Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Renewable Energy Access Newsletter

News and Commentary by David Caputo of Positronic Design.

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The Democrats' Clean-Energy Mandate

by Ron Pernick, Clean Edge, Inc.

Now that the mid-term elections are over -- and the votes counted -- the Democrats step into power in both the House and Senate. the complete RE Insider at


Environmental Footprints of Renewable Energy vs. Nuclear

A senior nuclear power exec claimed at a recent seminar that the environmental footprint of a nuclear power station was 100 times smaller than an onshore windfarm. (no sizes given unfortunately). What are the comparable eco-footprints? -- Polly H., London, United Kingdom
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Solar: California's Rising Star
by Claudia Graziano, Special Contributor
A growing demand for cleaner, cheaper and arguably safer forms of energy is turning what was once considered a cottage industry into big business in California. Landmark legislation to fund the nation's largest solar program goes into effect early next year, bringing with it rebates and financial incentives to spur consumer and commercial use of solar technologies -- and the promise of more jobs and economic growth for the state. Sensing big opportunity, investors are pumping hundreds of millions into solar innovation for Silicon Valley startups.

California Debates Ownership of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates
by Stephen Lacey,
A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) proposed decision to grant 100% ownership of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to utilities from solar system owners could hamper the California Solar Initiative (CSI) and slow down the state's burgeoning solar market, according to solar advocacy groups.

Integrating Wind Energy into the European Power Network
The European power network was the key topic of conversation last week during the two-day policy conference, Large Scale Integration of Wind Energy. Held in Brussels, more than 250 delegates from the European Union (EU) were in attendance to discuss the need to modernize the grid, increase interconnection between networks and adapt the grid to new technologies such as wind energy.

More Bands Cleaning Up Their Act
by Stephen Lacey,
As concern over energy security and global climate change grows, many musicians around the United States are greening their concerts using renewable energy.

Conergy to Set Up Solar HQ in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has landed another international renewable energy-based firm, Germany-based Conergy AG, which plans to introduce 50 engineering, financing and management jobs and up to $100 million in clean energy deals over the next three years.

SCHOTT to Build New Solar Receiver Manufacturing Facility in Spain
SCHOTT will establish a second manufacturing facility for solar receivers, a key component of solar thermal parabolic trough power plants, in Spain's Sevilla region, effectively doubling its current solar receiver production capacity by the beginning of 2008.

SDG&E to Buy 120 MW of Solar, Geothermal Energy
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) signed two new contracts to procure an additional 120 megawatts (MW) of solar and geothermal power for its customers by 2010. SDG&E, which now has approximately 16 percent of its customers' energy requirements under contract to be delivered by 2010, will be submitting the new contracts for approval to the California Public Utilities Commission this year.

PPM's 221 MW Klondike III Wind Project Builds on Success
Once construction is complete, PPM Energy's Klondike III Wind Project near Wasco, Oregon, is expected to generate 221 megawatts (MW) of electricity. During the ten-month construction period, up to 135 jobs will be created, half of them from the region. The facility is due to be fully commercially operational in 2007.

NASDAQ Clean Edge Index for Renewable Energy Investing
The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. and Clean Edge, Inc. announced that First Trust Advisors L.P. has licensed the NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Liquid Series Index, for clean-energy investors, in order to launch a new exchange traded fund (ETF).

Ocean Power Technologies Files for IPO in U.S.
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. (OPT) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to register up to $100 million in shares for a proposed public offering (IPO) of the company's common stock in the U.S.

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1 comment:

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