Saturday, December 27, 2008
However in the last few day I have ran across far to many folks who have an idea to do X, but no plan or even money to get the basic beginning steps of forming a business done.
To cap it off then expect everyone to work for free because well it's for the Earth. I will tell that to my bank when the next mortgage is due, I am working for The Earth or when I go to buy food.
Why in God's name do they think if they can not pay for a domain name or even a LLC that they can demand others to work for them at no pay?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We need to and it looks like maybe Obama may invest the money to bring the rail lines the repairs needed. My ideal is to truck goods from factory to rail head ship then load back on trucks from rail head to stores etc.
As a short distance people mover (50 mi) it is a joke. Few ride and the taxes needed to keep them running could be used better. Yet the left is all about foolish things like KRM here in Wisconsin but will not touch WORKING transit systems like Amtrack.
Amtrack works and works well.
Any time I can I take Amtrack I enjoy the ride and comfort offered.
IMHO the studies that show KRM to work are slanted work and are designed to be so.
I do not think KRM will get 25% of the ridershttp://www.letstalktrains.us/main.asphip thouse in surport claim and will cost millions more then KRM saids.
Here is a great site with further train info.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Will Allen received a B.A. (1971) from the University of Miami. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter and Gamble, he returned to his roots as a farmer. He has served as the founder and CEO of Growing Power, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1995 and has taught workshops to aspiring urban farmers across the United States and abroad.
"In the 21st century, we know that the future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy," says Obama. "The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment."
Chu is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at University of California, Berkeley (UC-Berkeley). He won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1997 and has a degree in physics from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley.
Jackson became the head of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection in 2006. She currently serves as chief of staff for Gov. Jon Corzine, D-N.J. She is a professional engineer, having received her master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and her undergraduate degree from Tulane University in her hometown of New Orleans.
Sutley currently serves as the deputy mayor for energy and environment for Los Angeles. She received her master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.
Browner is principal of the Albright Group LLC, where she provides strategic counsel in the critical areas of environmental protection, climate change, and energy conservation and security. Prior to her current position, she served as administrator of the EPA.
Zichal currently serves as the co-chair for the energy and environment policy team for the Obama transition team. Zichal served as the policy director for energy, environment and agriculture for Obama's presidential campaign. She is a graduate of Rutgers University.
SOURCE: The Office of the President-elect
AS much as I think Obama is wrong for this country and will mess up our energy policy like no tomorrow I wish him and his Government the best. WE all must rember that the Government does work for us and they do want our imput (well maybe not Democrats)
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Right now Cuba is being used by Hugo to cause trouble for us and our allies in that area. Cuba after the end of the USSR is a country that has little or no resorse and even with the oil and gas found there has to import oil gas and other fuels ( Note to the left in USA, Cuba is building the roads refineries and pipelines needed to use the fuels please tell me why are you not protesting?)
This coutry NOT the PRC NOT Venezuela this country needs to be working with Cuba to bring those resorses to be used.
We need the gas/oil and could use the jobs that come with that work.
Cuba can use the food we could be exporting to Cuba and we sure could use the sugar they grow.
Doing so allows more Cubans to feed them selfs and their kin, a good thing. As you may know Cuba becuse of Castro can not feed themself's a true shame. Helping folks feed themself is a great way to make great freinds.
Are there issues with this yes. Perhaps we tie aid to the release of political prisoners a fine goal we should seek but should not be a deal killer since we did not do so with the PRC.
Perhas we need to get a deal where folks who left in the 60's could get paid for the land that Castro took again not a deal killer.
Cuba has a great deal more to offer us as an ally then an embargoed country lets remove that today!
Monday, December 15, 2008
This has been very very good for everyone in this area. New jobs investment in manufacturing has brought this to the New North. Good going !
Why can't the rest of the State get this going too?
KRM is not built, no one know how many will ride or if any will ride, will not connect to the Milwaukee airport, will require millions a year in tax money in order to run.
So why do we not invest more into Amtrack?
In August, the Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) Board of Directors voted to support the education of students enrolled in accredited college or vocational schools in programs related to power engineering, wind energy, or the maintenance of wind turbines. To this end, UWIG announced a scholarship program. To be eligible for scholarship assistance, a student must be currently enrolled at an accredited trade school or college in the United States or Canada in a field of study that could lead to a career related to utility power engineering or operation and maintenance of utility-scale wind equipment. These scholarships and stipends are intended to encourage completion of a college education or vocational degrees and programs, as well as to further the education of students, UWIG said.
UWIG may award up to three scholarships each year. Up to two $2,000 scholarships will be granted to students enrolled in an accredited engineering school who are pursuing a career in power engineering with a focus or major on wind generation, and up to one $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in an accredited wind technician program. The scholarships cover a single academic year and are not renewable. The $2,000 scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic term will be targeted toward students enrolled in undergraduate programs.
Application instructions and the application form can be found on the UWIG Web site at http://www.uwig.org/scholarshipprogram.html
The application deadline is February 16.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
EEA will award five grants of $100,000 to $300,000 to each program that serves workers with incomes at or below 300% of the federal poverty level ($63,600 for family of four). Grants will target programs in the commonwealth's gateway communities of Brockton, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield and Worcester.
Grant applications are due to EEA by Jan. 15 for the programs that are expected to begin in February and last through June 2010.
"These grants will fund programs that prepare workers for good-paying jobs in this growing sector of the Massachusetts economy, giving low- and moderate-income individuals a path to self-sufficiency while building the skilled workforce our clean energy industry needs in order to thrive," says EEA Secretary Ian A. Bowles.
Projects eligible for Pathways Out of Poverty grants include job training and apprenticeship programs, relevant education, career coaching, and outreach and recruitment of unemployed participants. While grant applicants are not required to provide matching funds, EEA will give more weight in the selection process to projects that leverage funding from additional sources.
In addition to authorizing Pathways Out of Poverty grants, the Green Jobs Act created a new Clean Energy Technology Center that will support workforce development, university partnerships, R&D and clean energy entrepreneurship.
For more information, visit mass.gov.
SOURCE: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Monday, December 8, 2008
So come along on the trip for as I keep hearing it's the journey should be a wild one.
Feel free to join in the only think I ask is to be respectful when writing some even I need to remember from time to time.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Vestas Americas has been headquartered in Portland since 2002. In addition to the headquarters, Portland is home to one of Vestas' regional IT centers, a tools warehouse and the Vestas Business Academy training facility.
The proposed new headquarters, which is expected to be over 500,000 square feet in size and LEED Platinum certified, will consolidate Vestas' presence in Portland, as well as allow for future growth.
As negotiations are in process, Vestas cannot, at this point, confirm the sites it is considering for development. The company is currently working with the state of Oregon and city of Portland to leverage development, tax and financing options.
"The decision by Vestas to recommend building their new North American headquarters here sends a strong message that even in these difficult economic times, Portland has the confidence of companies willing to bring family wage jobs to the city," says Portland Mayor Tom Potter. "It also provides further validation of Portland's international reputation as a leading green city."
As the American wind industry continues to grow, Vestas Americas' desire to expand its headquarters in Portland also means further opportunities to form partnerships with Oregon's community colleges and universities to increase collaboration on wind energy programs and build a talented workforce for the company.
In addition, Vestas has just opened a new research and development hub in Boston. In 2009, the company will open a research center in Houston.
No one's perfect not happening. The mistakes I have comes with not having a focus and well fear.
So I list them
1) Not putting names to groups who I feel are nothing more then blood sucking lobbyists. They are not playing nice now what more are they going to do?
2) Not updating this blog because few look at it. Know I do this for me and should care less about leading. If folks like the info I put out great if not OK
3) Do the products to support Green Racine the Coffee Cups and shirts.
4) Call out the Green Groups that have no clue and point out errors.
5) Having faith
6) Not doing more with The REC.
How nice WE Energy is to work with
How cute baby Falcons are
The number of "Green" folks that have no clue
The fact that many inner city kids have no idea where food come from
The wealth of knowledge our elders have that is being lost
What a great place the Racine Environmental Center is and how wonderful Ben the Director is. In the same vain the impact that one place like the REC can have. Praise God for this. Praise God for Ben. BTW if you do not like my praise of God too bad. :)
Sunday, November 30, 2008
And that why I think we need to do this. As we all know Cuba as found a great deal of Oil/Gas off there shores. At this time we can not sell them goods or serves that Cuba needs to explote this, so who is? The PRC and Venezuela both not our friends both seeking to harm us. Yes they are investing millions and able to get resources they need as we just sit here.
Cuba will of course have a great deal of money to spend it would be great if they could spend it here in America.
Castro is well not long for this world and when he goes would be a great opening for this Country to obtain influence not by sending troops or the CIA no. By sending Coke and MTV, get the Cuban to want the same things we have, the est will follow. When the Average Cuban sees that the Ave American has so much more and opertunties are all around the Cuban people will put paid to their Marxist government.
With Cuba out of the Orbit of Venezuela our guy Hugo will be seeing the writing on the wall.
With out first heating bill of the season coming any day, I am very glad that my wife thought of getting our attic better insulated. The $600+ we will spend should pay for itself quickly and help reduce our use of NG.
The Garden is put to bed and we are planing on expanding it and hopefully starting another plot Green Racine is a firm believer in growing one own food to insure quality and supply.
Check out our Amazon Store and if you can please pick out a book or two for someone this Xmas.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
"When all this began, it was mainly a pipeline company, and now we are proficient in so many different areas, including wind energy, directional drilling and power," says Pat Michels, president of Michels.
According to Michels, the company ranks 64th among the top 400 contractors. Michels plans to begin its anniversary celebrations in January at the Michels' annual leadership conference in Madison, Wis.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Xcel looks to harness wind energy for use even when there's no wind
The project, which also includes the state and a tech firm, is installing a battery that is the first U.S. device that can store wind power.
By DEE DePASS, Star Tribune
Last update: November 12, 2008 - 10:20 PM
Next spring Xcel Energy Inc., the state of Minnesota and a Virginia-based technology firm will test the first battery in the country capable of storing wind energy.
The breakthrough technology, which is the size of two semitrailer trucks stacked atop each other, was built in Japan and shipped to Luverne, Minn., where it will store electricity generated by the nearby Minwind Energy wind turbines. S&C Electric Co. expects the equipment will be completely installed by April.
The battery consists of a score of 50-kilowatt modules. When it is fully charged, the massive sodium-sulfur battery -- which weighs about 80 tons -- can store 7.2 megawatt-hours of electricity. That's enough to power 500 homes for about seven hours. It will cost more than $5.4 million to buy and install the battery and analyze its performance.
The technology could help allay critics of wind energy, who lament that no electricity is produced when there's no wind. If successful, the battery will store wind energy and release its power onto the electrical grid when the air is still.
"Energy storage is key to expanding the use of renewable energy," Xcel Chairman and CEO Dick Kelly said. "This technology has the potential to reduce the impact caused by the variability and limited predictability of wind-energy generation."
Xcel, which invested $3.6 million in the project, expects the battery "to become very important to both us and our customers," Kelly said.
Xcel, the largest wind-energy producer in the country, is working to make it easier to integrate renewable energy onto the electrical grid as part of its "Smart Grid" strategy. It has a mandate to generate 30 percent of all its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Xcel bought the battery from Japan's NGK Insulators Ltd. The batteries are used in Japan to store wind energy, and are used in a few nonwind applications in the United States.
"But this is the first U.S. application of the battery as a direct wind-energy storage device," Kelly said.
In addition to Xcel, the Minnesota Renewable Development Fund is contributing $1 million to the project. GridPoint, a power grid management firm based in Arlington, Va., kicked in $750,000. The University of Minnesota will analyze the battery system and grid connections. Other participants in the project include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Great Plains Institute.
Xcel announced this month that it will develop 351 megawatts of new wind-energy production by December 2011 -- enough to power about 110,000 homes. The company said it plans to increase its current wind resources by more than 10 percent. The $900 million expansion includes a 201-megawatt project in southwest Minnesota's Nobles County, and a 150-megawatt project in Dickey and McIntosh Counties in so
Thursday, November 13, 2008
But not very good at moving people short distances (50 MI) so then tell me why so many experts
are all about light rail that does not break even and requires massive tax dollars.
The same experts do not support what has been proven to work and helps reduce hwy travel and amount of fuel used.
In Racine WI those in power are trying to force a lt rail system on Southeast Wisconsin well IMHO is just that nifty P/C cool thing that they can play with while the real benefits that a Freight System could bring to the entire area not just a few rich folks wanting something to feel good about
"The turbines have proven themselves at our Wild Horse and Hopkins Ridge facilities in providing a reliable source of clean, renewable energy," says Kimberly Harris, executive vice president and chief resource officer for PSE. "Building on the success of Wild Horse makes sense for our customers and for the economy of the Kittitas Valley."
Vestas is the current supplier to Wild Horse and the utility's Hopkins Ridge Wind Facility in Dayton.
In addition to the turbine order, the Kittitas County board of commissioners voted at a public hearing to approve the expansion plan as a modification to the original 2005 site development agreement with the county. The planned expansion will result in 149 turbines and a capacity of 269 MW at Wild Horse – well within the original development agreement limits of 158 turbines and 312 MW. Currently, the wind facility has 127 turbines capable of producing 229 MW of electricity.
An environmental impact study for the project will be completed later this year, with final approval of the expansion plan expected by the state Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council in early 2009.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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by NAW staff on Friday 26 September 2008
Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, R-R.I., has announced that Deepwater Wind was chosen as the developer to construct a wind energy project off the shores of Rhode Island that will provide 1.3 million MWh per year of renewable energy annually - 15% of all electricity used in the state. It is expected that the project will cost in excess of $1 billion to construct, and the funds will come from private investment sources. A team of experts spent several months evaluating the detailed proposals submitted by seven development groups.
Deepwater Wind was established to develop utility-scale offshore wind projects in the northeastern part of the U.S. The company's major investors are FirstWind, a major developer of onshore wind projects in the U.S.; D.E. Shaw & Co., a capital investment firm with deep experience in the energy sector, and Ospraie Management, an asset management firm with a focus on alternative energy markets.
"This is much more than an energy project," says Carcieri. "This is about creating a new industry in Rhode Island - an industry that puts Rhode Island at the epicenter of the emerging alternative energy market. Deepwater Wind will help bring new economic activity, jobs and opportunity to Rhode Island. From construction through operation, Deepwater Wind projects will provide high-quality, green collar jobs. Further, Deepwater Wind's jacket foundations are the ideal cost-effective solution for the deeper waters in our region."
Deepwater Wind has pledged a significant private investment in Rhode Island of approximately $1.5 billion with the construction of a regional manufacturing facility in Quonset, and creating up to 800 direct jobs, with annual wages of $60 million. The Quonset facility will manufacture support structures upon which the turbine and its tower are based.
The exact location of the wind project will be determined from the results of the Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) permitting process led by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council in partnership with URI's Graduate School of Oceanography.
The state and Deepwater Wind will now enter a 90-day period to negotiate a formal development agreement. The final agreement will include the total commitment to Rhode Island made by Deepwater Wind, including the establishment of a manufacturing headquarters in the state and the reimbursement of the cost of the SAMP to the Renewable Energy Fund. In addition, the agreement will outline the preferred developer status for Deepwater Wind in the permitting process.
Final approval of the project is contingent on multiple regulatory approvals from both the state and federal governments.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Providence Plantations
Friday, September 26, 2008
Green Racine after looking at resources needed to do the very best job that the Virtual fairs would need made the difficult choice to end further planing of the Fairs until Green Racine obtains those resources.
We are in the debit of those who have volunteered to help with the planing and the project teams for the guidance given and work done.
As we network and find more assets to put to the virtual fairs we will then start again.
Friday, September 19, 2008
"When we decided to go for green - or in this case, gold - with LEED certification of our new factory, we knew it was the right thing to do," says Tim Fallon, president of Kettle Foods' North American division.
The company also recycles of 2,300 gallons of waste oil with conversion to biodiesel used to power a company fleet of diesel-engine cars called BioBeetles, and reduces more than three million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually resulting from the elimination of shipping lines between Oregon and the Midwest.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Crazy Cindy hasn't had an actual job, you know, something that you do and get paid for in many, many years.
She tried writing books:
Her first book, published in December of 2005 is at Amazon.com Sales Rank: #841,307. Amazon.com Sales Rank: #841,308 is : The Official Patient's Sourcebook on Pancreatitis".
Her second book was published on April Fool's Day of 2006 is at Amazon.com Sales Rank: #468,712, just beating out "Practical HPLC Method Development, 2nd Edition" published in 1997.
Her put recent effort, published in September 2006, is currently showing Amazon.com Sales Rank: #1,303,398. I haven't been able to find out which book is #1,303,399, but I'll bet it's a pip!
Surprisingly, ALL these books are in-stock!
Sheehan tried making paid speeches:
Read the "Breaking News" item below to see how that's working out lately.
What to do? What to do?
Why not run for Congress? Against political powerhouse Nancy Pelosi?
It meets all Cindy's needs: it brings in the dollars and keeps Crazy Cindy in the spotlight. It's a rather faint spotlight, though. The mainstream media began losing interest in her when the public got tired of hearing the same old rants, over and over and over. She screeched "No blood for oil!" So where's the oil? She demanded the troops be brought home. Instead of listening to her, Congress sent in still more troops and now even the far-left New York Times admits that the troop surge has worked and things in Iraq are improving. Again and again this slogan-chanting paste-eater has been proven wrong. Aside from a handful of anti-American socialist ass-hats, no one finds her lunatic ravings entertaining any more.
When Cindy began attacking the Democrats in office, The MSM dropped her like a hot potato. Now only the extreme fringe media covers her campaign. It's more of a flashlight with tired batteries and a spotlight on a stage. Cindy needs attention, so she has entered a race she knows she can't win. The upside is that it's bringing in the dollars.
According to the Huffington post, Sheehan claims she has raised more than $300,000 in campaign donations source. Where did the money go? Not for radio and TV ads. Not for ad space in magazines and newspapers. She lists her campaign headquarters as her residence address (many candidates do this, in all fairness).
When Sheehan announced her retirement from the anti-war movement, she said:
"I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then."
"...my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings."
The hospital bills she mentions were for having her uterus removed. She buried it under a bush in Crawford, Texas."
Between Casey's private life insurance policy and the government death benefit, we're looking at a minimum of $300,000. She used part of that money to buy land in Texas that she later sold for a $34,000 profit!
Then there's the money she got from speaking engagements. Her fees ranged as high as $11,000 per appearance source, and her minimum was $600. She spoke at least 30 times between August of 2005 and August of 2006. That's a minimum of $28,400.
The books probably brought in at least another $50,000.
Grand total - $412,400!!!
For a long time she lived rent-free, first at a friend's apartment in Berkeley and then at "Camp Casey" in Crawford. It's clear that she doesn't spend a lot on clothes or make-up. And she didn't spend it on her medical bills, that much we know.
Assuming that she had absolutely ZERO income after August 2006, she blew about $137,000 per year! WHERE'S THE MONEY, CINDY???
So now, here's Cindy, broke, by her own admission, asking for money, to run in an election she cannot possibly win. Maybe she learned something after watching Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton run for the White House? Hmmmmmm...
The coalition issued several awards, including a legacy award for policy-makers that demonstrated vision and were principally responsible for the state policy that allowed for the growth of the wind industry; a champion award for policy-makers who took a leadership role during the renewable energy debate and/or filed key legislation to expand the wind energy marketplace; and an outstanding supporter award to recognize the dozens of policy makers who not only voted favorable on wind energy issues, but who took an advocacy role in encouraging the industry's growth - such as supporting CREZ and issuing public comments in support of wind energy, and economic and environmental policies conducive to the growth of the industry.
Recipients of the award are:
Legacy supporters: Gov. Rick Perry, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, PUC Chairman Barry Smitherman, former PUC Commissioner Paul Hudson, Senator Troy Fraser, Senator Kim Brimer, Representative David Swinford, Representative Phil King, and Representative Mark Strama.
Champion supporters: Sens. Kip Averitt, Kel Seliger, Leticia Van de Putte, Judith Zaffirini, Kirk Watson and Rep. Warren Chisum.
Outstanding supporters: Sens. Robert Duncan, Craig Estes, Rodney Ellis, Kevin Eltife and Carlos Uresti. Representatives Alma Allen, Rafael Anchia, Doc Anderson, Dan Barrett, Leo Berman, Dwayne Bohac, Valinda Bolton, Dan Branch, Lon Burnam, Joaquin Castro, Wayne Christian, Ellen Cohen, Garnet Coleman, Drew Darby, Yvonne Davis, Joe Deshotel, Dawnna Dukes, Jim Dunnam, Harold Dutton, Kirk England, David Farabee, Dan Flynn, Stephen Frost, Pete Gallego, Juan Garcia, Ryan Guillen, Rick Hardcastle, Linda Harper-Brown, Joe Heflin, Ana Hernandez, Scott Hochberg, Donna Howard, Carl Isett, Delwin Jones, Ruth Jones McClendon, Susan King, David Leibowitz, Eddie Lucio, III, Jerry Madden, Trey Martinez-Fischer, Brian McCall, Jose Menendez, Elliott Naishtat, Rene Oliveira, Dora Olivo, Solomon Ortiz, Ken Paxton, Paula Pierson, Jim Pitts, Eddie Rodriguez, Patrick Rose, John Smithee, Joe Straus, Larry Taylor, Sylvester Turner, Corbin Van Arsdale, Allen Vaught, Marc Veasey, Mike Villarreal, Hubert Vo and Bill Zedler.
SOURCE: Wind Coalition
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"Pennsylvania has a growing base of wind energy providers already here," Yablonsky says. "Companies like Gamesa in Cambria and Bucks counties; GE Wind in Erie; and Iberdrola, with operations in Somerset, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties, already have a significant presence in Pennsylvania, and they need hundreds of manufactured components to build, maintain and expand their operations. Wind and alternative energy providers need suppliers, and this initiative will help providers and suppliers find and connect with one another. WESCI will help attract wind energy providers and help more Pennsylvania manufacturers to transition and enter the growing alternative energy market."
As examples of wind industry supply needs, Yablonsky cited electrical equipment, power transmission devices, turbine generators, fabricated parts, gearboxes and bearings.
Key to the WESCI initiative will be the commonwealth's industrial resource center network - seven regional centers that provide comprehensive process improvement and strategic consulting services to Pennsylvania's small- and medium-sized manufacturers. Under the WESCI initiative, the centers will help identify supply chain gaps, gather provider requirements and find qualified suppliers.
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development
Friday, September 5, 2008
Wind now provides 20,152 MW of electricity generating capacity in the U.S. But a delay in extending the production tax credit (PTC) could place 2009 projects on hold and discourage manufacturing investment, according to AWEA. The PTC is currently set to expire at the end of the year.
"Wind energy installations are well ahead of the curve for contributing 20% of the U.S. electric power supply by 2030 as envisioned by the U.S. Department of Energy," says Randall Swisher, executive director of AWEA. "However, the looming expiration of the federal renewable energy PTC less than four months from now threatens this spectacular progress. The PTC has been a critical factor in wind's very rapid growth as a part of the nation's power portfolio."
While Germany has more generating capacity installed - about 23,000 MW- the U.S. is producing more electricity from wind because of its much stronger winds. AWEA expects over 7,500 MW of new wind capacity to be added this year, expanding the U.S.'s wind energy fleet by 45% and bringing total capacity to 24,300 MW.
SOURCE: American Wind Energy Association
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A bat mortality study supervised by U of C biology professor Robert Barclay that began in 2006 has determined that the vast majority of bats found dead below turbines near Pincher Creek suffered severe injuries to their respiratory systems consistent with a sudden drop in air pressure – called barotrauma – that occurs when the animals get close to turbine blades. The results will be published in the August 26 online edition of Current Biology. The study shows that 90 per cent the bats examined after death showed signs of internal hemorrhaging consistent with barotraumas while only about half of the bats showed any evidence of direct contact with the blades.
"Because bats can detect objects with echolocation, they seldom collide with man-made structures," said PhD candidate and project leader Erin Baerwald. "An atmospheric-pressure drop at wind-turbine blades is an undetectable—and potentially unforeseeable—hazard for bats, thus partially explaining the large number of bat fatalities at these specific structures,” Baerwald explains. "Given that bats are more susceptible to barotrauma than birds, and that bat fatalities at wind turbines far outnumber bird fatalities at most sites, wildlife fatalities at wind turbines are now a bat issue, not a bird issue."
The respiratory systems of bats and birds differ in important ways, in terms of both their structure and their function. Bats' lungs, like those of other mammals, are balloon-like, with two-way airflow ending in thin flexible sacs surrounded by capillaries, the researchers explained. When outside pressure drops, those sacs can over-expand, bursting the capillaries around them. Bird lungs, on the other hand, are more rigid and tube-like, with one-way circular airflow passing over and around capillaries. That rigid system can better withstand sudden drops in air pressure.
Nine species of bats are found in Alberta, three of which migrate through the province each year. The majority of bats killed at wind turbines are the migratory bats that roost in trees, including hoary bats, eastern red bats, and silver-haired bats. While little is known about their population sizes, the researchers said their deaths could have far-reaching consequences. Bats typically live for many years, in some cases reaching ages of 30 or more. Most also have just one or two pups at a time, and not necessarily every year.
"Slow reproductive rates can limit a population's ability to recover from crashes and thereby increase the risk of endangerment or extinction," said Barclay, noting that migrating animals tend to be more vulnerable in the first place.
All three species of migratory bats killed by wind turbines fly at night, eating thousands of insects—including many crop pests—per day as they go. Therefore, bat losses in one area could have very real effects on ecosystems miles away, along the bats' migration routes.
Baerwald said there is no obvious way to reduce the pressure drop at wind turbines without severely limiting their use. Because bats are more active when wind speeds are low, one strategy may be to increase the wind speed at which turbine blades begin to rotate during the bats' fall migration period.
The study was initiated by TransAlta after the company’s wind farm operators noticed bat carcasses below turbines and approached Barclay, an internationally-recognized bat expert, for advice.
“It was important for us to determine as much as we could about this issue,” said Jason Edworthy, Director, Stakeholder Relations for TransAlta. “Ultimately, it’s a situation we’re working hard to alleviate. Ongoing research with the University is seeing some real results in terms of mitigation of collisions.”
The paper “Barotrauma is a significant cause of bat fatalities at wind turbines” by Erin F. Baerwald, Genevieve H. D'Amours, Brandon J. Klug and Robert M.R. Barclay will be available online at: www.current-biology.com
Monday, August 25, 2008
Above you will find the link to the Bill that the Democratic party fears so much.
All the GOP wants is an up or down vote. So why is Nancy so worried about this bill?
As the GOP has done on the floor of the House Deeds not words are the call!
They are fighting for the American Energy we must join the effort.
The call is out join this fight!
Yes I have been lax in keeping up this blog but that has changed as of now! I will be writing about two very exciting projects that myself and a handful of crew will be moving on.
These two project are just a sample of what is to come
Friday, August 22, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Any reading in the press will tell you that we need to be prepared to take care of ourself when events like flooding occur.
This site will help you prepare for those times.
Also everyone of us should have basic first aid training, do you?
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Report from Windpower 2008 and the
Wind Powering America Summit
RENEW/Wisconsin Wind Working Group
June 11, 2008
General impressions: AWEA's 2008 conference was an unceasing hive of
activity, especially on the trade show floor. RENEW was one of 15 Wisconsin
firms and organizations that participated in the Wisconsin Wind Works
exhibit space. Other participants were: Aarowcast (Shawano), Ambassador
Steel (Auburn, IN), Badger Transport (Clintonville), Bassett Mechanical
(Kaukauna), EcoEnergy (Madison), Lakeshore Technical College (Cleveland),
Lapham-Hickey Steel (Oshkosh), Lindquist Machine Corporation (Green Bay),
Merit Gear (Antigo), Natural Resources Consulting (Cottage Grove), Oscar
Boldt Construction (Appleton), Orion Construction Group (Appleton),
Trace-A-Matic (Brookfield), and Wausaukee Composites (Wausaukee). By pooling
our resources, we were able to secure a centrally located and highly visible
space on the trade show floor. Jerry Murphy and his team at The New North
did a fantastic job of organizing this pavilion and scheduling the staffing.
With all of our materials displayed under one sign we succeeded in
projecting a sense that Wisconsin companies are comfortable doing business
with each other. I hope we do it again next year in Minneapolis.
Plenty of Wisconsin companies had their own exhibit booths, including
Johnson Controls (Milwaukee), Michels Wind Energy (Brownsville), Tower Tech
at the Broadwind booth (Manitowoc), Manitowoc Crane (Manitowoc), Foley and
Lardner (Milwaukee), Michael Best and Friedrich (Madison), Shuttlelift
(Sturgeon Bay), Snap-on (Kenosha) and Trachte (Oregon). No doubt there were
other Wisconsin companies displaying at the exhibit hall.
I did not see any representatives from the State of Wisconsin at the
conference/trade show. The absence of an official state presence was
heightened by the profusion of other state pavilions--Iowa, Minnesota,
Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas--which were staffed by agency
employees and funded with public dollars. Nor did I see any representatives
of Wisconsin ports. I soon learned the reason why.
Transportation: My visit with Lone Star Transportation was eye-opening to
the say the least. Lone Star is Vestas' preferred heavy-hauler. The
exhibitors there described the difficulties they endured in dealing with the
restrictions state DOT placed on the transportation of oversized equipment
to We Energies' Blue Sky Green Field project. State DOT imposed a
prohibition on transporting oversize loads during the day, which made it
impossible to truck the blades, nacelles and tower sections directly to the
erection sites. We Energies had to expand the laydown area behind its
operations center in order to accommodate deliveries of the equipment. Some
792 pieces of equipment had to be offloaded in the yard and then reloaded on
separate vehicles and taken to the 88 turbine sites. Double-handling this
equipment is expensive. WE estimates that the restrictions on transportation
added nearly $4 million to the cost of constructing Blue Sky Green Field. No
doubt they resulted in costs to other companies. The same restrictions also
applied to the Forward project, which was going up at the same time.
According to Lone Star, Wisconsin is very much the outlier when it comes to
regulating transportation of oversize wind energy equipment.
In regards to the Cedar Ridge project now under construction, state DOT will
allow limited daytime transportation of oversize equipment. However, in
order to reduce the cost of transporting turbines, nacelles and blades
through Wisconsin, Vestas decided to ship that equipment down to the Port of
Beaumont in Texas, and transport it by rail to Green Bay. Much of it has
already arrived, sitting in a rail yard waiting to be transported down to
Fond du Lac County. These loads could have been shipped to either Milwaukee
or Marinette-Menominee. No wonder I didn't see any Wisconsin port
representatives at the conference!
Wisconsin also requires haulers to obtain an individual permit for each load
carried along a surveyed route. Contrast that requirement with Iowa's
practice of issuing a permit that covers all trips on that route for six
(could be 12) months. Iowa's DOT does not place limits on the time of day
when oversize wind equipment can be legally transported.
Between the extra costs incurred by heavy haulers and the lost port traffic,
Wisconsin's transportation policies have imposed a heavy economic cost on
in-state wind development in Wisconsin. The economic damage could spread to
other states if turbine manufacturers continue to avoid Wisconsin ports in
favor of less convenient locations that require more truck or rail travel
after the equipment is unloaded.
Project Outlook for 2008 and 2009: Babcock and Brown, which bought two
permitted projects in Wisconsin, will begin constructing the 36-turbine
Butler Ridge project this month. RES Americas is the general contractor. The
project, located in southeast Dodge County, should be on-line by the end of
December. I have no information about the transportation arrangements for
that installation, but I can't help but observe that the project site is
less than 60 miles from the Port of Milwaukee.
Babcock and Brown also intends to build its second permitted Wisconsin
project in 2009. The installation would go up in Manitowoc County not far
from Point Beach. B&B's permit lasts through the end of next year. If it
were to expire before the wind project is completed, B&B would have to
obtain an extension or seek a brand new permit under the county's revised
wind ordinance, which, as you know, was essentially written by the WINDCOWs.
Wind Powering America Summit: This was a much more interactive and engaging
meeting than last year's gathering. I took part in a role-playing exercise
in which the most common knocks against windpower were voiced by one group
of people (myself included) and then rebutted by another group. As my
group's designated NIMBY, I channeled my inner Dave Korinek and spewed forth
one Internet myth after another about safety (exploding turbines and
collapsing towers), health impacts (stray voltage, "wind turbine syndrome"),
and quality of life complaints (shadow flicker, aesthetics). Judging from
their tinny and wonkish responses, the pro-wind people would benefit greatly
from increased exposure to real-life NIMBY's and attending Mick Sagrillo's
"How to Deal with Wind Opposition" workshop.
It's worth mentioning that the Ohio Legislature recently took steps to
reduce the likelihood of stalled wind projects due to permitting hassles.
The Legislature voted to lower the threshold for state review of wind
projects from 50 MW to 5 MW. If approved, Ohio's threshold would be even
lower than the one in Minnesota (25 MW). That change was incorporated in a
budget repair bill that is now sitting on the Governor's desk. The Governor
supports the provision, I'm told.
The most memorable line of the meeting came out of Randy Udall's talk. After
his meditation on the energy resource constraints that are converging
directly in front of us, he referenced the AWEA/DOE 20% by 2030 report by
saying: "we should be planting wind turbines like trees." Of all the fossil
fuel supply problems that are hard-wired into our future, the biggest shapes
up to be maintaining natural gas supply given current depletion rates. In
Randy's view (and mine), substituting wind for fossil generation is even
more valuable as an energy security strategy than as a carbon reduction
Wisconsin Wind Working Group
We MUST act now to move Windpower forward!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Peter Passi Duluth News Tribune
Published Friday, May 23, 2008
Fiscal year 2007 will go down as the most profitable ever for the Duluth
Seaway Port Authority. The authority closed its fiscal books March 31 this
year, more than $2.3 million in the black, according to Chief Financial
Officer John Kubow.
The port authority's previous financial best had been fiscal year 2001, when
it reported a net profit of $837,000.
So what made fiscal year 2007 so special?
Kubow's simple explanation: "Sales of wind turbine components."
The port authority gets a cut of all revenues generated by the Clure Marine
Terminal's operator, Lake Superior Warehousing Co. Inc. And the company
handled lots of wind power equipment last shipping season, both inbound from
overseas and outbound to destinations on the East Coast and Europe.
In 2007, the American Wind Energy Association estimated between $8 billion
and $10 billion was being invested in wind power annually, much of it in the
nation's heartland, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and
Initially, the port was seeing large shipments of wind farm equipment
imported from Germany, Denmark and Spain.
As wind farms proliferate, domestic production of wind turbine and tower
equipment has been climbing, expanding the outbound component of the port's
business. Duluth also has become a conduit for North Dakota-built wind power
equipment bound for domestic and export markets.
This rapidly changing scene is fraught with opportunities and challenges,
according to Ron Johnson, the port authority's trade development director.
"It's more than a moving target," he said. "Right now, it's a blurred
Jonathan Lamb, general manager of Lake Superior Warehousing, said the
current shipping season is off to a more modest start, but based on recent
inquiries and several large wind power projects in the works, including
Minnesota Power's plans to bring 500 to 700 megawatts of wind power online
in North Dakota in the next few years, he believes the port may be able to
equal the volume of equipment it handled last year.
To handle the massive wind turbines, blades, nacelles and towers the port
has been receiving, the laydown area around the terminal has been greatly
expanded. The port authority invested about $400,000 last year to ready more
than six acres of land for the equipment. Lake Superior Warehousing also
prepared an additional 25 acres of land at the Garfield C and D docks to use
as a laydown area.
Kubow said those types of investments wouldn't be made if the port authority
and Lake Superior Warehousing weren't confident about the future.
Part of that confidence is inspired by government mandates, such as
Minnesota's requirement that utilities in the state derive 25 percent of
their power from renewable resources by 2025.
"That's what I call government-impelled cargo," Kubow said.
PETER PASSI covers business and development. He can be reached weekdays at
(218) 279-5526 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 19, 2008
May 19, 2008
We Energies wind project begins commercial operation
Largest wind farm to date in Wisconsin is on time and on budget
MILWAUKEE - We Energies’ Blue Sky Green Field wind project was placed into commercial service today. The 88 turbines have a demonstrated capacity of 145 megawatts and are expected to generate more than 328 million emission-free kilowatt hours annually - enough to power 36,000 homes.
“Blue Sky Green Field is one of several targeted efforts we’re undertaking to generate more energy from renewable resources,” said Rick Kuester, executive vice president of Wisconsin Energy Corporation, the parent of We Energies. “We appreciate the support we have received from our customers and from the communities of Calumet and Marshfield and northeast Fond du Lac County in making the project a reality.”
At a cost of approximately $300 million, the Blue Sky Green Field project consists of 88 Vestas Wind Systems turbines spread across 10,600 acres. Each turbine is capable of producing 1.65 megawatts of electricity. The V82 turbines have a hub height of approximately 262 feet and a blade length of 134 feet. From the foundation to the tip, each tower has a height 397 feet.
We Energies continues to pursue the development of additional renewable energy to meet customer demand and to meet the state of Wisconsin’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which requires utilities across the state to generate 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2015. “While the Blue Sky Green Field project is an important contributor to our renewable goals, We Energies will need to add several more renewable projects to meet the state mandate,” said Kuester.
Construction of Blue Sky Green Field began in June 2007. The project was built largely with the talents of Wisconsin companies and craft labor. Collectively, more than 400,000 labor hours were devoted to completing the project. Although the turbines are now in operation, We Energies will be working with the landowners in the area to ensure that proper restoration from construction activity is completed.
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We Energies serves more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. Its electricity prices are approximately seven percent below the national average. We Energies is the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC, the principal utility subsidiaries of Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE: WEC). Visit the We Energies Web site at www.we-energies.com. Learn more about Wisconsin Energy Corporation by visiting www.wisconsinenergy.com.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: |
April 29, 2008
Christine Real de Azua (202) 383-2508
OVER 600 INDUSTRY LEADERS SEE POTENTIAL FOR NEW JOBS,
BILLIONS IN ECONOMIC GROWTH IN WIND POWER SUPPLY CHAIN
AWEA Holds Supply Chain Workshop in Des Moines, April 29-30
Representatives from a diverse range of industries, including foundries, tooling companies, gearbox manufacturers, railroads and other transportation providers, electronics manufacturers and metal fabricators, as well as state economic development officers, will gather at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Wind Power Supply Chain Workshop in Des Moines, Iowa, April 29-30.
Drawing attention to Iowa as a growing hub for wind power-related job creation, the Iowa Department of Economic Development is co-sponsoring the workshop.
“I'm honored to welcome AWEA to our state,” said Iowa Governor Chet Culver (D). “It is our responsibility to tap clean, renewable energy resources to spur investment and create new, green-collar jobs in Iowa. Communities across Iowa that have experienced real economic challenges, like Keokuk, Fort Madison and Newton, have recently seen a new rebirth by tapping into our booming wind industry. While each of these cities is in the process of adding hundreds of new wind-generation manufacturing jobs, this is only the beginning of what is possible.”
“Wind energy has not only helped power many parts of Iowa, but it has provided millions of dollars in economic activity to struggling communities,” added Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). “Wind is an affordable and inexhaustible source of domestically produced energy. We must do everything possible to capture and grow this renewable source of energy all the way up the supply chain."
AWEA expects about 600 attendees, making the workshop the trade group’s largest ever as well as the first aimed at expanding the industry’s “supply chain,” or range of component suppliers.
“The U.S. wind power industry is a bright spot in our economy,” said AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher. “Every megawatt of installed wind power creates employment in manufacturing, construction and operations as well as jobs in advertising, office support, environmental assessment and other related professions. America’s vast wind resources have barely been tapped, and we have only just begun to see wind’s potential to generate broad economic growth.”
Encouraged by the stability of the federal production tax credit (PTC), U.S. wind industry manufacturing has surged from a very small base in 2005 to more than 100 facilities in 2007.
In 2005, the average wind turbine contained less than 30% American-made components. Today, domestically manufactured content is approaching 50%. (A wind turbine is composed of some 8,000 components, ranging from towers and blades to gearboxes, generators, castings, ball bearings, and electronic components.) New facilities were opened or announced last year in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. These facilities are expected to create more than 6,000 permanent, well-paying jobs. Many of the fastest-growing wind industry suppliers in the U.S. are slated to attend the workshop this week.
“While the wind industry’s strong growth is encouraging, the PTC is in danger of lapsing at the end of this year,” said Swisher. “It is vitally important for Congress and the President to quickly extend the PTC—the primary U.S. incentive for wind power—as part of a long-term policy for renewable energy to foster investment in wind installations, manufacturing capacity and thousands of new jobs.”
At the workshop, industry leaders will discuss the need to ramp up U.S.-based manufacturing and state incentives that encourage such investments as well as projections for growth—which will be determined largely by whether the U.S. government puts in place a strong, supportive, stable policy for renewable energy, starting with a quick extension of the PTC.
For more information, contact Christine Real de Azua, email@example.com.
Akron - The nation's No. 2 wind turbine manufacturer spent most of this week in the state looking for parts makers.
California-based Clipper Windpower's search culminated Thursday at a luncheon at the University of Akron attended by about 50 Ohio companies with the know-how to turn out the myriad precision parts that go into the behemoth turbines.
Read more of The Plain Dealer's energy coverage.
"If we can find suppliers we can partner with, we'll do it," Todd Windeknecht, Clipper' s strategic commodity leader, told a crowd of about 80 at the Martin University Center on the UA campus. "We are looking for long-term agreements, at least five years."
Clipper built its first wind turbine in 2005, six in 2006 and 125 this year. It has already taken orders through 2011, said Windeknecht, describing the rate of increase as "vertical."
The company has built a turbine works in Iowa, where the requirement that utilities generate a portion of their power from renewable sources like wind has created a boom in wind farms. The turbine works employs 350. "We are hiring 30 to 40 people a week," Windeknecht said.
The industry is facing critical shortages in gears, bearings, towers and turbine blades, he said. Clipper on its own already has contracts with about a dozen Ohio firms. Windeknecht and two colleagues spent most of Thursday afternoon in one-on-one interviews with interested parts makers.
The event was the brainchild of the Cleveland-based WIRE-Net, a manufacturing advocacy organization that has created the Great Lakes Wind Network to help companies such as Clipper, General Electric and a bevy of foreign turbine makers see what Ohio has to offer.
Ed Weston, director of the network, said U.S. wind turbine production is expected to grow by 913 percent over the next four years.
The market potential for turbine supply chain companies has been estimated at $22 billion, he said.
Weston also invited Ohio Department of Development experts on wind and other renewable energies to the conference. The department has about $1 million to assist renewable energy development, and the staffers were meeting privately with interested companies.
Gov. Ted Strickland's electricity reform bill includes a provision that the state's utilities, by 2025, generate at least 25 percent of the power they sell here from renewable and other advanced technologies - a strategy he hopes will land an assembly plant in the state and generate thousands of new jobs, not only in turbine assembly but in the supply chain.
Utilities oppose or only marginally support the governor's bill. After six weeks of hearings, the Senate amended the bill in a way that wind advocates argue means wind farms will not be built here.
The Ohio House leadership expects to spend the entire winter considering the bill.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
ROCK PORT - It wasn't a ribbon cutting ceremony, it wasn't a ground breaking-- it was all about throwing a switch.
Welcome to Rock Port on Thursday, where the temperature was 44 degrees and the wind was blowing like crazy.
"What's interesting is my husband is in the oil business but that's alright, we're thrilled to have wind energy here. As Americans we need to get more independent," Rock Port resident Kim Bunton said.
"It's a big deal," Project Director Eric Chamberlain said. "It's a big deal for renewable energy and it's a big deal to be energy independent."
Chamberlain was born and raised in Rock Port.
"What we're celebrating is that the wind farm in Rock Port can produce more energy each year than what this community uses, and that has never been done before," Chamberlain said.
And that's why everyone showed up. From the celebration and speeches downtown to the city's power plant, the guy who made it all happen explained what it is all about.
"What we're showing here is the city is producing 2 megawatts more than they need, so in essence, this meter is running backwards," Chamberlain said.
That doesn't mean free electricity.
"I assume it will be lower because we're going to eliminate the transmission charges incurred," Rock Port Mayor Jo Stevens said.
So by putting these 250-foot tall turbines up on the hilltops...
"We live on a dead-end road and we've had more traffic the past year," wind farm landowner Mick Lewis said.
Lewis owns the property here, and he knows other Missouri farmers are watching.
"What's my message? Check out the people you're working with and do your research," Lewis said. "What I felt comfortable with was John Deere; I'll call it the big gun behind this."
Lewis said he also felt comfortable with Tom Carnahan, president of the Wind Capital Group.
"We have a nice windy day. I drove around, all the turbines were spinning and it just feels good," Carnahan said.
Coming from a political family, Carnahan can talk from a soap-box.
"The No. 1 thing we need to have is a national policy that says we encourage renewable energy," Carnahan said. "Right now we have a hodge podge policy. What we do consistently is help the oil and coal companies."
So who would have thought!
"Thanks for coming all the way from Columbia," Stevens said.
Rock Port only has a population of 1,316 but last week they threw the switch as America's first ever community completely powered by the wind.
"With wind you need a windy area. Fortunately for northwest Missouri, the bulk of it is here, but there are other places where this can be done, " Carnahan said.
Yes, northwest Missouri is windier than central Missouri. It takes winds of up to 9-miles per hour to get those blades spinning. Rock Port is now powered by four wind turbines. In all, 79 turbines are operational in northwest Missouri.
An Idea for Racine?
Friday, April 11, 2008
New Study Highlights State Experience in Supporting Renewable Energy
through Increasingly Popular Renewables Portfolio Standards
Berkeley, California (April 9, 2008) -* A growing number of states are
supporting renewable electricity through the creation of renewables
portfolio standards (RPS), according to a report released today by
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The report provides a
comprehensive overview of early experience with these state-level RPS
"State RPS policies require utilities to buy a certain amount of
renewable energy, and these programs have emerged as one of the most
important drivers of renewable energy deployment in the US," notes
report author Ryan Wiser, of Berkeley Lab. "But, as the popularity and
importance of these RPS' has increased, so too has the need to keep up
with the design, early experience, and projected impacts of these
programs...Our report is designed to meet that need."
Collectively, the RPS policies that are in place today in 25 states and
Washington D.C. apply to nearly 50% of U.S. electricity load, and four
new states joined the RPS roster in 2007. "Many of these policies have
been established recently and each is designed differently," says
co-author Galen Barbose, "As a result, experience is decidedly mixed."
Some of the key findings of the study include:
* Over 50% of non-hydro renewable capacity additions in the U.S.
from 1998 through 2007 occurred in states with RPS policies, and
93% of these additions came from wind power
* Existing state RPS policies, if fully achieved, would require
roughly 60 GW of new renewable capacity by 2025, equivalent to 15%
of projected electricity demand growth from 2000 through 2025
* Solar set-asides in state RPS policies are becoming more common,
and these policies have supported over 165 MW of new solar
capacity so far; a total of roughly 6,700 MW of solar capacity
would be needed by 2025 to fully meet these set-asides
* The early-year renewable energy purchase targets in the majority
of state RPS policies have been fully or almost-fully achieved,
with overall average compliance at 94% in 2006
* Nonetheless, a number of states have struggled to meet even their
early-year RPS targets, and many states have been reluctant to
* Renewable energy certificate (REC) tracking systems continue to
expand, and all but four states allow unbundled RECs to count
towards RPS compliance
* The cost of RPS policies varies by state, but in most states,
these programs have, so far, increased electricity rates by 1% or
less; in several states, the renewable electricity required by RPS
policies appears competitive with fossil generation
The market for renewable energy is changing rapidly, and states are
increasingly hoping to support that growth. "Given the major role that
state RPS policies are playing, we hope that this report will help
improve the next generation of these programs," concludes Wiser.
The report "Renewables Portfolio Standards in the United States: A
Status Report with Data through 2007," can be downloaded from
http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/re-pubs.html. A PowerPoint presentation
summarizing key findings from the study can be found at:
http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/emp-ppt.html. For more information on the
report, contact Ryan Wiser (RHWiser@lbl.gov, 510-486-5474).
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
statement about climate change by turning their lights off for an hour. It's
called Earth Hour and I just signed-up to participate, maybe you will be
interested in doing it also. Earth Hour is on March 29 from 8 - 9 p.m. local
time, and it looks like it's going to be really big. So far 25 cities around
the world are taking part, including Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San
Francisco in the U.S. Downtown Chicago is turning off the lights, what an
amazing sight thought should be!
Sign up for Earth Hour by visiting www.earthhour.org/sign-up and join the
movement with me.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
1) Each Green Racine show will have a segment on Cuban Agriculture
2) Green Racine will move to also having a segment on Agriculture in an African County we will also attempt to find a group of farmers in this country for information exchange. This country has yet to be picked.
Green Racine is doing this to help show the power of agriculture in economic development.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Green Racine believes that the day of the embargo is over and to continue this would be a failure of U.S. Policy.
I further call on the State of Wisconsin to organize a Agriculture( This is the only group of goods that can be sold to Cuba) Trade Mission to Cuba as soon as possible, one of our goals should be to establish working relationships with local farming Co-Ops and other such groups.
Cuba has the potential to be a great friend and Ally of this county.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Racine City Council
District 2 Robert Anderson
District 4 James E. Kaplan
District 9 Terrance A. McCarthy
District 12 Aron Wisneski
Racine County Board
District 2 Gaynell Dyess
District 3 Lou D'Abbraccio
District 4 James E. Kaplan
District 15 Brian Dey
Racine School Board
The only one we can support
Racine School maintenance referendum
No matter your views please vote on the 1st!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Racine makes a great move in working to create more sustainable food.
Buy Local! Buy Wisconsin!
From the Racine Journal Times
RACINE — When no new business is sprouting, do the next best thing: Have farmers sell what they raise.
That is the present philosophy of the West Racine Business and Professional Association. On Wednesday, the group will ask the Racine Redevelopment Authority if it can host a weekly farmers market on the city-owned 3100 block of Washington Avenue, near West Boulevard.
The city acquired the block in 2005 and cleared away the former, mostly dilapidated buildings. But since then, the block has stayed barren.
The most recent stumble in a string of failures there was when an Illinois developer with a contract to develop the block lost interest. That leaves West Racine without either a developer or a renewal plan for the block.
Getting permission from the city for a market should be a snap. "We have let the association use the space for special events in the past," City Development Director Brian O’Connell said Thursday. "I expect that we will let them use it for this."
West Racine businessman and Alderman Jim Spangenberg said the idea is for a farmers market there one or two days a week throughout harvest season.
"It’s a top 10 intersection in the City of Racine," he said. And so far, farmers have been receptive to the idea.
"They were excited," Spangenberg said, but added: "It’s just in the formation stage. We’re going to keep working to still get
He said the association will ask the city to add gravel in some areas so farmers can drive in, and plant grass on other parts of the block.
Another source of money could be the West Racine Business Improvement District, which is funded by assessments on district properties.
This is a great idea. Helping to get folks closer to the source of their food! Helping small farmers!
Monday, March 17, 2008
From an article by in the Green Bay Press-Gazette:
Wisconsin Public Service Corp. plans to build a wind farm in Minnesota that could help it achieve its renewable energy requirements. WPS said Friday it signed a letter of intent with High Country Energy LLC to acquire a portion of a wind project in Dodge and Olmsted counties, just west of Rochester, Minn.
Wisconsin utilities are required by state law to increase their renewable energy portfolio 2 percentage points by 2010 and to have 10 percent of their electricity supplied from renewable sources by 2015.
The agreement Friday could provide WPS with up to 150 megawatts of wind-generated electricity, about half of the planned park’s capacity.
The Green Bay-based utility is also in negotiations for 99 megawatts of electricity from an Iowa wind farm.
“Assuming Iowa comes to fruition, this would enable us to be nicely prepared for the next step-up in 2015,” said Charles Severance, WPS general manager for renewable resources.
Why not building this in Wisconsin... NIMBY!
So the jobs and investment goes to another State.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Please then Explain Mayor Barrett why after the City of Milwaukee shut down The Milwaukee Bio-Diesel CO-OP why your office has not returned any of their phone calls asking for your help in finding a better place to set up shop?
How can the City of Milwaukee shut the CO-OP down when they where following the City’s guidelines?
Here is a great opportunity for the City of Milwaukee to prove that actions speak loader then words.
Friday, March 14, 2008
CUBA CITY, Wis. — Operating in what was once the Cuba City Machine building, now known as the Wausaukee Composites building, the burgeoning wind energy industry sounds a clarion call in the city of 2,000.
“Wausaukee Composites is excited to play a contributing role in the rapidly developing wind energy industry in North America,” said David Lisle, president and CEO of Wausaukee Composites Inc. “We have been actively developing new manufacturing opportunities in this emerging market segment for more than two years.”
That opportunity includes Cuba City. Wind turbine nacelle cover assemblies are being manufactured in the 42,000-square-foot facility located on the city’s south end. Production began on Feb. 18 with about 12 employees.
“The Cuba City plant will be a dedicated facility to the wind energy industry,” Lisle said, explaining the facility has the capacity to produce up to 800 wind turbine nacelles a year.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
In January St. Louis County added wind power to the roof of the Government Services Center at 320 W. 2nd St. in Duluth.
The St. Louis County pilot project will use six turbines, each six feet in diameter and producing an output of one thousand watts. They will perch on the east edge of the rooftop to catch wind off Lake Superior. Being placed at the parapet enables the turbines to take advantage of the “chimney effect” of wind hitting the side of the building and traveling upwards at increased speed.
Rooftop micro wind turbines for urban and suburban settings are a fledgling technology.
They are still in the demonstration phase, used mainly by government buildings and large companies interested in green technology, said spokesman Stan Michelson for AeroVironment Inc., the company that provided the turbines for St. Louis County.
Founded in 1971 and based in Monrovia, CA, AeroVironment is perhaps best known for creating the first human-powered airplane, the Gossamer Condor. It has since developed solar-powered and fuel-cell powered cars and planes. It also makes unmanned aircraft for NASA and the military.
In 2007 the company installed 18 wind turbines on the roof of the Kettle Foods manufacturing plant in Beloit, WI. AeroVironment also has turbines on five other buildings in California, Texas, and New Jersey.
Meanwhile, Chicago-based Aerotecture International has placed rooftop systems in the Windy City on Mercy Housing Lakefront Near North Apartments, a new homeless shelter built with green design; on the law office of Magee, Negele & Associates; and on the new green-designed headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes. Plans are in the works to install turbines atop the Daley Center.
Johnson Controls Inc. plans to include wind turbines, green roofs, and solar panels in the $54 million upgrade of its headquarters in Glendale, WI. The facility management company announced Jan. 18 that its fiscal first quarter profit rose 45 percent in part because of its offering to improve energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions on commercial buildings.
Construction on the St. Louis County project began Jan. 17, when a crane lifted sections of a 40-foot infrastructure support I-beam onto the roof. On the same day Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced the state will offer up to $20 million in low-interest loans for businesses and homeowners to use renewable energy sources, including wind power.
A day later on Jan. 18, the American Wind Energy Association ranked Minnesota No. 3 in the nation for existing wind capacity and No. 9 for potential capacity. Minnesota produces 657 billion kilowatts per year through wind power and has 46 wind energy projects under construction.
The county hopes the turbines will shave costs from its $11,000-$12,000 per month electric bill. If it doesn’t produce results in the first year, the county has the option to move it to another county building, for instance, in Pike Lake or Hibbing, where it may be more productive, said Tony Mancuso, St. Louis County property management director.
Unlike residential electrical rates, commercial rates include a “peak demand” charge to meet the customer’s maximum 24/7 load requirement. “We pay $4.36 per kilowatt hour while a homeowner pays eight cents,” Mancuso said, noting the turbines should help reduce the peak demand charge.
The entire project will cost $51,100. Minnesota Power will provide an energy rebate of $6,000. The county also is applying for a rebate of up to $12,000 from the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
St. Louis County purchased the Government Services Center from the state in 2002. “The energy consumption for the facility due to the poor condition, design, and age of the electrical and HVAC systems is very high,” wrote Tom Romundstad, project manager for county property management, in a December 2007 letter to Minnesota Power.
County administration considered a larger scale wind energy project, but the cost, requirements, and permits proved “daunting,” Romundstad wrote. Instead, the county opted for the pilot project.
“We don’t know if it’s a good idea or a bad idea,” Mancuso said. It’s unknown how long it will take for the turbines to pay for themselves through savings. Romundstad conservatively projects the turbines will reduce costs $1,200 a year, but expects rising energy costs to reduce the payback period. He also projects they will reduce carbon dioxide output by 23,600 pounds annually.
The turbines’ power output will be monitored with data fed to the property management department’s Web site. A weather station also will be installed on the roof with conditions posted on the Web site.
Large windmills have raised debate over whether they kill birds. The issue is less of a concern for micro turbines. “In the six year operational history of these units there has been no reported or documented bird kills,” Romundstad wrote. The turbines on the county building have canopies to keep birds away from the blades.
Wind turbines are among numerous ways St. Louis County has turned to renewable energy for its buildings. The county’s goal is to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent per square foot of building space from year 2000 to year 2010.
The county already has solar panels on its motor pool building and its parking ramp. Repainting the garage white and using solar panels has reduced the ramp’s lighting bill from $960 per month to $200, Mancuso said.
This spring the county will add a “green roof” to the motor pool building, adding three inches of soil and alpine plants. In addition to reducing storm runoff, the greenery extends the life of the roof to 60 years, whereas standard rubberized roofs have a lifespan of 10-15 years due to weathering by sunlight, Mancuso said.
The county annex building in Hibbing uses a solar water heater for its public restrooms, photovoltaic panels on the roof, and a perforated solar wall to keep fresh air circulating.
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Clean energy advocates expressed frustration over the Calumet County board’s adoption of a 70-day moratorium on issuing permits for wind turbines. The action leaves wind developers wondering whether the County, which has among the best wind resources in the state, is effectively off-limits to commercial-scale projects.Between the moratorium in Calumet County and a restrictive ordinance in Manitowoc County, four wind projects totaling 200 megawatts (enough to power 60,000 Wisconsin homes) have ground to a halt, Vickerman added.
State law requires utilities to get 10 percent of the electricity they sell from renewable sources by 2015, but local restrictions have paralyzed wind developers from moving ahead with project to help meet the goal.
"As far as the wind industry is concerned, countywide limits and delays speak louder than the state’s renewable energy goals,” said Katie Nekola, energy program director for Clean Wisconsin.
“What's the point of state government promoting renewable energy development in Wisconsin when it’s practically impossible to obtain permits for wind turbines?" asked Michael Vickerman, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, a statewide nonprofit group that promotes renewable energy.
"This marks the third moratorium on wind development adopted by Calumet County 2005. It seems that every time the Board considers changes to its ordinance regulating wind turbines, it moves farther and farther away from resolving the controversy and allowing projects to move ahead. What a morass Calumet County has become!" Vickerman said.
RENEW and Clean Wisconsin back a proposal being considered by the Governor’s Global Warming Task Force that would allow wind developers to seek approval from the Public Service Commission, the state agency that regulates utilities and large wind projects (over 100 megawatts), instead of local authorities.
“Wisconsin cannot afford to lose clean energy opportunities at a time when our Governor and others in the region have made a commitment to stopping global warming,” said Nekola.
Clean Wisconsin, an environmental advocacy organization, protects Wisconsin's clean water and air and advocates for clean energy by being an effective voice in the state legislature and by holding elected officials and corporations accountable. Founded in 1970 as Wisconsin's Environmental Decade, Clean Wisconsin exposes corporate polluters, makes sure existing environmental laws are enforced, and educates citizens and businesses. Phone: 608-251-7020, Fax: 608-251-1655, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.cleanwisconsin.org.
RENEW Wisconsin is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that acts as a catalyst to advance a sustainable energy future through public policy and private sector initiatives. More information on RENEW’s Web site at www.renewwisconsin.org.