Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Renewable Energy News, August 18, 2010

On Land, Air and Sea, a Retrofit Mission - Green Blog -
Want to stimulate demand for renewable energy? Send in the Marines.

That was Navy Secretary Ray Mabus’s message when he outlined plans to slash the Navy and Marine Corps’ dependence on fossil fuels during an appearance on Monday evening at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club.

“We use in the Navy and Marine Corps almost 1 percent of the energy that America uses,” Mr. Mabus said. “If we can get energy from different places and from different sources, you can flip the line from ‘Field of Dreams’ — ‘If the Navy comes, they will build it.’ If we provide the market, then I think you’ll begin to see the infrastructure being built.”
Governor Quinn Signs Bills to Increase Solar Energy Use in Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation that promotes energy independence by furthering the use of solar power by individuals and by industry. The new laws establish strengthened targets for utilities that will be purchasing more solar energy and help homeowners who want to increase their solar energy usage.

“Solar energy is the wave of the future, and it is important that our public utilities and homeowners are able to more easily increase their use of solar energy,” said Governor Quinn. “We must do everything we can to increase our use of solar energy, which will help us protect natural resources and reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources, such as foreign oil.”
DOE Issues Loan Solicitation for Renewable Energy Manufacturing
DOE announced on August 12 a new loan guarantee solicitation for renewable energy manufacturing projects including components for solar and wind energy. The solicitation covers manufacturing of commercial technology systems as well as wind turbine blades and solar photovoltaic components. It uses American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through Section 1705 of the DOE's Loan Guarantee Program, and will include up to $750 million to pay the credit subsidy costs of loan guarantees. The solicitation will support the deployment of renewable energy technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will help increase employment in the nation's green manufacturing sector.
Ocean Waves Can Power Australia's Future, Scientists Say
Waves crashing on to Australia's southern shores each year contain enough energy to power the country three times over, scientists said on Tuesday in a study that underscores the scale of Australia's green energy.

The research, in the latest issue of the journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, comes as the nation is struggling to wean itself of years of using cheap, polluting coal to power the economy and to put a price on carbon emissions.

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