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February 12, 2013

Wind power is now cheaper than coal in some countries

by Michael Marshall, New Scientist  •    •  Posted 2013-02-12 12:57:10

When many countries are choosing their next generation of power stations, they will be tempted to pick wind turbines. Thanks to better design, building wind farms can now be cheaper than building new coal or gas power stations. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan lawmakers propose sharing revenues with states, counties

Phil Taylor, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-12 12:57:29

A bipartisan group of Western lawmakers has reintroduced a bill that would establish a new leasing program for wind and solar energy on federal lands and use a portion of revenues to support states, counties and wildlife habitats. The bills by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) also would dedicate revenues to help agencies streamline the permitting of renewable energy on federal lands. [ read more … ]

MIT physicist seen as a front-runner to replace Chu

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-02-12 12:57:45

Ernest Moniz, a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a top candidate to replace outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu, according to industry sources. President Obama is considering tapping Moniz, a nuclear physicist, to replace Chu, who announced his resignation earlier this month. Moniz, 69, served as the Energy Department’s undersecretary during the Clinton administration and has advised Obama on central components of the administration’s energy plan, including a retooling of the country’s stalled nuclear waste program, energy research and development, and unconventional gas. [ read more … ]

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