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U.S. Renewable Energy Usage Jumped In 2011, Coal Usage Fell

October 30 -- Americans used less energy in 2011 than in the previous year, due mainly to a shift to higher-efficiency energy technologies in the transportation and residential sectors, according to new energy flowcharts released by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Meanwhile, less coal was used, but more natural gas was consumed according to the most recent energy flow charts released. Wind power saw the biggest jump - from .92 quadrillion BTU, or quads, in 2010 up to 1.17 quads in 2011. Solar power usage, meanwhile, grew to 0.158 quads. >>View Article

Reports Of Clean Energy's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

October 29 -- If the notion "he who lives by the subsidy dies by the subsidy" is true, then oil, gas and nuclear companies must be dying a thousand deaths. "A Sad Green Story," the recent New York Times article by David Brooks, is way off the mark with where we need to go as a country and as an entire planet. Now is not the time to malign investments in our health, welfare and a sustainable energy future. >>View Article

Alabama Leaders Support Push For Electric Cars

October 29 -- Alabama may not have to look too far down the road to see a future filled with electric vehicles, and leaders met Friday in Montgomery make sure they’re ready.  As Chevrolet, Ford and Nissan showed off some of the latest technology in front of the Renaissance Hotel, Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, was one of those who spoke to a crowd of government, military and business representatives inside the Convention Center about how to move it forward. >>View Article

Army Reserve Quietly Steps Up Its Sustainability Game

October 29 -- The Department of Defense has been steadily picking up the pace of its clean energy initiatives, and that includes the Army Reserve. This week, CleanTechnica had an opportunity to speak with Mr. Tad Davis, the person in charge of a $1.2 billion-per-year office that oversees sustainability programs for the Army, Army National Guard, and Reserve. Mr. Davis described how Reservists are uniquely positioned to play a powerful role as the Army transitions into a more sustainable force that leverages alternative energy as well as water conservation, waste management, and land stewardship. >>View Article

Making Renewable Energy A NC Growth Industry

October 26 -- Working out of a small keyman office on Main Street in Davidson, Shawn LeMond and his Sustainable Energy Community Development Co. have been quietly — but effectively — hooking up renewable-energy developers with economically distressed communities. >>View Article 

Eagles' Stadium Getting Wind And Solar

October 26 -- Lincoln Financial Field will soon be a greener place, if that’s possible.  The first of several large, stealth-like wind turbines are now going up at the very top of the Linc.  The 14 wind turbines — seven each on the north and south sides of the stadium’s roof line — are 15 feet tall, made of carbon, fiberglass, and steel, and weigh about 1,000 pounds each. >>View Article 

Google Backs Biofuel

October 26 -- Google Ventures is investing in Cool Planet Energy Systems, a company aiming to produce cheap biofuels in its first commercial processing plant, according to reports.  Google, along with BP, ConocoPhillips and NRG, are investing in Cool Planet, a company that pants to replace gasoline with biofuel, GigaOm reported.  >>View Article 

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