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Churches Saving Costs And The Environment At The Same Time

May 6 -- St. John's Lutheran Church constructed its towering sanctuary nearly a century ago when congregations spent money to build grand, impressive structures for worship services. Modern heating and cooling systems did not factor into plans then, but often drive up utility costs for the same church buildings today. >>View Article

How Congress Can Expand Clean Energy Investment

May 6 -- Last year, The Pew Charitable Trusts organized roundtable discussions across the country to gather input from clean energy industry leaders on strategies for enhancing U.S. competitiveness in this key sector of the global economy. Throughout these discussions, we heard from business leaders, investors, and innovators about the importance of eliminating barriers to competition and low-cost capital for clean energy technology development. >>View Article

Ford To Set Hybrid Sales Record In Five Months

May 3 -- Ford Motor Co. (F), seeking to challenge Toyota Motor Corp. (7203)’s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its full-year record for U.S. hybrid sales this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max models. Hybrid deliveries for Ford reached a monthly record 8,481 in April, bringing the total this year to 29,561, said Erich Merkle, U.S. sales analyst for the Dearborn, Michigan-based company. Ford’s annual record for such sales was 35,496 in 2010. >>View Article

Hasty Vote Advances Senate Bill On Renewables Rollback

May 2 -- Amid protests from some members seeking a show of hands for a vote, Senate Finance Committee Co-Chairman Bill Rabon quickly adjourned a Wednesday meeting after declaring that a bill to freeze and repeal the state's renewable energy standards had enough support to advance. >>View Article

Need For Energy Storage Offers Hydropower Revival

May 2 -- Hydropower offers an effective way to balance grids that increasingly have to cope with variable renewable energy supply, and this may end the long lull in hydroelectric projects caused by economic and planning hurdles in developed countries. The vast majority of electricity is presently consumed at the instant of generation, putting a premium on electricity storage. >>View Article

Six Ways To Boost Electric Vehicles

May 2 -- Just over a year ago, Anthony Foxx – President Obama’s nominee for transportation secretary – unveiled a pilot program for electric-vehicle charging stations in Charlotte, N.C., where he is the mayor. If he wins confirmation, Mr. Foxx can help the president push electric vehicles (EVs) on a national scale. >>View Article 

Mass. Sets New Goal For Solar Power

May 2 -- Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration has set a new goal for solar energy installations in Massachusetts after reaching its initial target four years early. Patrick said the state’s new goal will be 1,600 megawatts of solar energy by the year 2020. That would generate enough electricity to power 240,000 homes per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 166,000 cars. >>View Article

Investors Electrified By Tesla

May 1 -- Tesla is on a roll. Shares of the electric car maker rallied to a new high Tuesday, just days before the company is set to report its first profit ever. Tesla (TSLA) offered up a preview of that report earlier this month, saying sales of its all-electric Model S were exceeding expectations. The Model S is a full-size, four-door luxury sports sedan. While it was unveiled in 2009, it wasn't available until last year. >>View Article

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