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Solar, Wind Account For All New US Electricity In September

October 24 -- In September, all new electricity generating capacity added in the US came from solar and wind.  Five wind projects totalling 300 megawatts (MW) and 18 solar projects for 133 MW were added, according to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects. >>View Article

Sacramento Ranks No. 4 In Clean Tech Index

October 24 --  Lots of energy-efficient buildings and hybrid vehicles. A sizable crop of workers engaged in green and clean-tech industries.  Add it all up, and Sacramento ranks No. 4 in a nationwide index of clean tech metro areas released Tuesday.  The first-ever U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, assembled by Oregon consulting firm Clean Edge Inc., gives the Sacramento area high marks for its workforce, hybrid and electric vehicles and buildings that qualify for the federal government's Energy Star certification. >>View Article 

Ikea More Than Doubles Renewable-Energy Spending As Costs Climb

October 23 -- Ikea Group, the biggest home- furnishings retailer, more than doubled planned spending on wind farms and solar parks to as much as $2 billion as increased use of renewable power protects it from volatile fossil-fuel prices. The investment will help the Swedish company get 70 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2015, Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said in a phone interview. It aims to get all of its energy from renewables by 2020. >>View Article 

LTE: The Promise Of Renewable Energy

October 23 -- David Brooks’s Oct. 19 column, “A Sad Green Story,” unfairly brands clean technology subsidies as wasteful corporate welfare. He does not mention the numerous subsidies, in the form of research grants, sweetheart resource extraction contracts and costly foreign policy interventions, that have benefited fossil fuels for decades. The reluctance of both political parties to eliminate these subsidies puts clean technologies at a competitive disadvantage. >>View Article 

On The Way To 1 Million Solar Roofs In L.A.

October 23 --  Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves — so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program’s budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year. Participants in the city’s Solar Incentive Program had 22 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar power installed in the DWP’s 2011-2012 fiscal year, up from 9 MW the previous year and 5 MW in 2009-2010, Chris Clarke reports in a Rewire blog post. >>View Article

New U.S. Navy Solar Power Plant At China Lake Saves $13 Million A Year

October 22 -- The U.S. Navy has just flipped the switch on its latest solar power venture, a 13.8-megawatt behemoth at its vast China Lake research center in the Mohave Desert. The Navy’s new China Lake Solar Power Plant is expected to save about $13 million per year in electricity costs, accounting for about 30 percent of the facility’s annual electricity usage. Amazingly, there were virtually no up-front costs for the Navy and the entire thing didn’t cost taxpayers one thin dime. >>View Article 

 

Colorado Among Leaders In Wind Energy Construction

October 22 --  Colorado has 496 megawatts of wind projects under construction, ranking among the top states for ongoing wind construction activity in the third quarter, according to a report released Friday. Colorado ranks sixth behind Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa in wind construction projects under way, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association. >>View Article

Electric Car Ownership Provides Big Savings

October 22 --  With gas prices relatively high, getting around on electric power might be a potential money saver.  "These things are really cheap to operate," said Mark Vaughn, a veteran editor at Autoweek.  Vaughn owns a Mitsubishi EV, which he can fully recharge at home for less than $2. He says many people could use electric vehicles for everyday travel. >>View Article

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