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This is what America's eco city of the future looks like

This is what America’s eco city of the future looks like Georgetown mayor Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists by Tom Dart in Georgetown, Texas – The Guardian When the caller said he worked for Harry Reid and the former Senate majority leader wanted a word, Dale Ross assumed it was a joke. “OK, which of my buddies are messing with me today?” he wondered. He shouldn’t have been so surprised. Ross is the mayor of Georgetown, population 65,000, and he has become a minor celebrity in environmental circles as a result of a pioneering decision in 2015 to get all the city’s electricity from renewable sources. Georgetown’s location in oil-and-gas-centric Texas and Ross’s politics add to the strangeness of the tale. The mayor is a staunch Republican at a time when a Republican president – and his Environmental Protection Agency administrator – reject the scientific consensus on climate change and are trying to revive the declining coal industry. Ross has appeared in a National Geographic documentary, a forthcoming film about clean energy for HBO directed by James Redford (son of Robert) and in this year’s follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, which saw the advocate and former vice-president Al Gore visit Georgetown. The day after we met at city hall,...

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RCG expands, opening Scotland office at inovo

Glasgow, Scotland – Wednesday October 11, 2017 – The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) announced today that it had signed a lease agreement with Scottish Enterprise to establish an office at the prestigious inovo building in Glasgow. “The move is reflective of RCG’s continued organic growth, the firm’s successful business model, and our commitment to be closer to RCG’s numerous clients in Scotland” said Sebastian Chivers, Chief Executive Officer, RCG. “This is a really exciting time for the business and we are delighted to add Glasgow to our list of global strategic offices.” RCG worked closely with Scottish Development International,...

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Wind at forefront of Energy Transition

Wind at forefront of Energy Transition By: CanWEA staff writer Canada needs to start laying the groundwork now if it is to take advantage of its vast, low-cost renewable energy reserves to make the necessary shift to a decarbonized electricity grid, delegates attending CanWEA 2017’s opening plenary session heard. “With abundant resources and improving economics, one could think that the transition to a 100 per cent climate-friendly grid is inevitable. All we have to do is sit back and watch it happen,” Robert Hornung said. “In reality, however, the Energy Transition will not only be determined by resources and...

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RCG expands international management consulting services with recruitment of Emilie Reeve in London office

London, England – October 4, 2017, The Renewables Consulting Group (RCG) announced today the continued expansion of its team with the addition of Emilie Reeve to the firm’s London office as an Associate Director. Ms Reeve brings with her a wealth of experience in managing R&D projects as well as having a deep understanding of new international renewable energy markets. Prior to joining RCG, Ms Reeve spent 7 years as part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind team where she was responsible for managing the Offshore Renewable Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) — a collaborative R&D programme involving several developers and public bodies funding research to better understand the impacts of offshore wind on the environment. In addition to this role she also led the Carbon Trust’s international offshore wind activity, working with governments and businesses to accelerate the development of offshore wind in US, Taiwan and Japan. I am very pleased to welcome Emilie to our growing team in London. Emilie has a huge amount of consulting and R&D experience, across a broad range of highly relevant topics in offshore wind and particularly in the developing Asia markets. Emilie will be a key asset in assisting our clients with go to market analysis, concession bid strategy, due diligence, road mapping, market design, and collaborative R&D programmes. Gareth Lewis, Managing Director and Head of New Markets. Ms Reeve has also...

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A paradigm shift as UK offshore wind breezes past its targets

The offshore wind price falls seen in CfD auctions were a vindication of UK support for a sector that has pulled out all the stops to cut costs. This month, the UK government’s contract for difference (CfD) auction proved to be a paradigm shift for offshore wind power. Only a few years ago many commentators derided the technology as requiring excessive subsidy. Although it had the potential to significantly cut carbon emissions, many feared offshore wind might never be economic. The 15-year guaranteed strike prices of £57.50-74.75/MWh ($77.60-100.90) now look cheap compared with the £92.50/MWh price for the 35-year...

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Hite – Time to ease wind turbine rules

By DENISE GRANTSTAFF WRITER ADA — There’s a $4.2 billion economic argument to be made for encouraging wind energy in Ohio, and state Sen. Cliff Hite plans to use it to convince Republicans in the Legislature to ease the rules on wind turbine location. That’s the amount of potential investment in Ohio if the state’s wind turbine setback rules “were reasonable,” Hite, R-Findlay, said Thursday. He said current law, either “intentionally or unintentionally,” slowed the expansion of wind farms in the state. In 2014, Hite said, the Ohio General Assembly nearly tripled the required distance between wind turbines and...

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