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GM invests in wind energy for Michigan operations

Wind deal with DTE will completely power operations at two facilities

Wind deal with DTE will completely power operations at two facilities.

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GM uses wind power to build SUVs, trucks

Wind farms came online this month, with more to come

Wind farms came online this month, with more to come.

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Tesla's giant battery farm is now live in South Australia

Wind-generated energy stored and disbursed when, where it's needed.

With a little lot of help from Tesla, Australia is now home to the world's largest lithium-ion battery. Back in March, Elon Musk told Atlassian CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could create a 100MWh battery storage farm within 100 days — otherwise, his company would do the job for free. The Twitter pledge was in response to ongoing power shortages in South Australia, which were causing blackouts and political uncertainty about the country's push toward renewable energy sources. The batterie

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Tesla wins giant battery contract in Australia, has 100-day deadline

Musk promises world's biggest grid battery in 100 days, or it's free.

The battery system can power 30,000 homes in case of a blackout.

Tesla Announces Details Of Proposed Gigafactory Battery Plant

It's another day and electric automaker Tesla Motors is in the news once again.

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Despite coal's dominance, renewables making gains in US

For electric vehicle drivers concerned about "dirty coal" taking away the environmental benefits of electrified transportation, we've found some good news. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released its annual report on sources of new energy capacity for domestic electric power plants. Renewable energy accounted for 37.16 percent of new power plant capacity. Natural gas dominated new capacity at 52 percent last year, while old king coal dropped down to just around 11 perce

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BMW i3 starts production in Germany using local wind power, US carbon fiber

The time has come for BMW to stop talking about the i3 electric city car - something that it has been doing for quite a while - and start building. That's what happened today at the company's plant in Leipzig, Germany, and the event was powered, in part, by wind turbines.

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German automakers building own wind, natural gas plants; to get away from nuclear

German automakers are caught in a quandary – how can they pay more for a clean energy surcharge tax when automotive sales are down. The problem stems from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's move to take the country further away from nuclear and toward using more renewables to power the electricity grid.

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How Big Oil gets bigger: over $620 Billion spent on subsidies for fossil fuel in 2011

We're being duped by Big Oil. The worse part is that governments around the world are working tirelessly to make sure the game is rigged in their favor. That's what Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, is saying, and he has the numbers to back the statement up.

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Honda installing wind turbines to make cars with wind power at Ohio factory

Honda is installing wind turbines at its transmission plant in Russells Point, OH that will spin and supply 10 percent of the factory's electricity needs. The turbines are expected to produce 10,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, while also (naturally) reducing CO2 emissions.

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Audi to produce e-gas, its own synthetic fuel using wind, solar and captured CO2

Audi is constructing a huge synthetic natural gas plant in Germany that demonstrates its commitment to renewable energy just as it provides some valuable R&D to help prove e-gas is economically and environmentally possible. The 44,000-square-foot plant is in Werlite, a small town in northwestern Germany near the North Sea, 217 miles north of company headquarters in Ingolstadt, near Munich.

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Giant kite, Evonic technologies help Wind Explorer EV cross Australia

Turns out, you can drive a unique electric vehicle all the way across Australia on less than $15 worth of electricity. You just need some kite assistance (or, yes, solar power). The Wind Explorer that made this trek is now on display at Evonik's New Jersey office, since the company worked on the quirky EV.

Should there be a fossil fuel moratorium? Some scientists say yes

Climate change was barely mentioned during October presidential debates, but that doesn't mean the public doesn't care. After all, climate change affected Hurricane Sandy, and that got some media coverage. Some analysts say climate change is just part of historic weather patterns that humans have little say over but most scientists say humans play a big part in the matter, in part through our increasing consumption of fossil fuels.

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First Sanya Skypump puts wind in your 'tank' near Barcelona, Spain

Sometimes, a clever name sends a clear, defining message. With the Skypump, Urban Green Energy and GE, have portmanteued two simple words about their new product – a wind-powered electric vehicle charging station – into a name that says, hey, this is something different.

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Going directly downwind faster than wind, Blackbird again breaks records

Once again, reports are out about a vehicle powered solely by the wind that can outrun the wind. And once again, we expect continued debates on the subject.

T. Boone Pickens Interview: Energy Independence And The Future Of CNG [VIDEO]

Personal wealth aside, it's not always easy to be T. Boone Pickens--especially when your push for compressed natural gas as an alternative fuel meets continual accusations of self-aggrandizement. It's no secret his hedge fund, BP Capital, is heavily invested in the sector, and he is the majority stockholder of Clean Energy, the largest supplier of natural gas for vehicles in the U.S.

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GM testing OnStar feature to boost renewable-energy charging in Chevy Volt

General Motors is developing a feature for its OnStar navigation service that will allow Chevrolet Volt owners to better match recharging patterns for the extended-range plug-in vehicles with the availability of renewable energy.

Ford UK diesel engine assembly site to be 100% wind powered

Ford's Dagenham Diesel Engine Assembly Line over in the UK is about to get a breath of fresh air. The plant will be 100 percent wind powered come the end of August 2011, thanks to the erection of a third turbine. This, according to Ford, will double the site's annual CO2 savings from 2,500 tons per year to 5,000.

Urban Green Energy's Skypump lets you drive like with the wind

We doubt that charging your electric vehicles using solar will become passé any time soon, but when it does, at least we have options when comes to fossil fuel-free electrons. Urban Green Energy is teaming with General Electric to create charging stations that funnel power from the wind directly into your EV's batteries. They even have a clever name: the skypump.

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