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The Outlook for Renewable Energy

April 4 -- Renewable energy has now become a technology of choice for many Americans, accounting for nearly 40% of all new, domestic power capacity installed in 2013. Presently, renewable power capacity exceeds 190 GW, biofuels are responsible for roughly 10% of our nation’s fuel supply, and renewable thermal energy systems heat and cool a growing number of homes, businesses, public buildings, and other structures throughout the country. The array of technologies are either fully or increasingly cost-competitive with conventional energy sources, and costs continue to fall. Per Bloomberg New Energy Finance, private sector investment in the U.S. clean energy sector surpassed $100 billion in 2012-2013, stimulating economic development while supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. This impressive growth of renewable energy is a signal that, when certain, state and federal policies have worked. >>View Article

Viewpoints: Green Bank Would Create More Clean Energy Innovation

April 3 -- As a venture capitalist, I spend much of my time on the unvarnished edge of capitalism. It’s a place where some level of failure is inevitable, survival of the fittest is an understatement, and success is usually the result of a combination of merit, relentless hard work and a little luck thrown in for good measure.

It’s in this spirit that I, along with colleagues like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, support current proposals to create a California Green Bank to help grow clean energy innovation. Today, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation will consider spending priorities for the cap-and-trade auction revenue, estimated to be $850 million in 2014. They should consider spending a quarter of that to launch a Green Bank. >>View Article

Apple Praised, Amazon Shamed in Greenpeace Report on Clean Energy

April 3 -- As technology titans such as Apple, Google, and Facebook battle for the title of greenest data maker, one of the Internet's key players, Amazon, is ignoring the cause altogether and falling dangerously behind its peers, according to a new Greenpeace report.

The organization's new report, "Clicking Clean: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet," identifies Amazon, which runs Amazon Web Services (AWS) and plays host to a significant portion of the Internet, as one of the most egregious companies when it comes to using what the organization labels "dirty" energy, a category that includes nuclear and coal power, to run its massive centers. >>View Article

Our View: What is the Future of Geothermal For State?

April 3 -- Geothermal has long been the go-to, viable and time-proven renewable energy source for Imperial County and our corner of extreme Southern California. But what is its place in the statewide, even national landscape of the green industry?

That seems to be the question Imperial County’s state representatives are trying to find an answer to this week as Imperial County, namely the Imperial Irrigation District and the Salton Sea Authority, has big plans for developing geothermal as a means to save the sea and power more homes in the state and beyond. >>View Article

D.C. SUN is a Group Approach to Renewable Energy

April 3 -- Since beginning seven years ago, D.C. Solar United Neighborhoods has brought photovoltaic power to 115 households, with hundreds more poised to join. The program has expanded to all eight wards and established affiliates in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. DC SUN is about to begin a group installation in Ward 3, and has just completed a second round in its original neighborhood, Mount Pleasant. >>View Article

EDF Renewable Energy Confirms Turbine Order with Vestas for 194 Megawatts

April 2 -- EDF Renewable Energy has placed a firm order with Vestas for 194 megawatts (MW) of V100-2.0 MW wind turbine generators. The order is part of the Master Supply Agreement (MSA) announced in September 2013.

The most recent order brings the firm commitment of the Vestas turbines to 494 MW to meet the demands of the projects in the Texas panhandle. Deliveries and commissioning are expected to be complete in the 4th Quarter of 2015. >>View Article

Investors Warm to Green Bonds

April 2 -- The ice cream set to flow from Unilever's ULVR.LN +0.16% new factory in South Africa next year will be unusual. It will be green.

The Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods company's high-tech plant on the outskirts of Johannesburg will start producing popular frozen treats such as Magnums and Cornettos, funded by the firm's debut green bond to ensure production is less harmful on the environment. >>View Article

Going Under the Sea for Clean Energy

April 2 -- A black-and-red tower with what look like white wings juts out of the water in Strangford Lough, a fjord that runs from the Irish Sea deep into the farm country of Northern Ireland.

Curious seals stick their heads up as a boat draws close, but they don’t seem to be bothered by the strange-looking device, which is actually a windmill, except its blades are under water.

SeaGen, as the machine is called, might be the most convincing evidence available that the large-scale harnessing of tidal power is becoming more than just an engineer’s fantasy. >>View Article

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