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Boise-Based U.S. Geothermal Inc. to Buy California Geyser Projects

April 8 -- Boise-based U.S. Geothermal Inc. announced it will buy Ram Power Corp's geyser geothermal electricity operations in Sonoma County, Calif., for $6.4 million.

The purchase included Ram Power subsidiaries Western Geopower Inc., Skyline Geothermal Holdings Inc. and Etoile Holdings Inc. Those subsidiaries in turn own Mayacamas Energy LLC and Skyline Geothermal LLC. >>View Article

Western Seeks Transmission Project Interest

April 7 -- As part of its Transmission Infrastructure Program, the Western Area Power Administration seeks new applications from project developers interested in obtaining a loan from Western to construct new or upgraded transmission lines and related facilities that promote the delivery of clean, renewable power. >>View Article

Ohioans Benefit From Energy Mandates

April 7 -- A popular renewable-energy law was passed almost unanimously in the Ohio House and Senate in 2008. Senate Bill 221 was created to ensure that Ohio would work toward receiving 12.5 percent of its power from renewable sources and 12.5 percent from energy efficiency by 2024.

So far, customers of American Electric Power have saved more than $1 billion, and projections are that they will save even more by 2020.

SB 221 has proven to be highly worthwhile in terms of saving money through energy-efficiency standards, and it’s one of the few bipartisan laws that truly has had a positive impact on the monthly budgets of Ohio families. Why would anyone want to change it? >>View Article

Wind Power Has Cut U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 4.4 Percent: Report

April 7 -- The growth of wind power in the United States is putting a significant dent in emissions, according to a forthcoming report from the American Wind Energy Association. Wind generation avoided 95.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2013, which is equivalent to taking 16.9 million cars off the road.

That's a 4.4 percent cut to power sector emissions, when compared to the level of emissions that would have been generated if that power had come from fossil fuels. Wind proponents say that's evidence that the wind industry is playing a major role in meeting U.S. emissions goals. "Every time a megawatt of wind power is generated, something else is not generated," said Elizabeth Salerno, AWEA's vice president for industry data and analysis. >>View Article

Environmental Group's Report Comes Under Fire After Citing Bucksport Mill as One of Dozens of ?Dirty? Biomass Plants

April 7 -- In the wake of a report publicly released April 2 about biomass-burning power generators, some are criticizing the report and others are defending the use of biofuels as a comparatively “clean” and sustainable technology.

The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity examines emissions from biomass-burning power generators and criticizes government policies that promote the technology. It claims permitted emissions from biomass-burning facilities such as one at the local Verso Paper mill that began operating in 2012 are “dirtier” than those permitted at modern coal plants. >>View Article

Opinion: Moving to Clean, Renewable Energy Would Mitigate Both Climate Change, Pollution

April 7 -- In the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), climate scientists state that growing evidence has caused them to raise the certainty of man-made climate change to 95 percent. Though some people cling stubbornly to any sliver of uncertainty about climate change, 95 percent certainty is quite high for a cautious, conservative institution like science.

Politicians and the general public finally are starting to face the stark reality and the urgent need to take action to mitigate the dangers of climate change. While welcoming this development, I can’t help but be uneasy about what’s come to be a narrow focus on climate change and a widespread failure to see the bigger picture of man’s place in the natural world and the many ways we are degrading its vital but delicate life support systems.  >>View Article

Study Confirms Midwest is Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential

April 7 -- An important new federal study confirms that saving energy is far less expensive than generating power in a power plant. It also shows that here in the Midwest, energy efficiency programs are succeeding at delivering energy savings at rock-bottom costs, translating into lower customer bill savings as we eliminate the need for building new power plants.

Specifically, the study reports a national average levelized cost of implementing utility energy efficiency programs of about 2 cents per kilowatt hour – compared to the range of 6 to 15 cents per kwh that it would cost to build new power plants. However, in the Midwest that average cost of saved energy was just 1.4 cents per kwh, which is just a quarter of the cost of the least expensive new power plant options. >>View Article

Wind Power Sets Records on Oklahoma, Texas Electric Grids

April 4 -- Helped by long-awaited investments in transmission infrastructure and new projects, wind power generation hit new highs last month in the regional grids that serve Oklahoma and Texas.

Wind power accounted for 7,202 megawatts of electricity March 18 in the Southwest Power Pool, the regional transmission organization that covers Oklahoma and parts of eight other states. That surpassed the previous record of 6,448 megawatts set in October. The data was compiled by the American Wind Energy Association. >>View Article

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