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Program That Backed Solyndra Showing Successes

January 5 -- At the RV Park he owns in a remote corner of southwestern Kansas, Jan Leonard is seeing the benefits of one of the federal government's most contentious programs.

Development is booming in tiny Hugoton, a town of roughly 3,900 people. The town is the site of a new cellulosic ethanol refinery that was funded in part by a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The same program funded high-profile flops such as Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy and led to hearings over the Obama administration's backing of unproven green-energy projects. >>View Article

NHL Goes Green with Constellation Energy

December 19 -- Constellation, a Baltimore-based energy firm, is entering a partnership with the National Hockey League that will promote the company's brand while it works with the league on minimizing the NHL's environmental impact.

Constellation has sponsorship deals with the Ravens and Orioles, among other professional clubs, but this is its first league-wide deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. >>View Article

Who Really has Grassroots Support? Wind Energy

December 19 -- A recent poll found that 73 percent of American voters support keeping the renewable energy Production Tax Credit “so that investment in wind energy can continue.” And 78 percent agreed it “helps American workers make more of our own energy right here in America.”

Wide majorities of Republicans, Democrats and Independents agreed, consistent with previous polls. >>View Article

It's Not Easy Being Green: Fossil Fuel Subsidies

December 19 -- For several years now, politicians have been pledging to cut fossil fuel subsidies and invest in green energy.

Speaking at the UN Global Climate Summit in September, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said, "We need to give business the certainty it needs to invest in low carbon. That means fighting against the economically and environmentally perverse fossil fuel subsidies which distort free markets and rip off taxpayers." >>View Article

Clean Power Plan a Win All-Around

December 10 -- Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever limits on the nation's biggest source of heat-trapping gases that are driving climate change, the carbon pollution pouring into the air from fossil fuel power plants. This is the most important step we can take to ensure healthy, productive lives for our children and their children. >>View Article

There's a Big Energy Story Unfolding and It's Not About Cheap Oil

December 10 -- A few hundred solar panels here, a few hundred there, and pretty soon you're talking about a bona fide source of electricity generation. While most consumers have been eagerly watching oil prices plummet in the last several months, little attention has been given to the potentially even more significant developments in the solar sector. >>View Article

Wind Farms Affect Neither Health Nor Property Values

December 10 -- More than any other renewable energy technology, wind farms have encountered heated opposition based solely on the absurd: They affect our health; They impact property values; They look ugly (this one being somehow a valid argument in some countries). However, two new studies have found that wind farms do not affect health or property values. >>View Article


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