Clean Energy: Making Better Economic Sense and Keeping the Heat On During the Polar Vortex

Sierra Club Compass

Clean energy continues to make the news nationwide as solar and wind power continue expanding at an exponential rate. The solar plan is a 100-megawatt project from Geronimo Energy that would span 20 sites across the state. Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission must still approve the plan, but it's great news for clean energy and clean air and water. Or the Massachusetts town that's saving $2.5

Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

NCLR Releases Study about Bright Future for Latinos in the Green Jobs Sector » Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way. Here are two headlines from the past week that blew me away (no pun intended): #1- Wind was the top new energy source to come online in 2012. #2- 2- "Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. The statistics from the American Wind Energy Association are phenomenal. Energy Solutions. The Cost of Energy.

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Big Clean Energy News Just Keeps Coming: "Solar is Most Economical Option," Says Energy CEO

Sierra Club Compass

On the heels of last week's release of carbon pollution safeguards from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires future power plants to deal with their climate-disrupting carbon pollution, news is rolling in from across the U.S. about massive new clean energy projects that are meeting America ' s energy demand – and giving dirty fossil fuels a run for their money in the marketplace. Wind prices, for example, are down 50 percent since 2009.

State Of Virginia Looking To Be First In U.S. Offshore Wind Energy

Eco Friendly Daily

After years of struggling to become the first offshore wind farm in the United States, Cape Wind in Massachusetts is still battling to be first. After receiving governmental approval and the first federal leases for offshore wind in 2010, the farm is waiting to be built. Cape Wind is looking as though they will be the first utility-scale once operations begin at an unknown date. Wind Power

Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

10,000 Birds

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration is Kaufmann’s latest book, being published just in time for the North American northward migration in April and May – that time when, he says, “the migrants from the tropics have arrived in a rush, creating that glorious sense of diversity and abundance, the sense that anything is possible in the perfection of springtime.”. The sense of motion and raw energy is irresistible,” he says. How blessed can one guy be?

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Ontario, Canada, Goes Coal-Free

Sierra Club Compass

Today, Ontario retired their last coal-fired power plant. Part of a bold plan launched by former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003 to cut pollution in the province, this is great news for everyone who loves clean air and is working to provide a safe and liveable planet for future generations.   What's more, the steps Ontario has taken over the past decade to retire its five coal-fired power plants is a great guide for the U.S. While coal has powered the U.S.

National Grid Applies for $200 Million in Stimulus Funding for Largest Collective Smart Grid Project in the Northeast

Green Life Smart Life

Department of Energy for $200 million in stimulus funding to develop an “end-to-end” smart grid deployment that will include approximately 200,000 customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Through its smart grid program, National Grid is partnering with the three states to help them achieve their vision for a clean, efficient energy network of the future while creating new jobs and economic development opportunities for the region.

Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy

The Green Changemakers

Source : [link] As the nation continues to debate its energy future, a new report released today shows that the U.S. can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program, which will strengthen the economy, increase energy independence, and fight global warming. Focusing for now on a short-term clean energy and jobs program, Green Recovery reports that a short-term green stimulus package would create two million jobs nationwide over two years.

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Wind farms: "In the end, the economics trump Trump"

Environmental Economics

From the NY Times :  Last fall, five turbines in the waters of Rhode Island — the country’s first offshore farm — began delivering power to the grid. European energy developers like Statoil and Dong Energy are making big investments to bring projects to American waters. Last year in Massachusetts, Gov. Wind power has finally become viable for a number of delicately interlaced reasons. I should add a question mark to the end of that post title.

The environmental record of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry

Green Blog

“Rick Perry has consistently put corporate polluters and other special interests ahead of protecting our natural resources and working to make Texas a leader in the new clean energy economy,&# said David Weinberg, Executive Director of the Texas League of Conservation Voters. Jonathan Hiskes wrote a longer summary about Perry’s environmental record last year saying that while Perry fights climate action he embraces wind power.

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A Radical Approach to the Climate Crisis

The Green Changemakers

Bolivia, and Ecuador, states run by socialists who are beholden to very powerful, autonomous grassroots movements, are still very dependent on petroleum revenue. Mitigation means moving toward clean energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and tidal kinetic power. The question then becomes how to conceive of adaptation and mitigation as a project of radical reform—reforms that achieve qualitative change in the balance of power between the classes.