August 12 -- Seven years ago, one of the strongest tornadoes ever to touch down in the United States flattened the town of Greensburg, Kan., population 1,400. Twelve people died when the 1.7 mile-wide twister rolled straight through town, destroying 95 percent of its buildings. >>View Article
August 11 -- The Internal Revenue Service lowered a threshold for renewable-energy projects to qualify for federal tax credits, potentially providing a boon to developers and investors in the wind-power industry who had been uncertain how heavily they could rely on them for financing. >>View Article
August 11 -- The world's most powerful military is trying to use less power, at least from conventional, vulnerable means.
The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines are turning to the sun, the wind and simple conservation to cut the military's $21 billion annual energy bill and to limit the need for costly fuel shipments around the globe. >>View Article
August 11 -- You may have seen some ads or read The Fresno Bee editorial ("Head off big fuel price hike," Aug. 3) that suggest "special interests" are going to cause gas prices to go up in January as a result of transportation fuels being covered under California's clean energy and climate law, Assembly Bill 32.
We want to set the record straight, as business leaders who have long supported the state's clean-air policies. Perhaps we are "special" in that not only do we represent thousands of California businesses, but we are joined by tens of thousands of workers and residents who continue to voice their support for AB 32 year in and year out. >>View Article
August 11 -- The winds of change are blowing through Texas -- both literally and figuratively.
Home to both vast repositories of conventional and shale oil, the Lone Star State is also a major player in wind power, a new twist on the U.S. energy independence narrative. However improbable, the nation's second largest state has been ground zero for a quiet renewable energy revolution. >>View Article
August 11 -- As large-scale solar has proliferated across Riverside County, some of the strongest opposition has come from a surprising source: environmentalists. Groups ranging from the Sierra Club to the Center for Biological Diversity have argued that massive solar projects can kill birds, disrupt species and damage other environmental resources.
But those groups have come out in support of the Blythe Mesa project, a 485-megawatt solar plant that would be built on private land in eastern Riverside County. This project, they say, would offset between 400,000 and one million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year — without serious environmental consequences. >>View Article
August 8 -- When politicians speak of weaning ourselves off gas, they frame their plans across decades. Indeed, it can seem like a stretch to imagine looking at gas stations in the imminent future the way we do at pay phones today. Presently, electric vehicles appeal primarily to those who can pay a premium for expressing their “green” values. Such vehicles are seldom mentioned as the upcoming default for your everyday commuter or local delivery driver.
But what if a clever business model could lower the retail price of a Tesla compact sedan to less than $20,000, or make an extended range option like BMW’s i3 attainable for under $30,000? Could such pricing make electric vehicle adoption a no-brainer for a larger group of drivers? The business model that helped make the smartphone widely indispensable may offer a clue. >>View Article
August 8 -- Lately there have been a number of articles that attempt to smear ethanol and undermine our nation's quest to develop sustainable, renewable fuels. Ethanol has been blamed for everything from increasing food and gas prices to damaging our environment.
Nothing could be further from the truth, and at Growth Energy, we believe it's time to set the record straight on a fuel that helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improves our environment, creates jobs here at home and offers consumers savings at the pump. >>View Article
August 8 -- You thought you might never hear it, but wind power is becoming a formidable price competitor with fossil fuels in Texas, and Austin’s public utility is revamping its programs to suit.
In the year 2000, Austin Energy unrolled a program giving consumers the option to fund wind energy development and the city became a recognized leader in energy innovation. >>View Article
August 8 -- A wind farm off Atlantic City is $47 million closer to reality as local and state officials celebrated a federal loan for the long-gestating project.
“The Fishermen’s Energy Atlantic City wind farm has the potential to become the first … wind project in the United States. And that could potentially make Atlantic City the birthplace of offshore wind in America,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said in an appearance Thursday at Steel Pier alongside Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, state Sen. Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo. >>View Article
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