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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 ...
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.COM
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 RECORD
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 ...
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 ...