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U.S. Navy Eyes Biofuels to Fuel Fleet of the Future

August 25 -- Every single day the U.S. Department of Defense uses 300,000 barrels of oil. It alone accounts for about 2% of America's total daily energy consumption, which makes it the single largest fuel consumer in the country. America's military actually consumes as much energy as the entire population of Nigeria, and there are 140 million people living in Nigeria. Suffice it to say, the military uses a lot of oil, which is why it's looking at alternative fuel sources to wean itself off of oil. One of those alternative sources is biofuels, and this year actually marks the first time the U.S. Navy is including biofuels in its annual procurement for bulk fuels. >>View Article

The Country's Sinking Climate Debate

August 25 -- The national debate on climate change has devolved.

By the late 1990s, big U.S. businesses were beginning to accept that greenhouse gases must be wrung out of the economy. In the 2000s, prominent Republicans such as Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.) proposed aggressive anti-emissions policies. By 2008, the presidential candidates of both major parties favored strong national climate strategies. Regardless of who won that election, serious action seemed inevitable. >>View Article

10 Facts About Wind Power

August 25 -- 10. Human civilizations have harnessed wind power for thousands of years. Early forms of windmills used wind to crush grain or pump water. Now, modern wind turbines use the wind to create electricity. Learn how a wind turbine works. >>View Article

Report: Former Energy Efficiency Program was Cost Effective

August 20 -- A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. >>View Article

Department of Energy is Optimistic of US Wind Energy Future

August 20 -- Amid concern over tax incentives, the low cost of wind turbines and the price of wind powered electricity, a federal agency is predicting a large increase in the amount of electricity generated from wind.

"Since 2000 North Dakota has gone from virtually zero megawatts to 1700 megawatts," says Julie Fedorchak, one of three Public Service Commissioners, who oversee the permitting of wind farms. "Wind farm permitting has been quite brisk and I think you can see that across the state with the wind development that we have." >>View Article

Doing Business. Doing Good.

August 20 -- This summer, after visitors land at Terminal E in Bush Intercontinental Airport, a Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau message informs them that "Houston Is Hip." This sign calls attention to the fact that, as the fourth-largest city in the U.S., we actually do have an urban planner, a high-fashion retailer, a clothing designer and even our very own rapper. >>View Article

Microsoft Aims to be Greener and Drops ALEC Membership

August 20 -- Microsoft announced Tuesday that it's cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group. It appears this decision was made due to ALEC's lobbing efforts to block the development of renewable energy. >>View Article

Forget Fracking -- Wind Energy Prices Hit a Record Low in the U.S.

August 19 -- Wind energy is on the verge of becoming competitive with fossil fuels: Prices for the carbon-free electricity fell to a new low last year, according to a study released Monday by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Another sign that wind power is becoming a major power in the United States: Since 2007, wind farms have accounted for a third of the nation’s new electricity capacity, the study states. >>View Article

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