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Wind Energy Tax Credit Passes with Fiscal Cliff Deal
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On January 1, 2013, Congress passed legislation that included the long-sought extension of wind energy tax credits in a bill to avert the "fiscal cliff" that now moves to President Obama for his expected signature. The extension of the production tax credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is expected to save up to 37,000 jobs and create far more over time, and to revive business at nearly 500 manufacturing facilities across the country. Wind energy PTC, and ITC for community and offshore projects, will allow continued growth of the energy source that installed the most new electrical generating capacity ... more
Converting Algae To Energy
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Autotrophic, if not automatic, for the people. Phillips 66 hopes it can usher in a new generation of fuels by working with Sapphire Energy Inc. to convert algae into "green" crude oil, the Houston-based refining and research giant announced Tuesday. The work may take several years to complete. The agreement between Phillips 66 and Sapphire is designed to take production of algae crude a big step in the direction of commercial use. Phillips 66's research center in Bartlesville will be involved in the work toward developing commercial-scale green crude oil. "Yes, the Sustainable Technology group in Bartlesville will be working ... more
Is 100 Percent Renewable Power In America A Possibility?
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A group of researchers at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, led by Stanford’s Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, says that the United States can get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources, using existing technologies, by 2050. And they lay out a state-by-state plan for doing so. Jacobson and Delucchi had previously calculated that the world could theoretically go 100-percent renewable by 2030; in this more practical plan, they focus on the United States and look forward to 2050. They conclude that, in aggregate, the the United States’ energy mix could be: 30.9 percent onshore wind, ... more
Proposed East Coast Offshore Wind Power Transmission Line Could Begin in 2016
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A private developer aiming to build a multistate wind power backbone off the Atlantic Coast has selected New Jersey as the first phase of construction in its offshore underwater transmission line, a representative for the company confirmed. Work on the New Jersey Energy Link transmission line would begin in 2016, the first of three phases, said a representative for the company, Atlantic Grid Development, which plans to make the announcement Tuesday. The New Jersey portion would be partly operational by 2019, the representative said. The offshore high voltage cable project, called Atlantic Wind Connection, would link wind energy farms up ... more
Schools A Part Of California Green Jobs Initiative
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California school districts can apply for part of $65 million that is available to those that wish to plan energy-efficiency projects under the California Clean Energy Jobs Act. The $65 million in available marks the second round of funding under the 2012 voter-approved initiative to create clean jobs and reduce school operating costs. The first round of funding totaled $105 million. CONTINUE READING AT THE STOCKTON RECORDmore
What The Eiffel Tower Tells Us About Green Technology
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One of the world’s most recognizable historical landmarks now has a visible symbol to signify its decidedly progressive view of the future. As part of a five-year, $38-million renovation that included a goal of reducing its ecological footprint, the Eiffel Tower has installed wind turbines 400 feet above ground to power the commercial areas of the tower’s first floor. Solar panels, LED lights, high performance heat pumps, and rainwater collection systems are also saving energy, but it’s the spinning turbines positioned above the second level to capture wind from any direction and maximize energy production that are making a statement ... more
Generating Employment and Energy
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Forget the environment. Is the renewable energy industry delivering on its promise to create jobs? Yes, according to a report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), in Washington, D.C. The WRI examined the solar photovoltaic and wind industries in countries that are leaders in renewables. The message is clear, says one of the report’s coauthors, Priya Barua: Comprehensive, targeted policies in these countries are spurring clean energy investments, which are creating jobs. While most green employment debates center on manufacturing, Barua says data from the United States and Japan indicate that over 65 percent of jobs are actually created outside ... more
Tips To Get Started In A Green Energy Career
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As a corporate sustainability consultant at GreenOrder, the most common question I received was, “What type of graduate degree do I need to be a competitive candidate in this field?” The first thing I'd say? “Slow down.” Setting yourself up for a successful career in sustainability is about more than the graduate degree you get. In fact, I think that taking time to try some things out first is critical in helping you choose the right grad program—and ultimately landing a job you love. Whether you’re interested in green building design, sustainable apparel manufacturing, or the economics of climate change, ... more
Turning The Beautiful Game Into Renewable Energy
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Nearly 1.2 billion people — almost one-fifth of humanity — lack access to reliable electricity. While these two statistics may seem unrelated, they were both trends that Jessica O. Matthews noticed while traveling throughout Nigeria, visiting family and observing the local culture. She decided to do something. What started as a class project while Matthews was attending Harvard University as an undergraduate student in 2008 turned into a full-fledged social enterprise company: Uncharted Play. The company makes "play" products — at the moment, soccer balls and jump ropes — that collect kinetic energy and come equipped with an outlet in ... more
Renewable Energy Growth is Big in 2012
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According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with preliminary data through to December 31, 2012, non-hydro renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 12.8 percent last year compared to 2011 and provided 5.4 percent of net U.S. electrical generation. Solar increased by 138.9 percent while wind grew 16.6 percent, geothermal by 9.6 percent, and biomass (i.e., wood, wood-derived fuels, and other biomass) by 1.6 percent. Moreover, since 2007, non-hydro renewables have more than doubled their contribution to the nation's electrical supply, according to the report. At the same time (2012 ... more