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Chevy Buys IdleAir CO2 Credits

Chevrolet says it will purchase up to 75,000 metric tons worth of carbon credits created by the IdleAir truck stop electrification project. Chevy is supporting various energy-efficiency, renewable energy and conservation initiatives in its goal to prevent up to 8 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere … Read more »

Bonneville Using Nippon Paper Mill as ‘Battery’

The Pacific Northwest’s Bonneville Power Administration has started pushing excess power to homes and a local Nippon Paper Industries mill as its wind farms are regularly creating more power than it can handle. BPA is paying for the pilot program in which domestic water heaters and space heaters can be … Read more »

Schwarzenegger Vows to Revive Renewable Energy Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that he would work to help push through an ambitious renewable-energy bill that the state legislature failed to pass before a midnight deadline on Tuesday. Schwarzenegger said he would work with lawmakers on the renewable-energy bill while negotiating the state budget. “We can fine-tune … Read more »

Google Invests Nearly $39 million for Wind Farms in North Dakota

Google has invested $38.8 million in two wind farms in North Dakota, already built by NextEra Energy Resources, reports the New York Times. It represents a minority interest in a recent $190 million round of financing for the projects. Google said its investment will fund additional energy projects. Rick Needham, … Read more »

Deere May Sell $1B Wind Energy Business

After five years in the wind energy business, Deere & Company is contemplating the sale of its wind energy portfolio. In addition to several wind energy projects under development, the agricultural equipment maker has 34 wind energy projects in seven states with a total operational capacity of 706 megawatts (MW), … Read more »

GE Wins $1.4B Contract for World’s Largest Wind Farm

While General Electric (GE) has received a $1.4-billion contract to supply wind turbines for a project in Oregon, and a small wind farm project in New York gets the go ahead, a 122-wind turbine project in West Virginia has been halted due to an endangered species of bats. General Electric … Read more »

New York Takes Next Step To Build Wind Farms on Great Lakes

With the release of a request for proposals (RFP) this week, New York State has launched a search for developers to build wind farms on its neighboring Great Lakes that could generate between 120 megawatts to 500 megawatts of power with a target date of 2015, reports Reuters. The RFP … Read more »

Oregon Over-incentifies Renewable Energy, Critics Say

Running counter to Oregon’s incentify-it-and-they-will-come strategy for renewable energy, critics say that the state is literally and figuratively throwing money into the wind. At the center of the argument is the Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit, reports OregonLive. The tax credit, which encourages investment in alternative energy, recycling and energy … Read more »

‘Starbucks Rule’ Factors into Wind Farm Location

When it comes to choosing a potential site for a wind farm, there’s an informal guide that calls for not placing a wind farm within 30 miles of a Starbucks location. The so-called “Starbucks Rule” is intended to prevent protests from residential-types who would object to the sight of 250-300 … Read more »

DOE to Fund Large-Scale Renewables Transmission in Montana

Businesses in Western states should find it easier to purchase renewable energy in the future. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is financing a large-scale transmission project between Great Falls, Montana, and Lethbridge, Alberta, with the goal of bringing new jobs and expanding renewable energy production to the western region … Read more »

Nature, Electricity Generation Collide in Recent Decisions

Pollution concerns at two power plants in New Mexico may impact its long-term viability, while an endangered species has halted plans for a wind farm in Washington state.  Environmental issues raised concerns over their impact on surrounding wilderness areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is requesting public comment on … Read more »

Europe Faces Growing Pains in Renewable Energy Market

Europe’s renewable energy market is being hurt by falling prices, lower demand and the ongoing credit crunch. As a result, key players in the solar and wind markets are faced with difficult choices in order to survive current market conditions. To combat rapidly falling prices and market shares, European solar … Read more »