Thursday, May 2, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 2 May 2013

NY Senate commits to 10-year solar program extension
April 30, 2013 - The New York State Senate has unanimously passed legislation to extend the NY-Sun Initiative through 2023 and solidify the state's long-term commitment to solar energy, indicating growing support among lawmakers for comprehensive solar policy.

The New York Solar Bill (A.5060/S.2522) would build on the success of the NY-Sun Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to drive growth in the state's solar industry and lower solar costs for homes, businesses, schools and other energy users. read more>>>

Utilities must walk the energy-efficiency talk
April 30, 2013 - In order to get customer buy-in into energy-efficiency and conservation measures, utilities may need to "walk the talk" first as it relates to their own business practices.

TXU Energy is demonstrating such action and showing that energy efficiency and conservation don't have to mean large financial investments or significant sacrifices in comfort.

For example, during peak electricity demand periods, TXU Energy takes extra steps to reduce its electricity consumption by turning off primary lights, lowering window shades to reduce heat exchange and raising thermostat settings by a few degrees at its headquarters.

In addition, TXU does simple things such as:

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Marin City public housing goes green
April 29, 2013 - Life is about to get brighter for some of Marin’s public housing residents.

The Marin Housing Authority in partnership with Marin Clean Energy and the Marin City Community Development Corporation has started work on a $2.1 million construction project to make 300 units at Marin’s City’s Golden Gate Village and 200 units across Marin energy efficient. The upgrades include new energy-efficient lighting, high-performance toilets, landscaping, thermostats and gas dryers. read more>>>

Pointed questions on table of next World Energy Congress
24 April 2013 - The 2013 World Energy Congress Organizing Committee has announced some of the significant program topics that will be discussed by leading figures in the energy sector at its upcoming gathering, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea, 13-17 October 2013.

Under the theme of ‘Securing Tomorrow’s Energy Today’, topics range from the future prospects of the oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables sectors to the tough policy decisions needed to balance the often conflicting priorities of energy security, universal access to affordable energy, and environmental protection. Delegates will also be given insights into how finance and innovation are shaping our energy future. read more>>>

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Fisher German partners with farmers union to deliver first Farm Energy Service projects
23 April 2013 - A team of rural surveyors and planning specialists has completed its first two projects since launching a new partnership with the NFU which is attracting massive interest.

Renewable energy experts and planning specialists Fisher German has teamed up with the National Farmers Union (NFU) over the past twelve months to deliver the Farm Energy Service which helps farmers obtain valuable advice and assistance with regard to renewable energy. Since the service was launched Fisher German has been able to assist with almost 800 enquiries read more>>>

Copenhagen aims to be 100% carbon neutral by 2025
22 April 2013 - Copenhagen is making a bid to be the world’s first totally carbon neutral capital

Copenhagen City Council is continuing to implement its plan, approved in August 2012, to make the city the world’s first 100% carbon neutral capital city.

In order to fully realise this objective several significant changes to the city’s energy infrastructure will have to be made including replacing coal plants with biomass, adding to the existing wind and solar energy capacity, improving energy efficiency throughout the city, increasing the numbers of people travelling by bicycle and improving public and mass transportation systems. read more>>>

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Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of the Arteries
April 30, 2013 (ENS) – Long term exposure to air pollution is linked to heart attacks and strokes because it speeds up hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis, according to University of Michigan scientists and colleagues from across the United States.

Sara Adar, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the U-M School of Public Health, and Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences and medicine at the University of Washington, led the study, published in this week’s issue of the journal “PLOS Medicine.” read more>>>

Superstorm Sandy Dumped 11 Billion Gallons of Sewage
April 30, 2013 (ENS) – Six months after Superstorm Sandy struck the U.S. Atlantic coast, data from the eight hardest hit states shows that 11 billion gallons of untreated and partially treated sewage flowed into waterways and city streets, reports Climate Central, an independent organization of scientists and journalists based in Princeton.

As record storm-surge flooding overwhelmed the region’s sewage treatment facilities, most of those 11 billion gallons of sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey during and after the storm.

“To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Dr. Alison Kenward, senior scientist and research manager at Climate Central, told reporters on a conference call today. read more>>>

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