Monthly Archives: September 2012

California Hits Solar Milestone

California surpassed a major milestone last week, generating more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power for the first time ever. The state expects to generate at least 33% of its power from renewable resources by 2020. Read More

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Energy Efficiency: More Than Meets the Eye

A new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy contends that the economic benefits of energy efficiency extend far beyond lowering energy bills for consumers. It states that efficiency also significantly contributes to economic development and job creation. … Continue reading

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SC Amps up Biomass Production

By the end of September, South Carolina will be home to a new cutting-edge microalgae facility. Renewed World Energies has developed a “closed-loop compatible algae photo bioreactor” to turn algae into biofuel. Read More

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Energy Hub Set for Charlotte

E4 Carolinas Inc., a nonprofit established by Charlotte region energy companies, seeks to develop a major energy hub in the Carolinas centered around manufacturing, engineering, research and education. The E4 name is meant to signify four foundational facets of the … Continue reading

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Woody SE Asia Exports to Increase

Exports of woody materials from the US Southeast to Europe are expected to increase significantly in the years to come as Europe substitutes biomass for coal to generate electricity. In advance of this transition, England’s Department of Energy and Climate … Continue reading

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Duke Energy CEO Supports Clean Energy

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, now head of the largest electric utility in the US, stressed the need for cleaner, more sustainable energy in his remarks before the Democratic National Convention last week. Read More

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No Regulations for Reprocessing Continues

Spent nuclear fuel reprocessing efforts were dealt a set-back by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s recent decision to forgo the development of regulations for reprocessing plants. Read More

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Rock Hill Schools Save Energy

Rock Hill schools lead S.C. in energy efficiency, saving significant amounts of money and energy. Of the 25 South Carolina schools that have earned EPA’s Energy Star designation, 13 are in Rock Hill. The other 12 are Greenville County schools. … Continue reading

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More Climate Change Support

The American Meteorological Society released its strongest statement to date on climate change. The group joins an overwhelming majority of national and international scientific bodies attributing Earth’s shifting climate to human activity. Read More

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Arctic Sea Ice at All-time Low

With a few weeks still left in the summer melt season, the extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has reached a new record low. Arctic sea ice plays a critical role in regulating our global climate by reflecting … Continue reading

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