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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2015

[ Volkswagen Owners Wonder Where A Fix Will Leave Them ]

Many customers who bought cars touted as “clean diesel” now ponder the possibility of having a substantial fix that could cut their vehicle’s gas mileage or performance.

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[ Hurricane Joaquin Drifting to the Bahamas, but Path Remains Uncertain ]

Where the Category 1 hurricane, with 80 m.p.h. winds, is headed will be clearer in the next 72 hours but it could move north toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


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[ NextEra to Invest $100 Million in Energy Storage Technology ]

NextEra Energy Inc. plans to invest $100 million in energy-storage systems over the next year to back up its fleet of solar and wind energy plants.

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[ Forest Service to Study Environmental Effects of Geothermal in Salmon-Challis ]

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is planning to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze the potential effects of geothermal development in Salmon-Challis National Forest (SCNS) in Idaho, according to a Sept. 24 notice in the Federal Register.

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[ Poland’s Renewable Energy Market Draws New Investors ]

Impax Asset Management Group Plc, a London-based investment firm, has completed a 182 million Polish-zloty ($48 million) refinancing for its Kisielice wind farm in northern Poland after the country implemented new legislation for its renewable energy industry.

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[ Who’s Leading the Charge in Stationary Energy Storage? ]

Stationary battery storage has evolved rapidly, and in short order, has become a crowded and highly competitive clean energy market and industry sector, not only in the U.S., but in Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific.

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[ Berkeley Lab: Utility-Scale Solar Project Costs Down 50% Since 2009 ]

Installed utility-scale solar project costs have fallen by about 50%, from $6.3 per AC-W to $3.1 per AC-W, since 2009 for solar projects completed in 2014, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory said on Sept. 30.

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[ Japan: Goto City Aims to Become ‘Islands of Energy’ by Harnessing Offshore Wind ]

Off the coast of Kagoshima island, a part of Goto City in Kagoshima prefecture, Japan’s first on-gird 2 MW floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) is about to complete its mission as a demonstration project.

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[ New Regulations on Smog Remain as Divisive as Ever ]

With President Obama set to release new ozone rules, environmentalists are pushing for strict limits, while industry groups are lobbying for weaker, less costly ones.


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[ High Lead Levels In Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source ]

Flint, Mich., started drawing its tap water from a local river in April 2014. The water is so corrosive that it’s causing lead to leach out of aging pipes, resulting in serious health issues.

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