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Hydropower: A Dam Good Energy Source

June 1 -- Hydropower, derived from falling or running water, is the oldest renewable energy technology in existence and the United States’ largest source of renewable electricity. Last year, hydropower accounted for about 6 percent of total U.S. electricity generation and 52 percent of generation from all renewables. But it could produce even more. Only 3 percent of the 80,000 dams in the United States make electricity. Most were constructed for irrigation and flood control. >>View Article

The Economics of Renewable Energy: Falling Costs and Rising Employment

May 28 -- The general public perception of renewable energy is often in terms of saving the environment and reducing global carbon dioxide emissions. While it is true that renewable energy provides great environmental benefits and may yet prove to be our main hope for decarbonization, it is just as true and often overlooked that renewable energy provides considerable economic and social benefits. >>View Article

EPA to Release Biofuels Proposal by June 1

May 26 -- Authorities are set to shake up the nation's complex and contentious renewable fuels policy in the coming days, issuing requirements that are expected to affirm that the use of ethanol in motor fuels has hit a saturation point. >>View Article

How to Green the U.S. Government

May 26 -- Big defense contracts awarded to big defense contractors are usually a big cause for concern. They tend to go over budget, often for things we don’t really need (like a certain type of fighter plane). But a couple weeks ago, the Pentagon announced a contract with a big-time defense contractor that good-government and energy-efficiency types should cheer—and demand grow more common. Honeywell Building Solutions, a unit of the conglomerate Honeywell, got a $22.4 million contract to overhaul the energy system at Rock Island Arsenal—an ancient military outpost on an island in the Mississippi River between Iowa and Illinois. >>View Article

Editorial: (Solar) Power to the People

May 26 -- The Legislature did it again. Or rather, the Legislature did nothing -- again.

Given the opportunity in this year's session to address an important and popular demand -- in this case, greater access to solar energy -- the Legislature in essence looked the other way. >>View Article

Gulfstream Signs Renewable Fuel Contract

May 21 -- Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. and its fuel supplier, World Fuel Services Inc., have finalized a three-year agreement that provides Gulfstream with a consistent supply of renewable fuels for its daily flight operations in Savannah. >>View Article

Shift to Clean Energy Helps Florida's Low-Income Citizens

May 21 -- If business as usual continues, climate change will destroy the lives of millions of Floridians as sea levels rise and put coastal cities like Miami under water. And while some of our leaders prefer to stick their heads in the sand, a growing number of Floridians know that we must address climate change for the sake of our children, our economy and, importantly, our most vulnerable. >>View Article

Solar Panels to Make Up Half of Campus Electricity Supply by 2017

May 21 -- Stanford is partnering with SunPower to make the campus energy supply greener by installing new rooftop photovoltaic (PV) systems, or solar panels, and building an off-campus solar energy plant. The project is a part of the Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI) project, an effort to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article


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