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5 June 2011

Introducing Paul Gipe

Paul Gipe is an author, international consultant, frequent presenter, and expert on renewable energy and feed-in-tariffs. To keep up on recent developments in wind power and other renewable energy technologies and policies, I recommend, by Paul Gipe. I met Paul a couple of years ago at a seminar in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he presented a very feasible strategy for meeting all our electrical generating needs using renewables, particularly …


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9 December 2010

Goal: Harness Energy Without Losing Air, Soil, and Water Quality

Energy extraction, including drilling and mining, is one sector of our economy that’s has been especially damaging to soils, like those near the oil sands operations in Alberta shown in the above photo. As a soil scientist, I’m interested in sustainable land use that recognizes the life-supporting services of healthy soils. That means, to the extent feasible and practicable, our infrastructure, agriculture, and energy systems need to preserve the fundamental …


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1 March 2010

Wisconsin Bill Favors Local Renewable Energy

Wisconsin bill would promote small-scale distributed renewable power generation. While the deeply-divided Congress looks incapable of passing any serious legislation, states are moving ahead with renewable energy initiatives, particularly states that don’t mine coal or drill much oil and gas. Wisconsin’s Clean Energy Jobs Act (AB 649/SB 450) was introduced January 7, 2010. It proposes major energy reforms recommended by Governor Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force. The bill isn’t just …


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