Thursday, May 27, 2010

Renewable Energy News, May 27, 2010

National News:

Wind Industry Wants a Long-term Commitment -- Environmental Protection
On Grandpa's Knob in Vermont, wind power was stymied in 1941 by a number of shortages. In 2010, those equipment and material shortages have been replaced by the lack of consistent support from government. Specifically, presenters at the American Wind Energy Association's WindPower Conference and Exhibition in Dallas this week seemed anxious that their industry would not grow without tax or other financial incentives and a national renewable electricity standard (RES) to develop demand and push production.
China, US ink green energy deals - People's Daily Online
Partnerships set to boost fuel efficiency, environmental protection

China and the United States on Wednesday signed eight green energy deals to enhance cooperation in the sector, a move analysts said would set examples for global collaboration in increasing energy efficiency and protecting environment.

The eight deals include aviation biofuel, distributed energy systems using natural gas as fuel, smart meters and cellulosic ethanol. Neither side disclosed the financial details of the deals.
Hill Heat : 13th Annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Expo And Forum
In cooperation with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucuses – and in partnership with the House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition, House High Performance Building Caucus, House Algae Energy Caucus, House Hydropower Caucus, House Green Jobs Caucus, House Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Caucus, and House Green Schools Caucus – the Sustainable Energy Coalition is hosting the day-long 13th annual Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Expo + Forum.
Invoking the Oil Crisis, Obama Lauds Clean Energy - Green Blog - NYTimes.com
In another visit intended to showcase a recipient of economic stimulus dollars, President Obama toured a solar panel plant on Wednesday in Fremont, Calif. He took the opportunity to contrast the potential of clean energy with the environmental perils of fossil fuels, reflected in what he called a “heartbreaking” oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We’re not going to be able to sustain this kind of fossil fuel use. The planet can’t sustain it,” he told about 250 employees after a tour of the expanding Solyndra Inc. plant, which has received a $535 million loan guarantee from the Energy Department for new construction.
Local Vermont & Regional News:

Cape Wind Power Will Cost Twice As Much, But Opens Door to Other Projects |Triple Pundit
In a sign of the uphill battle offshore wind power has in winning over skeptics, electricity from the nation’s first wind farm off Cape Cod is expected to cost twice as much as that from conventional sources.

But at the same time, approval of the 130 turbine Cape Wind project has upped the prospects of 11 other offshore wind projects around the country, a new report says.
National Grid set to turn on largest Mass. solar facility - The Boston Globe
The rooftop array — capable of producing about a megawatt of electricity, or enough to power 200 homes — was built mostly with Massachusetts technology and expertise.

“It’s all good work for all the right reasons,’’ said Michael Monahan, business manager for Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union, whose members worked on the project.

This week, the panels will begin converting sunlight into power, said Ed White, a National Grid vice president.
Citizens group vows to fight Lowell wind project | The Burlington Free Press
MONTPELIER -- A citizens coalition is promising a vigorous fight against a wind project that would erect 400-foot turbine towers along a northern Vermont ridgeline, even though a majority of residents have voted for it.
Incentives boost creative energy projects - Bennington Banner
MANCHESTER --Opinions vary on the long-term benefit of a state law enacted a year ago to encourage small renewable energy projects.

Organized by Renewable Energy Vermont, the 2010 Distributed Generation Northeast Conference on May 19 focused on lessons learned from the first phases of the "Feed-In Tariff," which became law in May 2009 without Gov. James Douglas’ signature.

The conference -- held at the Equinox resort -- also focused on the importance of a "smart grid" -- that is, a statewide and regional electricity distribution system better able to accept, manage, store and distribute electricity.

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