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National Wildlife Federation calls for renewable energy

Climate change is altering and destroying important habitats that America’s migratory birds depend on and urgent action is needed to change that dangerous "flight path," including rapid development of renewable energy sources, according to a new report released yesterday by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).

Shifting Skies: Migratory Birds in a Warming World details how a warming climate could lead to a decline in some bird populations and even some extinctions if action is not taken to curb carbon pollution and adopt climate-smart conservation strategies.

The report's foreword, by NWF President and CEO Larry Schweiger, says, "The climate crisis is already changing the playing field for birds, other wildlife and their habitats across America. Urgent action is needed to preserve America’s conservation legacy ... We must address the underlying cause of climate change by reducing our carbon pollution and quickly transitioning to cleaner, more secure sources of energy."

Gasoline vs. Electricity, and the winner is:

How much does it cost to commute to work or drive across town? The price of gasoline is posted at every corner gas station, but what about the cost of driving on electricity? The Department of Energy’s eGallon provides a quick and simple answer to this question and allows electric vehicle (EV) drivers to see how much they can save on fuel by using electricity instead of gasoline.

New initiatives, mapping a better grid

GridJune 19, 2013. Last week President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum that will hopefully speed up the modernization of the nation’s electric grid. The hope is to make electricity more reliable, save consumers money on their energy bills, and support homegrown American clean energy jobs and industries by making renewable energy easier to access across the country.

UCS report: Renewable Portfolio Standards provide economic benefits at ‘little or no’ cost

TurbinesJune 11, 2013. Trailblazing the renewable energy frontier, in 1983 Iowa became the first state to implement a renewable portfolio standard.  Though modest – the RPS only required MidAmerican and Alliant Energy to procure 105 megawatts of renewable generation capacity – the policy positioned Iowa to become a renewable energy leader.

National Harbor Hosts High School EV Competion on June 8th

Ten single-passenger electric vehicles built by high school students from Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC, will compete at the inaugural Washington DC Electric Vehicle Grand Prix at National Harbor on Saturday, June 8th from 8:30 to 4:00 PM.

The PEPCO sponsored event, believed to be the first of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region, is organized by Global EEE (Education, Energy and Environment) in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC (EVA/DC), the Baltimore-Washington EV Initiative (BEVI), and NuGen Mobility. Other co-sponsors include charging station provider SemaConnect, Spice 6 Indian Cuisine, Mom’s Organic Market, Autobahn Indoor Speedway and Clean Currents.

First Grid-Connected Offshore Wind Turbine in the U.S. is now in Maine.

Offshore Floating TurbineJune 3, 2013. The Energy Department recognized this past week the nation’s first grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine prototype off the coast of Castine, Maine.

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