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DOE’s $259 million loan will retool Alcoa facility in Tenn., creating 200 jobs and improving vehicle fuel efficiency

The loan — carried out through the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program — makes it possible for the company to expand and upgrade its Tennessee facility to make specialized aluminum sheet for vehicles like the Ford-F150 pick-up truck, America’s best-selling vehicle. Products like aluminum and high-strength steel make the F-150 lighter and more fuel efficient while remaining equally powerful.


Minnesota saves 30 billion gallons of water due to wind energy

Since 2004, Minnesota has now produced more than 56 million megawatts of wind energy. Those megawatts serve as a valuable homegrown resource, but they also help preserve one of Minnesota’s most important resources: water. That’s because traditional power generation, from fuels like coal, uses 541 gallons of water for every megawatt hour produced. When energy production is shifted to fuel free energy sources like wind, each of those megawatts helps save hundreds of gallons of water. Since 2004, Minnesota has saved over 30 billion gallons of water due to wind energy production.


Renewable energy isn’t boosting electric bills, study contends

Have wind and solar installations increased the cost of electricity? A study by Nancy Pfund and Anand Chhabara says there is no evidence to show they have. The study “Renewables Are Driving up Electricity Prices – Wait, What?” looks at the top ten states for renewable energy, the ten state with the least renewable energy and the nation averages. “Basically we didn’t find much difference and I think that’s the point,” said Pfund.

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More than 47,000 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced in more than 40 states across the country last year, according to E2′s latest jobs analysis.

The top 10 states for the year were: Nevada, California, New York, Michigan, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Utah, and New Mexico.

Solar was once again the top sector. Advanced vehicles also had a strong year, according to the report.