• Automated Vehicles and the Future of Fuel Efficiency

    Cars these days are becoming more and more like computers on wheels. Many car enthusiasts long for the days of simpler designs where they can figure out exactly what's going on... Topic: Fuel efficiency

  • Prius Plug-in Versus Volt: Which Costs Less to Drive?

    Now that Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid has been officially announced, we can begin the comparisons with the... Topic: EV, Price, Hybrid

  • Now you can determine the solar efficiency of your roof

    It is becoming more and more common to install solar panels on roofs in order to obtain green electricity, but not all roofs are equally suitable.... Topic: Solar, Solar resource

  • Vermont Experiments in Cow Power

    A recent case study in the State of Vermont suggests that deriving electricity from cow manure may be economically feasible. This small and largely agrarian state has no... Tagged: Vermont Topic: Biomass, Waste-to-energy, Anerobic digester

  • World's first consumer standard label for wind power launched

    The technical standard for the first global consumer label for companies to buy wind power and other clean... Tagged: International Topic: Wind

  • Charge It Up: Installing an EV Charging Station at Home

    Exciting, economical, and emission free: That’s the new world of electric vehicles!... Topic: EV

  • World First Low Carbon Fuel to Be Developed for Virgin Atlantic

    Virgin Atlantic today announced the development of a world-first low carbon aviation fuel with just half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative.
    ... Topic: Waste-to-energy

  • Nest Learning Thermostat: Shiny Toy or Serious Tool?

    It looks a bit like a hockey puck, but it’s designed to keep your home warm in the winter, while cooling it in the summer. But while it is indeed slick, it’s a lot smarter than... Topic: Efficiency, Thermostat

  • SAVE Act: Building Energy Efficiency into Home Value

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The Alliance to Save Energy issued the following statement by President Kateri Callahan:

    "Every so often, a policy proposal turns out to be every... Tagged: Congress Topic: Efficiency, Legislation, Financing

  • A War Against Food Waste

    A food industry alliance is planning a three-year initiative to reduce the tremendous amount of food that Americans still throw in the garbage even as they grow... Topic: Biomass, Sustainability

  • Meet the Energy Superbugs: Extremophiles

    Extremophiles are tiny microbes that are able to thrive in hot, salty and even acidic or gaseous environments that would kill other forms of life.... Topic: Wind, Biomass, Waste-to-energy

  • Key Step Nears in Va. Quest for Offshore Winds

    A top state energy official says the federal government is preparing to accept expressions of interest from prospective developers of... Tagged: Virginia Topic: Wind, Offshore

  • Science Lags as Health Problems Emerge Near Gas Fields


    Tagged: Geothermal Topic: Natural gas, Solar
  • Health Effects and Light Bulbs

    For the first time scientists examined melatonin suppression in a various types of light bulbs, primarily those used for outdoor illumination, such as streetlights, road... Topic: Lighting, CFL, Solar

  • Duke Energy to Build Second Pennsylvania Wind Farm


    Duke Energy will build a new ... Topic: Wind farm, Wind, Utility scale

  • Military spearheads clean-energy drive


    Tagged: Ethanol, Electric Vehicles Topic: Renewables, Biodiesel
  • Solar homes showcase students’ energy, creativity

    University of Maryland students didn’t compete in the last Department of Energy Solar Decathlon... Topic: Solar, Site News

  • A Solar Panel on Every Roof? In U.S., Still a Distant Dream

    Daunted by high up-front costs, U.S. homeowners continue to shy away from residential solar power systems, even as utility-scale solar projects are taking off. But with do-it-... Tagged: United States, International Topic: Solar, Site News

  • Hog Waste Producing Electricity, Carbon Offsets

    A pilot waste-to-energy system constructed by Duke University and Duke Energy this week garnered the endorsement of Google Inc., which invests in... Tagged: Everything Else Topic: Waste-to-energy, Biomass

  • Waste Water + Bacteria = Clean Energy

    For the first time, researchers have sustainably produced hydrogen gas, a potential source of clean energy, using only water and bacteria.... Topic: Hydrogen

Valley 25x’25 promotes sensible solutions to achieve 25 percent renewable energy in the Shenandoah Valley before 2025.


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Q: What is Valley 25x’25?

A: Valley 25x’25 is an organization devoted to promoting sensible renewable energy and energy conservation projects in the Shenandoah Valley.   Started by JMU and including a broad array of interested individuals and organizations, Valley 25x’25 has a goal of helping the Shenandoah Valley achieve the goal of producing 25% of its energy from renewable sources before the year 2025.  We are associated with the national 25x'25 organization, but have our own unique identity.


Q: Why should I care about renewable energy?

A: The U.S. imports 66% of its oil and about 23% of its total energy.   America’s farms, forests, and other natural resources could be providing us with clean, renewable, domestically produced energy.  Supporting renewable energy helps decrease America’s dependence on foreign fuel sources and preserve our natural resources and our health.  Furthermore, continued increases in energy prices may make renewables more cost effective in the long-term than traditional fossil fuel sources.  Energy efficiency efforts almost alwaysy pay for themselves within a few years.


Q: Who supports Valley 25x’25?

A: We hope that everyone in the Shenandoah Valley will support us in one way or another.  A number of industrial, agricultural, and university partners pledged to help the effort from the outset, but we always welcome new endorsers or partners.  To pledge your support, please contact us.


Q: What counts as renewable energy?

A: Any energy source that can be used indefinitely without exhausting its supply is considered to be renewable.  Typically these include solar (photovoltaic or solar-thermal), wind, hydroelectric, biomass (biofuels or biomass for electricity), and geothermal.  Nuclear and “clean coal” technologies are alternative energy sources, but are not usually considered to be renewable.


 Q: I don’t like corn ethanol, so how can I support Valley 25x’25?

A: Easily!  Valley 25x’25 does not promote the production of corn ethanol in the Shenandoah Valley.   Our primary focus is on improving energy efficiency and promoting sensible and sustainable renewable energy projects that make suit the Valley.  Renewable energy is much more than biofuels (and biofuels are much more than just corn-based ethanol)!


Q: What type work does Valley 25x’25 do?

A: Much of our focus is on education, outreach, and community support.  We want to help you learn more about sensible renewable energy options and how they can be part of your energy portfolio.  Valley 25x’25 is committed to working with individuals, companies, and organizations to identify opportunities for implementing renewable energy solutions.


Q: How do I find out more?

A: For more information about Valley 25x’25, explore Valley25x25.org or contact us

Sources: Energy Information Administration: http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/txt/ptb0501.html and International Atomic Energy Agency: http://www.iaea.org/inisnkm/nkm/aws/eedrb/data/US.html.

Related Links

These links may be helpful in finding more information about sustainability, clean energy, and local agriculture.

National 25x'25

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Renewable Energy World

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  • Renewable Energy Recap: Brazil
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