Aspen is now entirely powered by renewable energy

Aspen has become third U.S. city to achieve 100% renewable power. The well-known small American city, located in the beautiful Rocky Mountain’s of Colorado, famed for its skiing, has recently gained attention for its notable achievement in obtaining all its power from renewable energy sources. It is the third city in the United States to fully rely on renewables, following in the footsteps of the 100% renewable powered American cities, Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas. Aspen obtains its power from a variety of renewable sources. The city’s renewable power supply…

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USDA launches new program to support renewable energy adoption

USDA - Renewable Energy

Renewable energy gains more financial support in the US Renewable energy has been growing more popular in the U.S. recently, and the federal government has begun offering more financial support to encourage the adoption of clean power. Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the Rural Energy for America Program. The program is meant to provide financial aid in the form of grants. The grants will be issued by the USDA to renewable energy projects that are taking place in rural parts of the country. These grants may be…

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US government funds research and development in renewable energy and clean technology

US Renewable Energy Funding

$200 million to fund new renewable energy and clean technology institutions The Obama administration this week has announced that it is committing $200 million in funding that will be focused on renewable energy and clean technology. The funds are to be used to create three new advanced manufacturing innovation institutes. These entities will be focused on the research and development of new renewable energy systems. These systems are meant to make use of innovative technologies that aim to lower the overall costs associated with clean power. New entities to promote…

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Economics of renewable energy help US smart grid

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Renewable energy continues to find support in the US The U.S. Department of Energy has been a strong advocate for new forms of energy for several years. The federal agency has been responsible for much of the progress the country has made in the renewable energy sector for some time, but has also served as a stumbling block for this progress through its support of very specific forms of renewable power and forgoing a focus on the country’s energy infrastructure. Though the Department of Energy has made efforts to modernize…

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Renewable energy policies may not be making progress in the US

EIA Renewable Energy Report

Renewable energy putting only a small dent in emissions The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released a new report containing analysis of the country’s carbon emissions and the federal government’s energy policies. The report highlights the effect that U.S. energy policies are having on the country’s energy-related emissions. The U.S. has been working to reduce emissions for some time through the adoption of stricter regulations and through the use of renewable energy. These efforts have yet to yield significant results, but some progress has been made thanks to the…

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Energy efficiency bill reintroduced in the US

U.S. Senate - Geothermal Energy Bill

Federal lawmakers take on energy efficiency Energy efficiency will again be thrust into the limelight in the U.S. Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a legislation that is designed to expedite the switch from traditional fossil-fuels to renewable energy, bolstering an energy efficient economy. The bill, which was reintroduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Rob Portman, will help promote energy efficiency throughout the country by making energy saving technologies and services more available to consumers and businesses. Thus far, the legislation has received strong support from both the Republican and Democrat parties.…

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Renewable energy to replace coal power plants in Midwest US

U.S. renewable energy to replace coal plants

Coal to give way to renewable energy in US The U.S. continues to move away from its use of fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy. The country has set very stringent emissions and energy efficiency standards for itself that can only be attained through the adoption of renewable energy. As the federal government continues to put more focus on cleaner forms of power, the country’s utilities are beginning to feel pressure to also break ties with fossil-fuels. This week, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. has agreed…

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New renewable energy systems boost power generation in the US

Renewable Energy Investment

Report highlights growth of renewable energy in January 2012 The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects has released a new report highlighting the new, in-service energy generating capacity that came online in January 2012. The data represents a significant increase in the generation of electrical power for the U.S. and the country’s use of renewable energy. According to the report, a large amount of new energy capacity was installed throughout the country in January last year, accounting for strong progress being made in the renewable energy sector.…

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Renewable energy supported through new tax credits in the US

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Renewable energy wind more financial support Renewable energy has become an important issue in the U.S. In recent years,  the federal government has begun taking ambitious steps away from fossil-fuels. These efforts are partly fueled by political conflicts, environmental concerns, and the financial problems that are often associated with fuels like oil and coal. In order to successfully break away from fossil-fuels, the U.S. needs strong support in the renewable energy sector, and the government is working to make this support available. DOE announces availability of tax credits The Department…

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Alternative energy news: Steven Chu steps down as Secretary of the Department of Energy

Alternative Energy News - Steven Chu DOE

Alternative energy community stirs as Chu bows out U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that he will not be pursuing a second term as the country’s energy chief. Chu has been a strong advocate for alternative energy for years, and has helped direct the country toward the adoption of clean power and sustainability. Chu’s departure has caused a stir in the alternative energy community, breeding some uncertainty concerning the future of the country’s alternative energy efforts. Chu assures that alternative energy initiatives will continue Chu issued his…

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Solar energy gets a boost from crowdfunding

Solar Energy Report

Crowdfunding proves to be a major boon for solar energy Crowdfunding has become a rampantly successful phenomenon in many industries. Businesses with ambitious and unconventional approaches to particular issues and markets have been able to find a massive amount of support from those in the private sector that are willing to fund projects that they believe in. This has been a boon for the alternative energy sector, wherein many projects struggle to find investors. Solar Mosaic, a California-based startup that relies heavily on crowdfunding for its ambitious focus on solar…

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Solar energy could be a lucrative focus for the US

Solar Energy U.S.

US may be missing out on revenues in the global solar energy market The U.S. has been showing an aggressive interest in renewable power over the past two years, but the country could be missing out on a significant opportunity in the global solar energy market. A new report from the Pew Charitable Trust, a non-profit political organization, suggests that the U.S. may be losing out on more than $1 trillion in revenue in the solar energy sector. This is largely due to the government policies that exist that have…

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Alternative energy plans for Department of Defense go into overdrive

Department of Defense Renewable Energy

Department of Defense taking aggressive steps on the issue of alternative energy The U.S. military has become one of the world’s most aggressive supporters of alternative energy. The Department of Defense, which is also the world’s largest consumer of fossil-fuels, considers energy as a matter of national security and has been laboring to help the country break free from its reliance on oil and coal. To this end, the agency, through its various military branches, has been investing heavily in alternative energy projects of all kinds, with a keen interest…

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Alternative energy gains more focus in wake of natural disasters

Focus on Hydrogen Fuel

Japan takes aggressive steps on alternative energy after Fukushima disaster In 2011, Japan experienced one of the worst disasters it had seen in its long history. March marked the onslaught of a powerful, 9.0 earthquake that triggered an equally powerful tsunami. Though the earthquake itself did only modest damage to large structures, the tsunami generated by the quake swept through the Fukushima Province, obliterating entire communities and sparking the worst nuclear disaster the world had seen since the height of Chernobyl. The disaster caused Japan to question its focus on…

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Alternative energy may find home in marginal lands

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Alternative energy goals may be reached through use of marginal lands The U.S. has lofty goals concerning alternative energy and will likely need to find creative ways to meet these goals in order to find success. It is well known that the most popular forms of alternative energy, solar and wind power, require large tracks of land in order to be considered viable. Typically, land that can serve a variety of purposes, such as farmland or locations for new communities, gets the most attention. Researchers from the Michigan State University…

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Alternative energy makes impressive progress in 2012

U.S. Renewable Energy

US report shows the growth of alternative energy in 2012 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission of the U.S. has released the latest edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update report. The report highlights the state of renewable energy throughout the country, tracking the progress and growth of several forms of alternative energy. Throughout 2012, alternative energy has made major strides in the U.S., especially in the wind, natural gas, and solar sectors. The report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission helps shed some light on the growth of these forms of…

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