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More Than One Out Of Three U.S. Counties Face Water Shortages Due To Climate Change

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Greatest Risks Seen in 14 States: AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, ID, KS, MS, MT, NE, NV, NM, OK and TX;WASHINGTON (July 20, 2010) -- More than 1,100 U.S. counties -- a full one-third of all counties in the lower 48 states -- now face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming, and more than 400 of these counties will be at extremely high risk for water shortages, based on estimates from a new report by Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Greening The Grid

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Utilities and environmental groups are coming together to help modernize the transmission system. It's an arduous job that requires conciliation and patience. Together, they seek to improve the grid's capabilities to allow it to carry more green electrons as well as provide customers with the information they need to make better energy choices. With Congress now considering national renewable energy mandates and at least half the states with such laws on their books, electric companies must have a way to deliver the expected use of those renewables. ... Read more about Greening The Grid

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Tool That Tracks Solar Installations Is Open To All

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NREL - March 15, 2010 - The photovoltaic (PV) market now has an eye-popping, interactive bevy of maps and charts that can let anyone know where PV panels are being installed, how big they are, how much they cost and how fast the industry is booming. Interested in where PV is installed in the U.S. and how it has grown over time? Go to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Web site, openpv.nrel.gov, and find a dynamic time map showing PV installation activity in the U.S. from 1998 to 2009. Want to know how fast the cost per watt is plunging in Wisconsin or California? ... Read more about Tool That Tracks Solar Installations Is Open To All

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