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September 24 -- Electric vehicles are a must have segment for automakers looking to compete in the long term, although traditional engine types will continue to be important, Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group of America CEO, told CNBC on Monday. Browning said that the German automaker's strategy is to roll out a 10-year growth plan, which includes a ramp-up in electric vehicle production. >>View Article

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:38

Choose Wind Power For Western Pennsylvania

September 24 -- Over the past 30 years, Pittsburgh has been creating a healthier city. Pittsburgh has worked hard to clean up its air. Unfortunately, the people of Pittsburgh still must breathe too much air pollution, pollution that threatens their health and even risks their lives. The American Lung Association published in April our latest "State of the Air" report with local grades on air quality. "State of the Air 2013" showed that the Pittsburgh region ranked eighth in the nation in year-round particle pollution and 24th for ozone, from data gathered between 2009 and 2011. >>View Article

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:25

WSJ Debunks WSJ's Renewable Energy Myths

September 24 -- The Wall Street Journal debunked several of what it labeled "myths" about renewable energy on Monday. But the paper itself has promoted several of these myths in the past, obscuring the promising growth of renewable energy as prices rapidly decline. According to Wall Street Journal reporter Keith Johnson, "[o]ld ideas die hard" when it comes to renewable energy. He went on to debunk "six myths about renewable energy" that he said stemmed from "outdated facts and assumptions." >>View Article

September 24 -- Scientists and drillers are searching for hot water -- and lots of it -- at Pilgrim Hot Springs, 60 miles northeast of Nome on Alaska’s western coast. A drill rig is currently chewing away at the earth, and has passed 750 feet in depth. Once it reaches 1,000 feet, groups interested in a geothermal power plant there may have their answer: can the hot springs supply enough geothermal energy to make it a worthwhile endeavor? >>View Article

September 23 -- The state’s biggest utilities, in a milestone for New England’s wind power industry, have signed long-term contracts to buy wind-generated electricity at prices below the costs of most conventional sources, such as coal and nuclear plants. The contracts, filed jointly Friday with the Department of Public Utilities, represent the largest renewable energy purchase to be considered by state regulators at one time. If approved, the contracts would eventually save customers between 75 cents and $1 a month, utilities estimated. >>View Article

September 23 -- In the next few days, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder unveiled the first of four reports on renewable energy that could potentially reshape Michigan’s energy economy. Conservatives have a real opportunity to lead in the area of renewable energy and we should applaud Governor Snyder for his leadership in the energy sector.  >>View Article

Monday, 23 September 2013 14:41

Money Talks For Wind Energy

September 23 -- One thing is for sure, Google is putting its money where its mouth is where green energy is concerned. One of the big boys of the Internet age, Google recently announced it plans to use even more Texas Panhandle wind to reach its goal of powering the cyberspace giant with 100 percent renewable energy — an objective pulled straight from Google’s website. >>View Article

September 23 -- The Christian Coalition believes that energy efficiency is a family value issue.  What could be more important for the family than helping families save money in these hard economic times?  That’s why we support Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and the bipartisan bill he has co-authored with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) – the bill will be good for America’s families. >>View Article

September 23 -- Thanks to improvements in technology, Michigan utility companies should be capable of tripling their renewable energy use by 2035, according to a report issued Friday by the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Energy Office. >>View Article

September 20 -- For one, as the title above notes, solar panel costs were 60% lower in the second quarter (Q2) of 2013 than they were in early 2011. Overall solar PV system prices, on average, were 40% lower, and they were 50% lower than average solar PV system prices in early 2010. I’ve emphasized this before: if you have a cost of solar from a few years ago stuck in your head, you’re probably greatly overestimating the cost of solar today. (Get an updated estimate and an estimate of your monthly and yearly savings today.) >>View Article

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