Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 18 September 2013

New York putting $1 billion towards clean energy
Initiative aims to double the amount of private capital available to grow clean energy markets

Sep 16, 2013 - New York State’s Governor Cuomo has launched a U$1 billion Green Bank initiative to mobilize private sector financing for clean energy projects, which will help generate jobs and boost the state’s economy.

The first step of the initiative was launched yesterday, with a petition to use around US$165 million of uncommitted funds for the Green Bank. Once this initial funding is approved, the project will help grow New York State’s clean energy economy through job creation and private sector investment.

Governor Cuomo first described the Green Bank in his State of the State address in January as a way to attract investment for a cleaner, more resilient state. The long-term aim of the Bank is to create a stand-alone private sector financing market that does not need government support. read more>>>

Scientists Produce New World Map, Identifying Areas Most Susceptible To Climate Change
September 17 2013 - In a bid to funnel scarce resources to where they could do the most good, scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS, the University of Queensland and Stanford University have come up with a new color-coded world map that classifies the planet's countries based on how vulnerable they are to climate change.

The new world map, which is part of a study that appeared in a recent online version of the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that South and southeastern Asia, western and central Europe, eastern South America and southern Australia are the most vulnerable regions in the world. On the other hand, north and south-western Africa, northern Australia and southern South America are shown to be the least vulnerable regions in the world. read more>>>

GM shows off battery lab in Warren
Longer-range, more affordable electric vehicle is goal

September 16, 2013 - General Motors is expanding its battery-testing capability in Warren in order to bring new electrified vehicles to market quicker.

The expanded lab — which GM showed off Monday to the news media — also should enable GM to create a longer-range electric car than the current Chevrolet Volt. read more>>>

More Wind Means Less Baseload Generation
September 15th, 2013 - Score one for wind power: According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind is helping cut the need for baseload power in a big chunk of the country .

The government’s official energy analysts said the rise of wind power in what’s known as the Southwest Power Pool – all of Kansas and Oklahoma, plus parts of New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Nebraska – has led to a steady reduction in the use of baseload capacity in the past three years. read more>>>

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Energy assurance planning: The business case for microgrids
Sep 12, 2013 - Under the sponsorship of the California Energy Commission (CEC), California has launched a program to assist local governments in developing plans to become more energy resilient. The California Local Energy Assurance Planning (CaLEAP) program provides funding to local governments to better prepare for and respond to natural disasters or other events that might interrupt electricity and other critical services over extended periods of time.

As the country has witnessed in recent events (e.g., Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast, Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast), the underlying infrastructure to ensure public health and safety can be vulnerable. Although we can never be totally protected against disasters, many things can be done to mitigate their impact – especially to assure that basic public services (police departments, fire departments, health care facilities) can maintain effective operations. read more>>>

Best renewable project finalists announced
September 13, 2013 - Finalists for the annual Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazine Projects of the Year Awards program have been announced, resulting in a three-way tie in the Best Solar Project category.

The three tying finalists are the Solar Electrification of 57 Remote Villages in Andhra Pradesh, India; India's Solar-Agro-Electric model; and the 50 MW Godawari Green Energy Project in Rajasthan, India. read more>>>

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Senegal seeking consultants to study renewables integration in national grid
13 September 2013 - The government of Senegal seeks expressions of interest from consultants to study integration of renewable energy into the western African nation's power system. The deadline for placing one's name into consideration is 25 September.

The country is reportedly interested in considering a wide array of options, including small hydro, biomass, tidal power and wind.

Senagal has received funding from the World Bank since 2008 to support the development of new generation capacity and extend electrical service in underserved rural parts of the country. read more>>>

Saudi Arabia's impending support scheme for renewable energy takes center stage at meeting
10 September 2013 - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's plan to introduce a support scheme for renewable energy took center stage today at the 2nd PV Briefing & Networking Forum Saudi Arabia.

The event, which was held in Riyadh, was jointly organized by the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association (SASIA), Joint Forces for Solar, EuPD Research and Intersolar.

The conference also say the release of a white paper, “The Potential of PV in and for Saudi Arabia,” jointly issued by EuPD Research, Viridis.iQ, and SASIA. read more>>>

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BCA launches “Dummies” guide to help firms achieve Green Mark
13 Sep 2013 - The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Friday launched a “Dummies” guide for companies that want to go green in their offices but do not have the know-how.

The 40-page guide was unveiled at an event attended by Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong.

The guide will help companies get the Green Mark accreditation for their office interiors. read more>>>

Green Innovations: Working to Extend Resources, Develop New Ones
September 2013 - More than 21,000 students. 3.6 million square feet of classrooms, labs and living spaces. 4,600 employees. We're proud to be growing! Except in one way: the size of our waste production and water and energy consumption. Even as UT Dallas' positive impact in North Texas expands, we're committed to keeping our environmental footprint as small and as light as possible.

As a result, UT Dallas has been named for the second consecutive year one of the greenest universities in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. UTD was lauded for creating a more environmentally friendly campus, for recycling and composting, and for its green construction projects, efforts significantly aided by Sustainability Manager Thea Junt. To that list, we could also add our efforts in energy-focused research. read more>>>

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