Andrew Cuomo’s wind farm plan needs 280 square miles off LI

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Winds of change

The Institute hosted a discussion about wind farms, home wind turbines, and the future of clean energy Tuesday night at the Eddy Pub, where guest speaker Kevin Long, an employee of Buckner Cos., spoke about helping construct the 104-turbine Amazon Wind Farm in Elizabeth City – the first of its kind in North Carolina. The project, […]

A Worsening Political Climate

Ten years ago Monday, George W. Bush-you know, the last Republican to slide into the Oval Office without winning the popular vote- delivered his second-to-last State of the Union Address, and for the first time in a Bush SOTU speech, he acknowledged the reality of a problem that most of his party regarded as a […]

BLM approves final routes for Gateway West transmission line

The Bureau of Land Management has authorized the final routes connecting the high-voltage Gateway West transmission line project between southwestern Idaho and central Wyoming. The BLM's Record of Decision, signed Friday, means Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power can build and operate 321 miles of 500-kilovolt transmission lines on public land in Idaho's Gooding, Elmore, […]

Clean energy growth will limit need for more gas pipelines

In his commentary, Thomas Kiley makes the case that the transition to natural gas for generation of electricity has played an essential role in reducing carbon emissions over the past decade. Disregarding that natural gas is arguably not that clean a fuel, recent reductions in emissions don't imply that still more natural gas in the […]

Construction starts on wind energy project on Amherst Island despite…

The opening stages of construction of the Amherst Island wind energy project are underway, much to the dismay of the residents who opposed the development. Michele Le Lay, president of the Association to Protect Amherst Island, said the start of construction has come before all of the required permits have been secured and before efforts […]

Reasons to be cheerful: a full switch to low-carbon energy is in sight

Climate change optimism is justified – a complete transition from carbon to solar and wind power looks practical and affordable within a generation My first book on climate change was published 10 years ago. I looked at how responsible individuals could choose to run their lives to cut their carbon footprint. Inevitably minimising your carbon […]

In Texas, Perry was – all of the above’ on energy production

Years before the Democratic president endorsed all types of energy production – from oil and gas to renewable sources like wind and solar power – Perry was putting the policy into practice in Texas. During Perry's record 14-year tenure as governor, Texas maintained its traditional role as a top driller for oil and natural gas, […]

Melbourne trams to be solar-powered under Andrews government proposal

Building large-scale solar farms in northern Victoria part of plan to reduce state’s net carbon emissions to zero by 2050 Melbourne’s tram network will become entirely solar-powered under a proposal by the Andrews government to build large-scale solar farms in northern Victoria. The proposal, announced on Thursday, is part of a plan to reduce Victoria’s […]

What Freiburg can teach Canberra about sustainability

Canberra showcases itself as clean, clever and sustainable to good effect, but in marketing terms it could learn a lot from Freiburg – known internationally as Germany's sustainable city. A map for visitors to this city of about 220,000 people in south-west Germany identifies 29 “green spots”, ranging from hydro, biogas, solar cooling, passive high-rise […]