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Wind energy is the fastest-growing source of electricity in the world, with a global installed capacity of 35,467 megawatts (MW) in 2013.  Click now to learn more!

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[ After Two-Year Hiatus, U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Get License Renewals ]

After more than a two-year hiatus, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is once again renewing licenses for aging nuclear power plants.

The independent federal agency gave a 20-year license renewal on Oct. 20 to Limerick Generating Station Units 1 and 2 near Philadelphia and is now reviewing renewal applications for 17 additional reactors, including Indian Point Unit 2 that’s located on the Hudson River about 24 miles north of New York City.

The NRC, which licenses commercial nuclear power plants for a period of 40 years, has granted 20-year extensions to 75 of the 100 operating reactors in the United States, many of which were nearing the end of their licenses.…

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[ Chief Councilor Ellis Ross of the Haisla Nation on First Nations and Energy Development in Canada ]

Located in the North Coast region of the Canadian province of British Columbia, the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation has found itself at the center of Canada’s energy and international commerce debate.

Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councilor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term in 2013. A full-time Councilor since 2003, Ross has navigated the complexities and inherent tensions of balancing tradition, the environment and his vision of economic self-determination for the Haisla Nation for more than a decade.…

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[ 12 “scary” critters right out of a horror movie (& where to find them) ]

There is no such thing as an evil animal.

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[ Paying for Protection Is Part of the Cost of Doing Business for Oil and Gas Firms in Egypt ]

From the frequent breakdowns in security to successive governments’ non-payment of company dues, oil and gas firms in Egypt have had a rough ride over the past few years. But for those operating in the country’s sparsely populated interior, no chore has proven as taxing as satisfying the Sahara Desert’s native inhabitants.

For centuries, roaming Bedouin tribes levied tribute from passing camel caravans to guarantee their safe passage, and in its modern guise, this habit has translated into demands for “protection money” from businesses whose property lies within their arid turf.…

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[ New Report Ranks the World’s ‘Greenest’ Utilities ]

By one measure – and measuring this sort of thing can get pretty complicated – the world’s biggest energy providers got a whole lot greener in 2013.

The publication EI New Energy, in releasing its third annual compilation of the “Top 100 Green Utilities” (PDF), said emissions-free sources accounted for 80 percent of the new energy generating capacity added by large utilities in 2013, a dramatic increase from 30 percent the year before.

The big additions – 21 gigawatts of non-hydropower renewables, 16 GW of hydro, and 3 GW of nuclear power – didn’t jumble the leaderboard much, at least not at the top: the Spanish company Iberdrola heads the new list, as it did in 2013, followed again by Energias de Portugal.…

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The Green Poll

Do you think groups that "adopt" a road to clean it actually works?

Yes, they do a great job
No, half the groups don't actually clean the roads
I haven't noticed

Green News

You can help support the Shriners Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, by bringing your drink can tabs to the East Stone Avenue Recycling Center. The City of Greenville will deliver the tabs to the organization so they can recycle them and use the funds to support their non-profit programs. If you would like a tab collection canister for your business, please contact recycling coordinator Brittany Keller at 864-467-8300.