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UAW Endorses Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs proposal

September 10 -- The UAW today endorsed the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs proposal because it will jump start Michigan manufacturing and rein in rising costs for consumers and businesses. “Michigan has the most skilled workers in the world, and Proposal 3 can create thousands of new manufacturing jobs that cannot be outsourced,” UAW President Bob King said. “Proposal 3 will help put our state’s manufacturing talent to work, will help to preserve a healthy environment for Michigan citizens while reining in rising energy costs for businesses. >>View Article

U.S. Solar Market Spikes In Second Quarter

September 10 -- The amount of photovoltaic solar panels installed in the United States reached 742 megawatts in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report released Monday by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, up from 512 megawatts in the first quarter. Analysts with GTM research expect that by year-end, 3,200 megawatts will be installed nationwide, up 71 percent over 2011.  >>View Article

Maryland Commits To One Of Its Largest Solar Arrays Yet

September 6 --There have been a lot of state "firsts" for solar arrays in the past few months -- in states other than the two biggies, California and New Jersey. Minnesota, for example, got its largest array when IKEA switched on 1,014-kilowatt (kW) system over the summer; and Virginia and Michigan said the same a few weeks earlier, because of projects financed by the retailer.  >>View Article

Barclays-Farmers Turn To Renewable Energy Amid Cost Fears

September 6 -- The vast majority of farmers (82 per cent) who are looking to invest in renewable energy are motivated by concerns over rising energy costs, according to new research from Barclays, with one in three farmers (33 per cent) looking to make a renewables investment in the next two years. >>View Article

Michigan City Embraces Renewable Energy

September 6 -- To encourage green living, Wyandotte, like other cities, created a community garden. But this Michigan city’s project supplies solar energy instead of vegetables.The 49-kilowatt solar garden is just one way the city can generate 30 percent of its electricity from renewable energy. >>View Article

For A Look At The Future Of U.S. Energy, Go To Texas

September 5 -- U.S. energy giant Direct Energy is testing the consumer market for alternative energy in Texas, with the launch of a new 100 percent Texas wind powerbrand that it’s calling New Leaf Energy. The new venture will provide customers in Greater Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and other areas with the option to get their electricity from certified renewable sources. >>View Article

Project Aims To Harness The Power Of Waves

September 4 -- About 15 years ago, this environmentally conscious state with a fir tree on its license plates began pushing the idea of making renewable energy from the ocean waves that bob and swell on the Pacific horizon. But then one of the first test-buoy generators, launched with great fanfare, promptly sank. It was not a good start. >>View article

 

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