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Farmers Grow Profits With A New Crop: Solar Panels

November 12 -- Just off a country road is a sight few people ever imagined in this corner of southeastern North Carolina.  Solar panels cover a 35-acre field that once produced corn, tobacco and other crops. When the sun shines, the panels generate enough electricity for hundreds of homes.  “I initially thought this was a pipe dream,” said farmer Billy Dean Hunt, recalling discussions with a solar company about using his cornfield for a sun farm. “But I started talking to them. They convinced me they would honor what they said. So I did it.” >>View Article 

ACORE Releases 2012 State-By-State Resource For Renewable Energy

November 12 -- The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary for all who are interested in the highlights of the renewable energy sector in every state.  View Report

Swing State Polls Show that Voters Support Clean, Renewable Energy

Polls in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia show that, despite anti-renewable energy campaign rhetoric, voters still want cleaner energy

Washington, DC—New swing state polls released by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEE Ohio Institute) show that voters in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia—all of which helped decide the outcome of the election—support clean, secure, and affordable energy. Conducted the day after the election, these surveys demonstrate that American voters understand the benefits of clean energy despite the millions of dollars opponents poured into attacks on the industry.  >> View press release

Technique Creates Biofuels Powerful Enough To Be Used As Jet Fuel

November 8 -- Researchers have developed a way to enhance the energy produced by biofuels, potentially expanding their usefulness in jet planes and industrial vehicles.  Biofuels, which are derived from the sugars in plant matter, have become a mainstay in the stump speeches of political candidates and the energy policy of the Obama administration, providing a potential alternative or supplement for commonly used fossil fuels. >>View Article 

Geothermal Designs Arise as a Stormproof Resource

November 7 -- Advocates for geothermal energy say that the path of destruction cut by Hurricane Sandy, which unearthed fuel tanks, ravaged cooling towers and battered air-conditioners, has already persuaded some building owners to switch to geothermal systems that use underground pipes to harness the earth’s energy for heating and cooling buildings. >>View Article 

States Continue To Drive Renewable Energy Investment

November 6 -- States are continuing their role as major drivers of renewable energy development in the US, installing the most projects in a single year in 2011.  State clean energy funds - now in over 20 states - supported 32,734 projects in 2011, up 18% from 2010 and almost double that of 2009. >>View Article 

Wind Power: A Success That Should Be Celebrated

November 6 -- PPL’s announcement that it will mothball its 44-year-old Corette coal plant in 2015 has generated a lively conversation this election season. The plant is old, dirty and uncompetitive in today’s market. Yet, little of the coverage has focused on the relative benefits for Montana in this story. I would like to offer a few facts for the reader’s consideration. >>View Article 

How Hybrid Electric Vehicles Can Pay Off

November 6 -- This past year has seen the U.S. surpass 388,000 alternative vehicles sold representing 3 percent of new car sales and average market growth of 35 percent per year since 2001. Back then, the only hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) with annual sales over 10,000 was the Toyota Prius, which was first introduced in 1997. >>View Article

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