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Minnesota Model for the Home Star Program Runs Out of Funds

January 3rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The trial run for "Cash for Caulkers" is a big hit. Another of the the green-jobs-and-carbon-footprint-reduction projects funded by the Obama Administration Recovery Act funds has really caught on big time. The first is Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing to make solar essentially free (Joe Biden to Solar Power the USA With PACE Berkeley First Municipal Financing) with just one county's result: Rooftop Solar = 4% of Sonoma County's Power

How Obama's Home Star "Cash for Caulkers" Program Could Green Up America's Homes

January 3rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The Obama administration is betting its new Home Star "Cash for Caulkers" program that it’s the one with the greenest bang for the buck. They'll pay you up to half the cost to retrofit that gas-guzzling house of yours for up to $4,000 and in the process put a quarter of a million unemployed construction workers back to work lowering your energy costs and carbon footprint

Rural Electric Cooperative Completes $240 Million Wind Farm in 4 Months

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

A North Dakota rural electric cooperative made history on New Year's Eve, in completing the nation's largest wind project to be entirely owned by a consumer cooperative. The $240 million, 115.5 MW wind farm was begun in August and completed a mere four months later; three and a half hours before midnight on the last night of

New Carbon Footprint Calculation Accounts For Country of Consumption

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Norwegian scientists have created a new method of calculating carbon footprint that takes into account (for the first time), the carbon costs in the country of consumption, not just in the country in which they are produced, bringing up some interesting issues and possible solutions

First Carbon Tariff Will Tax CO2 at the Border

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota

Foreign Windpower Giant Iberdrola Taps Saudi Arabia of Wind Because We Can't

December 31st, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Today, a European company put the finishing touches on a wind project in North Dakota which Americans have known for decades is "the Saudi Arabia of Wind." Spain's Iberdrola Renovables, the parent company of Iberdrola Renewables Inc that built the project became a giant global wind company in the wake of the Kyoto Accord. The European renewable energy sector grew from the resulting renewable energy legislation in Europe. The result is that it is European wind companies such as Vestas and Iberdrola, that are now building the wind energy that we need

China Requires Utilities to Buy All the Electricity Generated By Renewable Energy Companies

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

This weekend the main Chinese legislature adopted an amendment to the renewable energy law, requiring that utilities buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators. Power enterprises refusing to buy power produced by renewable energy generators would be fined up to an amount double that of the economic loss of the renewable energy company

$100 Billion Opportunity for Waste-To-Energy Companies in Developing World

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Here's an opportunity to wisely spend some of the $100 billion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised at Copenhagen to cut the greenhouse gases of developing nations by aiding in the development of renewable energy infrastructure to by-pass fossil fuel dependence. Apparently one in four Chinese cities and seven out of 10 counties are without sewage-treatment plants, according to the People's Daily

Feinstein Expands 30% Solar Tax Credit to Include Public Swimming Pools

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

When the 30% tax credits as cash grants were instituted with the American Recovery Act, I was doing solar estimates for a small start-up in California. I was surprised to find that the 30% tax credit (available as a cash grant for businesses) for solar, was applicable to solar thermal only if it was not used for swimming pools

Cheap Solar Watering Troughs for Iowa Cattle

December 22nd, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Solar arrays can provide energy to pump water to watering troughs for cows, improving water quality on remote pastures and saving money too. Farmers can more sustainably manage their pastures if cows are not all clustered around small creeks, eroding the banks

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