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USDA Invests $300 Million to Boost Small Business, Rural Renewables, Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new REAP and EECLP funding in Texas, where nine small and rural businesses have been awarded more than $10 million in grants and loans to install renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.

Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that…

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Citi Puts $44 Trillion Price Tag on Climate Change Inaction

Investing in low-carbon energy would save the world economy and society $1.8 trillion by 2040. Failing to take global action to avoid a climate change tipping point, moreover, will cost the global economy and society some $44 trillion by 2060, , according to Citi’s Altenative Energy and Cleantech Research Group.

Duke Invests to Acquire 20MW of Solar Power in Indiana

Duke Energy has sealed deals with two renewables project developers to purchase the electricity to be generated from four new solar power projects in Indiana.

Phase-Out of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050 Technically, Economically Feasible

Completely phasing out net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 is not only technically feasible, but could be done at very manageable cost, according to a comprehensive study by Ecofys for the Global Call for Climate Action. “It is technically and economically feasible to reduce emissions to zero for roughly 90% of current sources of GHG emissions with technological options…

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Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

The Water-Energy Nexus in a Climate-Changed World

Editor’s note: This post is a finalist in Masdar’s Engage blogging contest as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. Special thanks to Tim Hurst and Nick Aster.  The water-energy nexus – the fundamental connection between water and energy – may not seem an overly complex concept to initially grasp – and yet its implications are not fully understood in our industrial, resource-strained, climate-changed world. The fact…

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Video Friday: Rocky Mountain Institute Year in Review

Co-founded by Amory Lovins in 1982, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is a non-profit “think-and-do-tank” focused on resource and energy efficiency. RMI seeks to find solutions to drive our transition from fossil-fuels to a new energy economy. Working in transportation, energy, buildings and industry, RMI is a leader in “out-of-the-box” innovation and transformative pragmatism. RMI celebrates its 30th anniversary and summarizes…

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