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Big Solar Project Moves Forward Without Uncle Sam

SolarCity says it will install solar systems on the roofs of up to 120,000 military homes, with financing coming from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. It's the first time a project of this scale has been launched without the federal government basically co-signing the loan.
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A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' In Pa.

As the natural gas industry booms in Pennsylvania, drillers are encountering a hodgepodge of local rules on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." State lawmakers are considering changes that would limit the way a local community regulates what happens in its own backyard.
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Baker Discusses New Smart Meters

Smart electric meters are being installed in homes across the country. The wireless devices replace old meters and transmit electricity usage data wirelessly to utilities. But there are concerns about accuracy and safety. Guy Raz talks to David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, for more.
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Warmth In Winter: Smart Windows To Let Heat In

Windows treated with an insulating film are twice as efficient as regular double-pane windows, since they block heat from entering a building. That's useful on warm days, but inefficient when it's cold. One lab is researching a new coating that could be turned on and off with an electrical current.
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Black Friday Can Also Mean Green Friday

While many people think of Black Friday as a time to get deals on electronics or early gifts, one group of retailers is urging consumers to shop around... for energy.

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Cardin Still Waiting On Transparency Rules

Congress passed a law meant to create more openness in Wall Street more than a year ago, but as Sen. Ben Cardin notes, the SEC is dragging its feet.

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A Push To Make Gasoline Engines More Efficient

Technology exists for gas cars to get 55 miles per gallon — the fuel economy goal set by the Obama administration for the year 2025. But all the extra comforts consumers are used to — including automatic transmissions and power windows — can drive fuel economy down by half.

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