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Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both business and government leaders focusing on the practical aspects of working solar polar into the energy mix. Overall, the state’s approach – seeing solar as part of the solution and not too complicated or expensive to implement – has thrust it into the spotlight among solar power advocates. “Georgia is going to wind up being a...

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Largest biomass plant in U.S. to power P&G facility in Georgia

A 50 megawatt biomass plant, one of the largest in the United States, is being developed by Procter & Gamble and Constellation in Georgia. The plant, which will be built, owned and operated by Constellation, will supply steam to P&G’s paper manufacturing facility in Albany, Georgia. The plant will use waste woody biomass such as discarded tree tops, limbs, branche...

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U.S. can significantly increase share of renewable energy by 2030 – IRENA report

United States can increase its use of renewable energy in power generation by more than triple by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency. According to IRENA’s report, titled “Renewable Energy Prospects: United States of America,” the U.S. can increase its use of renewable energy in power generation from 14 percent to around 50 percent by 2030. In addition, the U.S. can increase its use of renewable energy in its energy mix from 7.5 percent in 2010 to 27 percent by 2030. “As the second lar...

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D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments announces wind and solar projects in Ariona and Oklahoma

D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments has just announced two renewable energy deals for the month of January. D.E.S.R.I. announced that, as of January 9, ground has been broken at the site of the Red Horse 2 wind and solar project in Cochise County Arizona. Meanwhile, D.E.S.R.I. also announced the sale of the Balko Wind energy project in Beaver County, Oklahoma. D.E.S.R.I. is a member of the D.E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm. D.E.S.R.I. and its affiliates acquire long-term contracted renewable...

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Manufacturer’s perspective on the new U.S. emissions reduction target

The United States manufacturing sector may be opting for a more diversified way of doing business paired with energy efficiency in preparation for the recently announced emissions reduction target. The U.S. has recently announced that it will be setting a huge emissions reduction target in the future. Specifically, the country aims to reduce its emissions by a range of between 26 percent and 28 percent by 2025 from its 2005 levels (see related story). However, with the new emissions reduction comes challenges that need to...

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Ford Motor dealerships to be powered by wind-solar energy system

The Ford Motor Company and Wind Energy Corporation will be bringing clean energy generation to four Ford dealerships in the United States. Under a pilot program exclusively for Ford, Wind Energy is going to install wind sail and solar panel systems at four chosen Ford dealerships: Dana Ford Lincoln in Staten Island, New York; Tom Holzer Ford in Framington Hills, Michigan; The Ford Store in Morgan Hill, California; and Fiesta Ford in Indio, California. The installations represent...

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U.S. smarter on energy use – N.R.D.C. report

The United States is smarter when it comes to energy use with reduced oil dependence, slowing increase in electricity needs, and more affordable energy service, according to a new report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to N.R.D.C.’s second annual energy report, “Positive Energy Trends Bode Well for U.S. Security and the Economy,” the country’s optimized energy efficiency will help meet its energy needs more than any other resource –...

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New Sharp energy storage system to help Californians save on energy bills

Sharp Electronics Corporation has announced that they are launching a new energy storage solution in California. The SmartStorage energy solution can be used as a stand-alone supply of energy or deployed together with a solar electric installation. It keeps a large amount of electric energy stored in reserve, which it then selectively releases in order to limit the energy that a facility will take from the grid. The system can dramatically cut utility demand char...

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IKEA to use geothermal in Kansas City, solar in Sweetwater, Florida

Home furnishings giant IKEA has completed the underground geothermal work at a site in Kansans City. IKEA plans to build the largest single building with geothermal heating/cooling in Kansas. By completing the geothermal work on the site, they are now clear to advance with the stores development. “Tapping into geothermal technology is another way IKEA can maintain our commitment to sustainable building...

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"A River Changes Course" exposes Cambodia’s environmental woes

LOS ANGELES — Cambodian-American filmmaker Kalyanee Mam illustrated the plight of Cambodians striving to survive in the midst of deforestation and other aspects of globalization via a screening of her 2012 film "A River Changes Course" at the University of Southern California (USC) on September 17, 2013. Mam, who fled her homeland with her family to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide, also discussed her Sundance World...

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