March 24 -- As Illinois, as well as farmers and residents in Vermilion County, find themselves again in the throes of a short-term coal rush with devastating health and environmental impacts, it's time to turn the page on the past and transition to a future with more sustainable economic development. >>View Article
March 24 -- In 2013, the United States finally became the world’s leader in installed photovoltaic capacity, putting in 4,751 new megawatts of energy production and beating Germany, which had held the lead for the previous 15 years despite having 3.6 percent of America’s land mass, 225 million fewer people and 20 percent less average annual sunlight.
The U.S. also leads the world in the number of geothermal (ground source heat pump) installations; the annual growth rate has doubled in the past decade, making geothermal a $2 billion a year domestic industry. >>View Article
March 24 -- Bradley Molinick started work at Gamesa’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Ebensburg, Pa. in 2006, before the plant was even finished...
The company had come to Ebensburg with help from $15 million in tax breaks from the state of Pennsylvania in 2006. It built industrial scale wind turbine blades, more than a hundred feet long. Some of the blades ended up on big windfarms nearby, in the hilly terrain of the southern Alleghenies. Many of these projects benefitted from the PTC.
So in ending its subsidy of the wind energy, was Congress to blame for the job losses at Gamesa? >>View Article
March 24 -- West Virginia has been a national leader in confronting our nation's energy challenges. Throughout the 20th century, it was West Virginians who helped develop the vast fossil fuel resources — like coal — that powered America's rise to a global economic superpower.
And as a native West Virginian, I am proud of our leadership and the role we have played in our nation's energy history.
But today, our energy posture has brought new challenges to light: Climate change — a result of our insatiable need to consume fossil fuels — poses a threat to our national security and global economic stability. >>View Article
March 21 -- The wind industry has gone to great lengths over the years to snap up the best properties for its farms, often looking to remote swaths of prairie or distant mountain ridges to maximize energy production and minimize community opposition. >>View Article
March 21 -- First, the good news — break out the champagne! The overwhelming majority of new U.S. electrical capacity is coming from wind and solar, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. >>View Article
March 21 -- Governor LePage criticized the state's Green Energy policies at an energy forum Today, saying Maine ratepayers can't afford to subsidize clean energy research and development projects.
His comments came on the same day an environmental group released it's report touting the benefits of clean energy. >>View Article
March 21 -- A new report shows at least $5.5 billion has been invested in Nevada's clean energy sector since 2010.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Gov. Brian Sandoval held a press conference Thursday at the solar-powered "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign to highlight the report, which was produced by the nonprofit Clean Energy Project. >>View Article
March 21 -- The worldwide demand for solar and wind power continues to skyrocket. Since 2009, global solar photovoltaic installations have increased about 40 percent a year on average, and the installed capacity of wind turbines has doubled. >>View Article
March 20 -- Nearly 97,000 Illinoisans work in the burgeoning clean-energy sector, putting the industry among the largest job generators in the state, according to a report being issued today.
The Clean Energy Trust, which promotes and assists the development of environmentally friendly energy, commissioned the survey, which is its first attempt to catalog the Illinois jobs being created in the effort. The survey takers made more than 27,000 phone calls and sent more than 9,000 emails, collecting information from 1,599 firms and full survey completion by 415 companies. >>View Article
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