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Will Florida Voters Go Big for Solar? 30.8.2016 Mother Jones
Most influential ballot initiatives won't be decided until November, but Florida has an important vote on solar power just this week. On Tuesday, Sunshine State voters will head to the polls for the state's primaries, and to vote on Amendment 4, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. If approved, it would make solar and renewable energy equipment on commercial buildings exempt from property taxes. It would also get rid of certain personal property taxes on solar equipment. Residential properties are already exempt from similar solar taxes thanks to a 2008 voter-approved amendment. The new tax breaks would go into effect for 20 years starting in 2018, and advocates hope it could push big-box stores like Walmart to cover their buildings with panels. "This is huge, this amendment on Tuesday," says Jim Fenton, Director of the Florida Energy Center at the University of Central Florida. "You may see the floodgates going up." According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Florida has the ...
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Energy storage is taking on a greater role in the power grid. But how big can it get? 29.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In a fast-developing industry teeming with technologies that promise to be the next big thing, energy storage appears to be the biggest.

Its supporters not only sing its praises but also tout what they say is its inevitability.

“We’re going to have 10 times as much energy storage on the grid by...

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Lyft’s Logan Green driven to make the world greener, cleaner 29.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Green runs a company that plans to do away with car ownership, first by getting commuters to share rides, then eventually by having fleets of self-driving cars offer carpools at a the tap of a button.
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At giant NRG, turning to clean power proved a messy business 27.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

A power-hungry nation needs to change the way it is fueled, but NRG’s recent history shows that being an industry pioneer is fraught with risks.
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Corporations turn to their own green energy sources 27.8.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
The words are stenciled on the front of the Apple Store, a glass box sandwiched between a nondescript Thai restaurant and a CVS pharmacy in downtown Palo Alto: “This store runs on 100 percent renewable energy.” If Apple’s plans play out, it will be able to make that claim not only for its operations throughout California but also beyond, as the company aims to meet its growing needs for electricity with green sources like solar, wind and hydroelectric power. Like other big companies before it, including Walmart and Google, Apple recently received a federal designation for its energy subsidiary that allows it to become a wholesale seller of electricity from coast to coast. [...] like a growing number of corporations, Apple is intent on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity production — one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. In one ambitious venture, Apple has contracted with First Solar to begin buying a little less than half of the power later ...
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Eco oasis or green ghost town? 26.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
In 2006, plans were announced for the world's first carbon-neutral city.
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Tesla’s Model S Now Does an Even Loonier 60 MPH in 2.5 Seconds 24.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
Tesla’s Model S Now Does an Even Loonier 60 MPH in 2.5 Seconds
Tesla Motors announced today that the new Model S P100D model will hit 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, thanks to a bigger, 100-kWh battery. The post Tesla’s Model S Now Does an Even Loonier 60 MPH in 2.5 Seconds appeared first on WIRED.
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Unconventional homes may not qualify for conventional loans 20.8.2016 Durango Herald
A 2016 report by the U.S. Green Building Council anticipates that more than 6 in 10 building projects will be sustainable by 2018, and by 2019, green building materials are expected to be a $234 billion market. The report, which polled more than 70 countries, indicates that the demand for energy-efficient buildings worldwide continues to...
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Real-life repercussions confront lawmakers haggling over cap-and-trade program's future 17.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
For more than two decades, Dianne Franklin's logging business hummed in harmony with the power plant next door.  Her employees cut and processed trees from the forests surrounding Mt. Shasta and sent biomass waste - giant mounds of wood chips - to her neighbor, which burned up the byproducts to...
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Bloated police station with everything pleases no one 17.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Seattle’s proposed new police station isn’t a bunker. It’s a boondoggle — designed that way to try to placate some of the same groups that are now protesting it.
Land use plan for California desert turns frequent allies into foes 16.8.2016 Washington Post
Though typically united behind conservation causes, solar-energy advocates and environmentalists have split over a plan to divide up the desert’s public lands between renewable energy and conservation areas.
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Who owns the wind? We do, Wyoming says, and it's taxing those who use it 14.8.2016 LA Times: Nation

Not long after it became clear that the robust winds that blow down from the Rocky Mountains and across the sea of sagebrush here could produce plenty of profit in a world that wants more renewable energy, some of the more expansive minds in the Wyoming Legislature began entertaining a lofty question:

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Carbon-tax initiative backers press campaign despite green opposition 14.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Carbon Washington campaigners seek to persuade voters to embrace Initiative 732, which would implement a carbon tax with the goal of driving down fossil-fuel use. But the state’s environmental community is divided.
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Lyft CEO Logan Green has a plan that's far bigger than ride-hailing 12.8.2016 L.A. Times - Technology News
Logan Green applied for his first job out of college by submitting a resume and a document titled "Logan's Life Plan."  It was a grandiose heading, especially for a 22-year-old angling for what was a junior role as sustainability coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. But the plan itself was more wonkish...
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Colorado Group Realty's Parade of Homes returns Saturday 10.8.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Colorado Group Realty’s 10th annual Parade of Homes event, a fundraiser benefitting Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Parade-goers can tour six high-end homes, as well as the new site for the STARS Ranch, and each attendee can vote on their pick for the realty group’s Routt County Home of the Year. What: Parade of Homes When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 Where: Self-guided tour of homes in and near Steamboat Springs Tickets: $25, or $35 to ride the Storm Mountain Express shuttle. Leaves at 11 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person for a self-guided tour, or $35 to ride on the Storm Mountain Express shuttle, and can be purchased online or at the Colorado Group Realty downtown office, 509 Lincoln Ave. “Each of the homes are spectacular in their own way,” said Marci Valicenti, a broker and owner with Colorado Group Realty and member of the committee that reviewed the parade homes. “Some of them are on acreage and some are on city parcels.” One of the more rural ...
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Can Tesla go from sexy car company to clean energy empire? 6.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If you're wondering about Elon Musk's latest vision for Tesla, think Apple.

Apple succeeded in turning a bland market for electronic devices into a coveted and connected lifestyle where your phone, your tablet, your computer, your watch and your television can all be bought in one place and work...

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Facebook opens hardware lab, a sign of its rising ambitions 6.8.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
Facebook built its fortune on the Internet, that nonphysical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. [...] deep inside its Menlo Park headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods. Rather, it’s where engineers will be working on some of the high-tech gadgetry needed for the company’s long-term plans to connect people through smart devices, virtual-reality headsets and high-flying drones that deliver Internet signals via laser to remote parts of the world. [...] like Google’s celebrated X lab, where the search giant pursues moonshot projects like self-driving cars, Facebook’s new research facility demonstrates that leading tech companies are rarely content to keep doing the same thing. The lab will be a space for engineers to design energy-efficient servers for Facebook data centers, test new laser mounts and drone propellers and perfect a prototype 360-degree video camera that Facebook unveiled ...
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Tiny high-performance solar cells go sideways to generate power 4.8.2016 New Kerala: Technology
Washington D.C, Aug 4 : A team of researchers has come up with high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices by making sideways swipes.
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Facebook opens a hardware lab, signaling broader ambitions 3.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Facebook Inc. built its fortune on the Internet, that nonphysical space where people share updates and digital videos with one another. But deep inside its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical...

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Inside the Mind of Werner Herzog, Luddite Master of the Internet 27.7.2016 Wired Top Stories
Inside the Mind of Werner Herzog, Luddite Master of the Internet
What happens when the legendary German director is hired to make a promotional film about the Internet? You get a true document of the modern age. The post Inside the Mind of Werner Herzog, Luddite Master of the Internet appeared first on WIRED.
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