Archive for the ‘Renewable Energy’ Category

Rivers Provide “Next Wave” of Energy

A New York company is experimenting with a new usage of turbines – putting them under water to provide energy. Verdant Power is pursuing projects focused on harnessing the kinetic hydropower potential of natural and constructed waterways. Clean Skies News visits New York City to check out Verdant’s pilot program in the East River. Source: Clean Skies News

Biomass Plant About to Reach Full Capacity

A little more than two years ago, officals in Jackson County, Florida welcomed the world’s largest wood pellet plant to the town of Cottondale. Since then, Green Circle Bio Energy has been busy establishing its manufacturing operation, with its unique production of wood pellets as a cleaner fuel for power plants. The plant is now almost at full capacity and the finished pellets are taken by train to the Port of Panama City where they will be shipped overseas to be used as coal substitutes in European power plants. Source: WJHG

Danish Island “CO2 Negative”

As part of a ten-year experiment, Samso Island in Denmark is now 100 percent renewable energy sustainable. Clean Skies News looks at how this island stays even better than carbon neutral and gets some tips on how major cities can cut their carbon footprint. Source: Clean Skies News

New Bill Cuts Renewable Energy Loan Guarantees

The US renewable energy industry has warned it could be severely affected unless the administration acts urgently to restore $1.5bn of renewable energy loan guarantees that have been diverted in the emergency funding bill to cover Medicaid payments and teachers’ salaries. This is the second time the loan guarantee scheme has been raided, as $2bn was diverted in August 2009 to help pay for the government’s popular “cash-for-clunkers” scheme. Renewable energy groups warn the move would “jeopardize the renewable energy industries’ efforts to develop clean electric generation and create tens of thousands of jobs”. Source: Clean Skies News

RES Lacking in a Senate Energy Bill

As Congress continues the debate in its efforts to draft a successful energy bill, one element is missing: – a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). That would require homes and utilities to use more renewable generation. However, federal assistance in the form of grants, tax-breaks and other incentives are pieces of the puzzle that might be necessary to make such a goal affordable for the renewable industries – such as wind, solar and geothermal. Source: Clean Skies News

David Sandalow Talks World Energy Agreements

US Assistant Energy Secretary David Sandalow discusses the move to a clean energy economy and how success could involve a joint international effort. During the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting last week, Sandalow and other global leaders worked on ideas to continue a clean energy revolution that he says is already underway. Source: Clean Skies News

Solar power in Peru

High in the Peruvian Andes, in a house made of mud and straw, the Quispe family live in a single room. In addition to freezing winters and summer droughts, the family contends with a complete lack of sanitation, running water or electricity. In these remote villages, electricity is essential for development, but a household solar system with battery storage can easily provide enough electricity to power two lights and a radio. This video shows how the Quispe family’s life has changed since electricity came to their home via a solar panel, installed with the help of UK-based charity Practical Action. Source: Practical Action

5,000 new green jobs on offer

Up to 5,000 new jobs could be created in the U.S. after President Obama, under pressure to spur job growth, offered two solar energy companies nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees. In his weekly radio and Web address, Obama coupled his announcement with an acknowledgment that efforts to recover from the recession are slow. “It’s going to take months, even years, to dig our way out and it’s going to require an all-hands-on-deck effort,” he said. Source: Reuters

Wood Pellet Plant set to bring New Jobs

A new wood pellet plant is set to bring additional jobs to Jasper County, SC.
US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a report which provides a roadmap on how America can meet the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). All regions can contribute to meeting America’s long term energy needs. Secretary Vilsack commented: “Energy derived from woody biomass, switchgrass and other sources has enormous potential benefits for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, developing clean, home-grown energy, and providing economic opportunities for rural America. Markets for woody biomass can also bolster forest restoration activities on both public and private lands, improving the ecological health of our forests and reducing the impacts of global climate change.” Source: WSAV

Trash Could Become National Energy Source

Advanced waste-to-energy projects are taking the trash out of landfill and putting it to use to power entire counties. New technology also promises a trash-derived oil substitute. Clean Skies News visits some of these newplants and investigates how and why this trend is working. Source: Clean Skies News

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