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From CBC News: In April 2007, former Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn announced that Ottawa will phase out the sale of inefficient incandescent bulbs by 2012. The ban is expected to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than six million tonnes a year and save homeowners about $60 annually in electricity costs. The federal [...] Read More

From the Anchorage Daily News’ Debra McKinney: Thanks to 15-year-old Garrison Wilts, planet-unfriendly appliances lurking about the state can be exposed for the energy-sucking clunkers they are. Wilts, a South High School sophomore working his way toward Eagle Scout, is the driving force behind donations to local libraries of 65 gizmos that calculate how much [...] Read More

From the Associated Press: Think “high performance” and visions of muscle cars pop to mind not municipal buildings. Massachusetts is hoping to change that image by encouraging the development of “high performance” schools, hospitals, businesses and homes. The state is offering $15 million in federal stimulus dollars for proposals for super-energy efficient buildings. The state [...] Read More

From the San Francisco Chronicle: California energy regulators on Thursday approved spending $3.1 billion over the next three years to cut the amount of electricity used in the state, potentially saving as much power as the output of three power plants. Among other things, the sweeping effort will retrofit up to 130,000 homes to slash [...] Read More

From Todd Woody at Grist: He(Vinod Khosla) is something of a Valley legend:  Co-founder of Sun Microsystems, then a longtime tech investor with marquee venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and now head of Khosla Ventures, which he started in 2004 to invest in green tech startups. Khosla and his partners had been [...] Read More

RenewableEnergyWorld.com reports on the growing wind industry: For years the renewable energy industry has struggled to convince government officials in the United States that they should embrace wind power. Now the roles are reversed; it is government that’s chasing the wind industry. The new balance of power was unmistakable at the annual American Wind Energy [...] Read More

U.S. DOE is giving $3 million dollars in energy efficiency and conservation grants to Alaska communities. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), provides funds to units of local and state government, Indian tribes, and territories to develop and implement projects to improve energy [...] Read More

From Anne Sutton with KTOO: A $20 million expansion and renovation of the Juneau International Airport terminal is underway. Another $40 million is being spent on the runway safety areas. The $20 million renovation includes a modern heating system that will replace oil fired boilers with clean energy. The electrically-powered ground source heat pump system [...] Read More

Thanks to KRBD and Ed Schoenfeld for this report on a recent legislative hearing on energy issues. HAINES, ALASKA-  Southeast Alaska leaders told lawmakers about their energy problems and solutions during the Southeast Conference’s annual meeting in Haines.  The House and Senate Energy Committees held a hearing Sept. 16 to help develop a statewide energy [...] Read More

This morning, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu hosted a group of clean energy developers and manufacturers at the White House to discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) is creating jobs and helping expand the development of clean, renewable domestic energy. At the meeting, Secretaries Geithner and Chu [...] Read More