February 26 -- The luxury electric Tesla Model S is the top overall car available on the market today, Consumer Reports found in its annual auto issue.
The $90,000 American sedan was bestowed the prestigious honor, while Japanese companies took five other citations in the annual rankings released Tuesday. >>View Article
February 25 -- We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don't agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard. Therefore, we also stand together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to weaken the RFS.
Since Congress enacted the RFS in 2005 by huge bipartisan margins, it has provided the secure policy foundation that rural America needs to continue investments in renewable fuels. Those investments yield excellent returns. They diversify our nation's energy portfolio, clean the air, grow opportunities for businesses, create good-paying jobs in rural America, add value to farm products and give consumers lower-cost choices at the pump. >>View Article
February 25 -- Students at Kirkwood Community College can now train for many different jobs in the wind industry field.
"The ones that are out there maintaining the turbines, the O&M crews, the construction crews, that's where the jobs are at right now," said David Bennett, a Kirkwood Community College instructor.
According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are currently around 7,000 people working in wind energy in Iowa. >>View Article
February 25 -- When we graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968, the American economic engine was powered by a domestic oil industry in the midst of a boom: American production accounted for one-quarter of the global total. Texas, rather than Saudi Arabia, was the world’s swing producer, and the United States had handled the 1967 Arab oil embargo by increasing production, keeping markets stable.
Times were about to change. Five years after our graduation, with its oil fields producing at full capacity, America found itself utterly unprepared for another oil embargo. This one, orchestrated by the Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel, delivered an economic shock that set off nearly a decade of financial turmoil, geopolitical uncertainty and damaging volatility in the global oil market. >>View Article
February 25 -- The board of directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light opposes SB 340 out of a concern for good stewardship of the Earth and its finite resources. H-IPL is a growing statewide faith-based organization inspired by the call of our many faith traditions to care for and safeguard the Earth. >>View Article
February 24 -- Solar panels under Pittsburgh's often-cloudy skies can offer more overall benefits than they would under the blazing sun of Arizona, and a wind farm in West Virginia can deliver more health benefits than turbines on the gusty Great Plains do.
That's according to a Carnegie Mellon University study, which concluded that in order to achieve the greatest gains from renewable energy sources, officials should not focus on the locations that have the greatest potential for capacity, but places where the highest number of people would benefit by offsetting the most pollutants. >>View Article
February 24 -- Energy has always been an essential industry to our state. Not only is Oklahoma an industry leader in oil and gas, our state is also at the forefront of the renewable-energy industry.
The primary source of renewable energy in Oklahoma is wind, as we have enjoyed continuing growth lately. Oklahoma’s wind energy sector has seen a meteoric rise most recently. In 2002, Oklahoma had virtually no installed wind power capacity. Now our state has the sixth-largest installed wind capacity in the nation, with 3,134 megawatts. >>View Article
February 24 -- It was less than five years ago that Nevada was ground zero for the Western coal rush that was promising “clean coal” and “cheap rates.”
... Luckily, our state is in a far better place today. In the most recent legislative session, the same utility that proposed the Ely Energy Center and whose CEO said in February 2009, “We believe coal is an important resource for this country,” proposed a bill that would move Nevada away from coal within the next decade. >>View Article
February 24 -- There has been some debate about whether wind turbines have a more limited shelf life than other energy technologies. However, a new study suggests that wind turbines can remain productive for up to 25 years, making wind farms an attractive long-term choice for energy investors. >>View Article
February 24 -- Rhode Island expects to obtain 16 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2019. The state’s plan also requires that Rhode Island diversify its energy sources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. These standards reflect Rhode Island’s commitment to providing secure, clean, cheap energy while making efforts to respond to climate change.
But we’re not there yet. Instead, over 90 percent of the state’s power needs are provided for by natural gas. The time is now to refocus on our statewide goals for the production of clean energy and to lead the way for the nation in support of renewable-energy technologies. Rhode Island is at a distinct advantage: An offshore wind farm is already in the works. >>View Article