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NREL Study Shows Power Grid Can Accommodate Large Increase In Wind And Solar Generation

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Western Wind and Solar Integration Study examines the benefits and challenges of integrating enough wind and solar energy capacity into the grid to produce 35 percent of its electricity by 2017. The study finds that this target is technically feasible and does not necessitate extensive additional infrastructure, but does require key changes to current operational practice.

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SEPA's Top Ten Solar Utilities Report Shows Strong Solar Growth

Yesterday, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) unveiled its third-annual top ten utility solar rankings. The organization said that overall growth in solar integration by utilities defined 2009.

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Kerry - Lieberman Proposal Scales Back Energy Efficiency Provisions

The compromise Kerry-Lieberman proposal released today misses out on a key opportunity to address the cost of curbing climate change by including little on energy efficiency. The Kerry-Lieberman proposal does much less for energy efficiency than previous major climate change bills. Relative to the climate bills passed by the House, two major energy efficiency provisions have been dramatically reduced.

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Solar-powered lodge unveiled at KOA

The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA is the first of 475 Kampground of America locations spread across North America to offer the "off-grid lodging" experience. Project officials on Monday unveiled a solar-powered lodge near the banks of West Canada Creek.

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DOE Loans for Clean (maybe), Renewable (or not) Energy

The DOE released a list today of the dozen projects currently participating in the Department's energy loan programs. What could be bad about that? Nothing, unless you look carefully at the details. The devil is in the definitions!

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