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Study shows western United States could rely on 35 percent renewable energy by 2017
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According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the western U.S. electric grid could support up to 35 percent of wind and solar power by 2017, without extensive additional infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy's research agency issued a study whose merits are "technically feasible" - but the mountainous and southwestern states' network would need to be reevaluated with key changes in operations. More

Underground HVAC system gaining fans
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At Brandon O'Connor's new house, the future lawn and driveway are, to put it mildly, in a state of upheaval. Two 300-foot-long, 5-feet-deep trenches, lined by mounds of bright red clay, snake around the two-story home. Inside the trenches, two layers of three-fourths-inch black tubing are staked and twined to the walls. The tubes await the flow of water and the burial that will transform them into the heart of O'Connor's heating and air conditioning system. More

Solar energy surging in Italy, outpacing US
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Italy is in the midst of a solar surge, outpacing the United States and coming in second only to solar powerhouse Germany in the push to install new projects. The Mediterranean country's solar boom is likely to continue for the next several years, thanks to recently adopted changes to its feed-in tariff scheme and a new national authorization process for solar projects. More

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Record temperatures bring more work for air-conditioning repair businesses
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A summer of especially high heat and humidity has meant a high volume of service calls for Memphis, Tenn., companies that maintain and repair commercial heating and air-conditioning systems. Service technician Matt Nobles of Sibley Solutions pulled out his screwdriver and opened the control panels of Woodland Presbyterian's newly installed chiller just to check the electronic settings. More

Energy company backs environmental legislation proposal
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An energy company has backed the proposal for new environmental legislation. A spokeswoman from has spoken out about the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne's Green Deal. Earlier this week, Mr. Huhne announced that the new environmental legislation would entail energy companies giving warning of bill increases to customers before they are charged for them, unlike the current process in which consumers wait up to 65 days to hear they might be paying more. More
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