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Steffes awarded patent for technology to store renewable energy

August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dickinson-based Steffes Corp. was awarded a patent last week for technology that helps water heaters and other appliances store renewable energy like wind and solar.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Steffes the patent Aug. 12 for the “…continue reading on

With corporate help, Obama announces actions on renewable energy

May 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., – President Barack Obama announced steps on Friday to increase the use of solar panels, boost energy efficiency in federal buildings and train more people to work in the renewable energy field.

“It’s the right thing to do fo…continue reading on

U.S. Energy Dept. to offer loans to renewable energy companies

April 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Ayesha Rascoe

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Energy Department will soon issue a plan to offer loan aid for renewable energy projects, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Friday, doubling down on investments that have drawn intense…continue reading on

Corn growers worry about price decline if renewable fuel standard sees cut

January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

By Mikkel Pates

FARGO, N.D. — Crop farmers in the northern corn belt who have benefited from ethanol targets are putting on a push to save the current renewable fuel standard from proposed cuts by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Researchers study energy from renewable materials

August 17, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. University researchers in South Dakota and North Dakota have been awarded $6 million to see whether they can turn the molecular building blocks of grass, trees and other organic material into detergents, plastics and other items found at the supermarket. Continue Reading

Regulators review $600M in wind projects

October 12, 2011 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK (AP) State regulators on Wednesday approved construction of a 105-megawatt wind turbine farm in west-central North Dakota, and began reviewing three other wind projects that developers want to build next year.
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German parliament approves nuclear plant shutdown by 2022

June 30, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Lawmakers sealed for good the shutdown of eight of the older reactors, which have been off the grid since March. Germany’s remaining nine reactors will be shut down in stages by the end of 2022. Continue Reading

Xcel files plan to meet clean energy mandate early

May 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Xcel Energy, Colorado’s largest energy provider, said it’s continuing a program encouraging home solar sources to help it meet the state’s renewable energy mandate. Continue Reading

California to set ambitious renewable power standards

April 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to sign legislation that would require California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S. California utilities and other power providers would have until the end of 2020 to draw 33 percent of their power from solar panels, windmills, landfill gases, small hydroelectric plants and other renewable sources. Continue Reading

Demand topped off for ethanol

March 1, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. ethanol production pretty much hit a ceiling last year at 13.23 billion gallons, or about 10 percent of all gasoline production, according to an industry report released Monday. Continue Reading

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