Here are the Top 10 Renewable Energy News Stories You May Have Missed this Week:
1. Seattle Launches New Building Energy Efficiency Program  - Seattle is the latest in a series of major cities to join the burgeoning building energy efficiency initiative designed to save up to 50 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S.
2. Turning Plants into Powerhouses  - A group of 18 scientists attending a workshop for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently reported on parallels between their research on photosynthesis and photovoltaics that point toward a potentially exponential increase in the ability of plants to provide energy, biofuel, and the human fuel called food.
3. Kenya Geothermal Picks Up Major Steam Around World's Second Largest Volcanic Crater  - Kenya, Africa's largest geothermal producer, has discovered significant exploitable steam deposits in the world's second largest volcanic crater, a place also known as one of the area's main tourist attractions.
4. GM Breaks Ground On Electric Motor Plant  - General Motors announced that construction has begun on a new electric motor plant located in Baltimore, Maryland. The new facility will be the first of its kind in the United States.
5. Texas Renewable Energy Up 30% in 2010  - The State of Texas increased its renewable energy generation by 30% in 2010 to 28 million megawatt-hours with a rated capacity of 10,515 megawatts, according to annual report filed May 13 with the Texas Pubic Utilities Commission by Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
6. Philips to Unveil New LED Light Bulb  - In 1891 the Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands began manufacturing carbon-filament lamps, 120 years later the company continues to lead the world in innovative lighting solutions. As part of the LIGHTFAIR® International trade show Philips announced that it will unveil the world's first LED replacement for the 75-watt light bulb.
7. GT Solar Receives Largest Order to Date  - GT Solar has announced it has received its largest order to date. South Korea-based polysilicon producer OCI Company Ltd. has ordered US$228 million of polysilcon production equipment and technology.
8. Abu Dhabi: An Unexpected, But Growing, Voice in Renewable Energy  - Abu Dhabi, UAE continues to gain more regional and international recognition as a renewable and sustainable energy center. It is natural to think that Abu Dhabi is heavily dependent on oil and gas production. The Emirate, however, is looking to diversify its economy and energy future and it is spearheading various clean energy initiatives.
9. Recovery Act Success? Over 1,800 Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed to Date and More to Come  - Secretary Steven Chu noted that over 1,800 Electric Vehicle charging stations have been installed under the Recovery Act to date -- a statistic designed to address growing concerns over rising fuel costs and dependency on foreign oil.
10. MIT Study Shows Biofuel Carbon Emissions Dependent on Land Used to Produce the Feedstocks  - After performing a life-cycle analysis of 14 fuel sources, a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have determined carbon emissions from biofuels vary greatly depending on the type of land used to produce the feedstocks.
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