Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 28 May 2013

Federal grants addressing energy-water nexus
May 24, 2013 - The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation has announced $20.8 million in water and energy-efficiency grants for 44 water conservation projects in 11 states throughout the west where drought, growing populations, energy demands and basic environmental needs are stressing finite water supplies.

The WaterSMART grants will help stretch water supplies and improve water and energy efficiencies in communities throughout the west to support sustainable uses of limited resources. Since its creation in 2010 under Secretary Salazar, WaterSMART has provided more than $159 million in funding to non-federal partners, including water districts, municipalities, irrigation districts and universities. Projects are evaluated based on how well they conserve water, incorporate renewable energy, contribute to water supply sustainability, or address the water-energy nexus. Recipients must match the federal grant funding by at least 50 percent. read more>>>

Crown Estate to lease more wave and tidal sites for technology development
24 May 2013 - The leasing arrangement will focus primarily on test and demonstration projects in waters around the UK

Following a recent industry-engagement exercise, the Crown Estate is to lease more of its sites in UK waters around the British coastline to wave and tidal projects in order to encourage and accelerate technology development. The sites will be made available for test and demonstration projects and the arrangement adds to the way in which the Crown Estate is supporting growth in the wave and tidal sector, including a possible investment of up to £20 million for the UK’s first wave and tidal stream array projects. read more>>>

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Israeli wave power company launches Chinese subsidiary
2013-5-23 - Eco Wave Power (EWP) will establish an enterprise in China in order to promote the company’s technology throughout the country.

Eco Wave Power representatives arrived in Beijing last week in order to sign a joint collaboration agreement between EWP and the Chinese Government. The occasion was marked by an official signing ceremony and attended by high ranking members of the Israeli and Chinese governmental business sphere including the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ambassador to China Mr Matan Vilnai. read more>>>

First Rooftop PV-System in the Land of the Rising Sun
29.05.2013 - The joint venture juwi Shizen Energy Inc. connected its first rooftop PV-system to the grid. 300 households will from now on be provided with clean electricity.

Exactly 4,088 solar modules and around four weeks of construction works – these are the hard facts of the rooftop photovoltaic system in Kumamoto on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The photovoltaic plant was developed and constructed jointly by the juwi group and Shizen Energy Inc. Now the plant is in operation. The photovoltaic installation has a total capacity of around one megawatt. Per year, the rooftop system produces approximately one million kilowatt hours of clean electricity. read more>>>

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Public urged to protect bio-diversity and spur green transformation
May 24-30 2013 - Kenya joined the rest of the world in making the International Day for Biodiversity with call to prioritize biodiversity conservation to propel green growth, reduce poverty and transform rural livelihoods.

UNEP’s Goodwill Ambassador Suzanna Owiyo said the East African nation has abundant biodiversity treasures which if harnessed prudently can transform the east African nation’s social, ecological and economic pillars.

“It is high time we cherished the natural wealth across the country to ensure there is enough food, water and energy sources for every Kenyan. Biodiversity is our lifeblood and should be protected from threats associated with human activity,” Owiyo said during the celebrations in Nairobi.

Owiyo is a famous Kenyan afro-fusion artist actively involved in environmental causes in the country and across the world. read more>>>

Being green at home
May 25, 2013 - Modest investments in greening your current home, or healthy investments in new eco-homes, will pay off in the long run

The recent reports of the first 400ppm CO2 readings detected in the atmosphere have caused ripples of fear for those concerned about the environment.

And even if you weren’t bothered about the world around you, you’ve got to admit that the cost of running our homes isn’t getting cheaper.

This means green construction will continue to be a sensible option, both for selfish reasons and for concerns for the planet. read more>>>

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Summit Provides Opportunity to See Microgrid on Federal Campus
May 21, 2013 - As the military turns to renewable energy to power its installations, microgrids are expected to become a key component of the Pentagon’s approach for reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and improving energy security. Microgrids allow installations to manage renewable energy sources locally and, at the same time, help protect them from potential disruptions caused by utility transmission and distribution lines, and terrorism.

At next month’s Defense Communities National Summit, attendees will have an opportunity to tour a working microgrid at the FDA Federal Research Center White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Md. The research center’s microgrid is a prime example of the energy security and efficiency microgrid technology can provide. read more>>>

Urbanization and the green economy: opportunities and challenges
23 May 2013 - Experts and leaders of global cities are meeting in Stockholm to discuss innovative policies and political commitments to foster green growth in cities.

Guiding the discussion and debate at the Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution Conference is SEI Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna. Speakers at the conference include: H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden; Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm; Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD; and Lena Ek, Swedish Minister for the Environment. read more>>>

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Launch of the Global Tracking Framework
Sustainable Energy for All’s first Global Tracking Framework (GTF) report will be launched online and at the Vienna Energy Forum on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The Report was compiled by a team of experts from 15 agencies and led by the World Bank Group and the International Energy Agency. It presents a snapshot of the energy status of countries with respect to access, action on energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as energy consumption. It also sheds light on high impact action areas that will help achieve Sustainable Energy for All’s three objectives.

Watch the webcast of the one-hour launch on Tuesday, May 28 starting at 8:30 a.m. (EST), during which representatives from the authoring multi-agency team will share principal findings. Kandeh Yumkella, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, will moderate the discussion. The full report and related materials will be available on the SE4ALL website at that time. read more>>>

Green groups attack government resistance to EU climate change goals
Campaigners and industry experts criticise government plan to block new EU-wide renewable energy targets

26 May 2013 - Green campaigners and industry experts have hit out at the government's plans to block new EU-wide renewable energy targets, which they say are essential to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and creating a green economy.

Ed Davey, the energy and climate secretary, is to set out on Monday the UK's position on energy and climate change targets within Europe. He will oppose any new goals on increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity generation, but will argue for climate change goals that would be tougher than any yet agreed in an international forum. read more>>>

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