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New Study Sheds Light on the Growing U.S. Wind Power Market

Berkeley, California - For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. was home to the fastest-growing wind power market in the world in 2008, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Specifically, U.S. wind power capacity additions increased by 60 percent in 2008, representing a $16 billion investment in new wind projects. "At this pace, wind is on a path to becoming a significant contributor to the U.S. power mix," notes report author Ryan Wiser, of Berkeley Lab. Wind projects accounted for 42% of all new electric generating capacity added in the U.S. in 2008, and wind now delivers nearly 2% of the nation's electricity supply.

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ACEEE Creates Job Calculator for Energy-Saving Stimulus Projects

Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2009): Today the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a jobs calculator ( http://www.aceee.org/energy/national/recovery.htm ) for estimating the employment impacts of energy efficiency projects funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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President Obama Announces New Light Bulb Standards

Biggest energy saver in history of Energy Department

Washington D.C. (June 29, 2009): New national minimum energy efficiency requirements for light bulbs will save more energy than any other standard ever issued by any administration, according to a coalition representing environmental and consumer organizations, state government, and utilities. The new standards, announced by President Obama today, will make the hundreds of millions of fluorescent tube lamps that light offices, stores, and factories more efficient. They also will phase out conventional incandescent reflector lamps, effectively extending the phase out of inefficient incandescent products initiated by Congress in 2007 to the common cone-shaped bulbs used in recessed light fixtures and track lighting.

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California's Attorney General Says Feed-in Tariffs Legal in USA

In a significant filing June 25, 2009 California's Attorney General (AG) argued that feed-in tariffs as proposed in California are not only permitted under federal law but that they should be used to encourage the rapid growth of renewable energy.
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High potential pv market California still ten times smaller than Germany

Conference in San Francisco will discuss a realistic approach of the Californian PV market opportunities

Rotterdam, San Francisco, 12 June 2009

The solar industry is desperately looking for new high potential markets as the Spanish market will collapse this year. Many eyes are focused on the US and in particular California as one of the markets with the highest potential with abundant sunshine, several incentive programs, high electricity prices, good infrastructure and the best developed US State market. And, California is also the leading indicator for what might happen in other States later on. Some experts say it will take less than 3 years before solar electricity generated in California is cheaper than electricity from the Grid for residential consumers. Will this sunny State turn into a GigaWatt plus market soon?

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