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City of Houston makes big renewable energy buy

June 24 -- The City of Houston said it agreed to pay $2 million for two years worth of renewable power from Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc. That’s more than 140 megawatts of renewable power — or about half of the city’s annual electricity demand, which will feed into the city from July 1 to June 30, 2013, according to a June 20 statement. >>View Article

Benefits of hydropower require investment now in our energy future

June 24 -- Hydropower will most sustainably take us into our energy future. In the 11th century, the power of rivers was harnessed to grind grains into flour. By the mid-1800s, fossil fuels were discovered and began to be used prolifically. By 1920, hydropower generated almost 40 percent of the United States' electricity. As fossil fuels became more prevalent, the use of hydropower dwindled. It was after the fossil fuel scare that hydropower came back. Its use has more than doubled since the 1970s, and today, hydropower accounts for about 30 percent of the world's energy, the most of any renewable energy source. >>View Article

Mean and Clean: Mission Readiness Through Energy Diversity

June 24 -- For the price of a single F-22 fighter jet, Congress could do more to strengthen national security and our economy than an entire combat squadron. When invested in military-led biofuel development, that cost could secure a safe, renewable domestic fuel supply and spur job growth in communities across the country. >>VIew Article

Practically Perfect

June 21 -- The conventional wisdom on the Tesla Model S—the most hyped, decorated, and controversial new car in memory—is that it’s a technological marvel, but prohibitively expensive and ultimately impractical, especially for road trips. For all the accolades (Motor Trend Car of the Year, Automobile Automobile of the Year, the highest rating in Consumer Reports history), the review that sticks most in people’s minds is the one by the New York Times’ John M. Broder. You know, the one where the car ran out of batteries on the freeway and had to be towed to a charging station. >>View Article 

RFK Jr.: Renewable energy good for business, nation

June 21 -- Trumpeting the economic benefits of renewable energy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told a receptive Boulder audience June 12 that a good U.S. economic policy would include valuing natural resources as assets to the community, not as resources to be cashed in hastily. >>View Article

The real cause of rising food prices

June 21 -- As restaurant owners and managers in D.C., we have a healthy appreciation for the vibrant role restaurants play in our economy. We take pleasure and pride in providing the highest quality service, freshest ingredients and best menu options for our customers. >>View Article


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