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Polish Town Rejects Coal, Seeks Energy Independence

September 6, 2014 by Clare Taylor

Poland and Energy Sources

Poland is one of Europe's fastest-growing economies and heavily dependent on coal, which generates around 90 % of the country's electricity. One rural town, the Commune of Kisielice, decided to forge a path to sustainable energy - and has been recognised across Europe for their pioneering work.[read more]

Solar Energy: Improving the Livelihoods of India's Rural Salt-Pan Farmers

August 16, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Rural India and Solar

As India celebrated Independence Day on Friday, August 15th, it will brought with it a history of struggle, conflict, and triumph. India has come a long way since it gained independence, and Prime Minister Modi has made promises since he took office in May to improve the livelihoods of the Indian people.[read more]

Selling Solar in India Through the Lens of Google Glass

July 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Poverty and Solar

Solar power is the key to ending energy poverty. No, this isn't some out-of-touch Silicon Valley pipe dream. Innovative companies are pioneering new energy models for rural populations that deliver everything from LED lightbulbs and Skinny Grids to off-grid Wi-Fi to pay-as-you-go solar home systems.[read more]

Renewable Energy Gets a Rural Boost in Colorado

June 7, 2013 by Joseph Romm

renewable energy in Colorado

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation that will double the amount of energy that his state’s large rural electric coops and the utilities that provide them power must get from renewable sources to 20% by 2020.[read more]

How Broadband May Help Roll Out the Rural Smart Grid

April 4, 2013 by Jeff St. John

building a rural smart grid

The proposed system will connect thermostats and water heaters to a ZigBee (and someday, Wi-Fi) gateway that rides home broadband to the cloud, and connects back to homeowners’ smartphones and PCs.[read more]

Bipartisan Group of Senators and House Members backs Rural Energy Savings Program

March 14, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

I got this a few days after the release, but this rural energy savings program (introduced by my new favorite Senator Jeff Merkley) compliments nicely with the Building Star and Home Star energy efficiency programs that have been unveiled.  Now can we pass one of these?  Press release below March 10, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. –...[read more]

Beating Back the Coal Rush: Feds Suspend Subsidized Loan Program for Rural Coal Plants

March 5, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

In another big victory in the fight against the coal rush, the feds apparently suspended a major loan program that provided rural electric cooperatives with subsidized loans to construct new coal-fired power plants. An official with the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which manages the loan program, cited...[read more]