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Actions speak louder than words when it comes to responsible oil and gas development. But for some reason, the Colorado oil and gas industry just doesn’t seem to get that.
Federal loan guarantees for renewable energy, which spurred the development of massive projects like the recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California – and roiled the 2012 elections – are emerging from hibernation.
More than two years after closing the last such loan guarantee, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Wednesday that it intends to make up to $4 billion available “for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases.”
The announcement sets the stage for the DOE to offer support for projects that incorporate one or more of five broad technology types [PDF]:
- “advanced grid integration and storage,” a key need in getting more intermittent renewable energy on the grid;
- “drop-in biofuels,” which could directly replace conventional fossil fuels in cars, planes and ships and function within the current distribution system;
- “waste-to-energy,” where waste gases and discarded materials are used in commercial-scale energy production;
- “enhancement of existing facilities,” such as adding power-production to existing dams that don’t have it;
- and “efficiency improvements,” a catchall that could range from residential building improvements to the recovery of energy from curtailed renewable energy systems.
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