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No way nuclear is a better way

June 17 -- In “Nuclear: A better way? Here’s why,” Craig Bowron (June 8) extolled the merits of integral fast reactors (and, not incidentally, touted a new Robert Stone movie). Unfortunately, some considerations were omitted. >>View Article

World Wind Turbines To Cross 300,000 Megawatt Mark

June 17 -- Wind turbines are here to stay. They are increasing in numbers every day, and industry figures show that the amount of energy they are able to generate has reached tremendous levels. The 19th century belonged to coal, the 20th to oil, and the 21st century belongs to clean energy, with wind energy being one of the foundations of that. >>View Article

Solar-Powered Plane Lands at Dulles Airport

June 17 -- A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May. >>View Article

Addressing air pollution and climate change with clean energy

June 17 -- This weekend, for the third year in a row, I’ll be traveling to Washington, D.C., to push Congress to enact meaningful legislation that will rein in climate change. Many people would view this as a fool’s errand, given the gridlock that exists in Washington right now, but I’ve found a number of reasons to be hopeful. >>View Article

New England states move to increase hydropower

June 17 -- Hydropower could play a larger role in New England’s energy mix as five of the region’s states, including Massachusetts, move to import more of it — most likely from Canada — and at least one has passed a law that could allow electricity from large-scale hydrolectric dams to be classified as green as wind or solar energy. >>View Article

$278 Million A Year In Geothermal Benefits For US

June 14 -- The annual health and environmental benefits to the United States from geothermal energy have been estimated to be $278 million a year, according to the Geothermal Energy Association. Binary geothermal energy plants produce almost no fossil fuel emissions, and other types only trace amounts of pollutants. Argonne National Laboratories found that hydrothermal binary plants have some of the lowest emissions of any energy technology, in their 2010 life-cycle emissions study. Most new geothermal plants that have recently come online in the US are this type. >>View Article

Sun, Drugs and Rock N' Roll: Bonnaroo Goes Solar

June 14 -- This year's Bonnaroo music festival, which starts Thursday, will feature 80,000 sweat-soaked music fans, dozens of bands, countless ridiculous costumes and a permanent solar power array that'll help keep Paul McCartney's set running during "Hey Jude." >>View Article

AEP to add wind power in mid-west U.S. to meet renewable demand

June 13 -- U.S. power company American Electric Power Co Inc (AEP) will increase the amount of wind power it delivers in Indiana, Michigan and Oklahoma as consumers demand more renewable energy. AEP is buying more renewables as federal regulators crack down on emissions from the company's mostly coal-fired power plants and states and consumers demand utilities buy more power from renewable sources like wind and solar. >>View Article


Biomass residues are a valuable sustainable energy source

June 13 -- A report on greenhouse gas emissions earlier this week by the International Energy Agency will have policymakers once again discussing sustainable energy options.  Reasons for this renewed interest range from energy security to protection of our natural resources.  Paper and wood products manufacturers have long known the benefits of using biomass residues to produce energy and, in optimizing its use, have reduced greenhouse gas emissions 10.5 percent since 2005, with a goal to reach 15 percent by 2020. >>View Article



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