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October 24 -- Venture capital investment in wind energy more than tripled during the third quarter while the acquisitions fell, according to Mercom Capital Group LLC. >>View Article

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:01

Sacramento Ranks No. 4 In Clean Tech Index

October 24 --  Lots of energy-efficient buildings and hybrid vehicles. A sizable crop of workers engaged in green and clean-tech industries.  Add it all up, and Sacramento ranks No. 4 in a nationwide index of clean tech metro areas released Tuesday.  The first-ever U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index, assembled by Oregon consulting firm Clean Edge Inc., gives the Sacramento area high marks for its workforce, hybrid and electric vehicles and buildings that qualify for the federal government's Energy Star certification. >>View Article 

October 23 -- Ikea Group, the biggest home- furnishings retailer, more than doubled planned spending on wind farms and solar parks to as much as $2 billion as increased use of renewable power protects it from volatile fossil-fuel prices. The investment will help the Swedish company get 70 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2015, Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said in a phone interview. It aims to get all of its energy from renewables by 2020. >>View Article 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:57

On The Way To 1 Million Solar Roofs In L.A.

October 23 --  Los Angeles homeowners have been signing up for rooftop solar power installations in droves — so much so that the overwhelming volume of applications threatened to overrun the program’s budget and prompted the LA Dept. of Water and Power’s (LADWP) to actually shut the program down for five months last year. Participants in the city’s Solar Incentive Program had 22 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar power installed in the DWP’s 2011-2012 fiscal year, up from 9 MW the previous year and 5 MW in 2009-2010, Chris Clarke reports in a Rewire blog post. >>View Article

October 22 --  Colorado has 496 megawatts of wind projects under construction, ranking among the top states for ongoing wind construction activity in the third quarter, according to a report released Friday. Colorado ranks sixth behind Texas, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa in wind construction projects under way, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association. >>View Article

Monday, 22 October 2012 15:40

Electric Car Ownership Provides Big Savings

October 22 --  With gas prices relatively high, getting around on electric power might be a potential money saver.  "These things are really cheap to operate," said Mark Vaughn, a veteran editor at Autoweek.  Vaughn owns a Mitsubishi EV, which he can fully recharge at home for less than $2. He says many people could use electric vehicles for everyday travel. >>View Article

October 18 --  Facts can be funny things and the fact is, some people don't look at the facts when assessing the economic impacts of environmentally friendly business practices. There has been an ugly rumor floating around that sustainable energy is bad business. Witness the recent U.S. Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates in which Republican nominees Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan implied that over half the green companies receiving federal stimulus dollars have gone bankrupt (actually three out of 28), or that the funds simply amounted to "green pork." That's not likely. As the AP points out, the stimulus helped create both public- and private-sector jobs. By the way: never eat green pork. >>View Article

October 18 -- Adam Sieminski, head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration, said falling costs for wind power will make the alternate energy competitive with natural gas and coal, spurring expansion in the next two decades. Sieminski, whose office is independent and doesn’t set policies, said extending a tax credit for wind power, set to expire in December, would help increase use of the power. Even if that tax provision expires as scheduled, wind generation will grow, he said. View Article >>

Monday, 15 October 2012 17:17

Solar Push Could Challenge Georgia Power

October 15 -- Georgia Power’s monopoly is under attack. This year, state legislators considered a bill that would have ended that monopoly in limited situations by allowing companies to lease rooftop space for their solar panels and then sell the electricity to the property owner. Current law only allows power to be sold to utilities, and only utilities can sell to retail customers. The bill stalled, but you can look for it to be introduced again for next year’s legislative session. >>View Article

October 15 -- A Chevron sign advertising $3.71 gasoline on State Road A1A in Ormond-by-the-Sea might elicit a groan or exasperated sigh from many passing motorists. But not from Caroline Derensis.  "I laugh," Derensis said. "I laugh my head off." Derensis' new car has no use for gasoline. Or oil changes, for that matter. Or timing belts. >>View Article

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