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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

Californians To Benefit From The Nation’s Most Comprehensive Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging NetWork To Be Built By [ACORE Members] NRG And eVgo

November 6 -- NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), through its eVgo subsidiary, has been cleared to provide Californians with the nation’s most comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging network including fast chargers that allow drivers to add 50 miles of range in 15 minutes at premier retail environments. With today’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG, eVgo can now begin work on a network that will raise the bar on convenience for EV drivers. >>View Article 

Study Finds That Solar Power Is A Bargain For Ratepayers In NJ And PA

November 5 -- The Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) and the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association (PASEIA) today released a study by consulting firm Clean Power Research showing that solar power in New Jersey and Pennsylvania delivers value to the electric grid that exceeds its cost by a large margin, making it a bargain for energy consumers. >>View Article 

For Returning Tennessee Veterans, Clean Energy Jobs Are A Perfect Fit

November 5 -- It just got a little bit easier for veterans returning to western Tennessee to find a good job.  And one of the main reasons is the work of my friend, retired Marine Lt. Gen. John "Glad" Castellaw.  While Tennessee might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of clean energy, Gen. Castellaw sees opportunity in his home state. He has led the effort to create a program that helps unemployed military veterans find jobs, builds on the Volunteer State's rich agriculture base, and shows how our country can transition to a clean energy economy. >>View Article 

Wind Costs Continued To Fall In Past Four Years

November 5 -- Maintenance and capital costs for wind energy have continued to drop in recent years, according to a recent report.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance notes that, for onshore wind projects, operation and maintenance (O&M) costs have declined dramatically from €30,906 per megawatt (MW) in 2008 to €19,200/MW in 2012, a decrease of just over 11% a year, or a total of 38% for the period as a whole.  >>View Article

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