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Biofuels Are A Way to Help the Environment

April 22 -- More than four decades of Earth Day celebrations have passed, yet each year we still find ourselves searching for the best way to celebrate the event that has helped to inspire our commitment to protecting the environment.

On this Earth Day, I challenge you to switch to something that’s not only good for our environment, but also renewable, sustainable, inexpensive and produced locally. Filling up with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel supports Iowa jobs, energy security and our economy. >>View Article

Production Tax Credit is Common-Sense Policy

April 22 -- More than four decades of Earth Day celebrations have passed, yet each year we still find ourselves searching for the best way to celebrate the event that has helped to inspire our commitment to protecting the environment.

On this Earth Day, I challenge you to switch to something that’s not only good for our environment, but also renewable, sustainable, inexpensive and produced locally. Filling up with renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel supports Iowa jobs, energy security and our economy. >>View Article

Renewable Fuel Experts Say Study Refuting Biofuels is Faulty

April 22 -- Biofuels have been the hope of many when it comes to developing renewable energy that doesn't hurt the environment.

But a new study says that biofuels may be even worse for the environment than traditional gasoline.

The study results do show that biofuels cause 7% more carbon emissions in the short term, but many on the state and national level are saying that the study is flawed in many ways. >>View Article

Apple Gets Greener: Announces Recycling, Renewable Energy Plans

April 22 -- Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services.

The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company’s website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills. >>View Article

How Mich. Can Fuel U.S. Military with Clean Energy

April 22 -- Throughout the 20th century, Michigan was at the forefront of innovation, pioneering the rise of the automobile and creating a modern transportation sector. Our hard work helped America become a global economic super power.

With clean energy, Michigan has an opportunity to once again lead a great transformation — one that is critical if we want to protect our national security and ensure a vibrant economy and a secure energy future. >>View Article

SkyFuel’s Parabolic Trough Featured in Enel’s Hybrid Geothermal Plant

April 22 -- SkyFuel, Inc. is the technology provider for the parabolic trough solar field being integrated into the heating loop of Enel Green Power (EGP) North America's Stillwater geothermal power plant. The solar field is designed to return the temperature of the brine from the geothermal wells to its original design point and thus recapture the full capacity and economic value of the existing turbine generator. All equipment for the solar troughs has been delivered and the system is expected to be operational by the end of 2014. This will be the world's first commercial plant integrating solar thermal power with geothermal. >>View Article

Sun Shines on Renewable Energy Firm

April 21 -- After winning a competition to build Minnesota’s largest solar power project, Geronimo Energy — a company that didn’t exist 10 years ago — has emerged as a major force in the state’s renewable energy sector.

Geronimo has pushed innovative ideas such as farmer-friendly wind farms and massive solar parks wired directly to power-company substations. >>View Article

Gas Makes Wind Affordable Even Without Tax Credit: Alliant CEO

April 21 -- Cheap natural gas is making wind energy affordable, even without a federal tax credit, the chief executive officer of Alliant Energy said in Chicago Wednesday.

Installation of wind farms fell by 93 percent after Congress did not renew wind’s production tax credit last year. The tax credit is back before Congress for renewal, but Alliant CEO Patricia Kampling told about 80 people Wednesday at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business that wind looks attractive even without a subsidy. >>View Article

Methane Gas From Waste is Used to Generate Electricity

April 21 -- Pete Nichols keeps a close eye on a vast engine of sorts — one that runs on the trash discarded from homes throughout the Lansing area.

One of five operators at the Granger landfill in DeWitt Township, Nichols oversees a vast network of underground pipes that serve as a fuel line for this engine — a line that captures methane gas from waste and sends it to an adjacent generating station. >>View Article

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