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File:Frances Brundage schwarze Katze.jpgA new study released by HealthyStuff.org found elevated levels of toxic chemicals in popular Halloween costumes, accessories and even “trick or treat” bags.  Dangerous chemicals like phthalates, flame retardants, vinyl (PVC) plastic, organotins, and even lead.

TAKE ACTION: Tell big retailers – our children deserve a safe toxic-free Halloween.

They tested 106 types of Halloween gear for chemicals linked to asthma, birth defects, learning disabilities, reproductive problems, liver toxicity and cancer.  The products were purchased from top national retailers including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

These chemicals have no place in products for our little ones. Big retailers can do better.  In fact the new testing also shows that many Halloween products do not contain dangerous substances, proving that safer products can be made.

Join us and send a message to retailers today. It’s time they “Mind the Store” and get these toxic chemicals out of products once and for all.

Act Now!

Sincerely,

Mike Schade, Mind the Store Campaign Director

Safer Chemicals Healthy Families

P.S. Looking for more information on this new study? Check out our latest blog!

From Renewable Energy Vermont

REV_Logo_SmDear REV Members,

As part of Green Mountain Power’s drive to provide greater energy benefits to their customers, encourage more solar development in the Non-Profit sector, help create jobs, and invigorate the local economy, Green Mountain Power is offering eight $20,000 grants for non-profit groups interested in developing solar energy in GMP territory.  This grant could pay for up to 50% of the cost of some projects, but groups with additional funding resources that would allow for larger, higher-impact projects arae strongly encouraged to apply. This contest is being held in cooperation with Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) and the Vermont Small Scale Renewable Energy Incenvtive Program (SSREIP), which includes dozens of solar companies that can work with you to develop project plans and help complete the GMP and SSREIP grant applications and net metering application. Organizations may work with any SSREIP partner of their choosing. A list of REV partner installers is available here.

Projects will be selected based on completed applications (available here) and the following criteria:

  • Overall impact to publicly promote renewable energy
  • Ease of electric system integration (Location on the Grid)
  • Impact of project on applicant’s organization and their community
  • Other sources of funding to leverage a larger project

Read the official letter and application form. These documents can also be found on the RFP page of our website:www.revermont.org/rfps.  If you have any questions, please contact: David Dunn at the GMP Energy Innovation Center at 802-353-1456.

Applications are due November 28 at 5pm. All projects must be completed by August 31, 2015 or forfeit their grant award. Winners will be notified by December 12, 2014. Send Applications via email or snail mail to David Dunn:

Green Mountain Power
Attn: David Dunn
Energy Innovation Center
68 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701

We encourage you to reach out to a REV member today and apply as soon as possible.

Best,

Renewable Energy Vermont
PO Box 1036
Montpelier, VT 05601

October 30 Green Energy News

Thoughts on Science and Technology:

  • “Wind Power Is Cheaper, More Reliable, Than Natural Gas” There is a lesson to be learned from the debate in Australia and the analysis it produces: Not only is traditional fossil generation intermittent – and dangerously so – but the intermittency of some renewables is simply not a problem. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • British energy regulator Ofgem announced Monday its plans to allow £1.1 billion in funding for a new subsea transmission link in the north of Scotland to connect 1.2 GW of renewables capacity to the grid. The plan calls for a new subsea cable to be installed under the Moray Firth with completion expected in 2018. [CleanTechnica]
  • A 10-MW canal top solar power plant has been installed in the Indian city of Vadodara, over a Narmada river canal branch. The total capital cost of the system has been about $15 million. The same engineering firm that managed design and construction provide operation and maintenance for 25 years for $1.6 million. [CleanTechnica]
  • Siemens Canada Limited has confirmed an agreement to supply turbines to Suncor Energy’s 100-MW Cedar Point wind farm in OntarioThe manufacturer will deliver and install 46 SWT 2.3-MW 113 direct drive turbines to the project. The deal includes a two-year service and maintenance agreement. [reNews]
  • JinkoSolar announced that it will supply 19 MW of solar modules for a PV project in Chile’s Atacama Desert region, which has one of the highest irradiation levels in the world. The 19 MW solar power plant is expected to generate about 50,000 MWh of electricity annually, about what 30,000 local households use. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Germany can expect to see its greenhouse gas emissions fall this year as a result of a drop in energy demand and increased renewables investment, according to researchers at AG Energiebilanzen. They predicted that energy consumption in 2014 in Germany will be at its lowest since the country’s reunification in 1990. [Business Green]
  • Germany is considering removing some of its coal plant capacity as part of a raft of new policies to help meet greenhouse gas emissions goals. On 3 December, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet is to decide on a programme that is likely to include steps to boost energy efficiency and possibly reduce coal generation. [EurActiv]

US:

  • Xcel said last week that it has made deals with three energy developers to build as many as three huge solar power farms in Minnesota, which could result in almost 200 MW of new power coming online by 2016. Xcel is the biggest power company in Minnesota, with 1.2 million customers. [Hydrogen Fuel News]
  • The future of rooftop solar energy in Louisiana could hang in the balance in the November 4 election race.  The chairman of the  Public Service Commission is a favorite of utility companies, which give his campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars. His opponent is a renewable energy advocate. [Alexandria Town Talk]
  • Rooftop solar PV systems have reached grid parity – which means it costs the same or less than getting electricity from the power grid – in 10 US states. According to the latest report of the solar energy analyst at Deutsche Bank, by 2016, solar rooftop will reach grid parity in all 50 US states. [Treehugger]

October 29 Green Energy News

Words to Remember:

  • “Every­thing is im­pos­sible until it is done,” says an official of the German region of Rhein-Hunsruck. The district uses wind, sol­ar, bio­mass and hy­dro sup­ply 177% of its elec­tri­city, and sells the sur­plus. C02 emis­sions have fall­en by 64% since 1990 and the economy has $50 million per year more than it had. [Edmonton Journal]

Science and Technology:

  • A draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Synthesis report warns of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts. To keep the temperature from rising above the 2° threshold, net global emissions of carbon must drop 40-70% by 2050, hitting zero by the end of the century. [International Business Times UK]

World:

  • The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia. The low bids were below $0.09/kWh, at a price at which coal imports are not economically viable. [RenewEconomy]
  • China is on course this year to build four times the total wind power installed in all of Denmark as developers push to build the turbines ahead of cuts to incentives originally designed to spur the industry. The nation may add as much as 20 gigawatts of wind power in 2014 and maintain that pace next year. [Businessweek]
  • While home owners in regional locations of Australia often make a choice to go off-grid, particularly those who have to pay a high connection fee for new homes, it is becoming increasingly clear that taking some towns and villages off the grid may also be a better solution. [CleanTechnica]
  • Poor nations are adding capacity from renewable energy projects at nearly twice the rate of developed countries, a new interactive report found. The surge reflects the economic advantage that cleaner technologies have in emerging markets with expanding populations and economies. [International Business Times]
  • Europe is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 24% by 2020 from 1990 levels, four percentage points higher than its goal, the European Environment Agency reported. The bloc was also on its way to meet the target of having renewable sources account for at least 20% of energy needs by 2020. [Channel News Asia]
  • With increasing integration of wind power and conversion of CHP plants to use biomass, around 71% of Denmark’s electricity supply will be renewable by 2020, compared to 43% in 2012. Denmark is also close to meeting the Danish national targets of reducing carbon emissions by 40% by 2020. [Copenhagen Capacity]

US:

  • The Post Carbon Institute has released a report, “Drilling Deeper,” which examines Energy Information Administration’s forecasts for 12 shale plays that  together cover 82% of tight oil and 88% of shale gas production. It says the EIA is almost certainly overstating the amount of oil the plays can produce. [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable energy sources accounted for 40.61% of all new US electrical generating capacity put in service during the first three quarters of this year, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Only natural gas provided more new generating capacity. [North American Windpower]
  • NRG Energy and MGM Resorts International announced that the world’s largest rooftop PV array on top of a convention center has been successfully completed. The 6.4 MW installation covers an area of 8.1 hectares on top of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, generating enough energy for over 1,000 US homes. [PV-Tech]
  • September was the biggest month ever for Tucson Electric Power’s Renewable Energy Department. Over 500 applications for new solar connections came in and October seems to be keeping apace. What’s driving this surge? Better financing options for consumers and better information. [Arizona Daily Star]
  • Utilities see themselves losing ground to new competitors as the US strives to significantly expand and strengthen its electrical grid, according to a Mortenson Construction survey of utility executives, engineers, and suppliers at the 2014 IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference. [PR Web]
  • New Jersey’s Public Service Electric and Gas Company has started construction of its largest solar project to date, an 11.18-MW project atop the closed Kinsley Landfill. Kinsley is the utility’s third project to transform the state’s landfill space into solar farms under the Solar 4 All initiative. [reNews]

October 28 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new policymaking tool to discern the most efficient and effective means within the multiple choices and better enable the shift to renewable energy has been developed by researchers at the University of California–Berkeley. It facilitates assessment of economic and environmental implications of policies. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • Laos plans to quadruple its hydropower generation capacity from current levels by the end of the decade and step up electricity exports to its neighbouring countries, its vice minister of energy and mines said on Tuesday. Laos is among Asia’s poorest countries but has big ambitions to become the “Battery of Southeast Asia.” [Daily Mail]
  • The UK’s Department of Communities and Local Government has upheld the resolution to grant planning permission for a six turbine wind farm near Carlisle. The city council had granted permission, but was appealed. Now, assuming no legal challenge in a six-week period, the project will begin construction in 2015. [BQ Live]
  • New data highlights the catastrophe of the Australian Coalition government’s campaign against renewable energy. In a period when possibly 1,000 MW of solar projects should have been commissioned, just 10 MW of solar projects have been committed in 2014, almost one third of them on IKEA’s rooftops. [RenewEconomy]
  • GE announced it will supply equipment and procurement contractor HydroChina and wind farm customer Sapphire with 33 GE 1.5-82.5 wind turbines for the Sapphire Wind Power farm in the southeastern Pakistani province of Sindh, located outside the provincial capital of Karachi. [The Nation]
  • The growth rate of wind farms and solar plants in China, India and an array of smaller developing countries is starting to outpace that in many of the world’s richest nations. Wind and solar equipment manufacturers are helping drive a major shift to green energy, a year-long study of developing countries’ energy use suggests. [Financial Times]
  • Wind capacity could increase nearly seven-fold by 2030, reaching a total of more than 2000 GW and meeting almost 20% of electricity demand, according to a new report, the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014. It says that while growth has been flat at about 40 GW per year, conditions are likely to improve. [Business Spectator]
  • A new political party has been established which supports the current Renewable Energy Target and seeks to increase Australia’s emission targets. The Australian Progressive Party seeks to provide certainty for an industry currently suffering from the “inconsistency and short-sightedness” of successive governments. [Climate Control News]
  • The state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany is investing in electricity storage by developing a 30 MW lithium-ion battery there. It will be built by SK Innovation Co Ltd, a South Korean company. About €9 billion have been invested in solar power infrastructure in Saxony-Anhalt since 1991. [CleanTechnica]

US:

  • UC Merced leaders say the campus could be completely powered through renewable energy by the end of 2016, sooner than originally planned. The campus already gets about 15% of its power from its solar panels, and will get 60 percent from a Fresno County solar site in the next couple of years. [Merced Sun-Star]
  • A new Alevo factory in Concord, North Carolina will produce shipping containers loaded with Alevo batteries to provide 2 MW of power (1 MWh of energy) to be attached to grids at strategic locations. These units will also provide a range of services to deliver efficiencies and eliminate waste. [Renewable Energy Focus]
  • Broken Bow II, a 75-MW wind farm developed by Sempra U.S. Gas & Power Co, in central Nebraska, was dedicated Monday. The farm’s 43 turbines generate enough power for about 30,000 homes. Nebraska Public Power District has bought all of the wind farm’s electricity under a 25-year contract. [Lincoln Journal Star]
  • The states of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont and the Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota filed separate appeals to challenge the NRC’s review on nuclear storage. They contend that federal officials did not conduct a thorough analysis of the long-term risks of dry-cask storage. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

October 27 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • The risk of severe winters in Europe and northern Asia has been doubled by global warming, according to new research. The counter-intuitive finding is the result of climate change melting the Arctic ice cap and causing new wind patterns that push freezing air and snow southwards. [The Guardian]

World:

  • A2Sea has installed the first turbine at Dong Energy’s Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The Sea Installer erected the first of 78 Siemens 3.6 MW machines on 25 October. The wind farm has a total capacity of 312 MW. It is planned to be fully commissioned in the first half of 2015. [reNews]
  • The chief executive of the UK’s £3.8 billion Green Investment Bank says that after months of uncertainty over support for renewable energy, confirmation of contracts for major offshore wind schemes and clarity around the Renewable Obligation support scheme should ensure projects could move forward. [Business Green]
  • Cruise ships now have a green alternative when they dock at the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is a new shore power system that lets vessels plug in. The shore power jib lets ships shut down their auxiliary engines and connect to the electrical grid while docked. This shore power project is the first of its kind on the East Coast. [Globalnews.ca]

US:

  • Over a dozen solar businesses in Ohio have sent a letter to the White House backing the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. One organizer with Environment Ohio says leaders need to reverse the freeze on the state’s renewable-energy standards and strengthen clean-energy laws to make the plan work. [Public News Service]
  • The Board of Public Utilities of New Jersey wants to award up to $3 million to energy-storage projects, a policy officials say could help government, commercial, and industrial facilities have a backup power source in the event the traditional power grid fails during an extreme storm. [NJ Spotlight]
  • There has been some movement to apply pressure to Georgia Power to adopt more solar. Georgia is a conservative state, so there has been a resistance to disrupting the main utilities’ reliance on fossil fuels. However, the dramatic drop in solar power prices has made even a resistant utility begin to embrace it more. [CleanTechnica]
  • The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This move to reduce energy use and generate energy from renewable sources is the Interior Department’s largest so far. [National Parks Traveler]
  • Speaking last week at a conference hosted by Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy says the US has arrived at a pivotal moment in its pursuit of clean energy, a time on par with the very creation of the EPA almost 44 years ago. [Agri-Pulse]
  • Solar giant SunEdison made several announcements last week in relation to major solar energy projects in California, as it completes major phases of project development. To date, the company has completed 382 projects in California in total, adding more than 489 MW of solar capacity in the state. [Energy Matters]
  • Wärtsilä will supply a 50 MW Smart Power Generation power plant to Hawaiian Electric Company on the island of Oahu. The plant will help enable the integration of more solar PV generation on the island by providing backup power as needed. Wärtsilä is based in Helsinki, Finland. [FINNBAY]

October 26 Green Energy News

World:

  • According to data published by the China Coal Resource, China’s coal use has dropped this year by 1.28%, a downward trend started in the second quarter of 2014 and continued in the third. This, despite the fact that electricity consumption has actually increased by 4% over the year to date. [CleanTechnica]
  • In Germany, the tiny village of Feldheim is at the renewable energy movement’s vanguard. The hamlet was Germany’s first to leave the national grid, using 100% local, alternative energy. It has an excess of electricity from wind and solar, which it sells, and uses methane from a bio-digester for heat. [The Local.de]
  • Australian Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says the government hasn’t walked away from a 20% renewable energy target, but a drop in power consumption has required a “recalibration”. The government wants to adjust the RET to a “real 20%”, in effect slashing it from 41,000 GWh to about 27,000 GWh. [Yahoo!7 News]
  • Korea’s Ulleung Island, with a population of 10,000, will be energy independent through using renewable energy sources from 2020, according to its governor. The governor took Samsø Island in Denmark as an example. In Samsø, 100% of the electricity comes from wind power. [Korea Times]
  • In India, Rajasthan-based solar EPC firm Rays Power Experts plans to invest Rs 200 crore ($327 million) for developing independent solar power parks across the country and eyes Rs 1,000 crore ($1.635 billion) by FY ’16. The company expects to have 400 MW of operational capacity by FY ’16. [Economic Times]
  • Solar Impulse representatives have arrived in Abu Dhabi to meet with local authorities in preparation for the plane’s arrival in January. The plane’s historic flight around the world, entirely on solar power, is scheduled to take off from Abu Dhabi next March. Pilots of the Solar Impulse 2 will conduct test flights in the meantime. [Emirates 24/7]
  • The intensified demand for electricity from renewable sources has kick-started the hydropower development into a new era: An unprecedented number of dams for electricity production is currently under construction or planned worldwide. However, the boom will affect some of the most important sites for freshwater biodiversity. [AZoCleantech]

US:

  • OneEnergy Renewables and Constellation announced the development of a 4.3 MW solar electric project on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The is part of an electricity supply agreement between Constellation and the National Aquarium, which will receive about 40% of its power from the project. [AZoCleantech]
  • DTE Biomass Energy today celebrated the completion of its 9.6-MW landfill gas-to-energy project at a landfill, which is owned and operated by Republic Services of North Carolina. Landfill gas at the site is used to generate renewable energy which is subsequently sold to Duke Energy Progress. [AZoCleantech]
  • Increasing numbers of Michigan homeowners are making an investment in renewable energy, especially as prices for the equipment come down and their electricity bills edge up, according to utility companies and solar proponents. Many want to act before the federal tax credit expires in 2016. [Detroit Free Press]

October 25 Green Energy News

Notable:

  • Rick Piltz passed away. He was a prominent whistleblower during the George W. Bush administration, leaking internal documents, showing that the administration was actively obscuring climate science. A White House staffer later admitted to editing reports to downplay effects of climate change. [Scientific American]

World:

  • Marks & Spencer is building the UK’s largest array of rooftop solar panels on a distribution center. Spread across 900,000 sq ft with more than 24,000 photovoltaic panels, the system will generate nearly enough energy to power the distribution center which handles all the goods M&S sells via its online store. [HITC]
  • Iran is planning to produce 5,000 MW of electricity in the next five years using renewable energy sources, an Iranian official says. Due to its geographical and geological position, Iran enjoys enormous potentials for production renewable energies, including geothermal, solar and wind power. [News.Az]
  • ABB is working with Vestas to provide rural communities in developing countries with affordable clean electricity. The two companies have announced plans to jointly deliver power technology and system integration solutions for remote off-grid and microgrid communities. [SmartMeters]
  • Mainstream Renewable Power has reached full commercial operation at the 46-MW Oldman 2 wind project in Alberta. The Irish developer erected 20 Siemens 2.3-MW 101 turbines whose main components were manufactured in Kansas and Iowa. Oldman 2 is the third Alberta wind farm to come online this year. [reNews]

US:

  • The Ford Focus Electric 2015 edition is getting a significant price cut of about $6000, down to $29,995, according to recent reports – thus finally putting it on competitive terms with the market leader, the Nissan LEAF. This is actually the second price cut for the Ford Focus Electric, which debuted at $39,995 four years ago. [CleanTechnica]
  • The US Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. It is looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves to help with that goal, and has given the University of Washington an $8 million contract to develop marine renewable energy. [UW Today]
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville today released a request for proposals for a 25 MW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) renewable energy project at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The Redstone Arsenal project is a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement. [Greentech Media]
  • Xcel Energy Inc. said Friday that it has signed deals with three Minnesota energy developers to construct up to three giant fields of solar panels near the cities of North Branch, Marshall and Tracy by late 2016 to comply with a new state renewable energy mandate. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Kingdom Community Wind Meets State Sound Levels

New Summer Testing Report Analyzed 1640 Hours

COLCHESTER, VT – Green Mountain Power (GMP) today announced that the latest sound monitoring report finds Kingdom Community Wind continues to meet strict sound standards set by state regulators. The report, which analyzed 1640 hours of data, is part of an ongoing comprehensive compliance monitoring program and the results are filed with the Public Service Board.

“We are very pleased to share this information with Vermonters,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP’s spokesperson. “Kingdom Community Wind is a key part of helping to lower rates for customers by generating clean, reliable and cost-effective power. The project is part of the reason why we are lowering rates for customers at the same time other utilities in the region are seeking double digit rate increases.”

The testing follows guidelines set by the Vermont Public Service Board and was conducted at four separate locations near the wind project. In total, 1640 hours of data were collected from August 20, 2014 to September 9, 2014. Sound levels at all four monitoring stations were below levels set by regulators for the project. Green Mountain Power has recently taken steps to increase and expand sound monitoring at the site as part of its commitment to ensure that it continues to operate within standards.

“It is great to learn that GMP continues to operate Kingdom Community Wind so responsibly and I am not surprised that the wind plant continues to meet state sound standards,” said Richard Pion, chair of the Lowell selectboard. “I live near the plant and find it to be quieter than many of the other sounds near my home.”

October 24 Green Energy News

World:

  • European leaders agreed to cut carbon emissions by at least 40% by 2030, in a move that could pave the way for a global treaty on tackling climate change next year. The wording means that the target could be raised to 50% in the event an ambitious emissions reduction deal is agreed in Paris next year. [Business Green]
  • The United States has challenged the Japanese government over moves to ramp up exports of coal-fired power technology and to offer cheap loans to lure buyers, according to a U.S. source with direct knowledge of the matter. Japan’s shipments of the equipment soared to nearly $8 billion last year. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]
  • DuPont is part of a plan by the government of Macedonia to create a market for cellulosic ethanol in the Pelagonia region of that country. Ethanol Europe and DuPont will work toward building a market for the fuel in Europe, which would support a commercial-scale second-generation ethanol plant in Macedonia. [The News Journal]

US:

  • For years, the utilities responsible for providing electricity to the nation have treated residential solar systems as a threat. Now, they want a piece of the action, and they are having to fight for the chance. If utilities embrace home solar, their deep pockets and access to customers could be transformative. [Scientific American]
  • County ballot issues to ban fracking could have a large impact outside those counties. And the campaign money being spent on both sides – but primarily by big energy companies – shows how much is at stake. The highest profile and most contentious ban is the one on the ballot in Denton, Texas. [Resilience]
  • SunEdison, a leading solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services announced today that it has closed on construction financing. The funds will be used to construct the 26 MW DC Vega solar power plant located in Merced County, California. [AltEnergyMag]
  • Renewable energy experts Thursday credited Sonoma County with a leading role in the expanding green power industry, a sector combating climate change as it creates jobs – including economic growth fueled locally by one of the state’s first public electricity programs of its kind. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]
  • In its 2015 State Solar Panel Rankings Report, solar advocacy group Solar Power Rocks has graded states based on a complex set of criteria. New York and Massachusetts both get A+ grades, and Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont each get a solid A. The rest of the nation, despite less cloudy skies, is mostly not doing as well. [Mother Nature Network]
  • Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court upheld approval of the 39-MW Passadumkeag Mountain wind project by the Board of Environmental Protection after an appeal by a local opposition group. The court decision also clarified that the board has a broad power to review the decisions of state regulators. [reNews]
  • The Solar Community initiative is the first nationwide bulk solar purchase program launched to give homeowners easy access to more affordable, clean, renewable energy. The initiative presents a new approach to purchasing, financing and installing solar panels at a uniform discounted price to anyone in the US. [WebWire]
  • Wind energy is generating most of the dollars being invested in renewable energy in Michigan, according to a study released by the Pew Charitable Trust on Thursday, October 23. More than $2 billion was invested in renewable energy in the state between 2009 and 2013, according to the study. [The Ann Arbor News]
  • Since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, darkening swaths of the nation’s most densely populated state for days, a microgrid at Princeton University has emerged as a national example of how to keep power running for residents, emergency workers and crucial facilities when the next disaster strikes. [Princeton University]