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Energy Dept. Offers Loan Aid Plan for Green Energy

The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan to offer up to $4 billion in loan aid to renewable energy projects, opening up another round of funding for a program that faced harsh political attacks over past government-backed failures.The draft plan would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions.It will specifically focus on advanced electric grid technology and storage, biofuels that can be used in conventional vehicles, energy from waste products and energy efficiency improvements.This latest loan offering follows a round of funding from the 2009 economic stimulus that backed solar, wind and geothermal projects, including now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra.Despite the high-profile collapse of Solyndra, the Obama administration has stressed that most of its energy investments have done well and it credits the program with helping the U.S. solar industry go from panels on the roof of a house to industrial-scale ...

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  1. Did stimulus do what it was supposed to?

    A look back five years later

  2. Marking five years since Obama stimulus package

    Reflecting on where we are now

  3. U.S. Market Correction Worries Fade

    A rapid recovery in U.S. stock prices after the recent slide may be enough to make many investors who remained bullish feel a little smug. That would be a mistake, m...

  4. Illinois lawmaker proposes teaching the benefits of unions in schools

    Illinois Policy Institute Head of Labor Research Diana Rickert on efforts to teach union history in Illinois schools.

  5. What are the objections to common core standards?

    AEI Research Fellow in Education Policy Studies Mike McShane on the debate over common core standards in education.

  6. ObamaCare cutting 2 million jobs?

    FOX News contributor Julie Roginsky weighs in on the latest CBO report saying jobs will be cut due to ObamaCare.

  7. Fed's Plosser: If economy stays on track, taper could speed up

    FBN's Peter Barnes on Philly Fed President Charles Plosser's comments on tapering and the economy.

  8. Week Ahead: Jobs Report and a New Fed Chief

    The release of the January jobs report next week may draw attention away from turmoil in emerging markets.Also on tap is the historic swearing in of Janet Yellen as ...

  9. Fisher: Fed Can't Go 'cold Turkey' On Bond Buys

    The president of the Dallas Federal Reserve wants the U.S. central bank to end its economic-stimulus program as soon as possible, but he says the Fed can't go from "...

  10. U.S.A. Petrostate

    As media pundits and government officials wring their hands about how to jump-start an anemic U.S. economy and reduce unemployment, the answer is right underneath ou...

  11. Is 'V-Commerce' the Next Big Trend for Startups?

    Harry’s co-founder Andy Katz-Mayfield believes more retail startups will pursue vertical integration, following the news on Wednesday that the shaving startup purchased a German razor manufacturer for $100 million.

  12. Will Obama end state of 'limbo' over Keystone pipeline?

    Pressure mounts for WH decision

  1. More States Turning to Public-Private Partnerships

    Visitors to New York who land at LaGuardia Airport could be forgiven for not realizing they've arrived in one of the world's swankiest cities.The airport's leaky cei...

  2. Kocherlakota Says Fed Falling Short On Employment Growth

    Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota on Tuesday said the central bank is not doing all it can to promote faster job creation and a quicker dec...

  3. Fed Will Diagnose How Well Economy is Recovering

    The Federal Reserve's policymaking group is likely to continue wrangling over the pace of tapering during its meeting this week, say economists and others who watch ...

  4. Starbucks CEO: Cautiously optimistic on U.S. economy, consumer

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the rise in coffee prices and the state of business.

  5. How can we tackle America's exploding national debt?

    T.W. Shannon on his run for Senate in Oklahoma and his plan to get the national debt under control

  6. U.S. Factory Data Hint At Improving Economy

    U.S. factory activity rebounded last month from an eight-month low and consumer spending increased more than expected in January, suggesting the economy was regainin...

  7. Top 10 Tips for Mortgage Borrowers in 2014

    The clock is ticking for buyers and homeowners who want to grab a low mortgage rate in 2014. But if you stay on top of your game, keep your finances in order and act...

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