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General Resources

TRANSMISSION IS VITAL:
To further research the smart grid and what it means for electric customers, a number of facts and links are available on the U.S. Department of Energy website.

THINK SMALL (SMALL GENERATION):
Thinking even smaller can contribute to the country’s energy goals, while at the same time saving you money. Residential wind, solar and geothermal energy systems installed on primary residences and second homes qualify for a 30-percent federal tax credit, with no upper cost limit, until December 31, 2016.

GROWTH POTENTIAL (BIOMASS):
Learn more about the federal government’s research and development of biomass resources in the United States.

POWER FROM WAVES:
Summer is a good time to buy inexpensive energy-saving tools and equipment, such as new air conditioner filters. In hot weather climates, you can save up to 2 percent of your energy bill just by replacing air conditioner filters monthly.

ADMINISTRATION TIES CLEAN ENERGY TO JOBS:
For more details about the administration’s position on energy and the environment, see www.whitehouse.gov/issues/energy-and-environment. To support members of Congress who are seeking nonregulatory solutions to climate change issues, join the nationwide Our Energy, Our Future grassroots campaign.

THE FUTURE FOR COAL:
How does your state measure up with its average retail price for power? What are the major generating sources for electricity in your state’s portfolio, and how dependent is your state on coal?