Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 5 June 2013

State renewable energy laws survive repeal attempts — so far
06/04/2013 - Renewable energy lobbyists are undefeated this year in defending the state-level purchasing mandates that have helped fuel explosive growth in industries like wind and solar, and that streak looks set to remain intact as part-time state legislatures around the country are wrapping up their work for the year.

The tea party-fueled victories that reshaped Congress after the 2010 and 2012 elections also delivered substantial numbers of new Republican lawmakers to legislatures in states like North Carolina, where the state House and Senate both came under GOP control in 2010 for the first time since the end of the 19th century. read more>>>

Oregon: state of green
June 2013 - Since passing groundbreaking laws on urban growth and conservation in the 1970s, Oregon has earned a national reputation for its dense web of environmental-protection initiatives. Some 40 years later, the race is on to transform that eco-friendly image into a driving force in the 21st-century low-carbon economy.

The results, measured by job growth, investment, innovation and environmental impact, vary by sector. read more>>>

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It’s “drill, baby, drill” all over again
6/4/13 - House Republicans are dusting off their long-standing energy messaging for a summertime floor debate on oil and natural gas drilling.

The House Energy and Commerce and the Natural Resources committees are crafting a series of energy bills that GOP leadership hopes to bring to the floor before the August recess, including legislation to dramatically expand onshore and offshore drilling, block expensive Environmental Protection Agency regulations and speed up pipeline permitting.

If that sounds familiar, that’s because it is.

EPA Releases Survey Showing $384 Billion Needed for Drinking Water Infrastructure
June 5, 2013 - The Environmental Protection Agency released a report June 4 showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for drinking water infrastructure through 2030.

The total includes the needs of 73,400 drinking water systems across the United States, as well as American Indian and Alaska native village water systems, according to the report, which is based on a survey of public water systems.

EPA's Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Fifth Report to Congress identifies the investments needed for thousands of miles of pipes and thousands of treatment plans, storage tanks, and water distribution systems. read more>>>

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Climate change causing US wildfire season to last longer, Congress told
US forest service chief says hotter, drier conditions mean wildfire season lasts two months longer than it did 40 years ago

4 June 2013 - America's wildfire season lasts two months longer than it did 40 years ago and burns up twice as much land as it did in those earlier days because of the hotter, drier conditions produced by climate change, the country's forest service chief told Congress on Tuesday.

But the forest service was forced to make sharp cuts to fire prevention programmes, and reduce the numbers of fire-fighters and engines because of budget pressures, Thomas Tidwell, the chief of the United States Forest Service, told the Senate committee on energy and natural resources. read more>>>

Forest Service says it’ll hire 500 fewer firefighters this year because of spending cuts
4 June 2013 - As dry conditions set the stage for another difficult fire season, the Forest Service said Tuesday it will hire 500 fewer firefighters than last year because of automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress.

The agency will still be able to fight wildfires across the West in spite of the force reduction of about 5 percent, Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell said, in part because three new air tankers are being put into service, including one being used to combat a massive wildfire in southern California. Four more planes sought by the Forest Service have been delayed because of a protest by a losing bidder. read more>>>

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Heineman signs bill to offer wind energy tax incentives
4 June 2013 - Gov. Dave Heineman signed a bill into law Tuesday that will pave the way for a massive wind farm project in Nebraska.

The wind farm bill (LB104) by Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop will remove a barrier to the development and export of wind energy in Nebraska. It will offer tax incentives that could lead to Nebraska getting a $300 million to $400 million wind farm project by TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kan. read more>>>

ET Solar Modules Installed in the Third Largest Commercial PV Plant in Chile
June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ET Solar Group Corp. ("ET Solar"), a leading solar one-stop solution provider, today announces that it has supplied 3.3 MW high quality modules to the third largest commercial PV plant project undertaken by Perihelio y Afelio , a local EPC company in Chile.

Located in En La Huayca, Pozo Almonte , the ground-mounted PV plant Parque Solar Los Puquios is under construction with ET Solar as the exclusive PV module supplier. As the first PV plant applying fixed mounts, it's also the first one with an installation capacity of over 3 MW to be connected to grid across Chile. It will power the local copper mining corporate and surrounding auxiliary facilities after grid-connection in August. read more>>>

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Verengo announces 8,000th residential solar PV installation
Verengo Inc. (Torrance, CA), on June 3rd, 2013, announced it has installed its 8,000th home solar system. Verengo is the first residential solar specialist to reach this milestone and has accomplished this growth in less than five years, the company emphasizes.

The 4.9 KW PV system was installed this May on the roof of Sherwin Young's Bakersfield home. Mr. Young, a self-employed builder, lives there with his family of five. The Young's used Verengo's "Zero Down" financing option to have their system installed at no upfront cost. read more>>>

Programme for equitable and sustainable economic development
June 03, 2013 - The Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group (GE ALG) has produced a regional programme of work to help move the region towards economic development that is aligned towards long-term prosperity, rather than simply growth, through equitable distribution of economic benefits, effective management of ecological resources and resilience to both external and internal shocks.

According to the programme of work, “Green economy offers a lens on sustainable development that highlights issues of growing priority to the region such as energy dependency, resource inefficiency -- especially in food production, energy-consumptive transport options, and a range of economic and environmental vulnerabilities. read more>>>

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