Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 16 December 2014

Climate change will make more politicians into environmentalists
December 7, 2014 - By the time the 2016 presidential election formally gets underway, pundits are likely to debate the climate change gap in the same breath as they argue over the gender gap.

Voters already have telegraphed elected officials that they need to take global warming seriously, because they do. Or face the consequences at the ballot booth if they don't.

Buried in an avalanche of election exit-poll data are these nuggets: read more>>>

Our Voice: Keep investing in wind power
December 6, 2014 - Congress should vote to strengthen wind power, which is especially important in the Coachella Valley.

During the lame-duck congressional session last week, it appeared the Wind Production Tax Credit would be revived. The PTC for windmills was established in 1992 as part of the Energy Policy Act, a 2.3-cent-per-kilowatt-hour benefit for the first 10 years of operation. It was strengthened by President Obama’s stimulus initiative in 2009. The PTC was set to expire in 2012, but Congress extended it for another year. read more>>>

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Greens chide industry, boast 3M comments defending climate rule
12/05/14 - Green groups submitted roughly 3.7 million comments to the administration in support of its signature climate rule on carbon pollution from power plants this week, according to a memo.

The memo, circulated by the Climate Action Campaign (CAC) communications staff, chides the oil and gas industry, arguing “they have long been in denial” over public support for cutting carbon pollution.

According to the memo from the Washington, D.C.-based coalition of national green groups, they turned in 3 million comments backing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal.

That adds to the 1.9 million comments the EPA told the Climate Action Campaign the official count has now reached, and it's still counting. read more>>>

New Tool Launched Today Measures Corporate Progress Towards Safer Chemicals
12/8/2014 - Third-Party Benchmark Designed to Help Reduce Public Health & Environmental Risks from Chemical Exposure for Health Care Industry, Retail Stores, Socially Responsible Investors and other Stakeholders

A group of corporate and NGO leaders today released a new tool for assessing leadership in corporate chemicals management. The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) provides the first-ever common metric of its kind for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies.

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure,” said Dr. Mark Rossi, Co-Director of the nonprofit Clean Production Action and Chair and Founder of BizNGO, who released the Chemical Footprint Project today with the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production and Pure Strategies. “The CFP finally establishes a meaningful measurement of overall corporate performance to safer chemicals in products and supply chains. We look forward to engaging business leaders in tracking and disclosing their Chemical Footprints.” read more>>>

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Maine Tabbed As Blueprint For Renewable Energy
December 8th, 2014 - Maine is one of eight states chosen for a study of clean energy.

The decision comes from the Pew Charitable Trust which did research indicating Maine has an abundance of renewable resources.

The trust is also impressed with our state’s long-term commitment to the clean energy industry.

“What we found is Maine really is leading in terms of the amount of biomass and wind power that it’s using, it’s creating economic opportunities,” said Tom Swanson manager, clean energy, The Pew Charitable Trusts. “And the University here is really playing a huge role in helping push these new innovative technologies toward commercialization and helping drive down the cost of these technologies.” read more>>>

Invenergy harvests Californian sun
8/12/14 - Invenergy Clean Power has closed financing and started commercial operation at the 6.3MW Desert Green concentrated solar project in Borrego Springs, California.

The facility is sited in San Diego County, some 90 miles north-east of San Diego. Output is being sold to San Diego Gas & Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement.

Invenergy acquired Desert Green from Soitec Solar Development and the plant features more than 3500 Soitec CPV modules manufactured in San Diego. read more>>>

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A green utopia deep in Mississippi? This guy has a game plan
9 Dec 2014 - Jackson, Miss.: Not exactly the eco-capital of the world. The city’s wastewater disposal has the attention of the EPA, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is a big fracking supporter, there’s no glass recycling within city limits … and so on. But longtime organizer Kali Akuno has a vision: He and 100-plus volunteers want to turn the hardscrabble city of roughly 170,000 into a marvel of sustainability and social justice.

Akuno is a co-founder of Cooperation Jackson, a community network that aims to solve the city’s most intractable issues — poverty and unemployment, racial and economic injustice, food access and industrial pollution — through developing a series of cooperatives that radically re-imagine how people live and work. Cooperation Jackson, less than a year old, is one of the pilot communities of the Our Power Campaign, an effort launched by the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA). And its end goal, like CJA’s, is to transition out of fossil fuel dependence by supporting localized economies, low-income communities of color, and the planet all at once. read more>>>

Guest opinion: Clean energy will provide jobs, savings for Montana
December 12, 2014 - Montana is bursting with opportunity in the clean energy sector. A recent report by Synapse Energy Economics for the Montana Environmental Information Center showed we can create thousands of jobs by developing our vast renewable energy resources and helping people make their homes and businesses more energy efficient.

An energy efficiency consulting firm commissioned by NorthWestern Energy found that energy efficiency programs save customers about $20 million each year. In terms of job creation, renewable energy in Montana is responsible for creating over 1,300 construction jobs, nearly 100 permanent jobs, and generating over $6 million in tax revenue and over $1 billion in new investments. Clean energy is not just good for the environment; it’s good for the economy. read more>>>

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New solar projects to power thousands of Larimer homes
December 12, 2014 - Colorado's 300 days of sunshine are helping nourish a new Fort Collins crop that should keep growing.

A handful of solar gardens set to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes are planned or under construction in Larimer County, thanks to a favorable economic climate, maturation of the solar industry and increased support among municipalities and utilities.

The additional electricity generated by the sun, coupled with what wind and water already deliver, is increasing the region's renewable energy portfolio while decreasing its reliance on fossil fuels, a mandate from an increasing number of cities and residents. read more>>>

A Pacific Coast model for addressing climate change
11 December 2014 - The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, is wrapping up Friday after 12 days of negotiations on global carbon emissions.

Yet, even as we work through the complexities of an international agreement, it would be a mistake to miss the extensive change that's already taking place here on North America's Pacific Coast. Last year, our four governments — the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia — reached a landmark agreement to align climate and energy strategies for 54 million Americans and Canadians. read more>>>

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California Heading For 500,000 Clean Energy Jobs
December 12, 2014 - California’s booming clean energy industry currently employs nearly 450,000 people and is tipped to reach the half million mark within a year, according to a first-of-its-kind survey of America’s advanced energy sector.

The current number is more than the film, TV, radio, semiconductors and aerospace industries.

The survey, released by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute, found that 431,000 Californians (2.4 per cent of the state’s workforce) are involved in servicing advanced energy technologies, such as solar and wind power, electric vehicles and energy efficiency.

Advanced energy jobs grew five per cent in the past year – more than double the overall state job growth rate – and based on employer hiring plans is on track to grow 17 per cent in the coming year read more>>>

Poll: Oregonians of all stripes support renewable energy
Dec 11, 2014 - Oregonians strongly support renewable energy, according to a poll commissioned by A Renewable America, a project of the Wind Energy Foundation.

The poll, released Tuesday, found 82 percent of Oregonians support renewable energy and a sizable population sees wind and solar as a key toward energy and economic independence.

The poll was conducted in November by Winston Group, which surveyed 750 registered voters, with an oversample of 285 registered voters in the 2nd Congressional District, Oregon's most conservative. read more>>>

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