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The Road to Sustainablity


Jerry and Ruth Pillath make their living on the dairy farm Jerry’s family settled a generation ago.

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WWII Vet Wins Metcalf Drawing


I never win anything,” exclaimed Michael Norris when we revealed that his prize was $1,000 plus renewable energy for a year through the REpower Now Program. “But, I saw the sign and I thought I would have a go at it.”

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Without Much Straining, Minnesota Reins In Its Utilities’ Carbon Emissions


Today, Minnesota gets more of its power from wind than all but four other states, and the amount of coal burned at power plants has dropped by more than a third from its 2003 peak. And while electricity consumption per person has been slowly falling natio

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Stanford scientist unveils 50-state plan to transform U.S. to renewable energy


Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson has developed a 50-state roadmap for transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

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Coal fuel shortage threatens Xcel and Dairyland


Newly released documents show the coal delivery shortage that threatens to shutter one of Dairyland Power’s two coal-fired plants has also caused a fuel shortage at one of Minnesota’s largest electricity generators.

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"Millions of People Investing in Solar" — Billy Parish Explains the Power of Crowd Finance


For years, the only effective way to go solar was to have tens of thousands of dollars and a sunny roof. Investing in solar was nearly impossible. Not'ny more...

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The White House report on Climate Change


Explore highlights of the National Climate Assessment including an Overview, the report’s 12 overarching findings, and a summary of impacts by region.

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Union of Concerned Scientists - The Time for Wind and Solar Energy Is Now


To avoid the worst of the worst, IPCC scientists say emissions will have to be reduced 40 percent to 70 percent by 2050 and warn that we only have a 15-year window to reverse course.

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The case for a carbon tax


It's still possible to avert catastrophic human-caused climate change, but the world's nations must push much harder to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions — and very soon.

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Grid parity: Why electric utilities should struggle to sleep at night


Washington Post - What’s good news for those concerned with climate change, and bad news for electric utilities? That’s grid parity, which is sometimes called socket parity. It exists when an alternative energy source generates electricity at a cost match

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