Environmentally friendly state building gets 'green' award

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ new headquarters includes many environmentally friendly features, a difference the agency estimates saved up to $60,000 in energy costs during its first year of operation.

Legislature debates mercury emissions

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Four out of five Pennsylvanians want to see unhealthy mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants drastically reduced, even if it means they have to pay slightly higher electric bills, according to a new poll by a statewide environmental organization.

Gibbons fills campaign bus with biofuel

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RENO, Nev. – U.S. Rep. Jim Gibbons, a vocal promoter of the petroleum industry, is touting the benefits of biofuels.

Wyden: 'We need more than research'

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) calls for an accelerated transfer of renewable energy technology from the laboratory to the private sector.

'EnergyCabin' caters to off-grid crowd

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An Austrian company is selling a new biomass/solar energy ‘cabin’ that can provide power for off-grid sites.

Rocky Mountain high on energy education

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The University of Colorado has launched a Renewable and Sustainable Energy Initiative to coordinate the Boulder, Colo., campus’ energy coursework and research.

Grease is the word

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Metro Rooting and Plumbing Services has discovered a new market niche for its clients’ waste products: biodiesel.

Whole Foods tops peers in renewables

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Upscale grocer Whole Foods Market ranks atop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newest list of retail buyers of renewable energy.

More From EERE Network News

Hydropower Expansion Qualifies for Federal Tax Credit
After upgrading one turbine, the J.C. Boyle hydropower facility is producing 2.6 percent more electricity, which qualifies for a federal tax credit. The new tax credit is meant to encourage efficient use of existing hydropower dams. PPL Corp. may soon earn a credit from a similar project in Maine.

IRS Certifies Honda and Toyota Hybrids for Federal Tax Credits
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has certified Honda’s three hybrid vehicles and the 2007 models of two Toyota hybrids as eligible for a federal tax credit. Meanwhile, South Carolina has passed a bill that will provide a state tax credit equal to 20 percent of the federal tax credit.

IRS Issues Guidance on Commercial Building Tax Deduction
Owners or leaseholders of commercial buildings can qualify for a federal tax deduction by making their buildings more energy efficient. To earn the greatest deduction, the building’s energy use must be cut in half, but a smaller deduction is available if energy use is reduced by one sixth.

DOE Awards $34.6 Million to States for Energy Efficiency
DOE’s State Energy Program will award $34.6 million to improve energy efficiency in 24 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia.

DOE Offers $7 Million for Solid-State Lighting Research
DOE has just awarded funds to five companies for their development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic LEDs (OLEDs), two technologies that promise to revolutionize lighting. While commercial endeavors press ahead, DOE is also offering another $3.75 million for lighting research.

Wood-Burning Power Plants Planned for Four States

Read the full story at EERE Network News.

Efforts are underway to build new wood-fired power plants in California, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York. Several of the projects are converting fossil-fueled power plants to burn wood, and one project will include tree farms to will grow a dedicated energy crop for two biomass plants.