Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 29 May 2013

Some area schools seeing savings from solar panels
Mar 11, 2013 - A few area schools are taking advantage of the Texas sun and seeing significant savings from the use of solar panels.

Hallsburg Independent School District had almost $400,000 of solar panels installed just before school started last fall, and the district is experiencing a savings of a couple hundred dollars a month on its energy bills.

“This time of year is actually the best time of year because we’re using the least energy,” 
Superintendent Kent Reynolds said.

In fact, at times the district generates more energy than it uses, and that excess can be counted as a credit on Hallsburg’s bill. read more>>>

Eighty KC buildings will go solar in ambitious city effort
May 27 2013 - Kansas City, turning toward the sun, has signed a deal to install solar panels and equipment on 80 city buildings to meet part of their demand for electricity.

Brightergy, a Kansas City solar installer, and Kansas City Power & Light will team up on the project, expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Police and fire department facilities and most of the city’s community centers are among the buildings that will get solar power.

“Kansas City will very likely be one of the leading cities in the country in the number of buildings with solar electricity,” said Dennis Murphey, chief environmental officer for the city. read more>>>

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Microgrids open up options for Australian electricity consumers
May 27, 2013 - Embedded microgrids empower consumers by giving them greater control over the cost, carbon intensity and reliability of their electricity supply and, ultimately, the option of complete independence from the main grid.

With more than 1 in 10 households installing solar PV systems, Australian consumers are no longer relying on the main grid for all their electricity needs. As the cost of installing solar continues to fall and the price of mains electricity continues to rise, more households will be generating more local power. This shift from centralised to ‘embedded’ electricity generation is challenging the power industry’s status quo. read more>>>

Happy birthday to the Green Energy and Green Economy Act
A whole new industry exists in Ontario that wasn’t here four years ago.

May 29, 2013 - Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act turns four this month. And there’s a lot to celebrate.

Just 10 years ago, the province got one-quarter of its electricity from coal, the dirtiest of energy sources. Today that number is approaching zero, and by 2014, Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in the world to have completely eliminated coal-fired electricity.

An impressive 4,500 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar, hydro and bioenergy has come online or is being built, thanks to the act. read more>>>

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Paving the way for tech transfer
May 2, 2013 - A new UN body to advise nations on climate tech may break the deadlock in the long-running debate on transferring technology finds Joanna Carpenter.

Rich nations have the technological know-how needed for poor nations to develop — but how do you deliver it without compromising the intellectual property and the business edge that such technologies gives economies that have it?

This is one of the big development questions that has been debated in the UN arena for decades, with little real progress made in finding a sustainable way of transferring technology and finding a way to pay for such transfer. read more>>>

Adaptation in Europe - Addressing risks and opportunities from Climate Change in the context of socio-economic developments
This report provides policymakers across Europe, at different levels of governance and stages of policy formulation, with information that can be used to support adaptation planning and implementation. Specific parts of the report are therefore targeted at different audiences.

Published by

EEA (European Environment Agency)
Published: May 02, 2013

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Golden opportunities in the golden state
Apr. 1, 2013 - California can be a tough place to do business, but a number of new policies are in place to make it easier to develop bioenergy projects. In 2012, the state adopted a new Bioenergy Action Plan and passed several laws to promote electricity and biogas production from organic waste. With pending legislation on organics diversion and new incentives for bioenergy, California is poised for explosive growth in the industry. The Bioenergy Association of California (BAC) was recently launched to help shape and promote these policies to grow the industry and maximize bioenergy’s many benefits. read more>>>

5 Achievements from Germany’s “Energiewende”
May 13, 2013 - Germany is in the midst of an unprecedented clean energy revolution. Thanks to the “Energiewende,” a strategy to revamp the national energy system, Germany aims to reduce its overall energy consumption and move to 80 percent renewable energy by 2050. The country has already made considerable progress toward achieving this ambitious goal.

In fact, other countries like the United States can learn a lot from the German clean energy experience. read more>>>

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Global Scientists, California Governor Call for Climate Action
May 23, 2013 (ENS) – Warning that Earth is rapidly approaching a tipping point at which human impacts are causing alarming levels of harm to our planet, California Governor Jerry Brown today joined more than 500 scientists to release a call to action on climate change and other global threats to all humanity.

“This is not just about science, this is about activism,” said Governor Brown. “This is an important challenge, cause and undertaking. We can do it, but we have to do a lot more than we’re doing now.” read more>>>

HGA Architects' West Valley Campus at College of the Desert Will Produce More Energy than it Consumes
05/28/13 - HGA Architects and Engineers recently completed phase one of design work for the new West Valley Campus at College of the Desert in Palm Springs, California, which will be one of the most energy-efficient college campuses in the country. The plan includes a 60-acre solar farm that will be leased to a third-party operator to produce power for the school. In addition to energy production, the comprehensive plan calls for a number of energy conservation techniques that will help the school become a model for sustainability research. read more>>>

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