Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 26 June 2013

Obama’s Climate Action Plan: Highlights and Reactions
WASHINGTON, DC, June 25, 2013 (ENS) – “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society,” declared President Barack Obama today at Georgetown University, taking aim at climate change deniers as he laid out his National Climate Action Plan. “As a President, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act.”

Click here to read the full text of the President’s speech. Click here to see the video. Click here to view the Climate Action Plan.

Often wiping perspiration from his face in the 90 degree heat of the nation’s capital, the President said, “… science, accumulated and reviewed over decades, tells us that our planet is changing in ways that will have profound impacts on all of humankind.” read more>>>

Republicans face limited options on Obama climate plan
6/25/13 - Republican lawmakers may be irate over President Barack Obama’s climate change plans, but there may be little that Congress can do to stop the push for new landmark Environmental Protection Agency rules to cut emissions from power plants.

Since the previous Congress, House Republicans have exercised their majority power to pass measures calling for expanded oil and gas production, restricting EPA and cancelling other Obama environmental and energy initiatives. {keeping the country in the heading backwards mentality - js} read more>>>

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Five Reasons for Obama to Sell Climate Change as a Health Issue
June 24, 2013 - After five years of referring to climate change as a long-term climate and humanitarian problem, President Obama is trying a new strategy. In a speech Tuesday to sell a package of regulations to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, Obama will list the ways a warming planet impacts human health now, White House officials say.

The strategy may have legs. Despite the growing consensus among scientists of how humans are impacting the atmosphere, how to confront climate change—or in some cases, whether it even exists—has deadlocked along party lines. read more>>>

Renewable Energy Incentives Survive Lobby Attack
June 24, 2013 - For renewable energy supporters, this was supposed to be a year of statehouse setbacks.

“States Cooling to Renewable Energy” read the headline of a March Wall Street Journal story reporting that more than a dozen legislatures were weighing proposals to roll back or abolish mandates that utilities purchase a certain amount of renewable energy. Mandates are in place in 29 states and Washington, D.C. read more>>>

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Construction projects getting ‘green’ light
June 21, 2013 - Big city projects aren’t the only ones going green — energy efficiency also is going mainstream in commercial construction throughout the state as tenants demand it and developers reap the benefits.

With many communities adopting the state’s so-called Stretch Energy Code, most new construction must demonstrate entry-level LEED certified energy efficiency before projects can be permitted. Every community doesn’t have a green energy code such as Boston’s that requires LEED certification for city projects, but the stretch code is moving all construction in a green direction. read more>>>

Saudi Arabia’s Investment in Green Building Hits $26 Billion
21 June 2013 - The total amount of investment by Saudi Arabia in green building construction projects and developments now exceeds $26 billion, according to the latest figures from government officials.

Saudi Green Building (SGB) Forum secretary general Faisal Al-Fadl said the $26 billion in green construction investment is spread amongst 76 new environmentally friendly projects, the majority of which are situated in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. read more>>>

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AEC to boost demand for 'green' offices
June 21, 2013 - The demand for "green" offices in Thailand will grow when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into effect in 2015, as more multinationals setting up regional operations will opt for renting such facilities rather than normal office buildings, according to an expert.

Assistant Professor Atch Sreshthaputra, a lecturer in the Architecture Faculty of Chulalongkorn University and an expert in green buildings, said most property developers still had concerns about the cost of constructing green buildings, believing that the investment would be higher than for a normal building. read more>>>

Mapping the Renewable Energy Revolution
20 June 2013 - A new World Bank program is helping developing countries map their renewable energy potential in a new way that produces rich, nationwide data.

The project goes beyond existing solar and wind maps to provide the granular data governments need to understand the country’s full resource potential and to pinpoint the best locations for serving the population.

Pakistan encapsulates the renewable energy challenge faced by many developing and emerging countries. read more>>>

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GE collaborate with PHG Energy on waste-to-energy technology
17 June 2013 - The two companies have helped to develop a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle Heat-To-Power generator

GE Power & Water and Nashville-based PHG Energy have successfully collaborated in a project to produce electricity from waste material using GE’s Clean Cycle heat-to-power generator.

The generator is manufactured by GE Power & Water and is used around the world to convert waste heat into electricity. read more>>>

Training key to green economy: Motlanthe
24 June, 2013 - Training and education are vital for moving towards a green economy, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said.

"Investment in skills development should be at the centre of our attempts to build a green economy," he said at a Green Economy National Youth Summit in Cape Town.

"All these efforts and initiatives should be aligned to prioritising localisation of energy products and services." read more>>>

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