• Maine officials OK 57 megawatt wind farm on Stetson Mountain

    Boston, MA — A 57 megawatt wind generating farm planned for Stetson Mountain received a critical OK today from Maine officials. UPC Wind, a wind power company, received approval from the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission on a rezoning petition and preliminary plan for the company’s proposed (MW) Stetson Wind Project in Washington County, Maine.  The project is expected to boost the local economy and  produce clean energy for Maine. Officials  voted unanimously in favor of rezoning the project’s site. >> Read the Full Article
  • Sustainable Spain: Policies Support Sustainability

    With the presidential elections in full swing, concerns over climate change and crippling dependence on foreign oil have emerged as hot topics of debates.  But instead of prolonging the back and forth of politically charged arguments, the US can look across to Galicia, Spain for a successful example of policies that addresses oil dependence and spurs growth in renewable energy.

    Over the last decade, Galicia, a region formerly entirely dependent on imported fossil fuels committed itself to turn to renewables and has recently emerged as a global leader in both the wind and solar energy sector.  As a region, Galicia matches and often surpasses entire nations in wind energy production.  Galicia is ranked sixth worldwide in wind energy production after Germany, the U.S., the rest of Spain, Denmark and India, producing more wind energy than California and Texas combined.  Galicia is also emerging as a leader in various solar innovations as well.

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  • Oil races to record high above $98 a barrel

    Oil sped above $98 a barrel for the first time on Wednesday, closing in on the landmark $100 level, driven by a slumping U.S. dollar and worries over a winter fuel supply crunch.

    Analysts said it was only a matter of time before oil hit triple digits, with evidence of tightening stocks aiding a nearly 8 percent rise over the past two weeks alone.

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  • U.S. exchanges explore carbon trading

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the biggest U.S. exchanges are eyeing a piece of the global carbon trading market, which is expected to double in size by 2012 from current levels as governments and industry step up efforts to reduce pollution.

    The market for trading carbon emissions reached 22 billion euros ($32 billion) in 2006 and will cross 40 billion euros ($58 billion) by 2012, according to a report by Boston-based research firm Celent.

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  • The Next Generation of Carbon Neutral Shipping ?

    Denver, CO – Carbon neutral shipping has arrived. A Colorado company called Ship Green has launched an alternative that provides shoppers with tools to calculate and offset the carbon emissions created by each product shipped. The owners designed it they say to make it possible for customers to reduce the carbon footprint of each purchase. As businesses race to position themselves as leaders in the green economy. The new service targets both individuals and companies in the United States. >> Read the Full Article
  • Growing List Of Cities Switching To LED Holiday Tree Lights

    Colorado Springs, CO - Old Colorado City, the national historic district of Colorado Springs, joins a growing list of cities switching to low energy tree lights. Colorado Springs will have a new LED look this year for its annual 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City' event.

    The city's town managers decided to trade in their inefficient incandescent holiday lights for LED Christmas lights. "I read a lot about the benefits of LED holiday lighting online and we decided it was the economically and environmentally responsible thing to do," said Nancy Stovall, member of the Board of Directors of the Old Colorado City Associates and coordinator of the 'Its Christmas in Old Colorado City" event.

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  • Saving (Energy) for the Holidays.

    No, LED (light emitting diode) decorative and festive seasonal holiday lights, by themselves, won’t save the world from global warming, cut air pollution noticeably or reduce the world’s dependance on fossil fuels.

    But they are on the to-do list of technologies we should switch to.

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  • Florida gov. to lobby for ethanol on U.S. Congress

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said on Monday he will encourage U.S. Congress members to lobby for more ethanol use and a reduction in the 54-cent-a-gallon tariff on Brazilian imports of the biofuel.

    The use of more cane-based ethanol is seen as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. state, which is aiming to reduce them to 1990 levels by 2015.

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  • Solar-power fever may not last:Japan's Tokuyama

    The world's current fever for solar power may not be sustainable and could be a bubble, an executive at Japanese silicon maker Tokuyama Corp said on Monday.

    Tokuyama, the world's No. 2 maker of polycrystalline silicon after U.S. firm Hemlock Semiconductor Corp, is still gauging long-term demand for silicon used in solar cells, Managing Director Yukio Muranaga told Reuters in an interview.

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  • Australian town to run on solar power in 2 years

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A sun-drenched town in Australia's north hopes to use only solar power in two years after being chosen as the site for a solar thermal power station.

    Remote Cloncurry, which boasts recording Australia's hottest day, would be able to generate electricity on rare cloudy days and at night from the station, which runs off heat stored in graphite blocks.

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