Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 25 June 2013

SEIA And BlueGreen Alliance Form Partnership
21 June 2013 - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the BlueGreen Alliance, a national group of labor unions and environmental organizations, have formed a partnership to advocate for clean energy issues in the U.S.

Under the new partnership, SEIA and the BlueGreen Alliance will collaborate on communication efforts, events, policy and research activities promoting the growth of solar energy markets and jobs. read more>>>

Dems float 'Race to the Top' energy bill
06/21/13 - Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) introduced legislation Thursday that would create a competitive state grant program to encourage energy efficiency upgrades.

The plan is based on the “Race to the Top” education program. President Obama has endorsed the energy version in both his State of the Union speech and in his fiscal 2014 budget, which includes the $200 million proposal. read more>>>


Goodbye, Miami
By century's end, rising sea levels will turn the nation's urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin

June 20, 2013 - When the water receded after Hurricane Milo of 2030, there was a foot of sand covering the famous bow-tie floor in the lobby of the Fontaine­bleau hotel in Miami Beach. A dead manatee floated in the pool where Elvis had once swum. Most of the damage occurred not from the hurricane's 175-mph winds, but from the 24-foot storm surge that overwhelmed the low-lying city. In South Beach, the old art-deco­ buildings were swept off their foundations. Mansions on Star Island were flooded up to their cut-glass doorknobs. A 17-mile stretch of Highway A1A that ran along the famous beaches up to Fort Lauderdale disappeared into the Atlantic. read more>>>

President Obama to expand renewable energy
25 June 2013 - President Barack Obama is preparing to announce new steps to combat climate change, including increased production of renewable energy on public lands and federally assisted housing.

Environmental groups briefed on Obama's plan Monday say he'll direct his administration to allow enough renewables on public lands to power 6 million homes by 2020. read more>>>

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Milwaukee loan program for building energy-efficient building projects advances
Jun 24, 2013 - A program to help Milwaukee commercial building owners upgrade properties to remain competitive gained an endorsement Monday from a city committee.

The program, called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, helps building owners secure private bank loans for energy-efficiency upgrade projects. Building owners have trouble getting banks to lend money for such energy-saving upgrades, making it tougher for them to compete for tenants with newer buildings. read more>>>

Making alternative fuels cheaper
June 17, 2013 - MIT chemical engineers have devised a cheaper way to synthesize a key biofuel component, which could make its industrial production much more cost-effective.

The compound, known as gamma-valerolactone (GVL), is attractive because of its versatility, says Yuriy Rom├ín, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and leader of the research team. It has more energy than ethanol and could be used on its own or as an additive to other fuels. GVL could also be useful as a “green” solvent or a building block for creating renewable polymers from sustainable materials. read more>>>

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Developing world bucks decline in green energy funding
Jun. 14, 2013 - Spending on renewable energy is undergoing a geographic shift, with developing countries investing more last year despite an overall 12 per cent drop in global spending since 2011, according to two reports published this week (12 June).

The reports found that developing countries invested a total of US$112 billion in renewable energy in 2012, up 19 per cent from 2011.

Just under four per cent of the US$244 billion invested globally went on research and development, rising — albeit only slightly — for an eighth consecutive year. At US$9.6 billion in 2012, global R&D funding has almost doubled since 2004. read more>>>

Beyond technology: PowerMatching City II involves consumers
June 19, 2013 - Six Dutch companies, three educational institutions and 40 households have embarked upon a pilot in which consumers will be testing innovative, smart energy services related to sustainable energy choices and cost savings in order to determine which services best meet consumer requirements for a sustainable and cost-effective energy supply.

The pilot marks part two of PowerMatching City -- the world's first live total concept smart grid -- and the first time that consumers have been involved in the research. read more>>>

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G8 Leaders Pledge Global Climate Deal by 2015
LOUGH ERNE, Northern Ireland, June 19, 2013 (ENS) – Declarations of cooperation on climate change, extractive industries, nuclear safety and chemical weapons in Syria and marked this week’s meeting of the Group of Eight industrialized countries.

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States gathered in Lough Erne issued a statement Tuesday calling climate change “one of the foremost challenges for our future economic growth and well-being.” read more>>>

Mayors Vow to Strengthen Defenses Against Extreme Weather
WASHINGTON, DC, June 17, 2013 (ENS) – As unprecedented extreme weather and climate change wreak havoc across the country, 48 local elected officials today committed themselves to fortifying their cities, towns, and counties.

As the “inaugural signatories” of the Resilient Communities for America Agreement letter, the officials pledged to take cost-effective actions to prepare and protect their communities from the increasing disasters and disruptions fueled by climate change – heat waves, floods, droughts, severe storms, and wildfires. read more>>>

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