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Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy orders 176 wind turbines from Siemens - 2012-02-24
Siemens Energy has received another large onshore wind power order in the U.S. Following successful completion of its 593.4-megawatt wind farm projects in Iowa in 2011.
New York Town Wins the Legal Right to Ban Hydrofracking for Natural Gas | Inhabitat New York City - 2012-02-23
The town of Dryden, New York this week won a court case that said the town had the right to ban hydrofracking for natural gas within its borders. It is a major victory for fracking opponents nationwide and here’s how it all went down.
In Maryland, a mighty wind power coalition - 2012-02-20
The coalition that has come together in Maryland to back wind power includes more than Sierra Club types. Churches, labor unions and groups of doctors and nurses have joined the push to bring wind farms to the waters off the state’s coast.
U.S. Solar Projects Rose 67 Percent in Fourth Quarter, SEIA Says - 2012-02-15
Installation of solar panels in the U.S. surged as much as 67 percent in the fourth quarter as developers raced to qualify for an expiring federal incentive program and panel prices fell 16 percent, a trade group said.
Hawaii Asks Some Big Questions About Solar Penetration - 2012-02-14
A misplaced decimal kicks off a controversy on the cost of distributed generation.
Bright Days: How India Is Reinventing Solar - 2012-02-13
While solar energy is getting more attractive, what’s tilting the Indian energy market further is that coal is becoming more elusive. As the Economist notes, by 2017 domestic coal production in India will meet only 73% of demand, making imports imperative.
U.S. electric-vehicle adoption rate isn't slow, it's typical - 2012-02-09
We've all heard the doom and gloom about the failure of plug-in cars, right? It is true that plug-in vehicles will account for substantially less than one percent of new cars sold in the U.S. this year, but that doesn't mean electric-drive vehicle advocates should fret. Not when you look at a bigger picture.
New solar cell could boost efficiency by 25 pct - 2012-02-08
A new type of solar cell which could boost the efficiency of solar panels by over 25 percent compared to silicon-based cells has been developed by British scientists, but they need another two or three years to assess whether it is commercially viable.
Solar projects take home of Hoover Dam back to future - 2012-02-06
The small town of Boulder City can claim big-time bragging rights when it comes to producing renewable energy. Leading the nation will do that for a community.