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How many people actually work in the growing #renewableenergy field? Check out this article, where experts lay out the facts and figures.
A 2013 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found 3.4 million green jobs in the United States at the end of 2011. This is the latest data available from BLS, due to the elimination of its Green Careers program. On March 1, 2013, the across-the board spending cuts referred to as sequestra
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US Wind won an 80,000-acre parcel off the coast of Maryland with an $8.7 million bid. The land is estimated to have more than 1.4 GW of #offshorewind  capacity.
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its third auction of offshore wind leases yesterday, this time for prime U.S. federal waters off the coast of Maryland. Italian renewable energy company US Wind Inc. won the 80,000-acre parcel with an $8.7 million bid, well above previous auctio
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great news to this eastern shore resident, if perhaps a long time in arriving
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A new report finds that Germany has made costly mistakes in its transition to #renewableenergy, and suggests that the U.S. should heed warnings when developing its own energy future.
While Germany is often lauded for its Energiewende, a new report released by Zurich-based Finadvice for the Edison Electric Institute explains the consequences of its transition, which include high electricity prices, subsidy debts, grid instability, and costly grid upgrades.
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I think that the US and other countries should certainly heed the lessons learned by Germany in their efforts to be at the forefront of renewable energy.  I would suggest that it is nearly impossible to make a sudden large change in energy use without some mistakes.  One only needs to look at the huge mistake made when the world quickly adopted fossil fuels as our main energy source back in the late 1800s through early 1900s to see how easy it is to not take all factors into consideration when making such a huge change.

Germany is one of the few countries on earth with an economy strong enough that they can afford to make mistakes, so they took the risk.  I don't think that there mistake was in making the push to renewable energy, just not fully thinking through the repercussions of some of the details of how they went about it.  If Russia does stop natural gas sales to the EU, Germany may be very thankful that they took the risk, even with the mistakes.
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Both the public and private sectors have been working together to make #solar  PV systems installation faster, easier, and less expensive — like a household appliance. 
Can you imagine installing a photovoltaic (PV) solar system on the roof as easily as installing a television system in your living room? There would be no special tools, better yet, no electrical or structural permit applications and driving down and wait at your city’s planning department.
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A new report details the extreme measure that the fossil-fuel industry has taken to attack #cleanenergy.
Fossil fuel-funded front groups repeatedly spread disinformation on renewable energy standard and net metering policies in an effort to overturn pro-clean energy laws in 2013 and 2014.
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U.S. farmers are exploring the use of energy beets to produce ethanol. Requiring less water and containing more sugar than corn, they could be just what the market needs. #biofuel  
Corn remains the undisputed ethanol king. But a growing number of U.S. sugar beet farmers, in part, exasperated by the heavily-regulated sugar industry, are now hoping to give corn a run for its bioenergy money.
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Bird strikes are a familiar issue for many industries and now that large concentrating solar power plants are coming online, the #solar industry is beginning to take preventative action.
In the aviation industry alone, there have been over 117,000 bird strikes in the 20 years from 1990 and 2010, according to the FAA. These pose a flight risk to pilots and passengers on planes. In the 1980s, attempting to prevent bird strikes at JFK Airport, the USDA killed 28,000 gulls.
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I was involved with bird impact with aircraft deterrence during my time as a USAF pilot. Though there are many techniques, from bright lights and loud sounds, to shotguns and poison, none of these work particularly well. But much more to the point is the fact that trying to keep birds away from airplanes is inherently a very different issue than keeping birds a way from concentrating solar plants or wind mills.

In the case of windmills and concentrating solar plants we want to keep birds away to save the birds, not the solar or wind installation. In the case of bird strikes on aircraft the bigger issue is protecting the plane and passengers. A fried bird at a concentrating solar plant is bad for the bird but does nothing to the power plant. Likewise, it is rare that a bird impact on a wind turbine will do substantial damage to the turbine, but it is likely to kill the bird. A bird impact on a high speed aircraft, which includes virtually all commercial and military aircraft, can do tremendous damage, up to and including total loss of the aircraft (and loss of life). 
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We want your feedback for the next issue of Renewable Energy World magazine.

Many of you have seen the campaign for #Solar Roadways that has been making it's way around the internet lately. While exciting, many have expressed doubts about this technology. Do you think Solar Roadways are viable? Why? 

Leave your answer in the comments below. We appreciate your participation!
Four years ago, Scott and Julie Brusaw announced their provocative concept of "Solar Roadways," a system of modular ‘pavement’ solar panels that could be installed directly onto roads, parking lots, driveways, bike paths, and “literally any surface under the sun.&quo
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+Dwell Development  You are suggesting every idea that anyone comes up with be developed until someone conclusively proves it cannot work?  Though there is always a chance that we could miss out on some fantastic progress by supporting every idea, regardless of it's likelihood of being successful, the more likely outcome is a massive dilution of effort and resources so that we accomplish nothing.  If we are talking about a hobby, something that just makes the people involved happy (like building model boats or knitting scarves for Christmas presents) then the cost and effort are irrelevant, but when we are looking at how resources should be applied to solving important problems then we must be selective.

I see no inherent impossible to solve problem in this project but I do see it as a much more expensive way to build a road or to make energy.  It doesn't seem to me that this idea has much chance of actually achieving any of it's goals.
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The government hopes to encourage innovative #renewableenergy and energy efficient projects with $4 billion in loan guarantees targeted at grid integration, #energystorage, #bioenergy and #energyefficiency.
In an effort to seek out and give financial help to innovative technologies that reduce energy use and encourage the uptake of renewable energy, the U.S. government last week announced that it was making $4 billion available in loan guarantees. The money, which is provided by the Loan Program Office
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Sunpower CEO Tom Werner says the #energystorage industry should prepare to face the same boom, bust, stabilization path that solar experienced throughout the last seven years. But if the industry is smart, it will survive and flourish together with #solar.
The atmosphere was electric at the 2014 Energy Storage Association Conference keynote in Washington D.C. last night. Attendees were eager to explore the burgeoning storage industry that has gained significant momentum in the past year. The conference itself has grown more than six-fold from its nasc
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Check out Scott Sklar's response to a recent report that stated burning #biomass is dirtier than burning coal. 
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The fact that concentrating #solar power plants can be coupled with energy #storage and thereby dispatch power in a more uniform way makes them attractive to utilities. However, questions remain about their long-term financial outlook.
Pragmatic discussions about the financial viability of concentrated solar power (CSP) abound. The oft-dismissed redheaded step child of the solar industry, CSP’s relegation to the recycle heap of history is seen by many to be a foregone conclusion due to its inherently high cost. But is CSP de
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