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What's the Future of Electric Cars?

June 10 -- Is Tesla a one-off triumph, or does it signal more successes with the nascent electric-car industry? Nine years ahead of schedule, Tesla paid off its entire $465 million government loan that the Energy Department awarded it in 2010. Supporters of clean energy are touting its achievements as evidence the government's loan-guarantee program can help nascent innovative technologies succeed. But other companies invested in the electric-car industry that have received federal dollars have not fared as well. They are Fisker Automotive and the company formerly called A123Systems (now B456 Systems), which have both received government support and have since gone bankrupt. >>View Article

Deepwater offshore wind: A giant step forward

June 10 -- For more than four centuries, Maine has led the way in conquering the sea, from building the great sailing vessels of the past to the most advanced ships in the world today. Our state is again leading the world by turning the powerful offshore winds in the Gulf of Maine into a new era of clean, renewable energy and economic opportunity and jobs. >>View Article

Blowing hot and cold

June 10 -- Energy subsidies have a long history. Governments often argue they are necessary to promote new energies during early developmental stages—think of NASA’s funding for photovoltaics. In America, support like this goes back all the way to land grants for timber extraction in the 1800s. There have been tariffs to support coal, preferential tax treatment for oil and gas, loan guarantees for nuclear power, and so on. >>View Article

Ikea Charlotte plugs in solar system

June 7 -- Ikea Charlotte has completed installation and "plugged in" the 1.1-megawatt solar-energy system atop its store in the University area, according to a news release from the Swedish home-furnishings retailer. >>View Article

Tea Party Takes On Georgia Power Over Lack Of Solar Energy

June 7 -- The fight to bring cheaper, clean energy to Georgia is uniting some unlikely allies. Renewable energy advocates and leaders of the Atlanta Tea Party are taking on utility giant Southern Co., and its subsidiary Georgia Power, over resisting the call to expand its development of solar energy. >>View Article

Bright Lights, Big City--Big Battery

June 7 -- Advances in energy storage could help make wind and solar power a mainstay of our electricity system by taking root not only in the Great Plains and the Mojave Desert but also Park Avenue high-rises and urban data centers. >>View Article

Tidal Energy Could Be Next Big Wave

June 7 -- The U.S. Department of Energy has just unveiled a floating off-shore wind platform that it thinks could make a big splash. But it has already been working hard to commercialize “tidal energy” that uses underwater turbines to create electricity, which must then be wired into the grid. >>View Article


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