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New Green Jobs and Where To Find Them
By: CareerCast.com
Green jobs have become the red hot topic of discussion recently among job seekers, thanks in part to the discussion raised during the Presidential campaign. A recent DBL Investors study found that the fastest per capita growth of green employment is in Alaska, Hawaii and North Dakota, all three of which have shown green job growth in excess of 50% since 2003. New Mexico is hovering right at 50%. Energy has long been an economic staple in Alaska, so the Last Frontier’s involvement in renewable energy growth should come as no surprise. Sectors that account for the state’s green employment ... more
New Plants In Louisiana Bring Green Jobs
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A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. The company plans to use harvest wood waste and forest byproducts to make gasoline. Cool Planet also will market a byproduct from its refining process that will be used as an agricultural supplement to boost water retention and carbon released from crops. The three Louisiana plants are expected to cost $168 million to construct and will create 72 jobs with an average salary of ... more
California Produces Solar Power That Exceeds Demand
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Solar energy could exceed California's current energy demand three to five times using equipment built on and around the state's existing infrastructure, claim researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science at in Stanford, Calif. They detailed their findings online March 16 in the journal Nature Climate Change. With a total area of more than 400,000 square kilometers, California has more land than 189 countries, including Germany. A little more than 8 percent of this land has already been developed by humans. The Stanford scientists explored how much opportunity this developed land presented for power generation via photovoltaic solar power and ... more
Funding New Ideas for Global Clean Energy Applications
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Scores of clean tech company CEOs pitched their leading-edge ideas to seed capital angels and venture capitalists at this year's Clean Tech Open 2012 Global Forum, in San Jose, California. Held at the Hayes Mansion on November 8 and 9, the meeting is the culmination of numerous regional competitions by the organization, which has helped over 600 companies raise over $660 million in financing since 2006. After a 10-minute business plan pitch heard by over a thousand attendees, company finalists were quizzed by a panel of judges to compete for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in start ... more
Massachusetts A Green Job Desitnation As State Beefs Up Wind Power
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The largest utilities in Massachusetts have signed long-term contracts to buy wind-generated electricity at prices below the cost of most other sources, including coal and nuclear, administration officials announced Monday. The contracts filed jointly with state utilities regulators by National Grid, Northeast Utilities — which owns NStar and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. — and Unitil Corp. would buy 565 megawatts of electricity from six planned wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire, or enough to power about 170,000 homes, according to a statement from the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. It would be the largest procurement of renewable energy ... more
Transportation Of The Future Can Lower Emissions
By: CareerCast.com
When the Chinese New Year kicked off across China several weeks ago, millions of Chinese citizens hit the road in what is often described as one of the world’s great annual migrations. The pilgrimage allows families to reunite, and also gives the government a chance to show off its spectacular investments in high-speed bullet trains. High-speed rail isn’t just a fast and convenient way to travel long distances while reducing carbon emissions – it’s fundamentally changing economic integration around China. Today, China’s rail system transports twice as many passengers as Chinese airlines, and officials hope to lay an additional 10,000 ... more
Wind Technology Grows By 16 Percent in 2012
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The past year has brought about a boom of wind energy project completions in the U.S. as developers have rushed to take advantage of the Production Tax Credit (PTC). Meanwhile, Latin American and Canada have also seen tremendous growth, signs that wind energy in other parts of the Americas is healthy and growing, despite what may happen near-term in the U.S. The third quarter of 2012 saw 1.8 GW of wind power capacity installed in the U.S., bringing the first three quarters of 2012 to 4.7 GW, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The U.S. wind industry now ... more
Vermont Sets Ambitious Green Energy Goal
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A group that represents Vermont's renewable energy businesses wants the state to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. On Tuesday, the board of directors of Renewable Energy Vermont laid out the goal of "20 by 2020" at the organization's annual conference in South Burlington. Vermont currently gets about 11 percent of its total energy from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or biomass. CONTINUE READING AT NEWSOK.COMmore
Unlocking Hydropower's Potential
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Hydropower has a dowdy, low tech image that conjures visions of concrete and degraded ecosystems. It is mostly shut out of the incentives driving solar, wind and other newer forms of renewable energy. InsideClimate News just dubbed it the “Unloved Renewable.” How wrong this image is according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of the U.S. hydropower industry released by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee. ORNL researchers found that U.S. hydropower grew by 1.5 gigawatts to 79.6 GW over the past decade, thus holding on to its seven percent share of U.S. power supply. In ... more
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