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Energy efficiency has yet to learn the drill in the military

Three years ago, the Army began coating its tents in Iraq with 3 inches of spray-on foam in an effort to slash energy needs and trap costly air conditioning inside. The initiative was widely praised as a major success, helping curb the number of fuel-toting convoys weaving through dangerous terrain and significantly tamping down energy bills, according to Army numbers. But even as Defense Department officials herald the effort as a triumph, the Army has quietly stopped using the foam, citing a variety of reasons in a series of phone calls and emails with ClimateWire.


'Saudi Arabia of wind' has trouble figuring out how to get the power out

When plans to build North Dakota's largest transmission line in three decades were unveiled, it seemed as though the political, legal and economic stars were in alignment. Minnesota's legislators wanted more renewable power, North Dakota farmers looked forward to the extra income, and environmental groups championed the line for carrying "green power" and cutting reliance on coal. Now, the 345-kilowatt, 270-mile-long transmission line in North Dakota, which has been in the planning stages since 2009, is running up against objections from landowners.



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