alternative energy

Environment
6:18 am
Wed June 18, 2014

U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

The Department of the Interior is proposing a large expansion of U.S. efforts to make energy from offshore winds, with a plan centered off the Massachusetts coast. Here, a 2010 photo shows a sunrise over Nantucket Sound.
Julia Cumes AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 8:55 am

A large swath of the Atlantic Ocean could soon be used to generate electricity, as a U.S. agency proposes opening more than 1,000 square miles of ocean to wind energy projects. The area is off the coast of Massachusetts, which has been working on the proposal with federal officials.

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Alternative Energy Sources
8:00 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Harvesting Wind Power With Philip Warburg

Windmills capturing wind energy.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alex Abian

Wind can be a very significant power provider in the United States, especially in the Midwest. Environmental lawyer and writer Philip Warburg talks about wind as a resource, including how it relates to the economy and climate change. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on December 4, 2012. The talk was introduced by Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation and coordinator of the first Earth Day.

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Alternative Energy
9:02 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

The two 350-ton turbines could be installed in 2014 if they receive final approval. This barge could be used to do the job.
Earthfix

Snohomish County Public Utility District wants to put two turbines 150 feet below the waves near Whidbey Island. The pilot project would generate enough power for about 20 homes annually. The new report from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that the project will not harm the environment.

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More Snow, More Energy
8:05 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Idaho Power Uses Cloud Seeding To Enhance Winter Snowpack

Idaho Power's Derek Blestrud and Brandal Glenn study the type of snow thats falling as a result of cloud seeding.
Aaron Kunz

Cloud seeding has been around for decades. It started out as a way to make rain for growing crops. But these days in the Mountain West, it’s used as a way to make more snow.

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Alternative Energy
11:45 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Not Easy To Find Room For Ocean Energy

OPT Inc.

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:29 pm


GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. - It goes without saying that the Pacific Ocean is vast. So it may come as a surprise to hear the sea described as "crowded." Perhaps even too crowded to make room for the nascent industry of wave and tidal energy.  Taxpayers and investors have pumped tens of millions of dollars into finding ways to turn the ocean's power into electricity.  In recent weeks, high stakes negotiations to identify wave energy sites on the Oregon Coast are finally getting somewhere.

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