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#IHeartRenewables Week - Celebrate Earth Day & Renewable Energy

April 16 -- It is the week before Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) and we are asking American wind power supporters to share why they love wind energy on Twitter and Facebook.

Similar to our #iheartwind week a couple months back, we are asking supporters to use the #iheartrenewables hashtag to tell your followers, your friends, everyone why you love wind power in the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and all the successes wind power has achieved so far. >>View Article

Tom Kiernan: Nevada is a Leader in Renewable Energy

April 15 -- Highlighting the growing economic strength of the Southwest, the renewable energy sectors in the Silver State are booming and predicted to keep growing with the bipartisan support of Nevada’s congressional and state leaders

Solar, geothermal, and wind energy investment in Nevada, measured at $5.5 billion since 2010, has accelerated rapidly thanks to the state’s leaders. Everyone can agree that continuing that scale of private investment in the economy should be a top priority for elected decisionmakers. >>View Article

Triad's Renewable Energy Investment Tops $278M

April 15 -- Renewable energy projects in the Triad’s 12 counties represented a combined investment of more than $278.9 million between 2007 and 2013, according to a report from national research institute RTI International.

RTI International’s study on the economic impact analysis of clean energy development in North Carolina was commissioned by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association. >>View Article

77 percent of Atlantic City Residents Favor Offshore Wind Energy Project

April 15 -- The majority of residents in Atlantic City, N.J., and surrounding communities favor the construction of an offshore wind power project, based on surveys conducted through the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

Results show that 77 percent of residents are inclined to support a demonstration project of five offshore wind turbines visible from the shore, versus 20 percent leaning the other way. The remaining three percent were undecided. >>View Article

Thomas Friedman: Putin's Cutoff of Gas Could Accelerate Clean Energy Development

April 15 -- So the latest news is that President Vladimir Putin of Russia has threatened to turn off gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev doesn't pay its overdue bill, and, by the way, Ukraine's pipelines are the transit route for 15 percent of gas consumption for Europe. If I'm actually rooting for Putin to go ahead and shut off the gas, does that make me a bad guy?

Because that is what I'm rooting for, and I'd be happy to subsidize Ukraine through the pain. Because such an oil shock, though disruptive in the short run, could have the same long-term impact as the 1973 Arab oil embargo - only more so. That 1973 embargo led to the first auto mileage standards in America and propelled the solar, wind and energy efficiency industries. A Putin embargo today would be even more valuable because it would happen at a time when the solar, wind, natural gas and energy efficiency industries are all poised to take off and scale. >>View Article

Wind Power Is a Win for Americans and the Environment

April 15 -- Wind power is a win-win for consumers and the environment.

By the end of the year, U.S. wind plants will have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 100 million metric tons, the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road. Wind energy cuts emissions of other health-harming pollutants by hundreds of thousands of tons annually, while also saving tens of billions of gallons of water in drought-ravaged areas by displacing water consumption at conventional power plants. As the lowest cost and most scalable zero-emission electricity source, wind energy plays a critical role in diversifying our energy mix. >>View Article

Wind Rush

Arpil 14 -- Wind developers from around the globe have rushed into the Texas Panhandle and Gulf Coast at a pace not seen since the industry’s early days in the mid-2000s.

More than 7,000 megawatts of new wind turbines are scheduled to be built by the end of next year, potentially increasing Texas’ wind power capacity by almost 60 percent. Whether developers will be able to carry through as advertised remains to be seen. But the volume of projects underway represents a dramatic acceleration for a Texas wind industry that has seen relatively modest growth since 2010. >>View Article

Triumph of the Drill

Arpil 14 -- Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies.

Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, with about half of that going to the big five oil companies—ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—which get an average tax break of $3.34 on every barrel of domestic crude they produce. With Washington looking under the couch cushions for sources of new revenue, oil prices topping $100 a barrel, and the world feeling the heat from its dependence on fossil fuels, there's been a renewed push to close these decades-old loopholes. But history suggests that Big Oil won't let go of its perks without a brawl. >>View Article

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