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Biofuels A Winner In Fiscal Cliff Deal, Too

The wind power industry wasn’t the only renewable energy winner in the fiscal cliff deal that cleared Congress late Tuesday – the legislation also showered taxpayer largess on the producers of various categories of biofuels.The bill [PDF] ...

Posted January 2, 2013    

BC Offshore Wind Signs Up Siemens, and Hopes

The United States isn’t the only North American country lagging on offshore wind power. While Europe had 1,502 turbines with a generating capacity of 4,336 megawatts connected to the grid as of June 30, Canada, like the U.S., was still at zero.Much...

Posted December 26, 2012    

New Canadian Electric Scooter Has Style and a Decent Price

Amego, a seller of electric vehicles such as electric bicycles and electric scooters, recently introduced in Canada a new stylish scooter that is easy on both the miles you can travel as well as the wallet. Dubbed the E-Breeze it retails for $1,150...

Posted December 16, 2012    

Researchers Study Electric Car Impacts on the Grid

As more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids hit the streets, one of the challenges will be managing the power grid requirements for these cars when they are having their batteries recharged at all hours. To help further understand exactly what...

Posted December 16, 2012    

Honda Accord Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid Get New Details, Release Date

Honda, at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, unveiled additional information about hybrid plans for its popular Accord sedan. The vehicle has not seen a hybrid in its line up since 2007, so the fact Honda is choosing now to ramp up its plans reinforces...

Posted December 1, 2012    

ARPA-E Hands Out $130M For Cutting-Edge Energy Tech

It’s the rare clean-leaning energy program in Washington that enjoys something approximating bipartisan support, and now ARPA-E has handed out a new round of grants in the hope of seeding “transformational, breakthrough technologies.”The U...

Posted November 29, 2012    

Chemical-Free Water Recycling Technology Aids Hurricane Sandy Recovery

Storm surges from Hurricane Sandy caused flooding in dozens of Northeastern towns and cities. Experts say that sewage backups and overflows caused by the flooding unleashed a toxic soup into the streets. Other contaminants, like gas or oil, were...

Posted November 28, 2012    

Solar From Nevada Indian Reservation To Help Power LA

After decades of getting electricity from faraway pollution-and-greenhouse-gas-spewing coal-fired power plants, Los Angeles is looking out of state for less toxic forms of energy.An example: The city council this week approved [PDF] a 25-year power...

Posted November 25, 2012    

GM to Produce 500,000 Green Cars By 2017

General Motors, seeming more confident in the face of rising Volt plug-in hybrid sales, looks to be expanding its vehicle electrification efforts. Primarily through its brand Chevrolet, the Detroit automaker hopes to significantly bump up the number...

Posted November 23, 2012    

Seashell-Like Concrete Fills in Its Own Cracks

Forget politics for a minute. America’s infrastructure–our roads, sidewalks, and bridges–is in bad shape. Recent assessments show that one in four U.S. bridges supports more traffic than was originally intended, or is in need of significant repair....

Posted November 18, 2012    

Google Clean Energy Funding Nears $1 Billion

With a fresh $75 million equity investment in an existing Iowa wind farm, Google is closing in on a billion bucks committed to the renewable energy sector.The company said on Thursday that it bought an equity stake in a 20-turbine, 50-...

Posted November 16, 2012    

A Staggering 112 MPG on a Jaguar? If it’s a Hybrid, Yes

Jaguar recently entered its XJ_e experimental plug-in hybrid into a competition in the United Kingdom known as the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Future Car Challenge, which dubs itself “the world’s leading low-energy driving challenge.” The...

Posted November 10, 2012