On November 1, the smallish but very progressive college town of Boulder, Colorado passed two interrelated, historic ballot measures that aim to discontinue service with Xcel Energy Inc.
Texas retains its huge lead as the largest generator of electricity in the U.S., including the largest total amount of renewable energy generation and the largest year-over-year additions of renewable energy, according to EnergyBoom’s analysis of the latest U.S. Energy Information Agency data for January and February 2011 released May 13. Renewable energy in this data is defined as wind, solar, wood-derived fuels and biomass, and geothermal.
Big Stone II was a 2004 proposal for a roughly 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Milbank, South Dakota, which would have expanded the capacity of the existing Big Stone 450-megawatt plant and delivered power primarily to a large and growing Twin Cities (Minnesota) population.
Thanks in part to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding, a shift in biofuel production to cellulosic biofuels is underway as both demonstration and commercial-scale power plants are opening or moving closer to completion.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released its State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, a 50-state ranking of energy efficiency policies, programs, and practices.
A recent study by Illinois State University’s Center for Renewable Energy shows that wind energy will likely generate almost $2 billion in economic benefits for the state over the next 25 years.