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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces 106 Renewable Energy Projects

August 15 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced 106 projects in 29 states, Guam and Puerto Rico have been selected for funding to make renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Money for the projects comes from the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. >>View Article

U.S., Facing Drought, Wants More Clean Energy, Poll Says

August 17 -- Three out of four Americans think the U.S. needs “to start focusing more” on clean-energy sources like wind and solar that require less water than conventional power generation as the country faces its most widespread drought since 1956, according to a think-tank survey. >>View Article

Clean Energy Patents At Quarterly High

August 17 -- The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI), published quarterly by the Cleantech Groupat Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. provides an indication of the trend of innovative activity in the Clean Energy sector from 2002 to the present.  Results from the Q1 2012 reveal the CEPGI to have a value of 694 granted U.S. patents, the highest quarter since tracking of the CEPGI began and up 154 over the first quarter of 2011. >>View Article

Racers Say Ethanol Is One Cool Track Fuel

August 19 --  What is the best way to counter ethanol’s naysayers? How about throttling up race car engines to drown out the critics’ pessimism about the clean, renewable energy source? Ethanol is one cool fuel, and that’s worth roaring about. >>View Article

Businesses Wait For NJ Offshore Wind Plans To Fill Their Sails

August 20 -- Three years ago, politicians lauded plans to build a wind farm 13 miles off the coast of Delaware, and two New Jersey firms joined forces to lead the effort: Princeton’s NRG Energy merged with Hoboken’s Bluewater Wind, which had a power purchase deal with Delmarva Power. >>View Article

DOE Announces New Partnership To Certify Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes

August 20 -- The Energy Department today announced a new partnership between the Department's Challenge Home program and Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) on a voluntary certification process for homes that are so energy-efficient, they can offset most or all of their utility bills with a small renewable energy system. These homes are referred to as zero net-energy ready homes. Home builders participating in these programs gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by providing their customers with homes featuring unparalleled energy savings, quality, comfort, health, and durability. >>View Article

Colorado Community Solar Gardens Developer Initiative Sells Out In 30 Minutes

August 21 -- Local, smaller scale solar PV project developers are showing very strong interest in building so-called “solar gardens” in Colorado. So many applied for Xcel Energy’s Solar Rewards Community solar gardens program this past week—the first time it’s been opened to project developers—that the utility had to close the application window just 30 minutes after it opened. >>View Article

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