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Environmentalists worry promoting natural gas will overshadow efficiency, renewable energy efforts

 Luther Turmelle | The New Haven Register  (New Haven, Conn.) What started out as a statewide initiative to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy now has been expanded to include a statewide push to sign up new natural gas customers as part of a 10-year expansion of the distribution network by the utilities. Energize Connecticut now is actively promoting efforts by ...

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, ...

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Utility plans for community solar farm in East Austin

Lilly Rockwell | Austin American-Statesman, Texas A half-mile from Springdale Road in East Austin is a tucked-away, 26-acre lot owned by the city. It’s home to waist-high grass, scrub brush and an assortment of trees, and — some neighbors suspect — has also become a spot for illegal activity. Austin Energy is considering a new project that would dramatically transform this ...

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Stigmatized nuclear workers quit Japan utility

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Stigma, pay cuts, and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left the utility at the center of Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel good solar energy industry. Engineers and other employees at TEPCO, or Tokyo Electric Power ...

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PNM under fire over coal, nuke power in plan

Staci Matlock | The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) Public Service Company of New Mexico’s latest plan for providing power to half a million customers over the next two decades is drawing fire from renewable energy and environmental advocates over a proposal to add more coal and nuclear power. The plan by PNM, the state’s largest electric utility, includes ...

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Obama announces Deputy Secretary of Energy pick

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media President Obama announced his nomination for a new Deputy Secretary of Energy today. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, currently a nuclear proliferation and defense policy official at the National Security Council, has held several positions in the Obama administration and is an expert on unconventional weapons who oversaw efforts to rid Syria of chemical weapons. The New ...

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Universities focus more on clean energy sources

Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch In the past, colleges and universities “went green” by holding recycling challenges or encouraging students to turn down their air conditioners when the days got a little too sultry. But sorting cans from bottles will only get you so far. To make real changes, university leaders realized, they needed to change the fundamental ways ...

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EDITORIAL: Energy solutions from a village

The small British village has long been a staple of detective stories. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple can solve crimes because of what she knows from observing life in her village, St. Mary Mead. In village life, lessons for the greater world can be found. We just discovered another one in the real-life tale of a British village uniting enemies to ...

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Interactive US energy expenditure map

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Last week, the Energy Information Administration issued its 2012 State Energy Data System report. The annual account measures energy production, consumption, and price for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Energy.gov has created an interactive map based on the data; Click here to check it out. Some highlights from the report: -The ...

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