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Clean Energy Investment Rises 22% Led by U.S., China

July 11 -- Clean-energy investment rose 22 percent in the second quarter from the prior three months as increased spending in the U.S., China and South Africa countered a slump in Europe.

The $53.1 billion invested in the industry was still less than the $63.1 billion spent in the same period a year earlier as Europe’s spending fell to the lowest in more than six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Investment in the region shrank 44 percent from the first quarter to $9.5 billion. >>View Article

Sheheen: We can make SC a clean-energy leader

July 10 -- Clean energy in the Palmetto State has the potential to generate thousands of jobs and attract millions of dollars in capital investment. We have all the assets to lead the country in clean energy, but we also need leadership. >>View Article

Google makes $1 billion investment in renewable energy

July 10 -- Google may not seem like an energy company, but it sure is acting like one. Through more than $1 billion in investments and through large contracts for renewable power, Google has become the most significant player in the energy business outside of actual energy companies and financial institutions. >>View Article

Feeling the wind’s worth

July 9 -- Even five years ago, putting up 58 turbines to harvest the wind gusting across the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Whitman County wouldn’t have made economic sense. >>View Article

Now Is Not The Time To Gut Funding For Innovative Energy Research

July 9 -- Last month, a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted to gut funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) efforts to promote innovative energy research. The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) was first on the chopping block. The subcommittee voted to slash its funding from the current level of $252 million to just $50 million—an 80% cut. On top of that, the subcommittee cut funding for the DOE’s work on renewable energy in half. >>View Article

DOE to toughen energy efficiency standards for new federal buildings

July 9 -- The Energy Department (DOE) on Tuesday will unveil regulations requiring new federal buildings to meet more stringent energy efficiency standards. The move comes as President Obama aggressively launches a new push on his climate change agenda, implementing a number of executive actions to bypass Congress and promote renewable energy and green technologies. Strengthening energy efficiency standards is a centerpiece of Obama’s efforts. >>View Article

Phoenix Building Georgia’s Largest Solar Farm on Old Cotton Farm

July 9 -- Phoenix Solar AG (PS4)’s U.S. unit is building a solar power facility at a former cotton farm in Georgia that will be the state’s largest when completed later this year. The company is erecting the 38.6-megawatt Simon Solar Farm about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Atlanta in partnership with closely held U.S. developer Silicon Ranch Corp., Phoenix said today in a statement. >>View Article

Going Green Is a Moneymaker for These Business Owners

July 9 -- The CEO of the high-end ski resort Aspen Skiing Co. wanted to align his business with the needs of the mountains, streams and trees upon which its existence depended, but he wasn't thinking of improving the company's bottom line when he hired a vice president of sustainability. >>View Article


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