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Texas sets new wind power peak, getting 40 percent of its power from wind on Wednesday

March 28th, 2014

Texas wind whipped on down the West plains this week to momentarily cover about 40 percent of the electricity being taken up by the state’s electric grid, a new Texas-sized record.

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Keystone XL — Americans are divided

March 13th, 2014

Dozens of national and regional groups have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it could contaminate groundwater and will ratchet up carbon emissions, hastening climate change. But the general public may not feel the same. A recent poll showed most still believe the pipeline will create “significant” jobs and help provide oil to the US.

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A look inside the world’s largest solar plant

February 19th, 2014

The world’s largest solar thermal power plant is now online in California and can provide enough power for 140,000 homes. The $2.3 billion Ivanpah plant is a joint venture of BrightSource Energy, NRG and Google.

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Austin’s Hala Ballouz named new president of TREIA board of directors

February 19th, 2014

Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association, the state’s only all renewables trade association, announced that Hala Ballouz will be the group’s new president. The announcement followed the association’s first quarter board of directors meeting.

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Fracking threatens water supplies in several states; Texas is ‘ground zero,’ report concludes

February 6th, 2014

Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.

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Wind energy subsidies blew away with 2013; will anyone bring them back in 2014?

January 2nd, 2014

Congress’ on-and-off romance with wind energy is back off. Tax credits for wind expired – again – with the close of 2013. This isn’t the first time the industry has broken up with its Congress. Every year or every other year for the past decade lawmakers have acted like a reluctant fiancee, extending a hand but always holding back on a full-fledged support for the wind industry.

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Men living closest to Canadian tar sands are more likely to get leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

October 31st, 2013

Living near oil refineries has never been good for your lungs. It may not be good for your blood either. Men living closest to the tar sands mining region of Canada are suffering from higher rates of leukemia and Hodgkins disease, according a new study.

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Australia: A potential solar revolution that could liberate whole suburbs from grid dependence

October 24th, 2013

Did you know that 1 in 8 houses in Australia is powered by solar? That puts the country down under, far over most nations. And now whole towns are talking about “distributed” power, or local control, that could further help communities save. It’s an instruction manual for where the U.S. could go.

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Global Frackdown is this Saturday, with events in dozens of US cities and in Europe

October 17th, 2013

The Global Frackdown is upon us, with events scheduled in many US states and around the world. Activists will rally and strategize about ways to slow or stop the fracking frenzy they see as polluting land and water.

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These solar robots are designed to make photovoltaics as cheap as fossil fuels

October 14th, 2013

Alion Energy, a California company, thinks its robots which can install and keep clean thousands of solar panels may make solar energy competitive with fossil fuels.

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This why utilities and solar companies are in fight over rates

October 8th, 2013

Sunlight is free, but if you use it to make electricity your power company wants you to pay them. Utilities say customers with rooftop solar systems aren’t paying their fair share for their use of the power grid.

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Two years after Fukushima nuclear disaster, hope is fading

October 2nd, 2013

More than two years after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture, thousands of refugees, desperate to return home, are losing confidence in the Japanese government’s cleanup efforts.

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