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Solar energy is ready; the US isn't
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Clean energy has become a dirty word in presidential politics. In their second debate, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama each tried to outdo the other's love of fossil fuels: Obama extolling his record on oil and natural gas production, Romney vowing to take "advantage of the oil and coal we have here." The Republican candidate has ridiculed the administration's $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the bankrupt California-based solar panel maker, and accused Obama of living "in an imaginary world where government-subsidized windmills and solar panels could power the economy." More

Will US wind power splutter out if Mitt Romney cuts its subsidy?
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Jacob Susman is frustrated again. Sitting in the bright green conference room of his company's trendy industrial office, overshadowed by the Brooklyn Bridge, he's a clean-cut poster child for the "green economy": Since 2007, Susman's OwnEnergy, which installs wind turbines, has grown to be one of the nation's most prominent wind installers. But he's plagued by a recurring nightmare: "Every few years the industry has to drop everything for six or nine months and focus exclusively on having the credit passed." More

Report: Efforts to mitigate climate change must target energy efficiency
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Much more must be done to develop energy efficient cars, buildings and domestic appliances to address climate change, according to new research from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia. A report published in Nature Climate Change shows that twice as much effort is being spent on developing energy supply technologies — such as new power stations — than is spent on improving the efficiency with which energy is used. More

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Green Energy Business Seminar coming to Northern Virginia
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Relerience, a green energy consulting company, is providing a strategic Green Energy Business Seminar on Nov. 1 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The goal of the seminar is to support business growth and job creation through Green Business Plans, and will help companies implement green energy solutions and energy management strategies, gain access to capital and comply with industry & government requirements. Keynote speaker Terry is the Chairman of GreenTech Automotive, a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles. Online options are available for interested parties who are unable to attend in-person. More

AFE offers CPMM preparation and exam across the country
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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Then now is the time to become AFE Certified! AFE announces the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Course and Exam at three different locations this fall to make it convenient for everyone to earn one of the most widely recognized credentials in the facilities professions. The three-day review course and exam will be offered in: San Francisco on Nov. 7-9; Waltham, Mass., on Nov. 7-9; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla, on Nov. 9-11. Don't miss this opportunity to advance in your profession while learning the most up-to-date information about how to manage and operate today's complex buildings and facilities. Register today so you'll be sure there is still space available. More

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Competition showcases energy-efficient designs
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UC Merced officials said the university continues its commitment to sustainability. Several zero-net energy building designs from architecture students and professionals from around the world were on display in a room inside the library at the University of California at Merced. The designs were created as part of the second annual Architecture at Zero competition. The competition was organized by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter, in collaboration with UC Merced. More

Table: The least popular 'green' building options
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The LEED green-building certification system lets designers choose from roughly 50 options aimed at minimizing harm to the environment and to occupant health. USA Today staff writers Christopher Schnaars and Thomas Frank analyzed records of 7,100 LEED-certified buildings and calculated the most- and least-popular options. The descriptions are from a LEED user's guide written by BuildingGreen Inc., a green consultant and publisher. More


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