renewable energy sources

Poll: Saving Money Motivates Iowans to Save Energy

Poll: Saving Money Motivates Iowans to Save Energy

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa, February 24, 2009 (ENS) Although Iowans are concerned about the environment and global warming, the number one reason they conserve energy is to save money, finds the first Iowa Energy Poll, 2008, conducted by the University of Northern Iowa’s Strategic Marketing Services and funded by the Iowa Power Fund. Vehicle purchases, driving…

New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

TRENTON, New Jersey, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – New Jersey environmental officials have released a proposal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Mauriello has invited the public to comment on the recommendations outlined in a draft report published on the state’s Global Warming website. “While this plan…

European Leaders Agree on Climate Change Plan

European Leaders Agree on Climate Change Plan

BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 12, 2008 (ENS) – European leaders today agreed to hold fast to their plan to battle climate change through growth in renewable energy sources and 20 percent cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, and on ways to share the costs. The plan includes concessions to heavy industry and to countries in…

Western Governors Ask Obama for National Green Energy Plan

Western Governors Ask Obama for National Green Energy Plan

WASHINGTON, DC, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – In a letter to President-elect Barack Obama, the Western governors are urging swift action in adopting and implementing a national energy plan that would transform the country’s energy infrastructure and economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The group of 19 governors from both political parties are calling for…

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Explores Solar Power

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Explores Solar Power

TAMPA, Florida, August 6, 2008 (ENS) – Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is planning to install a solar system that can generate enough clean energy to power the zoo’s Skyfari sky ride and will be connected to the electric grid through the zoo’s main power system. The zoo will partner with Tampa Electric and the University…

Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

Florida Governor Talks Climate With Prince of Wales

LONDON, UK, July 16, 2008 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist today met with the Prince of Wales to discuss strategies for addressing global climate change, particularly reducing the impacts of deforestation. They met at Clarence House in London. Governor Crist also met with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew. “I am deeply grateful to…

Oilman Pickens Promotes the Wind

Oilman Pickens Promotes the Wind

NEW YORK, New York, July 8, 2008 (ENS) – Texas billionaire oilman T. Boone Pickens is throwing his influence and money behind a campaign to wean America from its dependency on petroleum and shift to renewable energy sources, particularly wind. “I’ve been an oil man all my life, but this is one emergency we can’t…

U.S. Wind Power Generation Grows by 45 Percent in 2007

U.S. Wind Power Generation Grows by 45 Percent in 2007

WASHINGTON, DC, January 31, 2008 (ENS) – Overturning all previous records, the U.S. wind energy industry installed 5,244 megawatts of power in 2007, expanding the nation’s total wind power generating capacity by 45 percent in a single calendar year and injecting an investment of over $9 billion into the economy, according to the American Wind…

Hawaii Plans Big Solar Power Arrays at Airports, Harbors

Hawaii Plans Big Solar Power Arrays at Airports, Harbors

HONOLULU, Hawaii, January 23, 2008 (ENS) – Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has unveiled a plan to develop large solar power arrays at 12 locations around the sunny state, highlighting what she calls “her administration’s commitment to developing renewable energy in Hawaii.” Under the plan, the state Department of Transportation, DOT, Airports Division is soliciting proposals…

Dallas Toots Its Green Horn

Dallas Toots Its Green Horn

DALLAS, Texas, January 21, 2008 (ENS) – Dallas city officials are encouraging residents to make a commitment to “go green” and play an active role in building a greener city. To inspire change, the city has launched www.GreenDallas.net, a new website that focuses on green initiatives such as saving energy and water; recycle; keeping the…

Energy [R]evolution

Energy [R]evolution

In a world where nothing seems to happen unless somebody, somewhere, gets really rich for signing papers, there is finally hope for global environmental health. A new joint report has been released by the European Renewable Energy Council and Greenpeace. This report states, among other things, that the U.S. could create electricity consistent with rising…

Will the U.S. Build More Nuclear Power Stations?

Will the U.S. Build More Nuclear Power Stations?

As concerns about climate change mount, the pressure on the oil industry continues to build and the coal industry struggles to clean up its emissions, Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman says “it’s essential that the United States license new nuclear plants”. Much demonized, nuclear power has the singular advantage of containing all of its emissions in…

Energy Efficiency Hits Brick Wall in Washington

Energy Efficiency Hits Brick Wall in Washington

Energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies seem to take center stage quite often in Washington, yet nothing substantial ever seems to happen. Senate Democrats proposed a package of energy bills but were consistently opposed by most Senate Republicans. The first provision proposed to force electric utilities to generate 15% of their power from wind, solar,…