-wheel drive Model S P85D was designed as a sports car for the electric age. To convince car buyers that electric vehicles could be quick and powerful, Tesla designed the P85D to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds and reach top speeds of 155 mph. >>View Article

Low Oil Prices Won't Hurt Renewable Energy, Says US EIA

January 29 -- Cheap oil is not about to kill off wind and solar power as some experts have claimed, the US government’s chief energy analyst said on Wednesday.

The historic drop in crude oil prices, with Brent crude trading at $49.04 a barrel in London on Wednesday, had raised fears that renewable energy sources would struggle to compete. >>View Article

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