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Meet the Energy Geeks: Here’s a glimpse of what seven ARPA-E winners are up to. They’re some of “the nation’s most visionary energy innovators — thrill-seeking, over-achieving uber-geeks from start-up companies and universities across America.” — Grist

Putting a Price on Energy Waste: “Lee Schipper, a longtime student of  energy efficiency and transportation with positions at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley….says an innovation push is required, but there is also vital need to raise the cost of wasteful and polluting energy habits.” — NYT’s Dot Earth

Brazil Lifts Ethanol Tariff, For Now: “In a gesture to improve biofuel trade relations with the U.S. and other countries, Brazil’s Council of Ministers of the Board of Foreign Trade (MDIC) has temporarily lifted the country’s tariff on imported ethanol, changing the tax rate from 20 percent to zero percent.” — Autoblog Green

Growth Blowin’ in the Wind: “The American Wind Energy Association released its annual report today, which shows an addition of more than 10,000 MW of new wind power across the U.S….Wind continues to be the leader in new electricity generation, accounting for 39 percent of new power sources added to the grid, second only to natural gas.” — Greentech Media

Portland Dethroned: “There’s been an upset at the top of Bicycling magazine’s annual list of the country’s 50 bike-friendliest big cities. Portland, Oregon, long known as the bike-friendliest city in the land, has been dethroned by Minneapolis, Minnesota.” — Wired’s Autopia

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