DTE Buys Easements for Wind Farms

Since April, DTE Electric Company has recorded easements on 276 parcels of agricultural property in Branch County for the purpose of evaluation for wind farm developments. Atwell Engineering, as agents for DTE, has negotiated and recorded documents from 59 property owners mostly in Union, Sherwood and Matteson Townships. Other parcels …

There are Over 341,000 Wind Turbines on the Planet: Here’s How Much of a...

From the intense heat of the Californian desert to the green hills of Scotland, wind turbines are popping up all over the world. Humans have been using wind energy for thousands of years. Today, its scope and scale is big and getting bigger. According to the Global Wind Energy Council …

More Canadian Hydroelectric Power Imports Could Be Coming to U.S. Following DOE Report on...

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final environmental impact statement for the Northern Pass, calling the proposed transmission line the “preferred alternative” for connecting the northeastern United States to Canadian hydroelectric power. The line has been controversial throughout its development, with opponents arguing that the line will have …

Charlottesville Wins Award for Solar Energy Efforts

The city of Charlottesville just received a big award for being solar-power friendly and it’s the first city to get the recognition in the state. The city now has a designation as “SolSmart Bronze.” The award is an achievement that recognizes Charlottesville for adopting practices and programs to help the …

California’s Solar Energy Set Power Supply Record in March

California met its goal to produce about half the state’s electricity from renewable sources for three hours on March 11, a new estimate from the U.S. government shows. The U.S. Department of Energy’s statistics division used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 …

10 States Leading the Pack in Clean Energy Jobs

The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S. and they’re poised to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. For comparison, …

A Step Toward Renewable Diesel

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers, led by Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology …