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Climate Change puts California hydroelectricity production in danger

Climate change is seen to adversely affect the quantity and timing of water flow in California, and the country's hydropower production, according to a report from the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Energy Commission. The report, led by University of California, Riverside scientist Kaveh Madani, shows that the state would receive less precipitation due to the changing climate,

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Chicago’s gasification project to create 2,000 jobs, $1 billion in power savings

A $3 billion gasification project in Chicago’s Southeast side will result in more than $10 billion in economic output for the state of Illinois and 2,000 in new jobs. The Chicago Clean Energy project is a gasification facility that will produce substitute natural gas from coal and petroleum coke that can be used in stoves, dryers and furnaces for heat and power.

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U.S. carbon emissions reach lowest level since 1992 - report

As of the first quarter of 2012, the carbon emissions of the United States dropped to its lowest since 1992, according to a recent report released by its Energy Information Administration.Overall emissions from the country’s energy consumption were at 1.34 million metric tons this period, marking decline by nearly 8 percent from the same period last year.

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Dual Power locomotive makes first run in New Jersey

A dual power locomotive that can run on both diesel power and electric power has been delivered in New Jersey. Transportation engineering firm STV is working with New Jersey Transit to conserve fuel and reduce emissions through the use of the ALP-45DP from German company Bombardier. The ALP-45DP is the first locomotive in the United States to be powered by two modes.

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Every state has potential for R.E. generation – NREL

Every state in the United States has available location and resources for generating clean energy according to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. NREL took a look at the achievable energy generation each state could have given resource availability, topographic limitations and environmental and land-use constraints of each locality.

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Bicycle repair, chemical-free house cleaning determines ‘eco-friendliness’

The United States, the world’s second largest carbon emitter, had been pressed to make efforts to minimize their climatic impact. With this, Americans are now becoming more environmentally conscious with their daily living, especially the ones in the urban areas, and this idea leads to the growing need for “green” services across the country.

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U.S. releases ‘roadmap’ for solar development in public lands

The United States Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior will release a “roadmap” for solar energy development in public lands, which will push for the creation of utility-scale solar energy on public lands throughout the west. Called the “Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement,” the guiding document will cover six southwestern states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

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NRG and GenOn announce merger

American energy companies NRG Energy, Inc. and GenOn Energy, Inc. are merging to create the largest competitive generator in the United States. The merger will give both companies around 47,000 megawatts in asset concentrations in the East, Gulf Coast and West and a combined enterprise value of $18 billion. According to a Reuters report,

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U.S. needs more R.E. to meet next decade’s energy challenges – Frost & Sullivan

The United States’ increasing need for energy will drive growth in the renewable energy sector as well as energy-efficient technologies and improvements to the national grid. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan sees U.S. energy consumption increasing by 7.3 percent during a 10-year period over 2010 levels. To meet this need, the market will witness strong growth in renewable technologies with solar and wind power representing more than 40 percent of electricity generation capacity by 2020, the analyst thinks.

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Brownfield in Massachusetts to generate money by producing solar power

A 15-acre brownfield outside the town of Canton in Massachusetts is getting a second lease in life as a solar power project that will generate around $16.3 million in revenue. The projects such as the one in Canton effectively revitalize abandoned, underused industrial areas and convert them into economically productive, clean power generating sites.

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