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‘Wrong way’ in the
The USA is at ‘a critical point’ in the transition to renewable
energy sources, and further delay will leave the country “even further
behind other nations in the development of renewable energy, even more
wedded to energy sources that are unsustainable in the long run, and
facing an even greater uphill battle in the effort to control global
warming emissions”. So says the National Association of State Public
Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) in its
report, ‘Achieving a New Energy Future: How States Can Lead
It claims that ‘Environmentally, our bad energy decisions have made the U.S. the world’s leading contributor to global warming, threatening the health & welfare of future generations, the ecosystems on which life depends, and America’s standing in the global community.’ while ‘Economically, our decisions have left the U.S.- historically a world leader in technological innovation- well behind Europe and Japan in the development and deployment of the energy technologies of the 21st century and have tied our continued prosperity to fluctuations in fossil energy prices over which we have little control’. But it notes that, in contrast to recent the ‘misguided federal energy bill’, over 20 states are leading the way toward energy independence by having passed or actively considering clean energy policies.
* The American Solar Energy Society has called for a national public education campaign to promote the up-take of renewables. Its policy statement ‘Common Sense: Making the Transition to a Sustainable Energy Economy’ says there’s a need for ‘a better understanding of the need to exchange the nation’s current fossil and nuclear fuel standards for an energy economy based upon clean, available, renewable domestic energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and geothermal’ noting that ‘consumer choice is as powerful as any mandate, regulation or government program’ and arguing for ‘a public education campaign that outlines for people what they can do as individuals’.
GE says- ‘copy the EU’
Jeff Immelt, the C.E.O. of General Electric quoted in the New York Times, 21/9/05
Arnie gets tough on PV
Last year, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger promoted an ambitions Bill calling for 1 million solar PV installations by 2016 - 3GW- at a cost of $2-3bn. However it seems that he was prepared to veto this initiative after Democrats in the state assembly added amendments that would require workers to receive union wages on commercial/industrial installations, which Republicans claimed would increase costs by 30%. Sadly, the bill failed when it reached its second-to-last stage. This seems tragic. In ‘Economics of Solar Power for California,’Akeena Solar claims that the costs have to set alongside the $9bn in benefits it says would have been reaped from savings, including $7bn in energy infrastructure, and $525m in environmental savings. It would also match California’s air conditioning demand on hot summer days.
* The Major of London Ken Livingstone is backing the installation of a PV system on the GLA’s city hall. The London Development Agency has received £270,000 from the government towards the £500,000 project, and will mount the system on the roof and integrated into a glass system on the circular ‘eyebrow’ shading. We hope they pay proper wages!
The government of
Shell looks ahead
‘We believe that 25% to 30% of world energy needs will come from renewables by 2050. We are looking at taking a meaningful stake in that market.’
Jeremy Bentham, Chief Executive Officer of Shell Hydrogen.
The green power market has also expanded. Last June the Shanghai Economic
Commission reported that 12 local enterprises had voluntarily purchased
green electricity at a price 0.53 yuan higher
than that of conventional power- marking the establishment and actual
Source: ReFocus Weekly
* The EU has signed a deal with
Also see: www.windpowerasia.com
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