Friday, May 10, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 10 May 2013

Carbon-dioxide levels are at their highest point in at least 800,000 years
May 8, 2013 - Since 1956, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has been gathering data on how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere — a very basic measure of how humans are transforming the planet and setting the stage for future climate change.

The so-called Keeling Curve is attracting even more attention than usual this month, as the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is on the verge of hitting 400 parts per million, a new milestone (the readings hit 399.71 on Tuesday): read more>>>

New emissions plan could energise global climate talks, says US envoy
8 May 2013 - The United States' proposal to let countries draft their own emissions reduction plans rather than working toward a common target can unlock languishing UN climate negotiations, the US climate change envoy said on Tuesday.

The proposal that a global climate deal by 2015 should be based on national "contributions" gained traction at last week's round of UN talks in Germany, although China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, said it wanted far more binding commitments by wealthy countries.The proposal for a climate deal by 2015 based on national 'contributions' gained traction UN talks in Germany last week read more>>>

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MidAmerican's wind energy project is $1.9 billion windfall for Iowa
May 9, 2013 - MidAmerican Energy Co.’s $1.9 billion investment in wind energy in Iowa will help hold down customers’ electric bills, make the state more attractive to companies looking for greener energy, and create good jobs, state and utility leaders said Wednesday.

The MidAmerican Energy project becomes the biggest single economic investment ever in the state, said Gov. Terry Branstad. “We’ve made that announcement a few times lately,” he said. read more>>>

Australia Spending Billions On Clean Energy Projects
May 8th, 2013 - Australia’s newly-established Clean Energy Finance Corporation is expected to start entering contracts for important finance deals before July 1, when funds from the federal government’s controversial AUS$10 billion become available.

The CEFC was enacted through legislation as part of April’s Clean Energy Future package and aims to leverage private sector financing for clean energy and technology projects. It is run by an independent board of experts in banking, investment management and clean energy and technology. read more>>>

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SolarWorld Sponsors Solar Decathlon Teams Representing Southwest and West Virginia
May 07, 2013 - Solar panels from SolarWorld will power model houses designed to suit urban desert and Appalachian region

SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, will sponsor a joint team from Arizona State University and University of New Mexico as well as a team from West Virginia University in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon solar-home-design competition. For the first time, the event from Oct. 3 through 14 is scheduled at a venue outside of Washington, D.C. This year’s contest will take place at Orange County Great Park, located in the same region where SolarWorld’s site in Camarillo, Calif., has served as a crucible for solar-industry innovation since the late 1970s. read more>>>

Solar Manufacturing Launches Podcast Series
May 07, 2013 - New podcast series from Solar Manufacturing educates furnace owners.

Solar Manufacturing recently launched a new bimonthly podcast series in cooperation with Industrial Heating called “Vacuum Heat Treat Minute”. The topics will concentrate on providing helpful tips and new knowledge to vacuum furnace owners and users.

The podcasts feature Solar Atmospheres, CEO, William R. Jones and Solar Manufacturing president, Jim Nagy. Mr. Nagy explains, “Solar Manufacturing is dedicated to educating owners on how to best care for their vacuum furnace and keep it running smoothly for years to come. read more>>>

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Business-led Task Force highlights the opportunities for green growth
07/05/2013 - The Ecosystem Markets Task Force, a business-led group, has published its final report at the Government's request, advising of the potential opportunities and economic benefits for UK businesses from expanding green goods and services.

According to the report, businesses are often unaware of its true reliance on nature and as a result, new business models that integrate the value of nature into day to day operations should be adopted. Within the report, the Task Force highlights the strength of a green economy as UK sales in the green economy increased by 4.7 per cent to £122.2 billion in 2010/11 in an estimated global market of £3.3 trillion, placing the UK 6th globally. read more>>>

New rule will facilitate renewable energy right-of-ways on public lands
May 8, 2013 - A new U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulation will make it easier to approve necessary right-of-way (ROW) requests for solar and wind development sites located on public lands.

The Final Rule has been in development since 2011 and permits the BLM to segregate public lands for renewable energy ROWs in the event that a proposed site is under multiple uses. Segregation would be effective for two years. The BLM previously lacked the authority to authorize this type of segregation, which in turn led to uncertainty and hiccups in the ROW approval process. read more>>>

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