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Experts: Enforce water laws

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By David Beard, the Dominion Post Government laxity played a major role in the Elk River spill that contaminated the water supply of 300,000 Kanawha Valley residents, experts said at a WVU symposium Monday evening. And public pressure will play a major role in making sure it’s never repeated. “You can have all the laws in the world, the best laws in ...

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Illinois commended for local renewable energy buys

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CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is buying more renewable energy than any other state in the nation, which has reduced pollution by the equivalent of removing a million cars from the road over the past few years, according to a report released Friday by national and state environmental groups. A 2009 state law allowed communities to buy their own electricity, rather ...

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DOE announces renewable energy and efficiency program

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The state Department of Education Wednesday announced the creation of a renewable energy and efficiency program at public schools statewide that it estimates will save the department roughly $1 billion in operating costs over 25 years while expanding educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Features of the program, which include the installation of solar panels and small wind ...

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Energy Storage: California’s New Green Tech Battleground

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By: Ucilia Wang California’s goal to increase the use of energy storage to complement solar energy generation will open up a new battle ground between utilities and renewable energy proponents. That tension is already present even though the state is just gearing up to be what its policy makers hope will be a testing ground and booming market for innovative ...

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Iran’s sole geothermal power project halted due to budget deficit

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The only geothermal power plant project in Iran has been halted due to the lack of sufficient funds, the Shana News Agency quoted Soheil Porkhial, an official at Iran’s Renewable Energies Organization as saying on Feb. 12. The power plant was projected to come on stream by the end of the fourth five-year national development plan (2015), he added. In ...

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Human waste equates to money and power in Inland Empire agency’s sustainable energy bid

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ONTARIO — Human waste is being turned into money and power in Ontario. It’s a scenario that fuel cell industry researchers and supporters hope will continue to expand throughout the state as the government and industry continue the bid for more sustainable energy. The Inland Empire Utilities Agency sewage treatment plant in Ontario is using a product from wastewater to ...

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Lovely detritus, ugly innovation: Kevin O’Connell evaluates the nation’s energy infrastructure

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There is a dark side to renewable-energy equipment such as solar panels and wind turbines. While the infrastructure for renewable energy seems to have less impact on the environment than drilling for oil, mining coal, and hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fracking), the structures that harness that energy still mar the landscape. Photographer Kevin O’Connell has made a career photographing ...

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China considers manufacturing cars in Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH — China is considering manufacturing cars in Saudi Arabia to meet rising local demand, the country’s Ambassador Li Chengwen said recently. Li said this would establish a vital market in the two countries. “There is a strong will by Chinese investors to produce automobiles here in the Kingdom, but the whole idea is under consideration and study.” He said ...

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Group says energy reforms in New England can reduce air pollution in region

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A regional environmental group is urging Connecticut officials and those in other New England states to take a series of steps to reduce air pollution. Environment Northeast, or ENE as it is known, released a report Monday called “EnergyVision: A Pathway to a Modern, Sustainable Low Carbon Economic and Environmental Future.” The 24-page report calls for reforms in four areas ...

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Portland Press Herald, Maine, Governors craft plan to develop gas and electric resources column

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The six New England governors have set in motion a first-of-its-kind plan to increase the region’s natural gas pipeline capacity by nearly 20 percent in three years and to build at least one major electric transmission line to bring renewable energy from Canada. Utility customers would be asked to help pay for these projects, which together could cost billions of ...

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