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6 Ways Efficiency Programs Saved Californians $850 Million in Just 2 Years

6 Ways Efficiency Programs Saved Californians $850 Million in Just 2 Years

By Lara Ettenson As 2013 draws to a close, it’s a good time to highlight how California is trying new ways to help homeowners, businesses, governments and industries cut energy waste while continuing a 40-year record of energy efficiency success. The state’s four largest privately owned and nearly 40 publicly owned utilities (with the help of […]

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    World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Order Coming to U.S.

    World’s Largest Onshore Wind Turbine Order Coming to U.S.

    The largest single order of wind turbines for an onshore energy project is coming to the U.S. Siemens announced today that MidAmerican Energy purchased 448 turbines to be deployed in five different projects in Iowa. Collectively, the turbines have a capacity of 1,050 megawatts (MW). “This represents not only the largest order for onshore wind turbines […]

    How Wind Met All of Denmark’s Electricity Needs for 90 Hours

    How Wind Met All of Denmark’s Electricity Needs for 90 Hours

    By Bentham Paulos Renewable electricity records are being broken every day. In early October, Germany hit a 59 percent renewable peak, Colorado utility Xcel Energy peaked at 60 percent wind at the beginning of the year and Spain got its top power supply from wind for three months leading into 2013. But that’s chump change compared with Denmark. According to data from Energinet, […]

    Top 11 Stories of 2013 on Powering the Internet With Renewables

    Top 11 Stories of 2013 on Powering the Internet With Renewables

    By David Pomerantz 2013 has been a whirlwind of exciting developments for the growing idea that the Internet should be powered with clean energy, and it couldn’t happen at a better time. As access spreads around the world and people watch more streaming videos and share more photos, the Internet has the potential to become […]

    Feds Provide $150 Million in Clean Energy Tax Credits

    Feds Provide $150 Million in Clean Energy Tax Credits

    Photo courtesy of Shutterstock The transition to renewable energy that everybody from college professors to the president speaks about won’t happen without manufacturing more of the technology needed to make it possible. That’s why the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it would provide $150 million in tax credits to companies that will manufacture a variety […]

    230 Businesses and Politicians Call on Obama to Harness Offshore Wind

    230 Businesses and Politicians Call on Obama to Harness Offshore Wind

    A massive coalition of nonprofit organizations, businesses and General Assembly members banded together today for a single cause—pushing the Obama Administration for offshore wind development in the U.S. The 230-plus-member group wrote a letter to the president arguing that he should “redouble” support for offshore wind projects. The group says offshore wind is in line […]

    Will Congressional Grinches Steal Energy Efficiency Incentives?

    Will Congressional Grinches Steal Energy Efficiency Incentives?

    By Meg Waltner Photo courtesy of Shutterstock The clock is ticking for four important energy efficiency tax incentives for home and business property owners and manufacturers that are set to expire at the end of this month.  Energy efficiency is the cleanest, cheapest resource we have to cut our nation’s energy bills, while creating jobs […]

    UK Wind Industry Says ‘Game On’ for Competing With Fossil Fuels

    UK Wind Industry Says ‘Game On’ for Competing With Fossil Fuels

    Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Wind farm developer Dong Energy has said it’s “game on” for offshore wind in the UK, expecting it to be able to compete with conventional fossil fuels by the end of the decade. The positive message from one of the country’s leading wind farm developers comes after the government announced an […]

    Innovative Company Transforms Recycled Jeans Into Coasters, Wallets and Rings

    Innovative Company Transforms Recycled Jeans Into Coasters, Wallets and Rings

    While most people throw away old magazines and denim jeans or recycle them, a small company uses the materials to make cool items you likely wouldn’t have imagined possible. Junk mail, newsprint and old money are among the items Lincoln, NE-based Iris Industries uses to make composites that eventually produce architectural finishes, tile, consumer products, furniture and […]