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Winds of Change: Floating Power Turbines Envisioned Off Oregon Coast

February 6 -- A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast.

The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would be the biggest demonstration of technology that places floating turbines on platforms in deep water, according to federal officials and executives at Principle Power, the developer. >>View Article

EPA Names Landfill Gas Projects of the Year

February 6 -- Through its Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the U.S. EPA has recognized three U.S. landfill gas-to-energy projects as being exceptional projects of 2013. LMOP describes its project-of-the-year designation as exhibiting innovation and creativity while contributing to job creation, providing energy savings and generating green power. >>View Article

Over 1/3 of New U.S. Energy Capacity is Clean and Green

February 6 -- Renewable energy accounted for more than 37% of America’s new energy generating capacity last year, which is triple the total from traditional fuels.

Renewable energy sources, including solar, wind energy, geothermal and hydropower, made up over 37% of all new domestic electricity generating capacity that was installed in 2013, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Report from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. >>View Article

The Lone Star State's Clean-Energy Leader

February 5 -- Denton, Texas, a bustling community near Lewisville Lake 30 miles northwest of Dallas, is known for its festivals and eclectic music scene, often compared to the Austin of 20 years ago. But Denton (pop. 113,000) is also a leader in clean energy, boasting more wind power per capita than any other city in the nation. >>View Article

The Truth About Clean Tech

February 5 -- When former Major League Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis was dealing with gambling in the game, he brought reporters together and told them that if they wanted to cover baseball, they were to report on what they saw on the field without commentary. "Report the facts," he said.

Unfortunately, that's not what "60 Minutes" did when they recently aired a story about the death of clean tech.

Stories like that don't just hurt clean tech; they damage the Massachusetts economy. >>View Article

Politicizing Renewable Energy Threatens U.S. Security

February 4 -- The debate about the role of renewable energy in the U.S. is highly politicized and polarized, needlessly hurting our energy and national security interests.

Proponents point to an industry that is growing robustly, creating jobs, lowering our carbon footprint and empowering individuals to break free of centuries-old utility business models. Congressional and other detractors point to the Department of Energy’s Solyndra debacle and insist that hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and natural gas can solve all of the nation’s energy problems. >>View Article

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