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Welcome to the Solar Capitol of the Universe

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you were the mayor of a small city, what would you aspire to? Better road work? More efficient waste disposal? What about something bigger? How about making your town the "solar energy capital of the universe"?

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cuomo welcomes solar energy, and Christie bids farewell to the New Jersey Nets, as only he can.

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Transportation Nation

City of Houston Top Purchaser of Green Energy

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

(photo by spotzilla via flickr)

(Laurie Johnson -- Houston, KUHF) For the fourth straight year, the city of Houston is the leader in the amount of green energy it buys and uses.

In fact, the top three municipalities in the renewable energy arena are Houston, Austin and Dallas.

Houston Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian says the city also beats out companies like Starbucks and Hilton and even the U.S. Department of Energy. "Thirty-three percent of our energy comes from wind farms in West Texas," she said. "And we're looking to see if we can increase that percentage over the next year or so to maybe 50 percent. And if you add in the private sector, we're number six in the country."

Houston's contract with Reliant Energy is up next year. The city will put out a request for proposals for a new contract, either with Reliant or another energy provider. Spanjian says part of the contract negotiations will involve upping the amount of green energy the city buys.

She says it's not a coincidence that Houston, Austin and Dallas are the top municipalities on the list.

"What's great about Texas is actually that wind is extremely affordable and it's extremely cost-competitive," she said. "You know, solar is not for this state. California is the solar leader and Texas is the wind leader. In fact, if Texas were a country we would be the sixth largest wind producer in the world."

Texas produces 10,000 megawatts of wind every year. The number one purchaser of green energy across all sectors is Intel Corporation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: What Solyndra Can Teach Us about Green Technology Investment

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The bankruptcy of California-based solar-panel producer Solyndra made headlines last month when it was revealed that the company had received $527 million in federal loans and that the Energy Department had later agreed to restructure its government-backed loan in an effort to help the ailing firm. On today’s Backstory, Lisa Margonelli, director of the Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation, explains what lessons the Solyndra bankruptcy can teach us about federal investment in green energy and how countries like Germany and China are bolstering their green energy sectors.

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It's A Free Country ®

Solyndra a Scandal? What it Means for Obama and Green Energy

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

For me, a scandal would mean that you do it for your own personal self-interest, and although there's a lot of smoke out there, no one has proven yet that this was done for political purposes.

Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Green Technology

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic, talks about his new book, Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, which explores the history of green technology and what it teaches us about our energy problems today.

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WNYC News

Mayor Heralds Signing of First 'Green Lease' in City

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The first green lease was signed by a commercial tenant Tuesday in what Mayor Michael Bloomberg hopes will become blueprint for future leases and help cut the city's emissions.

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