Saturday, April 20, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 20 April 2013

Progress towards Clean Energy has stalled, IEA says
Renewable technologies and greater efforts by emerging economies are among few bright spots cited in report for Clean Energy Ministerial

Apr. 17, 2013 - The rapid expansion of renewable technologies is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise bleak assessment of global progress towards low-carbon energy, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in an annual report to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) here today. read more>>>

Penn takes top honors in EPA’s Green Power Challenge
Apr. 17, 2013 - The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has finished in first place in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s nationwide College and University Green Power Challenge.

EPA began its Green Power Challenge for higher education institutions in 2006, and University of Pennsylvania has been the winner every year. The University of Pennsylvania took top honors this year by purchasing more than 200 million kWh of wind power annually--more green power than any of the 75 other competing schools. read more>>>

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EPA Announces U.S. Organizations Using the Most Green Power
Apr. 17, 2013 - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released an updated list of the Top 50 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.

“We applaud the leadership demonstrated by organizations that are helping reduce carbon pollution and spur the growth of clean, American-made energy sources by increasing their use of renewable energy,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “As President Obama has made clear, clean energy is critical to our health, our economy, our security, and our ability to effectively address climate change.” read more>>>

Jordan readies its first Policy On Climate Change
Apr. 15, 2013 - Jordan is set to launch a national policy this month for mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change, making it the first Arab country to do so, according to its environment ministry.

The policy, a strategic document, recognises that women and children are particularly affected by climate change, for example because of its impact on food prices and the spread of disease at local and household levels.

Apart from gender considerations, the policy also addresses the status of other vulnerable groups such as poor farmers whose adaptive capacity is low. read more>>>

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Global Renewable Fuels Alliance applauds IEA bio-fuels findings
18 April 2013 - The International Energy Agency (IEA) released its Tracking Clean Energy Progress report in New Delhi, India yesterday detailing the increased role it believes bio-fuels will need to play in reducing Green House Gases (GHG) as part of their Climate Change Scenario by 2020.

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA )applauded this finding, stating that biofuels are already significantly reducing global GHG emissions.

According to the report, the world's major economies are currently not on track to meet the IEA’s goal of holding global climate change to a 2°C rise by 2020. read more>>>

Obama dramatically expands support for renewables in 2014 budget proposal
10 April 2013 - President Barack Obama on Wednesday proposed a dramatic expansion of spending on renewables and other clean-energy initiatives while calling for the equally significant cuts to tax breaks and subsidies for oil, gas and coal.

In sum, the president's 2014 budget proposal would eliminate $4 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels. At the same time, he's proposing increasing support for wind energy alone by almost 50 percent, while also ramping up support for everything from electric vehicles to energy efficiency.

Among other noteworthy line items is an allocation of $2.8 billion to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to support research and development of new renewables technologies. read more>>>

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Group Power is bringing Solar to Central Brooklyn
April 18, 2013 - Solarize Brooklyn, a grass-roots program bringing cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn buildings on a large scale, kicks off its 2013 campaign in the Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush neighborhoods kicks off on April 24 with a community education session at the Windsor Terrace Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at 160 E. 5thStreet, from 6:30pm-8pm. for more information and to register for the event.

With assistance from Solar One, Sustainable Kensington Windsor Terrace and Sustainable Flatbush have joined forces to form the Solarize Brooklyn: Kensington Windsor Terrace & Flatbush program. read more>>>

Organizers to focus on green entrepreneurship
April 19th, 2013 - Encouraginggreen entrepreneurship.

This is the focus of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this June’s Cebu Business Month (CBM) celebration.

Nelia Navarro, Department of Trade and Industry provincial director, said the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) will be showcased in the month-long celebration on June 15 to 19.

Navarro said the MSME activity will carry the theme “Cebu – the hub of sustainable lifestyle in the Philippines” which is in line with the DTI’s thrust for a green economy.

Navarro said “green economy” would mean sustainable consumption and production. read more>>>

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