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Kake turns to solar power for energy

JUNEAU, Alaska — Isolated in the rainforest of Southeast Alaska, residents in Kake are thinking of alternative energy. In that, they’re not unlike the inhabitants of any other rural Alaska community. What makes Kake special is the way it’s approaching the topic. After exploring wind energy options in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council in 2010, the Organized Village ...

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States work to meet new renewable energy standards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state’s largest electric provider on New Year’s Day. Tapping into the multimillion-dollar Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio. From New Mexico ...

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Sun could replace fossil fuels in Independence and Sugar Creek

Solar energy farms, once considered too expensive to install despite their environmental appeal, soon may sprout in Sugar Creek and Independence. One would be operated by a private company, the other by a public city utility. Both would create clean energy in cities that have enduring carbon-based energy legacies. Independence, which has operated its own electric utility since 1901, long ...

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Majority of Americans support alternative energy, nearly half oblivious to oil boom

As America continues its domestic energy growth, the collective opinion in the U.S. is still in favor of developing alternative energy sources to traditional fossil fuels. When asked to prioritize energy development, recently surveyed Americans were twice as likely to place alternative energy expansion in front of exploration and production of oil, coal and natural gas (60 percent to 30 ...

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Solar rebates face dim future

Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Industries, which plans to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries for $4.3 billion, does not favor tax rebates for renewable energy projects. Renewable energy incentives should be phased out over time, said NextEra Energy CEO Jim Robo in an interview after the Dec. 3 announcement. “We are probably a little different from the rest of the industry,” ...

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Westerly to update plan to include energy, hazards

WESTERLY, R.I. — Westerly is updating its comprehensive plan to add information on energy and reducing the impacts of hazards. The Westerly Sun reports that Town Planner Marilyn Shellman said a committee is expected to be appointed by the Town Council next month and adopt an updated plan by June 2016. The committee will add two sections on energy and hazard ...

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PSC approves solar power project

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Public Service Commission has approved solar power project planned by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric in Mercer County. A statement from the PSC says it authorized the utilities on Friday to build a 10-megawatt solar array at the E.W. Brown Generating Station, which would produce enough power to supply about 8,000 homes. It will ...

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BOEM to start 2015 with new director

As of January 5, 2015, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will have a new director. According to Jennifer A Dlouhy for the Houston Chronicle, the new director, Abigail Hopper, is coming to the position with a background in energy regulation and knowledge of renewable energies. She will be replacing acting director Walter Cruickshank, who has been leading the ...

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Interest in alternative fuel drops with gas prices

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Kyle Lowell is having second thoughts about selling a mostly ethanol-based gasoline. More consumers at Lowell’s Service Center in Collinsville have dropped E85, fuel with 85 percent ethanol blend, because the price of regular unleaded fuel has been plunging. “Nobody is buying it anymore,” Lowell said. When Lowell’s father Greg introduced E85 at his Collinsville gas station in 2006, only ...

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California fires up world’s largest solar farm (Video)

Buried underneath heavy loads of dramatic energy-related news, like accounts of precarious oil prices, officials announced that the Topaz Solar Farm in Eastern San Luis Obispo County, California was online and producing electricity. The 550-megawatt solar farm located in California Valley reached its full operational status sometime last month, and the final installations are expected to be completed sometime in ...

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