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July 21, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg gives $50 million to fight coal-fired power plants

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Thursday that he will donate $50 million to the Sierra Club to support its nationwide campaign to eliminate coal-fired power plants.

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune described the gift from Bloomberg “a game-changer, from our perspective.” ... Brune said in a phone interview that the group will use the money “to identify the oldest, dirtiest coal-fired power plants, retire them and replace them with clean energy.” (More)


June 15, 2011

Michigan Biotech Institute awarded $4.3 million for research to turn organic materials to energy

The U.S. Energy Department awarded $4.3-million to the Michigan Biotechnology Institute in Lansing to support its work in turning organic materials into energy. It was part of a round of $36 million in grants made nationwide.

May 6, 2011

Ohio to Build First Offshore Wind Farm in Great Lakes, Aims to Boost Local Industry

Cleveland-based firm will begin construction on the 20-MW wind project in 2012, with the goal of spurring a turbine manufacturing industry in its home city

Calls for political action on Arctic climate change: scientists

May 4, 2011

“The planet is going to be roasted by 2100”

COPENHAGEN — The world must rally to curb climate change and stop acting like hungry, uncontrollable toddlers: that’s the message delivered at the opening session of an international conference on Arctic climate change and pollution in Copenhagen...

Solar Energy Industries Association releases project list

May 4, 2011

SEIA reecently released a table of utility-scale solar project in the U.S. showing 804 MW in operation, 953 MW under construction, and 24,995 MW under development.


U.S. wind industry reports enduring growth in first quarter of 2011

April 28, 2011

States continue to lead nation with clear, strong policies 

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2011—America's wind power industry installed 1,100 MW of new capacity in the first quarter of 2011 alone and entered the second quarter with another 5,600 MW under construction, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reported today. The under-construction figure is nearly twice the megawatts that the industry reported at this time in both 2009 and 2010...


DTE Energy picks sites for 3 Michigan wind farms

April 13, 2011

DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says it's picked sites for three wind farms in Huron and Sanilac counties and will spend about $225 million on the project....    The sites are located in the state's largely agricultural Thumb region.


Spanish wind farm. Wind turbines in Spain set two new records

April 7, 2011

March 2011 Spanish wiind production was the highest in its history and, for the first time, it was the technology that generated the most power (4,738 GWh), according to data from Red Eléctrica de España. It was followed by nuclear energy, combined cycle plants, and hydro. Wind farms covered 21% of Spanish electricity demand and March´s wind energy generation was equivalent to the whole monthly consumption of Portugal.





Gov. Brown of Calif. signs alternative energy legislation.California sets nation's most aggressive goal for renewable energy

April 12, 2011

California's Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law an ambitious mandate that requires the state's utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like geothermal, wind and solar by 2020. The move, which gives California the most aggressive clean energy standard in the nation, is expected to create cleantech jobs up and down the state as utilities race to secure contracts with renewable energy power producers.


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