Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Renewable Energy News for June 12, 2007

  • A Closer Look at the U.S. Senate Energy Bill: Green Car Congress has an excellent review of the major components of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act (s.1419). The Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the bill this week. To keep track of all the action on this legislation, check out govtrack.us. You can monitor the bill's progress in the Senate on a daily basis with e-mail updates on floor speeches, votes on proposed amendments, etc. It's a great tool.
  • CVPS Implements New "Plug 'n Go" Program for Plug-in Hybrids: The AP reports on Central Vermont Public Service's plans to implement a new program to encourage use of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Vermont. The first in the nation plug 'n go program will offer customers a reduced rate to charge plug-in hybrid vehicles with electricity. The program will require current hybrid owners to convert their vehicles to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The conversion is expensive ($10,000+), but could result in 100 MPG performance. Vermont Public Radio has more on the CVPS plug 'n go program in yesterday's midday report (click on the MP3 link).
  • Seeking Standards for Wave and Tidal Energy: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently announced plans to develop international standards for wave and tidal energy projects to help advance the technology as a competitive source of renewable energy. The IEC has already prepared extensive standards for other parts of the renewable energy industry, including wind power facilities, and is now recruiting experts to focus on developing standards for tidal energy systems. The new standards will address the performance of tidal energy converters, grid interconnection systems the converters, and protocols for testing new tidal energy systems. As we've previously discussed, standardization is very important for the renewable energy sector, and its good to see more focus on the young, but rapidly expanding wave and tidal energy field.

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