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California’s Largest Utility Progresses on Renewable Mandate

California’s largest utility company, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) released its 2011 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report. One of the highlights of the report is the progress the company has made toward meeting California’s requirement that 33 percent of the energy a utility company provides come from renewable sources.

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4 Reasons Why All Americans Should Worry About Wind Industry Layoffs

Last week the American wind industry got more turbulent after Siemens announced it will lay off 615 workers in its plants in Iowa, Kansas, and Florida. Siemens is not alone – similar cuts are happening throughout the American wind sector. These layoffs are bad news for the American economy. Here are four reasons why:

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Atlantic Offshore Wind Turbines Can Power the Entire East Coast

Offshore winds off the US Atlantic coast could generate enough clean, renewable electrical power for at least one-third of the entire U.S., or the entire East Coast, from Maine to Florida, according to a Stanford University study.

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57 California Tribes Team Up to Develop Biofuels

The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), a group of 57 Native American tribes, recently announced its agreement with BioJet and Tartoosh Environmental to develop bioenergy and biofuels projects on tribal lands in California.

Semprius opens new factory for tiny solar cells

DoE’s Bet on a Solar Winner

Semprius will open a new solar cell manufacturing facility in North Carolina to manufacture its pencil point-sized solar cells. The plant will create more than 250 new green jobs.

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Big Oil Spends Big Cash Opposing Obama

Unlike 2008, this year big oil outspend cleantech by four to one when it comes to TV ads. What caused this change in the balance between green-fossil fuel ads? Does it really make a difference for voters? And no less important – if big oil fights to put Romney in the Oval Office, why President Obama still acts in their favor in his ‘all of the above’ energy strategy?

Private Sector Plays Important Role in Reviving Dying Carbon Economy

Just yesterday I was having a discussion about how the carbon market is ‘dead.’ Today I read that, according to Business Green it is up to the private sector to safe the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) from collapse.  What is CDM?  The CDM was developed after the Kyoto Protocol was formed. According to the … Continued

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What Color is Your Parking Lot: New Research Combats Heat Island Effect

Uncovered parking lots account for a large part of the surface area in typical cities, making them a major contributor to increased urban temperatures called the “heat island” effect. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California have taken over part of a parking lot to test a series of differently colored treatments intended to cool down paved surfaces that are exposed to sunlight.

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NIST “Net Zero” Could Revolutionize Home Construction, If We Let It

If you’ve never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology before, now is the time to check out this obscure arm of the Commerce Department and see what it’s been up to. NIST has just officially opened a new energy laboratory called the Residential Net-Zero Test Facility, which is designed to look and … Continued