Energy

11:12am

Sun November 4, 2012
Environment

New Solar Farm For Greeley

Mike Weston Flickr

Construction is scheduled to begin this month on a 500-kilowatt solar farm in Greeley. The city is partnering with three companies to build the 3 acre farm to generate electricity for Greeley’s wastewater treatment facility.

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1:29pm

Tue October 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Superstorm Shines A Light On Power Grid Vulnerabilities

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:09 pm

A street light and utility pole brought down by Hurricane Sandy lay on the street in Avalon, N.J. About 2.5 million customers had no power Tuesday in New Jersey.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The storm that has spawned so many worst-ever superlatives managed a few more when it comes to electricity, with record-breaking power outages across 18 states stretching from Michigan and Indiana to Maine and North Carolina, according to a Department of Energy assessment.

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2:12am

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

What's Going Wrong With China's Solar Industry?

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 2:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Which brings us to our next story. As Americans try again to heat up the solar industry, let's get an update on the competition. We reported last week on the West Coast solar power company that is trying to succeed where companies like Solyndra famously failed. American companies have struggled because they've been undermined by cheap imports from China. So it is meaningful to note that China's solar power industry is a mess.

We're going to talk about that with Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec. Welcome back to the program.

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2:45pm

Sat October 6, 2012
The Spotlight: BURN, AN ENERGY JOURNAL

The Spotlight: The Power and Politics of New Energy Frontiers

American Public Media

Whether it is Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, the next president of the United States will have one fundamental energy policy challenge: how to make the country more self-sufficient.

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11:32am

Fri October 5, 2012
Solve This

Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security'

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:07 pm

President Obama and Mitt Romney are both calling on the U.S. to become less dependent on foreign oil, though their plans differ. Here, workers with Bramwell Petroleum set up a derrick for a new oil well near Spivey, Kan., in March.
Mike Hutmacher MCT/Landov

The pressing energy issue in the 2008 presidential campaign was how to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming. Four years later, the drive for "green energy" has been replaced by a new imperative: the need to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

"I will set a national goal of North American energy independence by 2020," Mitt Romney declared during a campaign speech in August. "That means we produce all the energy we use in North America."

He reiterated that goal in the opening minutes of the presidential candidates' debate in Denver this week.

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