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Huge solar plant permit OK’d

Jeff Tucker | The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. The Pueblo Board of County Commissioners happily approved a 1041 permit for a massive solar facility to be built near the Comanche Generating Station. Commissioners voted 2-0 to approve the project, which is anticipated to bring up to 300 construction jobs to the county when work starts in 2015, then about six full-time ...

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Military lets the sun shine with clean energy program to cut costs, upgrade security

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga Times-Free Press The world’s most powerful military is trying to use less power, at least from conventional, vulnerable means. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines are turning to the sun, the wind and simple conservation to cut the military’s $21 billion annual energy bill and to limit the need for costly fuel shipments around the globe. ...

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SolarCity sees growth increasing rapidly

SolarCity executives are sticking with their forecast that demand for its solar systems will continue to rise rapidly — the fundamental underpinning of its plan to open a massive solar panel factory in Buffalo. The company’s installations doubled in the second quarter to 107 megawatts, and SolarCity said it expects installations to reach 500 megawatts to 550 megawatts this year. ...

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TVA board to pick wind, solar or natural gas to replace Allen plant being shuttered in Memphis

Dave Flessner | Chattanooga Times-Free Press The Tennessee Valley Authority will continue to move away from the coal-fired generation that once supplied most of its power when it likely shuts down the Allen Steam Plant in Memphis by 2018. But in deciding this month the fate of the three-unit coal plant in Memphis, TVA directors also will be asked to pick ...

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Tesla to reduce costs of renewable energy storage

Tesla Motors, the manufacturer and proponent of electric vehicles, might deal a crippling blow to utility companies with its plan to make renewable energy and the storage of that energy more accessible to the public. A recent report on Motherboard.com has outlined how the electric car maker Tesla has been touted by Morgan Stanley, the multinational financial services corporation, as ...

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Europe’s oldest village sought under Greek bay

Nicholas Paphitis | The Associated Press ATHENS, Greece — The world’s largest solar-powered boat has arrived in southern Greece to participate in an ambitious underwater survey that will seek traces of what could be one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. The Swiss-Greek project starts next week and archaeologists hope it will shed new light on how the first ...

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Why support the Clean Power Plan? Testimony from the EPA hearings

Peter Hobbs | Breaking Energy Across the country this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public hearings to solicit comments about its Clean Power Plan, which will put the first-ever national limits on the amount of climate pollution that can be emitted by power plants. EDF’s president, a senior attorney, and a clean energy specialist were among the ...

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Drought hinders California’s clean energy goals

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California’s battle against global warming and make it more expensive, officials said. For years, dams have been one of California’s main sources of clean energy, generating power without spewing greenhouse gases into the air. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that many energy-generating reservoirs ...

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