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ACORE Becomes Official NASCAR Green Partner

February 11 -- At an event today at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Arlington, Va., NASCAR and the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced a multi-year partnership that designates the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit as NASCAR’s newest Official Green Partner. >>View Article

Ending Clean Fuels Program Would be Costly Mistake for Oregon

February 11 -- As a school psychologist serving communities along Oregon's North Coast, my job requires quite a bit of travel around the region. The Sunset Highway takes me from my home in Aloha to work in towns like Jewell, Seaside, Warrenton and Astoria.

I'll be the first to admit that my carbon footprint is not the greatest, but I'm also not alone: nearly one-third of Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. That's why I started to breathe a little easier in 2009 with passage of the Clean Fuels Standard, knowing that Oregon had a plan in place to promote homegrown fuel alternatives. >>View Article

Solar Producer Joins Army's Green Energy Push

February 11 -- A San Francisco-based developer of solar and wind power is the latest company to join to the U.S. Army’s multi-billion-dollar alternative energy program.

Closely held Foresight Renewable Solutions LLC was awarded a contract “for use in completing and awarding power purchase agreement task orders” under a $7 billion Army program to buy renewable power from privately developed facilities, according to the Jan. 29 announcement. >>View Article

Editorial: AEP-PSO Signs Deal For Low-Price Wind Power

February 10 -- The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved three long-term wind power contracts that will help AEP-PSO reduce the cost of electricity for local consumers.

American Electric Power-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma has signed contracts to buy 600 megawatts of power for 20 years from wind farms in western Oklahoma. That's enough juice to supply more than 120,000 homes. >>View Article

Renewable Energy Fueling Rural Economic Growth

February 10 -- Renewable energy policies targeted at both biofuels production and wind energy development are what grain producers and landowners count on as an effective way for them to participate in the U. S. energy markets and fuel growth in the rural economy.

Nonetheless, concern in the agriculture community is growing over a Nov. 2013 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that could retard both ethanol industry growth and rural economic progress at the same time. The EPA statement said that yearly biofuels production quotas could be reduced from those figures required in the 2007 Renewable Fuels Standard II (RFS) that President George W. Bush authorized. >>View Article

Gaston County Landfill Cited for Promoting 'Green' Energy

February 10 -- Landfills are used to having things heaped upon them, though that seldom includes lavish praise.

Gaston County’s final resting place for solid waste received a virtual fist bump recently. And the commendation came from a federal agency more familiar with reprimanding people and companies for causing environmental damage.

The distinction earned by the Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling Division stems from recent efforts to make the landfill more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. For that, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the county a 2013 Community Partner of the Year Award. >>View Article

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