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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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Northern Power Systems Energy Storage Solutions

Northern Power offers energy storage solutions as integrated equipment or as a turn-key provider including site prep, installation, and commissioning. Leveraging our FlexPhase™ inverter technology and PowerRouter® controls along with qualified battery technology partners our solutions are configurable for a range of applications with output power from 250 kW to 2000 kW per inverter and energy duration from minutes to hours. Download the Northern Power ESS Capabilities...

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Triad Recycling and Energy Case Study

The first Northern Power turbine at Triad was installed in 2016 to support the company’s expansion into new recycling technologies, leveling energy costs and load for their new drywall gypsum board recycling/grinding process. When they first installed the 300 horsepower equipment, it caused Triad’s energy load/power bill to jump considerably. “The wind turbine is relieving that cost pressure,” said John Hannon, Vice President at Triad. “We turn on the line when the wind is blowing.” said Hannon. “That will make a big difference to our bottom line.” In the first six months of 2017, Triad’s first turbine has produced over 97,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity. At the going rate of approximately 11 cents per kilowatt hour in costs from the utility, that production can be valued at over $10,000 worth of energy. Additional savings from reducing demand charges have not yet been calculated, but are expected to be significant. Download the Triad Recycling and Energy Case...

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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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Closing the clean power gap

A fascinating presentation by the Green Alliance about the economic value of deploying low carbon energy production, versus nuclear and gas. The need is clear for policy that supports low carbon power as it is now by far the best value option. “Offshore wind can deliver almost half of the necessary new low carbon generation required in the 2020s at half the cost of existing plans.” “The government can meet its carbon targets for the power sector without major investment in conventional nuclear plants beyond Hinkley Point C.” SHARE...

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Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities Since 1963, Singapore has implemented a Green City initiative built upon a variety of long term ecological and economic plans. The keys to their success have been the following: good governance insightful planning innovative thinking a co-operative approach bringing together the resources of the government and local communities, businesses and industry. There are practical tools we can adopt in Wales from the Singapore model, such as a self monitoring index for biodiversity which enables people and government to evaluate their urban biodiversity conservation efforts. We can also ‘green up’ our public infrastructure and optimize urban spaces for nature and recreation. Nature can be part of the industrial landscape, increasing quality of life and job satisfaction, curbing Co2 build up and air pollution, and enhancing the competency of the local landscape and horticultural industry. Singapore has set a target to improve the efficiency of their energy usage by 35% by 2030, and encourage 70% of journeys to be made by public transport by 2020. With the development in battery technology those journeys can now be made by electric buses and in future driverless cars. With a visionary and cohesive cooperative attitude, Singaporeans are not afraid of big changes, such as moving an airport, reclaiming land from the sea, or designing a vast ‘plug and play’ business infrastructure to help companies save on capital costs and build synergy through their product integration. Even a country with no natural...

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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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