renewable energy

Science & Health
12:05 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

U.A. Student Attending Climate Conference in Peru

Catherine King
Matthew Wood, University of Alabama

A University of Alabama student is heading to Lima, Peru next month for a United Nations conference on climate change.  Catherine King is a chemical engineering major with a focus on green chemistry.  She’s one of 8 students across the country the American Chemical Society selected to attend the conference.  King says the issue of climate change has become too politicized.

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Business & Education
6:26 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Tuskegee to Host Transportation, Energy Forum

Tuskegee University is gearing up for an event showcasing electric vehicles, toys and renewable energy for local students and teachers.

University officials say hundreds of children and educators are expected on campus Thursday for Tuskegee University Electric Vehicle Transportation Day.

School officials say the event will also feature guest lectures from Alabama Power Co., the University of Central Florida and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

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Science & Health
9:57 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Texas Company Cancels Alabama Wind Farm Project

Credit Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania / stateimpact.npr.org

A Texas company is giving up plans to generate electricity with wind turbines along a ridge in northeastern Alabama.

The Gadsden Times reports that Pioneer Green Energy is abandoning the $2 million project because rules imposed by the Alabama Legislature were too restrictive.

Pioneer Green attorney Charles Stewart says the project has been canceled in Etowah and Cherokee counties.

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Science & Health
1:40 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

'Carbon Capture' One Key to Combating Global Warming

Lester Lefkowitz/Getty Images

The question of how to reduce the pollution that causes global warming is now a hot topic since new carbon limits were announced by the EPA earlier this month.  Those proposed rules aim to reduce national carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030.  In Alabama, the goal is 27 percent.  The boom in natural gas could help, as could investments in renewable energy like wind and solar.  Another method is what’s called “carbon capture.”  Dr.

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Science & Health
6:42 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Wind Legislation Faces Public Hearing

Courtesy of Pioneer Green Energy

The first ever state regulations on wind energy could become law soon.  The legislation has already passed in the Senate and a public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in the House.  Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy is charging the legislation is intended to stop two of their wind farms from being bu

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Science & Health
7:41 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Updated: Future of Wind Power in Alabama at a Defining Moment

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania stateimpact.npr.org

A bill now before the Alabama House would set the state’s first regulations on wind farms.  The plan would mean building large wind mills to generate electricity. The plan to regulate wind power in Alabama passed the Senate last week by a vote of 24-to-6.  Bill sponsor Republican Phil Williams represents Etowah and Cherokee Counties. He says he started looking into wind farms when he learned of two projects planned for his district.

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