In the news: Clean energy shows value and clout in the U.S. and abroad


In the news: Clean energy shows value and clout in the U.S. and abroad

Here on Shoot the Breeze, we’ll keep an eye on the latest news in the wind industry. Each week we will feature the top five stories that have caught our attention.

U.S. May Spend $130 Million for Energy Research, Chu Says
Bloomberg
The U.S. Energy Department said it will provide as much as $130 million for projects in its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, known as ARPA-E. The funding is for five categories: producing biofuels as an alternative to oil, storing thermal energy, finding alternatives to expensive rare-earth minerals, maintaining electric grid reliability as renewable sources are added and reducing costs for solar power, according to a statement.

Wind Power Beats Nuclear Power in Texas
Clean Technica
Texas has more wind power than it can use, and that partly explains why NRG Energy, Inc. has backed out of a plan to build two new nuclear reactors in the state. To be clear, the stated motivation for the decision was the nuclear disaster resulting from last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which among other things has affected the regulatory landscape here in the U.S. However, it’s also clear that rapid growth in the alternative energy field is rapidly chipping away at nuclear power, helped along by new grid and energy storage technologies.

Apple Data Center Uses Least Clean Energy, Yahoo Most, Greenpeace Finds
Forbes
Environmental group Greenpeace released a report Thursday handing out failing marks in one or more categories to Facebook, Apple, Twitter, and Amazon, among others, on the environmental impact of their data centers.

Hannover Messe Provides International Wind Opportunities
Renewable Energy World
Wind power figured prominently at the highly successful 64th annual Hannover Messe trade show, which drew to a close last week in Germany at the largest exhibition center in the world.

Solar Lifts California Home Sales Prices
Renewable Energy World
Homeowners in California who invest in photovoltaic systems are netting up to 6.4 percent more in resale value for their homes than for similar homes sold without solar systems, according to a new study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley.

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