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Boston Mayor Menino To Install Solar Panels On His House

August 23 --  Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino has been pushing real estate developers and property owners to make their buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Now he’s going green at home, too: Menino is installing solar panels on the roof of his home to help promote a state program that makes it cheaper for residents to go solar. >>View Article

America’s Military Renewables Plan Fast-Tracked And Mission Critical

August 24 -- This months’ announcement from the White House calling for green energy bids and its plan to fast-track wind and solar projects delivered a clear message that renewable energy is something the American military – and its government – whole-heartily believes in. The federal government’s Renewable Energy Partnership Plan (Plan), headed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of the Interior (DOI), is pushing new project development on and near numerous military installations to the tune of $7 billion dollars. >>View Article

Clean Energy Companies Are Powering Economic Recovery And Job Growth

August 24 -- A few years ago, Craig Winn launched a new company with two employees and a good idea: leverage the auto industry’s engineering prowess to improve solar manufacturing. Three years later, the Michigan-based company has hired nearly 50 workers and doubled its production capacity. The secret to its success is using precision techniques from car manufacturing to make the metal frames that hold solar panels. Business has been so good the company is opening a new plant in Ohio this year. >>View Article

Clean Energy Law Drives Innovation, Creates Jobs, Attracts Investments

August 27 -- A quality cost-benefit analysis looks at real costs and real benefits, using recognized economic models that have been peer-reviewed. The recent analysis commissioned by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association to look at Assembly Bill 32, our state's landmark clean energy law, misfires on both sides of the cost/benefit equation. And its underlying model takes serious departures from accepted economic modeling. >>View Article

 

BMW Launches Electric Vehicle Rental Service In Bay Area

August 28 -- A BMW 1 Series costs more than $30,000. But for the price of a few gallons of gas, Bay Area residents can zip around in a purely electric version of the compact coupe using DriveNow, a electric-car-sharing service from the German automaker. >>View Article

Solar Business Booming In New England

August 28 -- Business at downstream solar photovoltaic (PV) companies is growing exponentially in the Northeast, as home and property owners, spurred by government incentive programs, increasingly grow to realize and appreciate its value. >>View Article

Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn To Receive Award For Leadership In Sustainability

August 29 -- The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado is pleased to announce Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, President and CEO of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), is the 2012 Hero of Sustainability Awardrecipient. “We are honored to recognize Vice Admiral McGinn as our 2012 Hero of Sustainability,” said Joanne Keys, the Executive Director of the Alliance. “Vice Admiral McGinn has been one of the nation’s top experts on the deep connections among sustainability, national security and energy and has been a driver in getting the Department of Defense to implement sustainability practices.” >>View Article

DOE Announces New University-Led Projects To Create More Efficient, Lower Cost Solar Power Systems

August 29 -- As part of the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, which aims to drive solar energy to be cost-competitive with other energy sources by 2020, Secretary Steven Chu announced today new investments totaling $10 million over five years for two university-led projects to advance innovative concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. >>View Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Extends Emergency Grazing To Assist Ranchers Impacted by Drought

August 29 -- As the Obama Administration continues to support farmers and businesses impacted by the drought, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time. This flexibility for ranchers marks the latest action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide assistance to producers impacted by the drought, which has included opening CRP and other conservation acres to emergency haying and grazing, lowering the interest rate for emergency loans, and working with crop insurance companies to provide flexibility to farmers. >>View Article

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