Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 10 April 2013

Climate Change in the Southeastern U.S. Could Mean Endless Severe Thunderstorms
Apr 08, 2013 - Scientists who probe the atmosphere is search of tomorrow's weather have already picked up signs of major heat waves looming for American cities, particularly eastern 'burgs like Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Now NASA is giving us a heads-up that residents of yet more cities might soon face increased risks of getting frizzled by lightning or charley-horsed by walnut-sized hailstones. The space agency has released new weather models based on a 2007 study by Purdue University's Robert Trapp, who examined what might happen if the concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gas were to continue increasing until the end of the century. read more>>>

Air Pollution Tied to Birth Defects
April 8, 2013 - Exposure in the first two months of pregnancy to air pollution from traffic sharply increases the risk for birth defects, a new study has found.

Researchers used data from two large studies carried out in eight counties in the San Joaquin Valley in California. One has tracked birth defects since 1997, and the other has recorded concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide and particulate matter at 20 locations in the valley since the 1970s. read more>>>

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Colorado legislative proposal would create improvement districts for clean energy
Apr 8, 2013 - Colorado commercial property owners could get loans for energy-efficiency projects under a proposal approved by the state Senate.

The bill, SB 212, sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass, creates the CPACE program, short for Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy.

It allows businesses to finance energy projects upfront and save on their electrical costs as they pay back the loans, according to an announcement from the Senate Democrats' office. read more>>>

With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital
April 8, 2013 - There are at least two things to know about this high desert city. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city’s mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing.

Two years ago, the mayor, a Republican, decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital “of the world,” he said. Then he reconsidered. “Of the universe,” he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet. read more>>>

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Trade Unions in the Green Economy: Working for the Environment
06 April 2013 - Need there be a conflict between jobs and climate change? The positions of trade unions internationally on problems of climate change and the environment is explored in a varied collection of articles, reviewed by Douglas Coker

The threats from global warming and climate change are well established. Progress on implementing measures to mitigate global warming have been woefully inadequate and currently seem to have stalled completely. Governments at all levels have disappointed, business responses vary with much greenwash evident, so what, one might wonder, have trade unions been doing in response to the threat from global warming? This much needed book, "Trade Unions in the Green Economy: Working for the Environment", provides some answers. read more>>>

How about microgrids as a service?
Apr 8, 2013 - The first is the growing strength of the microgrid trend. Oh sure, mainstreaming is still two or three years away, but many people now believe microgrids will be a large part of our energy future. More importantly, many people are now underway on pilots and small deployments.

The second is the idea of microgrid-as-a-service. Think about it. Yes, you need some physical components installed on site. But the command-and-control function could easily be handled in the cloud as long as there was provision for on-site control in the event of an outage of the big grid. read more>>>

It Takes A Solar Village To Test A Microgrid
April 8th, 2013 - Old Solar Decathlon houses don’t die; they gather together to form a neighborhood – one prime for some groundbreaking experimentation in taking advantage of clean energy source.

At least, that’s the case at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Four past decathlon entries comprise the Solar Village at the Rolla, Mo., campus – and an important new twist is coming to the village: installation of a microgrid that will store and manage the renewable energy the houses produce.

The goal is to come to some better understanding of how small-scale microgrids might fit into the future energy picture. read more>>>

Tying energy storage into a modern grid
April 9, 2013 - The Electricity Storage Association (ESA) has solidified its commitment to increasing the commercial deployment of electricity storage into the grid with a formal announcement.

"… we believe 2013 is poised to be a banner year for electricity storage. Fortunately, our mission is no longer just concerned with establishing the science behind electricity storage -- that's been proven. Rather, we've seen a dramatic increase in interest across the country -- especially the California Public Utilities Commission decisions -- to use energy storage to make our electric grid more reliable and cost effective," said Brad Roberts, executive director of ESA.

"This is a trend we plan to build upon over the coming months. It's been encouraging to see that lawmakers, regulators and utilities alike are responding to the value and versatility of energy storage, as well as the grid stability and economic security that the technology provides," Roberts said. read more>>>

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