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PHOTO: North Carolina ranked third in the nation in 2013 for solar installations, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Graphic courtesy SEIA.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - North Carolina could come closer to living up to its solar-power potential with a $500 million investment from Duke Energy. The corporation said this week it will construct three solar farms to generate 128 megawatts of electricity - in Elm City, Fayetteville and Warsaw. John ...Read More

PHOTO: There is contamination of drinking water associated with hydraulic fracturing, but a new study also finds the primary cause is from faulty shale gas wells, not migrating methane from the process itself. Photo credit: Roy Luck/Flickr.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A new study finds contamination of drinking water in parts of Texas from the extraction of shale gas, but the primary cause is not what some people had feared. Researcher Avner Vengosh says the contamination of the wells that they analyzed was not directly from the process of hy ...Read More

PHOTO: Rather than see their air polluted by burning fossil fuels, a new poll shows Wisconsin voters strongly favor the state mandating use of more renewable energy resources. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin voters are all about clean energy, no matter what their political views; that's the finding of a recent poll, conducted jointly by a democratic-and-republican research team. Keith Reopelle is senior policy director with the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wiscons ...Read More

PHOTO: If approved, the Grain Belt Express transmission line would bring wind energy from Kansas to Missouri, Illinois and points east. Supporters say it would also carry environmental and economic benefits to the state. Photo credit: Kevin_P/morguefile.com.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It appears the winds of change are blowing in Missouri, as more people speak out in favor of a plan to build a high-voltage wind energy transmission line through the state. Jim Turner, executive committee chair of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the line, whi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll finds a majority of Ohio electricity customers favor renewable-energy sources and don't want to have to pay to bail out aging coal plants. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new poll indicates Ohioans want a cleaner energy future not powered by coal. American Electric Power, Duke, and First Energy are asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to allow them to increase rates to pay for extra costs associated with continuing to generate power from ...Read More

PHOTO: Ten Montana farmers and ranchers voiced concerns about rail shipping delays during the National Farmers Union Fly-in to Washington, D.C., this week. Photo credit: Library of Congress

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Railroads are the backbone of agriculture for Montana. Rail shipping gets products to markets, grain elevators and export terminals, but scheduling rail cars has become trickier with the expansion of oil production in the Bakken. That's the experience Montana Farmers Union membe ...Read More

PHOTO: What's happening on Main Street in Whitesburg is one example of economic diversification being highlighted at the Appalachia's Bright Future event this weekend. Photo courtesy of Art of the Rural.

HARLAN, Ky. - When Whitesburg business owner Josh May sees eastern Kentucky's future, he sees a "blank canvas" for diversifying the region's economy. The Letcher County resident says the state's mountain communities are making the transition from what some call a "mono-economy," which has been depen ...Read More

PHOTO: Four out of five Arizonans support revenues from renewable-energy development in the state benefiting conservation projects on public lands impacted by development, according to a new poll. Photo credit: U.S. Energy Department.

PHOENIX - Four out of five Arizonans support revenues from wind-and-solar energy development in the state benefiting local and state governments, as well as funding conservation projects on lands impacted by development. That's according to the "Multi-State Western Survey" released today. Ian Dowd ...Read More

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