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State of the Union: Clean Energy

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Obama lays out ambitious goal for America's energy future -- with an asterisk.

To the surprise of many (or us, at least), clean energy was a primary focus of President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The President spent the first third of the speech on the issue, and laid out an ambitious goal by saying that 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy sources by 2035. "[T]he nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global......read more

Feds to Fund Offshore Wind Farms

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Obama administration commits $50.5 million to offshore wind R&D.

Pursuant to the U.S. President's stated goal of generating 80% of all electricity from renewable sources, the Obama administration announced this week a game plan for wind energy development off the Eastern seaboard. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar paired up Monday to announce federal funding for offshore wind farms to the tune of $50.5 million over......read more

The Job-Creating Benefits of Clean Air Rules

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As many as 1.5 million new jobs could be created by looming EPA regs, says report.

Impending regulations on emissions by power utilities could create 1.5 million jobs over the next five years, according to a new report commissioned by Ceres. These jobs would be found in areas like operations and maintenance of new power plants, as well as through exports of pollution-catching technologies such as scrubbers. Senator Tom Carper, a Dem who has sponsored air pollution bills, said,......read more

Feds Guarantee $2.1 Billion for Blythe Solar Thermal Project

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Mojave Desert plant will be the world's biggest.

Solar power advocates scored big this week with the announcement of a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee for the Blythe Solar Power Project in California's Riverside Country. The 484-megawatt solar thermal development joins a list of 22 other solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuel projects that have received a total of $21 billion in conditional commitments. The Obama administration has sent some......read more

U.S. Army Launches Net Zero Program

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Military steps up effort to go green.

From solar powered troops tents to biofuel warships, sustainability has become an important part of U.S. military strategy over the past couple years. The latest plan may be the Army's most ambitious yet. The Army is aiming for all bases across the country to become net zero by 2030. In other words, all new buildings must have net zero energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. The......read more

Cape Wind Project Approved

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Feds OK America's first offshore wind farm, a mere 10 years it was first presented.

Aaaannnd we're off! Ten years after the proposal was first submitted, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement has approved plans for the first American offshore wind farm.  In a landmark affirmation for renewable energy, the Feds pushed forward plans to build the 468 megawatt Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. In addition to providing renewable......read more

Wind Power Windfall for Oregon Farmers

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Money pours into to windy patch of rural Oregon

In Sherman County, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge, the howling winds are attracting more than just kiteboarders and windsurfers these days. They're also blowing in money. Hundreds of wind turbines now stretch across the farm landscape, generating clean energy for power lines — and cash for county coffers.  In the New York Times, Lee Van der Voo writes: Sherman......read more

Old Coal Mines to Become Wind Power Storage

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Germany looks to make dirty tech turn green

In a symbolic gesture, German energy authorities are looking to repurpose old coal mines into wind power storage facilities. The concept involves placing hydroelectric pumps inside decommissioned mines, which would access wind power captured by turbines outside, giving new life to old mining communities and creating a sustainable storage system for the new wave of renewable energy. During......read more

Off The Grid, In The Middle Of The Atlantic

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Clean energy to power El Hierro in the Canary Islands

El Hierro, an island in the Canary Islands, will soon be powered entirely off renewable energy. With no more oil and fuel being imported from far away, this island can truly realize the concept of independence. The island will receive 80% of its energy needs from a wind farm and a hydroelectric plant, and get its remaining energy needs from solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels. Not......read more

Clean Economy Jobs: 2.7 Million and Growing

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New report finds more jobs in the clean economy than in fossil fuels

Green jobs are as aspirational as they are enigmatic. We know we want them, we know they hold the key to the clean economy of the future, but no one can agree on what they are.  A new report from Brookings Institute attempts to offer a standard definition of clean jobs ("establishments that directly produce goods and services with environmental benefits, or produce uniquely tailored goods......read more

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