Sunday, February 17, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 17 February 2013

New climate bill forecast: Gloomy
2/15/13 - Riding the momentum of President Barack Obama’s pledges to tackle global warming, Senate liberals are giving climate legislation another try — despite the seemingly insurmountable odds of winning congressional approval.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) unveiled a climate bill Thursday that would put a price on carbon and rebate 60 percent of the revenue to U.S. citizens.

“We’ve been beat down, we got up, we fought back and we’re re-energized,” Boxer said during a briefing on the bill. read more>>>

Major report adds climate change to ‘high risks’ facing US government
02/14/13 - The investigative arm of Congress has labeled climate change a “high risk” area for the U.S. government, a finding that liberal Democrats are using to seek political support for tougher measures to confront global warming.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in its biennial list of high-risk areas facing government operations, warned Thursday that the U.S. needs a better cross-government approach to a threat that’s creating huge financial exposure.

“Climate change creates significant financial risks for the federal government, which owns extensive infrastructure, such as defense installations; insures property through the National Flood Insurance Program; and provides emergency aid in response to natural disasters,” the report states. read more>>> - #1 online destination for solar panels & wind power!

Media campaign against windfarms funded by anonymous conservatives
Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy

15 February 2013 - Conservatives used a pair of secretive trusts to fund a media campaign against windfarms and solar projects, and to block state agencies from planning for future sea-level rise, the Guardian has learned.

The trusts, Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund, served as the bankers of the conservative movement over the past decade. Promising anonymity to their conservative billionaire patrons, the trusts between them channelled nearly $120m to contrarian thinktanks and activists, wrecking the chances of getting Congress to act on climate change.

Now the Guardian can reveal the latest project of the secretive funding network: a campaign to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy. read more>>>

Enabling a shift to green economies
The current development pattern in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) is degrading and depleting its natural capital – its land, waters, and biodiversity . This erodes the region’s capacity to provide ecosystem services now and in the future.

To address this problem, WWF is establishing a Green Economy Programme that will expand incentives for maintenance, enrichment, (and, where necessary, restoration) of natural capital in the GMS. read more>>>

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US military’s SPIDERS microgrid uses 90% renewables in first test
13 February 2013 - You can get a preview of the future energy landscape of the US by checking out the new SPIDERS renewable energy microgrid project. SPIDERS, which has the eventual aim of widespread adoption in the civilian sector, is designed to keep critical military facilities in operation in case of grid outages while inserting a healthy dose of clean, locally sourced energy into the picture.

DoD has been emerging as a renewable energy powerhouse, and that’s something to keep in mind as President Obama is expected to call for hardcore action on climate change in his State of the Union address.

The SPIDERS Microgrid Project

AWEA welcomes President Obama’s commitment to wind power
14 February 2013 - AWEA Interim CEO Rob Gramlich says the industry is proud to have supplied nearly half of America’s new electricity capacity in 2012

The American Wind Energy Association has welcomed President Barak Obama’s renewed commitment to the US wind sector delivered in the President’s State of the Union speech. In 2012, wind moved into first place as the main source of new US electric generating capacity and in his speech the President called upon Congress to strengthen the stewardship of humanity towards the environment while also putting millions of Americans to work in clean energy jobs and manufacturing.

Mr Gramlich said that once again the President has set a goal to double electricity generation from wind, solar and geothermal sources by 2020 while calling on Congress to make the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) permanent and refundable as part of corporate tax reform. This will additionally provide incentives and create certainty for investors in clean energy. read more>>>

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