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    Government Offers $10 Million Prize to Make Solar More "Cost-Competitive"

    U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new $10 million Department of Energy competition last week to reduce the price of installing solar panels. The goal is to make the technology more “cost-competitive” by the end of the decade. The prize is part of the SunShot Initiative, a program runs … More

    Energy Department Touts Solar Power That Generates 0.14% of Electricity

    The U.S. Department of Energy this week touted the growth of solar power, complete with an impressive chart that boasts, “Solar Generation Has a Bright Future.” Yet a closer look at solar’s overall role reveals that it represented just 0.14 percent of the total electric power generated and consumed in June. The … More

    FACT CHECK: Salazar Exaggerates Obama's Record on Energy Production

    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar touted President Obama’s record on reducing oil dependence in a speech delivered in Charlotte, NC, this week. Salazar pointed to a decrease in oil imports and an increase in oil production — especially on federal lands — as evidence of the efficacy of Obama’s policies. But, contrary to … More

    Heritage Solutions Advance in the Public Debate

    As the public debate over America’s future unfolds, The Heritage Foundation continues to advocate conservative solutions for America. A comparison of the Heritage solutions with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s nationally televised address on August 31, 2012, illustrates the extent to which the Heritage ideas have penetrated the public debate. … More

    The Conservationist's Case for Ending the Reign of Ethanol

    This past year, the USDA produced a couple of lengthy research reports (here and here) concluding what others have also documented: The federal government’s drive to increase ethanol use has created an environmentally hazardous production cycle in the name of renewable energy that is neither affordable nor clean. The Renewable … More

    Ex-Im Bank Makes $2 Billion Loan for South Africa Green-Energy Projects

    The U.S. Export-Import Bank inked a $2 billion clean-energy loan offer with South Africa to help fund the country’s green-energy push and drum up sales for America’s renewable industry, according to an announcement made last week. The 18-year loans will target wind, solar and thermal power in particular, said Fred … More

    DOE Sent Millions to Solar Firm That Lacked 'Economically Viable' Product

    Amonix, the solar panel manufacturer whose Las Vegas plant ceased operations in May, managed to secure millions in federal grants and potential tax breaks even though its product had quality problems and was never really economically viable, according to sources. The politically connected company had the backing of Senate Majority … More

    Solyndra-Linked Executive to Lead Pentagon's Advanced Tech Agency

    A venture capital executive with ties to defunct solar company Solyndra has been hired as the new chief of the Defense Department program heading up the Pentagon’s renewable energy push. Arati Prabhakar, a former partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that backed Solyndra, has been … More

    Powering America Vignette: What is a Cooling Tower?

    Nuclear power plants produce almost 80 percent of the emission-free energy in the nation, and cooling towers—though often misunderstood—are an essential part of what makes that possible. Despite their being perfectly safe and far removed from anything radioactive, for many people cooling towers conjure up images of toxic waste, environmental … More

    Spain’s Top Five Renewable Energy Waste Examples: A Lesson for the U.S.

    With Spain’s lavish support for renewable energy projects drying out, companies that relied on these government handouts to make a buck are either leaving the country in search of new misguided benefactors or risking going bust. According to Bloomberg: Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting … More