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3 Thoughts for GM While It Halts Chevy Volt Production (Again)

August was an all time record month for the Chevy Volt. Yet, apparently the sales of the Volt are still not strong enough and GM will close the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, where the Volt is made, for four weeks, from September 17 through October 15. The fact that the plant is going to be closed again is an indication that GM has some work to do, so while the manufacturing line workers will be at home, it might be worthwhile for GM’s executives to consider the following points:

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Clean vs Dirty Energy: Learning From India’s Great Blackout

Over 400 million Indians lack access to modern energy. After the blackout in early August that left another 700 million Indians without energy – nearly 10% of the world’s population – how can clean energy be promoted over reliance on dirty coal?

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GM on Target to Meet Solar Energy Commitments

General Motors (GM) announced a commitment last year to double its solar use from its current 30 megawatts (MW) to 60 MW by 2015. GM’s newly installed 8.15 MW solar rooftop array on its Opel Rüsselsheim facility in Germany will help the car company meet its target.

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General Motors Installs 8.15 MW Solar Array in Germany

GM’s newest success is the installment of an 8.15 MW solar array on the rooftop of one of its Adam Opel AG plants in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The array is one of the largest installations in Europe with an area equivalent to 32 soccer fields and will produce up to 7.3 million kWH of energy annually.

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Obama’s Plan For Improved Gas Mileage is Delayed

The new U.S. gas mileage standards for cars that was supposed to be released on August 15th, has been delayed. The final rule will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to raise the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

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Wind Power Boom at Risk: 91,000 Jobs Blowin’ in the Wind

In 2011, 32 percent of all electric generation capacity added to the grid came from wind. However, much of that growth benefited from the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) which has helped to stimulate investment. The credit is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012 unless it is renewed.