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The Renewable Energy Renaissance

The real Renaissance is in renewable energy whose sources could meet 25% of the nation's energy needs by 2025. Renewable technologies can help restore political and economic stability as well as save money…and the planet.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Missoula, MT approves private wind turbines for residences

Progress on renewable energy installation comes in all sizes - large and small. Recently, the City of Missoula, MT, passed an ordinance allowing local homeowners to install vertical axis wind turbines on their property. The turbines can be placed on any property in the city as long as they conform to other zoning regulations, including being far enough away from neighbors' property so if it fell it wouldn't cross property lines.

Wednesday
Oct062010

Solar panels coming to White House

The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden whose produce is used in the White House kitchens, plans to install solar panels atop the White House's living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity. Solar panels have been on the White House before during the Carter administration (subsequently removed by President Reagan) and, with less fanfare, on related White House buildings during the George W. Bush adminstration. It was Beyond Nuclear Launch Partner, Steven Strong (pictured) of Solar Design Associates, who designed and installed several solar-powered systems for the Bush White House swimming pool and other facilities. (Photo: Solar Design Associates).

Thursday
Sep092010

French "nuclear miracle" plagued by fast-rising reactor costs and "crowding out" of renewables

A new study by Dr. Mark Cooper of Vermont Law School, released today, warns "it is highly unlikely that the problems of the nuclear industry will be solved by an infusion of federal loan guarantees and other subsidies to get the first plants in a new building cycle completed. U.S. policymakers should resist efforts to force the government into making large loans on terms that put taxpayers at risk in order to ‘save' a project or an industry that may not be salvageable." The press release contains a link to the executive summary and the full report. Steven Thomas of Greenwich University in London, expert on Electricite de France and Areva economic woes, joined Dr. Cooper for the press conference, a full audio recording of which can be found at www.nuclearbailout.org after 6 p.m. today.

Wednesday
Sep082010

The warm power of the sun at a vineyard in Connecticut

Smart vineyard owners in Connecticut are powering their wine growing business entirely from solar energy. Watch the video.

Thursday
Aug262010

Big California solar energy push moves forward

California's long-awaited boom in solar power plant construction took a major step forward Wednesday when state regulators approved the first in a string of projects that will soon blanket thousands of acres of desert with mirrors harnessing the energy of the sun. SFGate.