Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 10 July 2013

State Asks For Long-Term Clean Energy Bids
July 08, 2013 - Connecticut took its first step Monday out into the wild world of contracting clean energy projects.

The state's energy department is seeking bids from clean energy project developers for long-term contracts as a way for Connecticut to lock in lower prices while growing the region's supply of clean energy.

Before this change, it was solely up to the state's electric companies to buy a state-mandated amount of clean power from the region's energy markets. Now the state is pitching in. The certainty from long-term agreements has lowered renewable energy prices in other states, an outcome that Connecticut officials hope to recreate. read more>>>

Obama picks green advocate as Navy energy chief
07/09/13 - President Obama has tapped a renewable energy advocate as the Navy's new energy chief.

Obama on Tuesday nominated Vice Adm. Dennis V. McGinn (Ret.) as the Navy's assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. McGinn comes over from the American Council on Renewable Energy, where he was president and chief executive.

The selection signals a continued commitment to green energy within the armed forces, an effort that's irked some Republicans who argue such initiatives are too pricey. read more>>>

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New NRDC climate analysis: nation can create jobs and save on electricity bills while cutting carbon pollution from power plants
State-specific findings co-released with labor, business groups show job creation and lower bills in FL, IL, MI, MT, NH, NC, OH, OR, PA and VA

Washington -- Jul. 2, 2013 -- The nation can significantly cut carbon pollution from power plants, the centerpiece of President Obama’s climate action plan, while adding thousands of new jobs and saving families money on their electric bills, according to a new analysis released by the Natural Resources Defense Council and business and labor groups.

Countering critics’ charges, the NRDC analysis shows that the carbon pollution driving climate change can be reined in while creating a net increase of at least 210,000 jobs and modestly reducing electricity bills, by an average of about $.90 per month. read more>>>

Climate-smart farming takes root in Kenya
Jun. 28, 2013 - Like most African countries, Kenya is highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change. There is growing concern about potential stress on fragile ecosystems and rural communities, especially in the arid and semi-arid agro-ecological zones and some humid highland areas of the country.

In keeping with the Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture (SRA) of Kenya 2010-2015 and Kenya's vision 2030, national and international partners have teamed up to address these challenges by strengthening the capacities of smallholders to manage land and water resources in vulnerable agro-ecological zones. read more>>>

Apple to build solar plant to power data center
Jul. 3, 2013 - Apple Inc. said it will pay for construction of an 18-megawatt photovoltaic solar plant in northern Nevada to provide power for a data center the technology giant plans east of Reno.

The Fort Churchill Solar Array, to be built in Yerington, was included in a filing Monday by NV Energy Inc. with the Public Utilities Commission.

Apple announced plans last year to build the data center. read more>>>

GM, Honda to collaborate on fuel cell vehicles
Jul. 2, 2013 - General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. are joining forces to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The two companies said Tuesday they plan to develop new hydrogen storage and fuel cell technologies by 2020. They will also push for more hydrogen fueling stations.

Fuel cell vehicles have electric motors that are powered by a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. read more>>>

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Antifreeze, Cheap Materials May Lead to Low-Cost Solar Energy
July 4, 2013 — A process combining some comparatively cheap materials and the same antifreeze that keeps an automobile radiator from freezing in cold weather may be the key to making solar cells that cost less and avoid toxic compounds, while further expanding the use of solar energy.

And when perfected, this approach might also cook up the solar cells in a microwave oven similar to the one in most kitchens. read more>>>

The microgrid primer every power engineer should study
Jul 5, 2013 - Many smart grid observers think we'll be living in a world of federated microgrids sometime in the next decade. Universities, hospitals, office parks, military bases and "ecodistricts" will generate much of their own power and distribute it locally via a microgrid. The main grid will interconnect all of those microgrids and provide a "market" to receive and deliver power back and forth as needed.

The Microgrid Exchange Group defines a microgrid as “interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that act as a single controllable entity... read more>>>

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More community energy projects to receive support from Feed-in Tariffs
03 July 2013 - DECC sets out plans for communities across the nation to receive Feed-in Tariff support for large community energy projects

Large community energy projects will be able to receive Feed-in Tariff (FITs) payments for the energy they generate under plans set out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). Projects such as solar PV arrays on school roofs, panels on libraries, community-owned wind turbines and hydro power from local streams could all benefit from the payments under proposed new rules. read more>>>

Samsung to test 7MW offshore wind turbine at Narec
03 July 2013 - Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is about to begin testing the drive train of its new, 7 MW offshore wind turbine at the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Northumberland.

The initiative, which Narec Chief Executive Andrew Mill describe as "fantastic recognition" for the team behind establishing the first large scale includes performance and endurance testing in the controlled onshore laboratory at the facility. read more>>>

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