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Pyle: Non-solar houses have a cost, too 2.8.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
I must apologize to my fellow Rocky Mountain Power customers for being a totally selfish ass. Because of the way my family gets its electricity, we are shifting an unfair burden onto the undeserving backs of many households around Utah that have a different way of powering their homes. Shame on us. Because we’ve been too cheap to pop for a rooftop solar power system, we are doing more than we should to fill the air with carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other nasty chemicals. Jerks. Of course...
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Class-action suit against Facebook filed in Vienna 2.8.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Max Schrems, a budding data-privacy campaigner, claims Facebook violated European Union law by turning over information to the U.S. National Security Agency. The lawsuit, seeking the payment for each user who joins the class, will be funded by a financier who'll get 20 percent of the damages if the case is won. At Goldman Sachs headquarters in Manhattan, 92 tanks are filled with ice that's frozen during summer nights, when electricity rates are lower, and used the next day as part of the air-conditioning system.
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The Politics of Going Green 1.8.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Utility Trade Group Funds ALEC Attack on Americans Using Solar 1.8.2014 Truthout.com
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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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Inslee signs letter opposing coastal oil exploration 1.8.2014 Seattle Times: Politics
Gov. Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in California and Oregon in signing a letter opposing new oil and gas leases in the waters off the West Coast. A letter dated July 30 and released Thursday by Inslee's office,  sums up the governor's qualms to Sally Jewel
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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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Polls show little support for fracking 31.7.2014 Guardian: Environment
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National Trust lights up historic mansion with hydropower 31.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

National Trust installs Archimedes at Cragside mansion in Northumberland, reports Climate News Network

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On green issues, Eric Pickles's actions show he is a petty dictator 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
From bin collections to windfarms and fracking, the communities secretary and supposed champion of localism has made it clear localism only stretches as far local opinions that he shares Communities secretary Eric Pickles, appointed this week as the final arbiter of fracking applications across half of Britain, never misses an opportunity to play the part of the man of the people. Watch him in full flow, as I have, and you will find his speeches stuffed with folksy anecdotes and earthy phrases. My favourite is well-known and from 2010 : Its a basic right for every English man and woman to be able to put the remnants of their chicken tikka masala in their bin without having to wait a fortnight for it to be ...
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Centrica withdraws from Irish sea offshore windfarm plan 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

British Gas owner confirms £40m write-down from Celtic Array project in partnership with Dong Energy, reports BusinessGreen

The UKs offshore wind industry suffered a fresh setback on Thursday, after Centrica and Dong Energy confirmed they have shelved plans for the giant Celtic Array offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea.

Announcing the news in its interim results, Centrica said the project had proved uneconomic and would lead to a write-down of around £40m.

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Day in pictures 31.7.2014 Hindu: News
Images from India and around the world.
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Kansas congressman is hit by farmers' backlash after putting ideology over ethanol support 31.7.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
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Wild weather in Tasmania knocks out power to 2,500 homes 31.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Fierce winds bring down power lines and trees as authorities warn of gusts up to 130km/h in South Australia and south-east NSW

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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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Valero Profit Rises as Refining Volume Jumps 30.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Valero Energy said its second-quarter profit rose 26% as the company's refining segment recorded higher volumes and operating income.
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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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Denver residents rally over emission standards 30.7.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – Environmentalists and coal advocates lined up in downtown Denver on Tuesday for the first of two hearings to address proposed federal carbon-pollution standards.The emotionally charged and polarizing issue brought stakeholders and citizens from across the nation, though the majority of speakers represented the...
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