August 15 -- Institutional investors have a stake in the long-term future of the U.S. power sector. >>View Article
August 15 -- DTE Energy Co. plan to build a large, roughly $5 million solar array at the automaker's world headquarters in suburban Detroit, officials announced Thursday.
The project, funded by Detroit-based DTE, will provide Ford employees in Dearborn with 360 covered parking spaces and power for 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. >>View Article
August 13 -- To think the EPA's Clean Power Plan hurts the American public is a far leap from logic, as suggested in Rep. Mike Kelly's "Pushing Back Against Obama's War on Coal" (op-ed, Aug. 4). While the coal lobby might hope the EPA's plan is unpopular, the numbers tell a different story.
A recent Stanford University and USA Today study found only 21% of Americans say generating power from coal is a "good idea." In comparison, 91% say generating power from solar energy is a good idea. Additionally, a new study by the University of Michigan found that even 51% of Republicans support a carbon tax if the revenue goes toward renewable-energy programs. And the Small Business Majority found 76% of small-business owners in support of the EPA's new rule. >>View Article
August 13 -- Mitigating risk is essential to being a smart long-term investor. The move by Ohio politicians to freeze the state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards demonstrated that they are not thinking ahead.
Ohio had been one of many clean-energy success stories. The state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, passed in 2009, helped the state create 25,000 jobs and are credited with saving Ohio consumers more than $1 billion. Unfortunately, Ohio politicians chose to ignore the majority of Ohioans, major Ohio businesses and the state's leading newspapers when they voted earlier this summer to freeze these successful standards. >>View Article
August 13 -- A plentiful supply of renewable resources, and a need for a more economical approach to power generation, is fueling strong momentum in clean energy investment in Mexico and the six main countries of Central America, says a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
In fact, Mexico is already on track to burst through its record investment of $2.4 billion in 2010, having already invested $1.3 billion in the first half of 2014 (an impressive figure, considering the country invested a total of $1.6 billion during the whole of 2013). >>View Article
August 13 -- As Maryland considers options for cutting climate-warming emissions from existing power plants, the good news is we're already ahead of most other states in meeting new targets proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. But let's not rest on our laurels. Thanks to energy efficiency programs being developed in the coming months, we can deliver energy savings to more Marylanders, benefiting all our families and communities. >>View Article
August 13 -- While debate rages on about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas pollution from existing U.S. power plants, it’s important to take a look at what is already working around the country from the standpoint of clean energy deployment. >>View Article
August 12 -- A majority of us cannot fathom a world without electricity. For this reason, the means by which we harness energy is imperative. By obtaining energy though sustainable means, such as offshore wind, not only are we reducing carbon emissions associated with fossil fuel burning, but we also advance into energy independence. Reducing our hunger for fossil fuels will also decrease our vulnerability to international crises and conflicts. >>View Article
August 12 -- When I was younger, I competed on a swim team and spent most of my free time training. I learned a lot from that experience, but what stuck with me is that winning or losing began with a good training plan — and sticking to it. Sure, our team had tough three-hour practices and occasional progress plateaus, but executing the plan resulted in more wins than losses.
Americans know how to win because they are not afraid to lead and follow an ambitious plan. A prime example is our long history of leadership in biotechnology. Today, the U.S. is the world leader in the production of biofuels. We are also developing environmentally-friendly ways to produce biochemicals, materials, food and animal feed that use less petroleum and emit less CO2 throughout a product’s life cycle. >>View Article
August 12 -- Seven years ago, one of the strongest tornadoes ever to touch down in the United States flattened the town of Greensburg, Kan., population 1,400. Twelve people died when the 1.7 mile-wide twister rolled straight through town, destroying 95 percent of its buildings. >>View Article
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