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April 24, 2014

EPA: Microsoft, Google rank among top 5 organizations for using green power

Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2014-04-24 06:46:28

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said tech companies Microsoft and Google, with large data center investments in Iowa, rank among the top five organizations nationally for using electricity from renewable energy. EPA released its top 100 green power users today, with Intel Corp. leading the list, followed by Kohl’s Department Stores, Microsoft Corp., Whole Foods Market and Google. It comes a day after Google announced it was buying 407 megawatts of wind-sourced energy from MidAmerican Energy. The agreement provides enough power to operate its Council Bluffs operations and for future expansions, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said. [ read more … ]

Energy chief bemoans northeast’s infrastructure

By Stephen Singer, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2014-04-24 06:46:55

‘‘Out there, in much of the country, the talk is about the energy revolution, the abundance of energy that we have, the way that we are in fact drawing upon new resources . . . promoting renewables, at the same time reducing carbon emissions,’’ he said. “But yet if we come here, it’s not a discussion of abundance. It’s a discussion of, in particular, infrastructure constraints,’’ he said. [ read more … ]

Ill. still in search of solution for ‘broken’ renewable standard

Jeffrey Tomich, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-04-24 06:47:35

A conflict between state laws continues to stifle renewable energy development in Illinois, a state with one of the most ambitious green power mandates that’s already among the nation’s largest wind energy producers. Illinois passed a measure in 2007 requiring investor-owned utilities Commonwealth Edison and Ameren Illinois to gradually step up use of renewable energy to 25 percent in 2025. Wind development flourished in the state in subsequent years, driven partly by the law. Today, Illinois ranks fourth nationally, with more than 3,500 megawatts of wind generation capacity from 46 different wind farms dotting the northern half of the state, according to data from the American Wind Energy Association. [ read more … ]

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