General Electric to participate in Vietnam wind energy sector

GE to build new wind farm in Vietnam to expand country’s clean energy capacity General Electric has entered into an agreement with the Vietnamese government to develop a new wind energy system. The new wind farm will help expand the country’s clean energy capacity and enable it to distance itself from fossil-fuels. The agreement follows President Obama’s recent visit to Asia, during which time several commercial agreements were formed between companies in the United States and those in Vietnam. Some of these companies will be working with the Vietnamese government.…

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Obama administration launches new initiatives to support solar energy

$120 million in initiatives launched in support of renewable energy The Obama administration has announced a series of initiatives worth approximately $120 million that aim to improve the renewable energy space. The majority of these initiatives will focus on supporting the Department of Energy, which is working to develop programs that bring solar energy to homes and businesses throughout the country. The federal government has taken a strong interest in clean technology and renewable energy in an effort to combat climate change and move away from fossil-fuels. Low cost energy…

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New plan aims to support solar energy in the United States

Obama outlines plan to foster further growth in the solar energy space President Obama has outlined a new plan that aims to expand the adoption of solar energy across the country. Solar energy has already been growing popular in the United States, but adoption remains relatively low among homeowners due to high costs. According to Rhone Resch, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the cost of solar power has been going down over the past six years. This may enable more consumers to make use of this form of…

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Obama announces revised plan for combating climate change

A new Clean Power Plan will make bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than expected. U.S. President Barack Obama and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced a new Clean Power Plan on Monday, which calls for steeper carbon pollution cuts from American power plants, than has been previously expected, to help combat climate change. The plan will also grant states more time and expand their options to meet the new requirements. The new plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants by almost a third within 15 years.…

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Obama seeks funding to support renewable energy projects

Funding for federal agency expected to help promote the development of clean energy initiatives President Barack Obama has requested funding for the Bureau of Land Management for the 2015 fiscal year. This would allow the agency to better manage the land that is under its jurisdiction while also making it easier for this land to be made available for renewable energy projects. The funding is meant to be an investment in clean energy while also addressing some issues concerning the logistics associated with clean energy projects and wildlife preservation. President…

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New wind energy project to take root in Arizona

Arizona wind energy

Arizona wind energy project wins approval from federal government Wind energy is gaining prominence in the U.S. as the federal government continues to look for viable alternatives to fossil-fuels. Wind power has become nearly as popular in the U.S. as solar energy, and the federal government has been showing a great deal of support for wind projects that have been taking root throughout the country. The Department of the Interior recently announced the approval of a new wind energy project that will take place in Arizona. Project boasts of 500MW…

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Electric vehicles may make progress in Obama second term

Electric vehicles may make progress in Obama second term

Electric vehicles attracting more interest from US government Barack Obama has won a second term as U.S. president, and that could be good news for electric and hydrogen powered vehicles. Over the past decade, the U.S. has begun growing more interested in the concept of clean transportation. For the majority of that 10 year period, lithium-ion batteries were considered the most viable option, but were only given a modest amount of support. Over the past two years, the auto industry has been highlighting the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells, claiming…

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New fuel efficiency standards introduced in the US

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Obama enacts new fuel efficiency standards The Obama administration has taken an aggressive step in reducing the environmental impact of vehicles. This week, the administration introduced new fuel efficiency standards that require automakers to produce more fuel efficient vehicles. According to the new standards, these vehicles must boast of a fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. While this may be a serious challenge for some in the auto industry, most major automakers have already begun their transition away from fossil-fuels and may have no trouble in complying…

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End Polluter Welfare Act gaining tractions in the U.S.

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U.S. beginning to take a stand against fossil-fuel subsidies The U.S. government’s financial support of fossil-fuels and the companies that produce them is well known. The government provides subsidies to these companies in order to ensure affordable access to fuel for consumers and federal operations. Though these subsidies are considered mandatory by the government, they have seen no end of criticism from a significant portion of the U.S. populace. Earlier this year, President Obama took a stand against these subsidies, claiming that the country should take alternative energy more seriously.…

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Senator Schumer, D-NY, decries federal cutbacks in the development of hydrogen energy

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President Barack Obama revealed an “all of the above” energy plan earlier this year. According to the plan, the U.S. will pursue all forms of energy, sustainable and otherwise, to bolster its future. Though the approach is meant to encompass all forms of energy, the Department of Energy has revised its 2013 budget to cut back on the research and development of hydrogen fuel cells. In New York, this cut back in development has hit a chord with one senator. Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is criticizing the Department of Energy’s…

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Tensions with the Middle East spark a bright future for alternative energy

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Alternative energy is getting more attention from the U.S. government now than it ever has in the past. While some believe that this newfound interest in sustainable energy is spurred by belief in climate change, the reality of the matter may be that the country is looking to protect itself in the event of military conflict in the Middle East. Tensions between Iran and Israel are mounting and while neither side has openly attacked the other, threats abound. The U.S. is also in the throes of potential conflict with Iran…

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President Obama announces new plan to promote hydrogen-powered vehicles

Obama at Daimler manufacturing factory in North Carolina

Continuing his push to promote alternative energy, President Obama hosted a speech at a Daimler manufacturing factory in North Carolina. Over the past few weeks, Obama has been drawing attention to various forms of alternative energy and the government’s plans to pursue them. During his speech on Wednesday, the President focused on hydrogen and how it was being used by the global auto industry. Obama also introduced a new plan that would bring more than $1 billion in tax credits and federal grants to those purchasing hydrogen-powered vehicles. The plan…

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President Obama calls for the end of oil subsidies

Climate Change - President Obama

Last month, President Obama made an appearance in Miami, Florida, where he addressed the issue of energy and its relation to the country. The speech created a modest buzz in the alternative energy and climate communities, but did little to encourage anyone about U.S. energy policy. A new video has emerged that may get these communities excited as it features Obama taking a bold stance against what is, today, the largest for-profit business in the world: The oil industry. The video, which was first discovered by Planetsave, features snippet of…

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President Obama wants to see more choice in the world of oil

Climate Change - President Obama

This week, President Obama issued a speech in Miami, Florida, in which he outlined some of the problems facing the U.S. in terms of energy. The speech was meant to provide some insight on these problems and what is being done by the government to resolve them. One of the topics touched upon during the speech was the country’s continued reliance on oil, both foreign and domestic. President Obama suggested that the reason oil has become so costly is because of the significant lack of competition in the industry. There…

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President Obama introduces “all of the above” energy plan during State of the Union address

US Alternative Energy

During the State of the Union address given this past week, president Obama outlined a new comprehensive energy plan. In his speech, Obama introduced what he called an “all of the above” plan that would have the government focus on every alternative energy options currently available, including hydrogen and wave power. The plan aims to increase the nation’s energy independence by creating a future in which America was in control of its own energy production. While the plan was praised for its focus on alternative energy, it also was subjected…

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Alternative energy may not be a major issue for the U.S. Government

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The U.S. government has received a steady tide of criticism for not being more aggressive with the adoption of alternative energy. The 2008 recession took a heavy toll on the nation and brought to light the rising prices of oil. Despite the best efforts of the government, thousands are still unemployed throughout the nation. The remedy for this problem may, ironically, lie in the realm of alternative energy, but the Obama Administration has yet to show definitive support of alternative energy as a whole. President Obama gave a speech before…

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