Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 27 February 2013

Implementing an Energy Management System in a School
Feb. 11, 2013 - Implementing an energy management system in a school can reduce expenditure on energy and minimise waste. This can be both as a result of on-site management/operational issues as well as through investment in energy saving (no-, low-, medium- or high-cost measures).

Carbon emissions can be reduced through the use of less energy and utilising lower-carbon fuels (e.g. renewable energy or gas in preference to oil or electricity, where this is feasible). With existing financial mechanisms these can be cost neutral or, often, generate a net financial benefit.

These processes will raise awareness amongst the school community with the possible spread of good practices to home. read more>>>

Delivering the message for a green economy
27 February 2013 - We were 50,000 strong, converging on the nation's Capitol on Feb. 17 to exercise one of the perks of our democracy: The right of Peaceful Assembly.

The issue: the XL Pipeline, which if approved would continue the destruction of Alberta's landscape, exacerbate climate change, and threaten the water supply of thousands of Americans in the Midwestern states.

With the Washington Monument as a backdrop, we heard rousing speeches by Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Native American leader Chief Jaqueline Thomas and other activist heavyweights, and with a wind chill of 17 degrees to urge us along, we walked the blocks surrounding the White House to reiterate the theme of the speeches: that the president go thumbs down on the XL Pipeline and that we elected him on the basis of his promise to pay serious attention to the reality of climate change. read more>>>

Air/Q: Safer, Greener, More Effective Air Freshening for the Home

Goodbye to solar intermittency concerns
February 26, 2013 - The intermittent nature of solar energy may be less of a concern to utilities with the creation of a new, more accurate forecasting method.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year project to create unprecedented, 36-hour solar forecasts for solar power plants.

The system will forecast sunlight and resulting power every 15 minutes over specific solar facilities, enabling utilities to continuously anticipate the availability of solar energy. read more>>>

U.S. Power Giant to Cut Coal Emissions Polluting Eastern States
February 25, 2013 (ENS) – The U.S. EPA, eight states and 13 citizens groups have reached an agreement with American Electric Power that requires the nation’s largest power company to cut air pollution at 16 of its coal-fired power plants across the Midwest and South.

The settlement comes in a lawsuit originally filed in a federal court in Ohio in 1999 and is a modification of a prior 2007 settlement in a federal-multistate air pollution lawsuit.

That case addressed the air pollution carried from AEP plants east of the Mississippi River into New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Under the 2007 settlement, the company was required to install $4.6 billion worth of pollution controls and to invest $60 million in air pollution reduction projects. read more>>> - #1 online destination for solar panels & wind power!

Sequester Spending Cuts Will Hurt the Environment
February 24, 2013 (ENS) – If Congress does not act this coming week, automatic federal spending cuts, called the sequester, will go into effect March 1 that will impact the environment. Funding for parks, energy development, travel, clean air and water, fish and wildlife protection, pollution prevention, and disaster readiness will be cut.

Known as the sequester, the cuts will amount to $85 billion dollars over a seven-month period; 100,000 people are expected to lose their jobs and many thousands more are government employees who will be furloughed for several days each pay period.

These cuts are aimed at achieve the $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances, the White House says. read more>>>

BPA taps water heaters to stir wind
February 27, 2013 - Residential electric water heaters can help integrate wind into the power system, according to research from Ecofys energy consultants funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

That's not all. The research further reveals that residential electric furnaces, freezers/chillers in cold storage warehouses at industrial sites, and commercial heating and cooling loads can all help the grid accommodate the intermittency of wind. read more>>>

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