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Communities bypass utilities to save money, push green power

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some New York communities are changing the way their residents buy electricity under an initiative designed to save people money while promoting locally-produced, renewable energy. New York is the seventh state to allow community choice aggregation, which lets cities, towns and villages form energy-buying groups that automatically enroll all residents and small businesses. Instead of buying ...

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Cuomo: 112,000 energy efficiency projects done since 2012

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some 112,000 homes, hospitals, schools and commercial buildings in New York state have completed or begun energy efficiency projects through state programs intended to encourage clean energy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the total on Wednesday. It includes 90,000 homes and 22,000 apartment buildings, hospitals, schools and commercial sites. All told, the projects will save consumers $341 ...

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Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

In his latest effort to fight climate change, the Obama Administration announced plans to tax oil companies $10 dollars for every barrel produced. (Image: Joe Crimmings via Flickr)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead on arrival for the Republicans who control Congress ...

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Petitioners plead for coal plant closure

LAKELAND — Members of Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign bolstered their earlier economic case to scrap Lakeland Electric’s McIntosh coal-burning Unit 3 generator with arguments for its closure. The group, part of a national campaign to wean the nation off coal, delivered 727 petitions to the City Commission calling for the 364-megawatt coal burner’s demise, presumably signed by residents in ...

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Editorial: Bill Gates deserves praise for his green energy revolution

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research.

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research. In his announcement, Gates distilled the wonky jargon of the Paris climate conference into something tangible: money for new clean-energy technology. Gates’ project has teeth. And once the diplomatic chatter at the conference begins to quiet, it may end up as the last, ...

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Bill Gates in Paris to launch global clean energy fund

PARIS — Bill Gates and a powerful coalition of top Silicon Valley thinkers, leaders and philanthropists will announce on Monday two initiatives created to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next five years to develop clean energy technology in efforts to fight global warming. Along with the 10-campus University of California system — with its three national energy ...

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Silverstein: Natural gas will give the industry the ‘oomph’ it needs

Renewable energy creates jobs and helps minimize air pollutants, but the growth of America’s energy sector is hinged on good ol’ oil and gas, according to Forbes columnist Ken Silverstein. “If the United States is to see the 3.6 percent growth in annual output, the oomph will come from the increase in oil and natural gas production,” Silverstein writes. “Ironic, ...

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Hong Kong regulator probes Hanergy for market manipulation – source

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HONG KONG – Chinese green energy firm Hanergy, whose shares plunged nearly 50 percent on Wednesday, is under investigation by Hong Kong’s market watchdog for alleged market manipulation, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters. The source said the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) had been investigating Hanergy Thin Film Power Group for several weeks. “They’re being investigated over ...

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Prominent energy scientist dies in California at 96

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Richard Post, a prominent scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who researched how to store renewable energy, has died. He was 96. Post died Tuesday in Walnut Creek after a sudden illness, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Post was an avid inventor who had his name on 34 patents. In recent years, he focused ...

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