Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 5 February 2013

National Grid energy-efficiency financing drives savings
February 5, 2013 - Groom Energy will perform building energy assessment and implement multi-measure energy-efficiency retrofits at two facilities in Massachusetts.

Following comprehensive building energy audits and assessments at the Atlas Box facilities, Groom Energy has already completed upgrades in compressed air, LED lighting and vending machine energy controls. The next upgrades include such HVAC-related improvements as adding variable frequency drives to ventilation systems and intelligent controls for packaged rooftop units.

The upgrades will reduce the total energy consumption at the two Atlas facilities by 55 percent. read more>>>

Pure Citizen

NC identifies billions in transmission projects
February 5, 2013 - The North Carolina Transmission Planning Collaborative (NCTPC) has identified 11 major transmission projects representing more than $318 million in investments over the next decade.

As part of the 2012-2022 Collaborative Transmission Plan for North Carolina (2012 plan), these transmission projects are expected to be implemented by the transmission owners to preserve system reliability and improve economic transfers over the next 10-year planning period. "Major" projects are defined as those requiring transmission investments of more than $10 million.

The collaborative was formed in 2005 to develop a shared plan for electric transmission system enhancements in the state, provide participants and other stakeholders an opportunity to participate in the electric transmission planning process for North Carolina, and develop a single coordinated transmission plan for North Carolina electric utilities that includes reliability and enhanced transmission access considerations. read more>>>

Solar Power Ensures Microgrid Expansion well Beyond 2013
February 01, 2013 - As a result of solar power becoming increasingly affordable and easier to install, many areas are using them to create their own Microgrids. Here is a look at how solar panels are helping to encourage Microgrid creation and what the future holds for solar energy in residential areas.

The Benefits of Solar Energy

In order to appreciate the reasons why so much money and technological research is being invested in solar power it is worth considering the benefits that this energy source has to offer. Solar energy can boast two main attributes, not only is it a sustainable resource but it is also completely renewable, so unlike fossil fuels we will never run out of it. It also enables homeowners and communities to generate their own source of electricity and reduce or maybe even eliminate their dependency on the main grid. Solar power produces zero emissions and is good for the environment especially when you compare it against fossil fuel generated electricity. Many governments around the world are embracing this concept of powering our homes and a good number of them offer financial incentives or even rebates to encourage individuals or communities to change to this cleaner and more cost effective source of energy and power. read more>>>

Guided Products

Deep green investing: A closer look
February 04, 2013 - As you’ve no doubt heard, Bill McKibben and his allies at 350.org have launched a national campaign to persuade colleges, universities, churches, foundations and, yes, people like you and me, to stop investing in the fossil fuel industry. The campaign raises interesting questions as, I’m sure, McKibben hoped it would. Among them:

Does divestment make sense as a strategy to curb climate change?

If those of us who are concerned about climate change want to align out investments with our beliefs, what options are available? read more>>>

A critical moment to harness green infrastructure for clean water
February 04, 2013 - Natural ecosystems provide essential services for our communities. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter the water we drink, protect neighborhoods from floods and droughts and shade aquatic habitat for fish populations.

While nature provides this green infrastructure, water utilities and other decision-makers often attempt to replicate these services with concrete-and-steel gray infrastructure -- usually at a much greater cost. Particularly where the equivalent natural ecosystems are degraded, we build filtration plants to clean water, reservoirs to regulate water flow and mechanical chillers to protect fish from increasing stream temperatures. And even though healthy ecosystems can reduce the operational costs of these structures, investing in restoring or enhancing various types of green infrastructure is rarely pursued -- either as a substitute for or complement to gray infrastructure. read more>>>

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