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Turning a slate quarry green: 40 years of Centre for Alternative Technology 1.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Welsh hippies ushered in an era of sustainable living well before the world had woken up to climate change

Hippies in a slate quarry in Wales are celebrating four decades of green revolution this weekend, having transformed the character of a local town, pioneered new energy technologies and constructed a water-powered railway.

The Centre for Alternative Technology (Cat) near Machynlleth also created hundreds of jobs and a tourist attraction that draws in around 70,000 visitors a year.

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We’re Not Just Reducing Demand For Electricity—We’re Destroying It 31.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on Slate . The Wall Street Journal had a good front-page article this week about the challenges facing the nation’s utilities. For the longest time, electricity sales and consumption went hand in hand with economic growth. In the last several years, not so much. Electricity retail sales peaked at 3.77 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2008, dropped in 2008 and 2010, recovered a bit in 2011, and fell in each of the next two years. The 2013 total of 3.69 trillion kilowatt-hours was down 2 percent from 2008. The culprits are many: changes in the economy (less industry, more services), higher prices and low wages pushing people to cut usage, more people and companies generating their own electricity on their rooftops, and a renewed focus on efficiency. I’d add another factor, one that the Journal underplays: Utilities are confronting the prospect of significant and widespread demand ...
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Day in pictures 31.7.2014 Hindu: News
Images from India and around the world.
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Letter: Solar fee meant to protect coal 31.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) is asking the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC) for permission to add a monthly charge of $4.65 to those who have installed solar panels. These panels produce electricity using the sun as an energy source. Any surplus electricity generated is sold back to RMP, and the customer pays a monthly net energy charge. The utility claims this charge is needed to pay for maintenance on their grid and other capital expenses. But their real reason remains hidden. They do not wa...
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How to invest in renewable energy 30.7.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Financial Markets
You can now fit a wind or solar farm into your portfolio, even if your portfolio isn't exactly vast.
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REITs for renewables: Wind, solar farms are being put into new companies called yieldcos 30.7.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Caparo Group to diversify India operations 30.7.2014 Hindu: International
Steel product manufacturing conglomerate The Caparo Group, promoted by the India-born UK industrialist and parliamentarian Swraj Paul, is diversifying into new product manufacturing lines in India...
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Conservatives Say Obama Is Fighting A “War On Coal.” They’re Wrong. 30.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published on Grist . It is common for the coal industry and its conservative allies in politics and media to complain that President Obama is waging a "war on coal." It is certainly true that the share of American energy that comes from coal is declining. Obama doesn't actually deserve much of the credit for that. It's mostly due to the natural gas boom, helped along by the rise of solar and grassroots organizing efforts such as the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign. Still, Obama is trying to move the energy sector further away from coal in the years ahead through his proposed CO2 regulations for power plants. But coal extraction keeps chugging along, with much of the coal being exported to Asian countries that are hungry for energy to fuel their growing economies. And a lot of this mining is taking place on federal land. The Bureau of Land Management sells leases to coal companies at far below their market value, and even farther below the cost of their pollution on society. ...
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Commission hears debate over solar power fee 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
For Barry Goldwater Jr., a clean energy economy is arriving in the form of efficient, low-cost photovoltaics and utilities that fail to embrace this innovation risk “getting run over by the future.” But the former Republican California congressman contends Rocky Mountain Power and other utilities are flexing their monopoly power to stifle the expansion of rooftop solar to preserve an outdated business model. “If you tax something, you’re going to have less of it,” Goldwater said at a rally Tuesd...
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10 reasons to be hopeful that we will overcome climate change 30.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

From action in China and the US to falling solar costs and rising electric car sales, there is cause to be hopeful

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Arizona utility wants to install rooftop systems 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Phoenix • A major Arizona utility wants to install rooftop solar panels on thousands of homes for free. If approved by state regulators, the request filed Monday by Arizona Public Service Co. would allow the Phoenix-based company to partner with installers to put rooftop systems on 3,000 homes. The proposal would help the company satisfy the Arizona Corporation Commission’s mandates for renewable energy use, and the company said its proposal also would provide access to solar for consumers who ...
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Letter: Why charge fee for using less power? 30.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
The debate about a special fee for self-generation customers strikes me as very curious. Suppose that I purchased a typical home and then replaced light fixtures and appliances to reduce my electric usage. Would Rocky Mountain Power propose that I pay a special fee to compensate them for my reduced usage? Seems very unlikely. Why then would they expect me to pay this new fee if I install solar panels or any other self-generation technology to reduce my electric use? I fail to see any fundamenta...
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U's solar-car team riding on sunshine 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
Driving 1,700 miles from Austin, Texas, with only the sun for fuel, the U’s solar car team once again finished near the top.
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Minnesota solar car project combines hard work, fun 29.7.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Driving 1,700 miles from Austin, Texas, with only the sun for fuel, the U’s solar car team once again finished near the top.
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Utility experts say solar customers pose a burden 29.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Solar power generated on the roofs of utility customers doesn’t do much to reduce the need to produce electricity at centralized generating stations or ease pressure on Rocky Mountain Power’s electrical grid, according to testimony Monday before the Utah Public Service Commission. Experts for the major Utah utility made these claims to support its proposal to impose a $4.65 monthly “facilities charge” on net metered customers, the small but quickly growing number who generate their own power wi...
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Apple goes green with solar-powered data centres video 28.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Technology company Apple has installed 55,000 solar panels tracking the course of the sun from a 400,000 square metre field across the road from its data centre in Maiden, North Carolina, as part of its efforts to cut the environmental footprint of its cloud. Suzanne Goldenberg meets Lisa Jackson, the former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency and now Apple's front woman on green initiatives, to see how the company is cleaning up its act Continue reading...
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Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers the iCloud 28.7.2014 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The article was reported by the Guardian's Suzanne Goldenberg, and the video was produced by Climate Desk's James West. The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in charge of the company's environmental initiatives points out: the panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act. The company, which once drew fire from campaigners  for working conditions in China  and  heavy reliance on fossil fuels , is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy. After  converting all of its data centers to clean energy , the Guardian understands Apple is poised to use solar power to manufacture  sapphire screens for the iPhone 6 , at a factory in Arizona. And in a departure for its reputation for secretiveness, Apple is going out of its way to get credit for its green ...
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Is a fee for solar energy users a 'sun tax' or fair play? 28.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new 378-kilowatt system still produces more power than his family can use much of the year, and sends the surplus into the grid to power the neighbors’ lights, kitchens and air conditioners. The photovoltaic array greatly reduces their utility ...
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Is a fee for solar enegy users a 'sun tax' or fair play? 28.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new 378-kilowatt system still produces more power than his family can use much of the year, and sends the surplus into the grid to power the neighbors’ lights, kitchens and air conditioners. The photovoltaic array greatly reduces their utility ...
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Proposed Rocky Mountain Power fee: ‘Sun tax’ or fair play? 27.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Angled to the southeast, Stan Holmes’ home above the state Capitol has a great view of City Creek Canyon but a less optimal position for solar panels — they generate most of their electricity in the morning, not during afternoon surges in demand. But his new 378-kilowatt system still produces more power than his family can use much of the year, and sends the surplus into the grid to power the neighbors’ lights, kitchens and air conditioners. The photovoltaic array greatly reduces their utility ...
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