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Eiffel Tower Going Green with Two Wind Turbines

February 25 -- The Eiffel Tower has gone green.

As part of an ongoing facelift of the iconic structure, a New York company this month installed two wind turbines about 400 feet up on the tower, above the second level. They are expected to produce 10,000 kilowatts hours of electricity per year, enough to power the tower's first floor. >>View Article

Report: Minnesota Solar Jobs Double in 2014

February 25 -- Solar energy has caused a surge in careers for Minnesotans, according to a report by The Solar Foundation.

The foundation found that nearly 940 jobs were added to Minnesota's solar industry last year, bringing the total to about 1,800 workers. The foundation also reported about 120 solar-related businesses operate in the state. >>View Article

Increase Our Renewable Energy Requirement

February 25 -- Here in Annapolis, sea-level rise fueled by climate change is a big threat to our local economy.

Fortunately, our state legislators can directly address climate change's rising costs — and in the process expand business opportunities that create high-paying Maryland jobs — by passing the Maryland Clean Energy Advancement Act this year. >>View Article

Bill Gates and Other Business Leaders Urge U.S. to Increase Energy Research

February 24 -- The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country's top business leaders found in a new report.

The American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six executives that includes the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the General Electric chief Jeffrey R. Immelt, urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a strategic national priority. >>View Article

Making U.S. Energy Policy FiT

February 24 -- Despite the rapid growth of renewable energy in the United States, pro-renewable policy support in the country is erratic. The industry is plagued by expiring tax credits, shifting policy landscapes, and delayed permits. This means that the renewable energy industry does not have a fighting chance to grow and impact the way we responsibly produce and consume energy. But there is a solution, and all we have to do is look across the pond to find it. >>View Article

Apple's £1.25bn Europe Data Centres Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy

February 24 -- Apple has announced £1.25bn plans to build two data centres in Europe powered entirely on renewable energy.

Chief executive Tim Cook said the developments in Galway, Ireland and Jutland in Denmark would be Apple’s largest-ever European project and would “introduce some of our most advanced green building designs”. At 120,000 sq m each, the centres will be among the largest in the world. >>View Article

Citi Turns Green

February 24 -- Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat announced last week that Citi is going deep in green technology. Citi “will lend, invest and facilitate $100 billion over 10 years for projects ranging from energy, to clean tech, to water, to green infrastructure. Simply put, it is a $100 billion investment in sustainable growth.” That all this reflects the No. 1 domestic priority of the Obama Administration is no doubt a coincidence. >>View Article

Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy Efficiency, Funding for Low-Income Schools

February 24 -- One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation’s 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. In a world of shrinking budgets and resources, energy-efficiency savings in utility costs could be used for desperately needed funding for additional teachers and school resources. >>View Article

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