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10 Facts About Wind Power

August 25 -- 10. Human civilizations have harnessed wind power for thousands of years. Early forms of windmills used wind to crush grain or pump water. Now, modern wind turbines use the wind to create electricity. Learn how a wind turbine works. >>View Article

Report: Former Energy Efficiency Program was Cost Effective

August 20 -- A new report indicates the state’s energy efficiency program legislators eliminated earlier this year was cost effective, saving about $3 for every one dollar spent.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission report shows the biggest payback from Energizing Indiana, as the program was called, was in rebates given to commercial and industrial businesses that upgraded to energy efficiency equipment. >>View Article

Department of Energy is Optimistic of US Wind Energy Future

August 20 -- Amid concern over tax incentives, the low cost of wind turbines and the price of wind powered electricity, a federal agency is predicting a large increase in the amount of electricity generated from wind.

"Since 2000 North Dakota has gone from virtually zero megawatts to 1700 megawatts," says Julie Fedorchak, one of three Public Service Commissioners, who oversee the permitting of wind farms. "Wind farm permitting has been quite brisk and I think you can see that across the state with the wind development that we have." >>View Article

Doing Business. Doing Good.

August 20 -- This summer, after visitors land at Terminal E in Bush Intercontinental Airport, a Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau message informs them that "Houston Is Hip." This sign calls attention to the fact that, as the fourth-largest city in the U.S., we actually do have an urban planner, a high-fashion retailer, a clothing designer and even our very own rapper. >>View Article

Microsoft Aims to be Greener and Drops ALEC Membership

August 20 -- Microsoft announced Tuesday that it's cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative public-policy lobbying group. It appears this decision was made due to ALEC's lobbing efforts to block the development of renewable energy. >>View Article

Forget Fracking -- Wind Energy Prices Hit a Record Low in the U.S.

August 19 -- Wind energy is on the verge of becoming competitive with fossil fuels: Prices for the carbon-free electricity fell to a new low last year, according to a study released Monday by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Another sign that wind power is becoming a major power in the United States: Since 2007, wind farms have accounted for a third of the nation’s new electricity capacity, the study states. >>View Article

Eastern Shore Wind Farm: Let the Navy Decide

August 19 -- The wind-power power struggle at the highest levels of Maryland's Democratic Party seemed to have been decided in May when Gov. Martin O'Malley bucked Rep. Steny Hoyer to veto legislation that would have essentially killed a green energy project on the Eastern Shore. But it's only gotten hotter this summer, with Sen. Barbara Mikulski doubling down on the side of those who worry the turbines would jeopardize advanced radar testing at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River across the Chesapeake Bay. The powerful Appropriations Committee chairwoman is pushing language in a defense authorization bill aimed at stopping the Navy from entering any memorandum of understanding with the wind farm's developer until a second phase of an MIT study on the matter is completed next summer. >>View Article

Comments on Proposed Rules for REIT Real Property Definitions

August 18 -- The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) is pleased to submit the following comments on the Department of Treasury’s initiative to clarify the Internal Revenue Code’s definition of real property for the purposes of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), especially regarding renewable energy property. >>View Article

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