Tag: renewable energy

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USDA invests $688,289 to support renewable energy, energy efficiency

The USDA Rural Development office in Virginia announced $688,289 in grants for 11 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects statewide.


Renewable energy in 2016

As we make our way deeper into 2016, all eyes are on the energy industry. Will things turn around for the better this year, after the less-than-stellar showing in 2015?


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Governor announces actions to stimulate growth of renewable energy

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that the Commonwealth’s agencies will dramatically increase the use of renewable energy to power the state’s operations.


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Governor McAuliffe announces $20 million to improve energy efficiency in Virginia

VirginiaSAVES is a loan program created to lower financing costs for energy efficiency, renewable energy generation and alternative fuel projects.


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USDA invests $63 million to support renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).


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Wind energy: Part of the renewable mix

According to an American Wind Energy Association announcement last year the United States has more wind energy supplying its grid than any other country, enough to power 15.5 million American homes.


The solar energy challenge: Saving up sun for a rainy day

In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants.


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510nano Incorporated to invest $11 million to relocate headquarters to Greensville County

510nano Incorporated, a developer of renewable energy projects and technologies, will invest $11 million to relocate its headquarters and establish a manufacturing operation in Greensville County.


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Delegate Sam Rasoul’s renewable energy bill goes to governor for signature

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) said that HB 1297, passed by the Virginia Senate last week, is an important measure to protect the environment and shift the Commonwealth’s long-term energy focus toward renewable energy.


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Rasoul tax cut on renewable energy passed by House

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)’s HB1297, a measure that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy, was passed by the House of Delegates this week with broad bipartisan support.


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USDA announces funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday that rural agricultural producers and small business owners can now apply for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.


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Virginia Tech collaboration with Chilean university will address earthquakes, other challenges

Researchers and administrators from Austral University of Chile will visit Virginia Tech this week to finalize plans for joint research projects.


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Robert Hurt: A sensible domestic energy policy will make life easier for Virginia families

As I travel across the Fifth District, I consistently hear about the numerous negative impacts high fuel costs create. High gas prices hurt families trying to pay their bills, making it more expensive to fill their tanks and increasing the price of groceries and other goods.


Del. Sam Rasoul releases first bill for 2015 session: Tax break on renewable energy

Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has introduced legislation that would see decreased taxes for businesses utilizing renewable energy.


Earth Talk: Sweden’s environmental leadership

It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).


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League of Conservation Voters expresses concern over Dominion pipeline

Today, Governor McAuliffe announced his support for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a collaborative project between ­Dominion Power, AGL Resources, Duke Energy, and Piedmont Natural Resources to build a natural gas pipeline that will fully bisect our Commonwealth.


Ken Plum: Climate change is here

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” according to a report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that was released this year and that includes the findings of 300 experts affiliated with the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


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McAuliffe signs executive order to create Virginia Energy Council

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order #16 today establishing the Virginia Energy Council, which will assist in the development and implementation of a cohesive, comprehensive, and aggressive energy strategy for Virginia.


Amanda Starbuck: New federal pollution standards

We welcome the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants.


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Virginia agricultural sales up, farm numbers down, census finds

The sale of agricultural products, both nationally and in Virginia, reached a record high in 2012, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture.


Solar company offers free Rural Energy for America Program workshops

A local solar company will offer two free workshops in May to help businesses understand eligibility requirements and how to complete the application process.


Earth Talk: Apple Computer’s Green Initiatives

Long criticized for its lack of commitment to sustainability, Apple has really worked on turning things around over the past couple of years.


Earth Talk: The bright future of wind power

Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show “hockey stick” growth moving forward.


Roger Freeman: Renewable energy standards

For the first time, a United States president has announced that tackling climate change is a national priority. Yet, Congress shows no signs of passing meaningful legislation – for now, it’s up to states and localities to turn this declaration into action.