Archives for October, 2011

Comments Off on For University of Maryland, Solar Decathlon Victory Was a Long Time Coming

The final results of the 2011 Solar Decathlon caught the University of Maryland off guard. After all, the UMD team was only one of 19 competitors assembled on Washington D.C.’s West Potomac Park last week as the Department of Energy sought out this year’s most innovative and practical solar homes. Schools from around the world…

The North Anna nuclear facility that shut down following Virginia’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August remains offline, but regulators say the plant sustained “no significant damage” and that the plant operator’s response protected public safety. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a public meeting Monday during which it summarized its findings in the wake of North Anna’s…

Comments Off on DOE Loan Guarantees Left at the Altar

The sun set on the federal government’s loan-guarantee program for renewable-energy development on Friday, with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) closing four deals – three for big solar-power plants and another for a 28-state rooftop-to-grid project – worth around $4.7 billion. But while there were last-day winners, there were also losers, as four conditionally…

Comments Off on Endangered Beetle Lies in Keystone XL Path

When the State Department released its environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline expansion, which would carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to refineries in Texas, its general conclusion was that the project would have “no significant impact” on most surrounding resources. The pipeline’s proposed path across sensitive ecosystems and the…