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New Bedford looks to ‘Wind City’

May 28 -- City officials and business leaders of New Bedford came to the perfect place for inspiration last month, just before they broke ground on America’s first port terminal dedicated to the offshore wind industry. For all the lament in New Bedford about the city’s high unemployment rate, Bremerhaven, Germany, had it worse. Locals once said this was a city of no hope. >>View Article

Busting Big Oil Myths on the Renewable Fuel Standard: Part I

May 24 -- Anyone with even a casual interest in energy policy knows that a full frontal assault has been launched against the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Big Oil has gone on the offensive, using a variety of tactics to disparage the program and spread myths and misinformation about renewable fuels. Their champions in Congress have introduced bills to reform or repeal the RFS (the latest attempts to allow natural gas, a distinctly non-renewable fuel, to qualify for the RFS); their attorneys have filed multiple lawsuits to impede implementation; and their PR firms have launched aggressive media campaigns intended to undercut public and political support for renewables. >>View Article

Tesla & Solar: A Glimpse of the New Energy Economy

May 24 -- If you want a glimpse of what the nascent new energy economy looks like, pull off Interstate 5 in Southern California just before the steep climb through the Tejon Pass. There amid a cluster of fast-food joints you’ll find three Tesla Motors Superchargers sitting under a canopy of solar panels. >>View Article

Guest opinion: Energy bill good for Colorado

May 24 -- Senate Bill 252 has passed the legislature and is on the governor's desk for his signature. The bill requires a specific level of renewable energy to be consumed by rural electric cooperatives. It contains a modest cap on individual customer's electricity bills resulting from this requirement. >>View Article

'This loan program has exceeded expectations'

May 24 -- Following up on an item from March, President Obama's Republican critics spent a fair amount of time in 2012 condemning the administration's loan to Tesla Motors. In the final months of the race, it was a standard line of attack: the president was recklessly using our money, Mitt Romney said, to "pick losers." Obama was so irresponsible, he even invested in Tesla. >>View Article

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