Sunday, July 7, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 7 July 2013

Mohave wind project gets DOI approval
July 2, 2013 - The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced the approval of a major wind project in Arizona. When built, the wind farm will provide up to 500 MW to the electric grid.

The project is part of President Obama's comprehensive climate change action plan, in which he challenged the DOI to approve an additional 10,000 MW above the original goal of 10,000 MW of renewable energy production on public lands by 2020. read more>>>

Coal demand draining Illinois budget
Environmental groups call for end of state subsidies and tax breaks

July 2, 2013 - The coal industry drained nearly $20 million from the Illinois state budget in subsidies and expenditures related to supporting the coal industry in Fiscal Year 2011, according to the latest research from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and Downstream Strategies.

"Coal mining and support activities play a relatively insignificant role in the Illinois economy, representing only 0.2 percent of private industry economic activity in 2010," said the Center's Amanda Kass. "The level that state lawmakers subsidize the coal industry in Illinois does not pay off for the state budget or for state residents." read more>>>

Green buildings key to Construction 2025
02 Jul, 2013 - The government has highlighted the importance of green construction and smart technology in its Construction 2025 strategy, which outlines plans to boost the economy. The report, which was produced by in collaboration with organisations including the FMB and UCL, sets out a vision of the UK leading ‘the world in low-carbon and green construction exports’ by 2025. It also underlines a target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. read more>>>

Drayson Sets New World Electric Land Speed Record
June 27, 2013 (ENS) – Drayson Racing has set a new World Electric Land Speed Record of 204.185 mph, smashing the previous record which had stood for nearly 40 years.

At Elvington Airfield in North Yorkshire, former science minister, businessman and racing driver Lord Paul Drayson drove the Drayson B12 69/EV electric Le-Mans Prototype car, rolling on Michelin tires, in the record-setting attempt.

On June 25, in near perfect conditions, Drayson smashed by 29.2 mph the previous 175 mph (280 km/h) record for electric vehicles in the sub-1,000 kg class set by Battery Box General Electric in the United States in 1974. read more>>>

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McDonald’s UAE Gives Cooking Oil 2nd Life as Biodiesel
July 1, 2013 (ENS) – In the Emirates, used cooking oil from McDonald’s restaurants is not wasted. It fuels the trucks of the chain’s fresh produce supplier.

McDonald’s UAE said Friday that Del Monte, the company that supplies its vegetables and fruits, has implemented a pioneering biodiesel initiative that the restaurant chain first suggested.

A total of 20 vehicles from Del Monte’s logistics fleet are now running on biodiesel made from McDonald’s UAE’s used vegetable cooking oil. Del Monte’s entire fleet of vehicles is expected to run on biodiesel by the end of 2013. read more>>>

Solar-Powered Lightning Motorcycle Wins 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
SuperBike made history by claiming top spot among all motorcycles.

July 02, 2013 - For the first time at a major motorsports event, an electric motorcycle beat all similar gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 30. San Carlos, Calif.-based Lightning Motorcycles, the leading pioneer in electric motorcycles, not only finished first in the Exhibition Powersports division, but also was faster than the 82 other motorcycles entered in the legendary race. Adding to the achievement, the Lightning SuperBike was powered by clean, renewable solar energy.

The solar-powered Lightning SuperBike—under rider Carlin Dunne, now three-time consecutive overall motorcycle champion and King Of The Mountain, who was the top qualifier on Friday (June 28)—posted a time just over 10 minutes (10:00.694). read more>>>

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Belarus’ resolution on ‘green economy’ unanimously upheld by OSCE PA
02.07.2013 - Belarus’ resolution “Cooperation for transition to the ‘green economy’ in the context of sustainable development” has been unanimously approved at a session of the General Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment of the OSCE PA, BelTA learnt from the press service of the House of Representatives.

“This resolution aims to foster economic growth without putting pressure on the environment, promote renewable energy sources, and embrace eco-friendly technologies and manufacturing practices. It will make part of the Istanbul Declaration that will be passed on 3 July at the final sitting of the annual session of the OSCE PA,” the press service noted. read more>>>

A bright Green future
July 8, 2013 - TASMANIANS will be driving electric cars, charged at home, by 2030, the Greens say.

The Greens economic blueprint -- Tasmania 2030 -- has outlined a vision reliant on cultural activities, education, renewable energy and high-quality agricultural products.

Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said yesterday the Greens had consistently predicted the transition of the Tasmanian economy since 1992.

"We have a responsibility to deliver a future for our kids, including sustainable jobs and industries," Senator Whish-Wilson said. read more>>>

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TVA idles Colbert coal
July 3, 2013 - A recent report published by Sierra Club and Synapse Energy Economics found that TVA risks billions of dollars by keeping their ageing coal-fired fleet afloat but that an alternative energy-efficiency program would cut customers electricity bills, reduce air pollution and move TVA further away from coal. As a result of the report and years of negotiations with the Sierra Club, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has decided to idle its remaining four coal generation units at the 1950s Colbert Fossil Plant located on the Tennessee River in Alabama by 2016. read more>>>

Smartcity Malaga
Smartcity Málaga is a project which defines the model for the eco-efficient cities of the future. It is a smartgrid pilot initiative which forms part of the European Union's 20-20-20 Plan, whereby Endesa and its customers are working together to reduce environmental impact by fostering the use of renewable energies, improving energy efficiency, bringing generation and demand into line, and encouraging rational and efficient consumption.

A consortium of 11 companies spearheaded by Endesa is rolling out state-of-the-art technologies in smart metering, communications and systems, network automation, generation and storage, and smart recharging infrastructure for e-vehicles. read more>>>

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