Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 24 June 2014

Hunterdon County Polytech preparing students for green economy
June 14, 2014 - Hunterdon County Polytech's sustainable design program is far more than Hunterdon Central Regional High School student Elias Nammoura expected. And the 17-year-old said he's learned a lot.

"This class is full-on, hands-on stay in the shop," Nammoura said. "The best way to learn is hands-on. This is a good start to begin a career."

Hunterdon Polytech is in the second year of a sustainable energy pilot program designed to train students for the state's emerging green economy. New Jersey's Green Program of Study focuses on a trio of industry-specific pathways, including sustainable architecture and design, green construction and energy for a sustainable future. read more>>>

Mike Dillon: Green homes are a growth industry
June 14, 2014 - Residential construction is a key engine behind economic growth in the United States.

According to McGraw Hill Construction’s Dodge Construction Market Forecast, single- and multifamily housing projects account for about 45 percent of the value of all construction projects started in the United States in 2014. With that market forecasted to grow rapidly in coming years, the green activity and drivers in the market are critical. The new SmartMarket Report of the single and multifamily builder and remodeler community releasedby McGraw Hill Construction (www.construction.com) contains this critical intelligence. read more>>>

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49 Micro-Hydro Power Sites Assessed in North Carolina
2014-05-28 - Does it make financial sense to retrofit functionally obsolete low-head dams to provide local renewable power generation? This is a question that a recent University of North Carolina (UNC)-Chapel Hill/Duke University study used the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software to help answer.

The rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont region are home to over 3,000 low-head dams with a theoretical potential for micro-hydro power generation. read more>>>

IFC Uses RETScreen to Assess Risks for a 750 MW Hydro Power Plant in Zambia
2014-05-07 One popular application of the RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software is its Hydro Power Model. For example, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) recently used RETScreen to help assess the financial risk associated with climate change for the planned 750 MW Kafue Gorge Lower (KGL) hydro power project in Zambia.

In this report, IFC tested approaches to support the evaluation of climate change impacts on the KGL project, as well as on other infrastructure projects. read more>>>

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Germany Promotes Building Energy Efficiency in Ukraine
2014-05-21 - The German Government is sponsoring an energy efficiency pilot project in Ukraine, in which the Canadian RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software is playing an important role.

Implemented by the German agency for sustainable development (GIZ) and the Ministry of Regional Development and Construction of Ukraine, the project has been extended to 2016 so that best practices learned can be disseminated widely throughout the Ukrainian construction sector for use in all types of facilities, including commercial, institutional and residential buildings. read more>>>

Chilean wind farm reaches full commercial operation
13 June 2014 - The Pattern Energy Group Inc has announced that its 115MW El Arrayán Wind project in Chile is now fully operational.

The El Arrayán Wind power project is the largest wind project in Chile and all of South America and is the company’s first wind project outside North America. The project expands Pattern’s portfolio to eight operating wind projects across three countries and increases its owned operating capacity by 36MW. It is also the second of the company’s projects to be completed this year with another three expected to reach completion before the end of the year. read more>>>

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Offshore wind on course to meet 10 percent of UK electricity demand by 2020
11 June 2014 - The Crown Estate has published two reports confirming that the UK wind power sector is on course to double its capacity by 2020 to 10GW or more.

The Crown Estate released the reports at this year’s Global Offshore Wind 2014 conference. The progress made by the UK wind sector means that it looks set to provide around 10 percent of the country’s electricity demand by 2020. The report ‘Offshore wind operational report 2014’ highlights the continuing growth within the sector while ‘Sharing lessons learned and good practice in offshore transmission’ sets out a pathway to cost reduction which will help unlock the sector’s potential. read more>>>

Getting Proactive with Threats
Jun 15, 2014 -- Entergy is learning its lessons and forging a proactive path towards its future, says Leo Denault, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. His edited comments from a conversation with EnergyBiz follow.

ENERGYBIZ: What challenges are ahead for the utility business model?

DENAULT: There's a lot of activity in the energy efficiency space, the distributed generation space with microgrids, demand-side management and different regulatory structures. read more>>>

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Increased Rates of Green Home Building Reported
June 12, 2014 - The Federal Savings Bank thinks that with World Environment Day having recently passed, individuals may be thinking about what green features they want in a new home purchase.

Although you can add your own energy-saving appliances, windows and other amenities to a property, there are options available if you're looking for a turnkey energy-efficient property. According to a recent report from McGraw Hill Construction, green home building has been on the rise during the housing recovery. The "Green Multifamily & Single Family Homes: Growth in a Recovering Market" survey asked residential property construction experts, who are members of the National Association of Home Builders, to share their findings on the emerging trend of green building. read more>>>

A Flood-Free Future: Battling the Deluge With Sustainable Building Designs
Jun 12, 2014 - Although culturally distinct, Indonesia and Australia share a common challenge: constructing sustainable cities in a harsh tropical environment. Indonesia’s location on the Equator offers a year-long tropical climate, while Australia’s is slightly more varied.

Austrade, the Australian trade commission, hosted the Tropical Green Building Mission 2014 on May 8-9 in Jakarta and Bandung. Australian firms involved in designing environmentally sustainable urban developments and water and waste management solutions were invited to exchange ideas with developers in Jakarta.

Frequent floods paralyze Indonesian cities and cause significant damage every year. The floods have given a renewed impetus to efforts to make Indonesian cities more resilient against mother nature by adopting more environmentally efficient building standards. read more>>>

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