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Harnessing the sun 29.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
From a hillside along Moffat County Road 177 in Craig, it is clear who the big energy player is in the region. In 2015, 2.1 million tons of coal were recovered from the Trapper Mine, where a dragline could be seen removing dirt from the underlying coal seam. At the $1.2 billion Craig Station power plant, sitting on 1,120 acres, the capacity exists to produce 1,303 megawatts of power at any time. That is enough to power more than 200,000 homes. The two operations dwarf what lies between them at the community solar garden — a 577-kilowatt system that sits on four acres. Given how much land the solar garden uses, it would need to be 9,033 acres to produce as much power as the neighboring power plant. “That hillside is only going to produce so much (coal),” Yampa Valley Electric Association foreman John Cromer said while walking through the solar garden. “We have a lot to gain by being a part of a facility like this.” It is evident that some residents do not like the idea of green energy being produced in ...
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The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance 27.5.2016 Washington Post
The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance
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Local Briefs 24.5.2016 Durango Herald
Road closures announced for Iron Horse Bike ClassicThe 45th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic starts Saturday. For an added safety measure for participants and vehicles, U.S. Highway 550 from the Hampton Inn to County Road 203 in Hermosa will be limited to northbound vehicular traffic traveling in the...
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Incredible possibilities of 'invisible' wood 23.5.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park have created transparent wood. The material could revolutionize design concepts.
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Op-ed: Why a regional power market is good for Utah 22.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
We all like to save money and can agree that Utahns deserve clean, reliable and affordable electricity. Living in the West, we are fortunate to enjoy abundant renewable resources like wind and solar that are already being used to power our homes and businesses at increasingly lower costs. Wider use of these energy sources is good for consumers, our economy and our air quality. The good news is that Utahns can reap even more of these benefits if we take advantage of a new opportunity to participa...
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Green really is the new black as Big Oil gets a taste for renewables 21.5.2016 Guardian: Environment
Shell, Total, Statoil, even Exxon - they’re all at it. But are the recent moves into solar and wind power lip service, fashion, or a real shift away from fossil fuels? The world’s largest oil companies have in recent weeks announced a series of “green” investments – in wind farms, electric battery storage systems and carbon capture and storage (CCS). These unexpected moves come hot on the heels of revelations by Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest crude exporter, that it plans to sell off parts of its national oil company and diversify its economy away from petroleum. They also come in the aftermath of a United Nations climate change agreement and before annual general meetings for Shell and Exxon Mobil this week, meetings at which shareholders will demand that more be done to tackle climate ...
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Hawaii: Where to really get away from it all on the Big Island 20.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

If you want to stay way off the grid, check out this remote lodging on the Big Island. Kipuka, a collection of just four cottages, is tucked away in the village of Kapoho, near the island's eastern tip.

Owner Mark Frost built the eco-friendly cottages in 2014 and 2015. They’re made of bamboo, a...

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North Korea is building something other than nukes: architecture with some zing 20.5.2016 L.A. Times - World News

Soaring more than 50 stories, the new blue-and-white skyscraper at the top of Future Science Street cuts a Jetsons-like form. Its tower is crowned with a golden planet, and its sleek tiers of stacked oblong shapes call to mind a cartoon spaceport, ready to dock flying saucers. Down the block, two...

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California Continues to Make Big Strides on Solar 18.5.2016 American Prospect
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli A solar panel is installed on the roof of the Old Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento, California, Friday, October 16, 2015. California, the country’s solar energy pioneer, continues to lead the way in protections for solar consumers, thanks to a strong political and public consensus on the importance of renewable energy. A proposal working its way through the California State Assembly would curb the ability of municipal utilities to control net metering, a policy that allows consumers to sell surplus energy generated by rooftop solar systems back to the electric grid at retail rates. Last year, solar customers in the northern California town of Turlock saw their bills soar after the municipal utility, Turlock Irrigation District Water and Power, eliminated net metering entirely. The change priced some Turlock consumers out of solar altogether; the measure would prohibit these types of changes. The bill passed the State Assembly’s Utilities and Commerce ...
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Agrihoods take root: a housing trend rooted in agriculture 17.5.2016 AP National
DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?" asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood....
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Albuquerque weighs getting more solar power 17.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Albuquerque • New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming years, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council will consider a resolution at Monday evening’s meeting that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar by 2025. The proposal highlights the city’s lofty ranking for ove...
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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources 17.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources in the coming years, a movement that has swept cities from the U.S. and Canada to Germany. The Albuquerque City Council will consider a resolution at Monday […]
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Shell creates green energy division to invest in wind power 15.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page

Insiders say oil firm’s New Energies renewables arm could grow very big, but not for a decade or more

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, has established a separate division, New Energies, to invest in renewable and low-carbon power.

The move emerged days after experts at Chatham House warned international oil companies they must transform their business or face a “short, brutal” end within 10 years.

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Animas High seniors demonstrate learning in big ways 14.5.2016 Durango Herald
Many high school seniors are counting the days until they get their diplomas. But Animas High School students are putting in countless hours to complete their senior projects – and they’re loving every minute of it.“Technically, the second semester of senior year is worthless,” said Kyle Edmondson, a senior...
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Pershing Square's new design is flat and simple – and that's a good thing 14.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

On Thursday, Los Angeles got some good news. Pershing Square, the park at the heart of a revivifying downtown, has been handed over to Agence Ter, a French landscape architecture firm, for its next big makeover. The plan, which was chosen from among four finalists in the Pershing Square Renew design...

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India's Big Battle: Development Vs. Pollution 14.5.2016 NPR News
Indian cities are among the world's most polluted. And India is the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide. If it finds a sustainable way to develop, it could be a template for the rest of the world.
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U.S. proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half 13.5.2016 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade.The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is the major element of an...
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U.S. proposes to cut half of methane from oil, gas 13.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade. The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is the major element of an administration goal to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by up to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. It would require energy producers to find and repai...
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US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half 12.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to sharply cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production, a key part of a push by President Barack Obama to reduce methane emissions by nearly half over the next decade. The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency is the major element of […]
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We are mortgaging the future by scrapping zero-carbon home rules | Angus MacNeil 11.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

The UK government’s failure to build new homes that are energy efficient will see future generations dealing with our costly mistakes

From the Forth Bridge to our sewer system and the London Underground, we still rely on Victorian engineering every day in modern Britain. We all benefit from this inherited infrastructure, but we’re still paying the bills for the way it was built.

Our older homes are among the most energy-wasting the world. And as anyone who has lived in a draughty, single-glazed, Victorian terrace knows, they can be expensive to keep warm in winter.

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