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Before being dismantled, Indiana’s efficiency program was effective

north face black fridaybeats by dre on cyber monday “Bittersweet” is how Citizens Action Coalition Executive Director Kerwin Olson described a recent performance report for Energizing Indiana, an energy efficiency program that was canceled during its third year of existence, …

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Speak up to stop secrecy in the House

The Indiana House has declared itself above a law the House itself enacted. And it would appear there’s not a darned thing that can be done about it. Well, maybe one thing, if you’re willing to help. But first, some …

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Who Owns the Sun?

Utility companies promote laws that seek to prevent rooftop solar systems. FOR SOMETHING as simple as sunlight, the solar energy industry can be a bit complicated. But that never stopped pastor Brian Flory from trying to see the light. “Putting …

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‘Moon shot’ call on clean energy

A group of scientists and economists is calling for the equivalent of the Apollo space programme to produce cheap, clean energy. Apollo engaged America’s best minds to put a man on the Moon in the Cold War. The academics say …

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The Energy Storage Industry Charges Up in Texas

Reflections on the state of energy storage in 2015 from the stage and the ESA trade show floor When GTM covered the Energy Storage Association conference in 2011, investor Vinod Khosla described lithium-ion batteries as “toys that can’t be deployed …

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An Australian Company Says Its New Extraction Process Could Bring Unlimited Lithium Supplies

“Micas could eclipse all the other resources currently known.” An Australian company called Cobre Montana is looking to commercialize a lithium extraction process that it says could end the prospect of supply bottlenecks forever. The process is less energy-intensive than …

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Driving Blind: The Worst Examples of Outdated Data Skewing Renewable Energy Projections

Policymakers need better data to make informed decisions about the quickly changing energy sector. Factors such as new fossil-fuel drilling techniques, drastically cheaper renewable energy generation, rapidly improving battery storage and power electronics, and the rise of information technology are …

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Indiana’s electric rates expected to rise in the next five years

Indiana’s electric rates are rising faster than some neighboring states and will likely increase significantly over the next five years. But how much that will affect consumers’ bills is unknown. Rates — the cost of electricity per kilowatt hour — …

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Secrecy fight brews for legislators

General Assembly lacks policy on accessible records INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana legislators are fighting to hide internal communications of all kinds on the heels of a recent lawsuit filed seeking access. While that case goes through the courts, the Indiana House …

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Will Homeowners Shell Out Thousands for Super Batteries?

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk sees a future in which super batteries change the world, making solar power available at night and turning homes into tiny utilities. Kellie Haynes, an event planner in Sacramento, Calif., is one of the few Americans …

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