Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 4 August 2013

Study: Air Pollution Causes 200,000 Early Deaths in US
August 29, 2013 - Air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths each year in the United States, according to a new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Researchers at MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, say emissions from road transportation are the leading single cause of pollution, contributing 53,000 premature deaths, and that electrical power generation causes another 52,000. read more>>>

German Wind-Power Market Grows Even as Offshore Projects Delayed
Aug 28, 2013 - Wind-power installations in Germany, the home of turbine makers Siemens AG (SIE) and Nordex SE (NDX1), rose 14 percent in the first half even as projects at sea were set back by installation and connection delays, an industry lobby said.

Developers added 1,143 megawatts of turbines, including 105 megawatts offshore, up from 1,004 megawatts a year earlier, the BWE group said today in an e-mailed statement.

Germany is investing in clean energy as it shutters nuclear reactors. read more>>>

La. slowly adding ‘clean energy’ jobs, but has greater potential
August 31, 2013 - Louisiana barely registered on projects adding clean energy and clean transportation jobs during the second quarter, but the state has enormous untapped wind energy reserves, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit business group.

At least 58 clean energy and clean transportation projects were announced nationwide during the second quarter. Those projects will create an estimated 38,600 jobs, up slightly from the same period in 2012. read more>>>

Green chamber of commerce program helps St. Louis pick up the pace
August 30, 2013 - The St. Louis region has a mild regulatory climate and modest utility rates, waste disposal fees and fuel costs. A diverse community character, a wealth of cultural amenities and many cost-of-living bargains make this mid-continent region a great place to build career credentials while raising a family.

These relative comfort factors are both a blessing and curse as our business community copes with global market expectations. How do we grow the sustainability savvy, the P2 expertise, that's so crucial to plan for, track and reduce long-externalized environmental costs? read more>>>

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Green-Energy Preferences Via Partnership Status Stalls
Sep 3, 2013 - Bipartisan U.S. legislation to allow renewable-energy companies to use a type of partnership structure popular with oil and gas drillers has been stalled by debate over a green-energy tax credit.

Master limited partnerships provide conventional energy companies with tax benefits and access to cheap capital. Houston-based oil and gas company Apache Petroleum Co., the first master limited partnership, was created by its parent company, the Houston-based Apache Corp. (APA), in 1981, according to a 1987 report by the Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation. read more>>>

How many climate migrants will there be?
1 September 2013 - If politicians are to be believed, migration caused by climate change will cause the world huge problems. One of the latest to repeat the warning is UK shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant, who, like many others before him, said 200 million people may be forced to flee their country. But how reliable is this figure?

In a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research, Chris Bryant warned that millions of people around the world could be forced to leave their homes over the next few decades and move to countries less affected by environmental problems.

"If we get climate change wrong there is a very real danger we shall see levels of mass migration as yet unparalleled," he said. read more>>>

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New Zealand has warmest winter on record
Average temperature over winter in South Pacific nation was highest since record-keeping began in 1909

3 September 2013 - Winter lacked an Antarctic chill this year in New Zealand, to record effect.

Scientists said on Tuesday that the South Pacific nation had its warmest winter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.

The average nationwide temperature was 9.5C (49.1F) for June, July and August, about 1.2C above average and 0.3C above the previous record set in 1984, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said. Record-keeping began in 1909. read more>>>

Students' Ideas Prompt New Green Program in Cedar Rapids Schools
Aug 27, 2013 - As the new school year kicks off, the Cedar Rapids Community School District is rolling out a new program.

It’s called “The Green Team,” and it aims to promote sustainable ideas within the schools. In a district video about the new plan, the district said it sends about 3,460 tons of waste to the landfill each year. That's a cost of $154,000. The district also knows, like many public schools, it wastes some energy. For Cedar Rapids schools, that adds up to a cost of $525,000.

District leaders said they're already thinking green, but it's only a fraction of the potential work they could be doing. That's why this new program is important. read more>>>

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Ontario investing in new smart grid laboratory
August 27, 2013 - Ontario is building on its momentum to create the most connected, efficient and reliable energy grid in the world and building a new smart grid lab to serve as a hub for researchers.

With support from the province, Ryerson University's Centre for Urban Energy's innovative smart grid laboratory will provide a collaborative facility for testing and demonstrating smart grid ideas and products for Ontario institutions.

"Building a smarter grid has long been a key part of our government's plan to modernize our energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers," said Bob Chiarelli read more>>>

The Green Economy Reports: TGE Launches Videos
August 29, 2013 - The Green Economy launched several new videos on Youtube and on its website. From manufacturing to clean water, TGE tells the stories of how businesses are going green and making money. Each video is only a few minutes long, covering topics like: "Manufacturing: What's Happening Now," and "From Farm to City: Keeping Water Clean."

"We are excited to show companies and businesses tell their own stories," states Tana Kantor, publisher. "Being able to witness progress in a short video is exhilarating." read more>>>

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