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Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

Wind Power Windfall for Oregon Farmers

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Money pours into to windy patch of rural Oregon

In Sherman County, Oregon, just south of the Columbia River Gorge, the howling winds are attracting more than just kiteboarders and windsurfers these days. They're also blowing in money. Hundreds of wind turbines now stretch across the farm landscape, generating clean energy for power lines — and cash for county coffers.  In the New York Times, Lee Van der Voo writes: Sherman......read more

Old Coal Mines to Become Wind Power Storage

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Germany looks to make dirty tech turn green

In a symbolic gesture, German energy authorities are looking to repurpose old coal mines into wind power storage facilities. The concept involves placing hydroelectric pumps inside decommissioned mines, which would access wind power captured by turbines outside, giving new life to old mining communities and creating a sustainable storage system for the new wave of renewable energy. During......read more

Renewable Energy Production Exceeds Nuclear

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US biofuels, wind, solar, and hydro production on the rise

Well, renewable power is not in last place anymore. According to the Monthly Energy Review published by the Energy Information Administration, renewable energy production has passed nuclear energy and is continuing to grow rapidly. By the agency's definition, renewable energy includes biofuels, geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and wind power. Together, these sources currently......read more

US and UK Announce Floating Wind Turbine Collaboration

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New tech looks to harness consistently powerful winds above deep water

At this week's multilateral clean energy meeting in London, the British government announced it will collaborate with the US to develop floating wind turbines that harness the higher wind speeds available over deeper water. The UK's offshore wind potential big; it is estimated to account for about one-third of Europe's overall offshore wind potential. But in order to exploit it, new technology......read more

Spain Slashes Subsidies for Renewables

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With bleak European prospects, clean energy companies focus on other markets

With Spain in the midst of an economic meltdown, the Spanish government has cut off aid to the domestic renewable energy industry -- once the most heavily subsidized in Europe. Faced with an empty trough, Spanish clean energy companies are responding by seeking out projects abroad.  As Todd Woody mentions at Forbes, the Spanish renewable energy giant Abengoa is making 90% of its capital......read more

Clean Energy Investment Surges

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Global investment in renewable energy powered to record $257 billion in 2011, according to UN report

Despite significant economic hurdles, 2011 was a big year for renewable energy. According to a UN report released this week, global investment in clean power surged to a record $257 billion in 2011, with solar attracting more than half ($147 billion) of the total spending. The report, "Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012," is published by UNEP based on data from Bloomberg New......read more

4 Reasons to Get Excited About Alternative Energy

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Ethical Ocean lays out the latest developments in renewable power

We looked at the relative pros and cons of the various renewable energy sources a couple months ago. Now one of our favorite environmental nonprofits has laid out four reasons to get excited about developments in clean tech. In the Ethical Ocean article, Lena Lam espouses on the huge potential of green power: Algae fuel
 Biofuel created from algae – yes, pond scum – may soon be......read more

Feds Approve First Commercial Wave Power Project in U.S.

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Ocean Power gets green light on wave energy project off Oregon coast

Of all the renewable energy technologies, wave power is the furthest back on the evolution chart. As it turns out, harnessing energy from ocean waves isn't easy. But the technology is improving, and extracting energy from ocean motion could eventually follow the same growth curves we have seen for wind and solar.  The U.S. wave power movement got a big boost last week when it was......read more

Offshore Wind Gains Momentum

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More and more countries are tapping powerful ocean winds for electricity

Wind power may be the leading source of renewable electricity (apart from hydro), but we haven't even scratched the surface of its true potential. Of the 238,000 megawatts of wind capacity installed at the start of 2012, just 4,600 megawatts came from offshore wind farms. On a planet that's two-thirds water, that leaves plenty of room for improvement. But, according to a new Earth......read more

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