Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Federal funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

In fiscal year 2009, more than $2.2 billion in federal funding was awarded to businesses, industries, universities and others through Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) financial assistance programs.

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Wind Energy Update from AWEA

Although not without its triumphs, 2009 has been a challenging year for Americans, and for the wind energy industry as well. President Obama took the reins in January, inspiring the country with hope for better times ahead, encouraging us to muster the strength to "brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come." While the country has seen another year of economic instability and sky-high unemployment numbers, the wind energy industry has also experienced a year of ups and downs, and looks to 2010 with optimism, tempered by a business outlook that remains bleak.

Thankfully, the legislative year began with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided a desperately-needed lifeline for our industry. The wind industry is expected to install nearly 7,000 MW in 2009, thanks in part to $1.5 billion in U.S. Treasury grants that helped finance 33 wind projects across the country. The Recovery Act helped keep the industry afloat and enabled it to preserve many newly-created American jobs.

Congress also made some progress this year in the national energy and climate dialogue, though not nearly enough to provide the foundation for long-term investment and job growth the American wind industry needs to stay competitive with global markets. While the House passed a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) of 20% by 2020, energy legislation has yet to come to the Senate floor. Meanwhile, wind manufacturers are seeing few new orders, and layoffs are already beginning. We'll need your support in January to push the RES across the finish line and help our industry create thousands of new clean, renewable energy jobs.

Amidst the holiday season have been flowing headlines about the 15th annual United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The American Wind Energy Association sent a delegation to highlight the advantages of wind power within the climate change discussion, including its ability to be deployed immediately and help reduce carbon emissions, while fostering economic development. The Christian Science Monitor got it right, reporting last week that on AWEA CEO Denise Bode's "list this Christmas is a strong statement or agreement coming out of both the climate summit and Capitol Hill committing the U.S. and the rest of the world to shift away from fossil fuels and put in place clear requirements - a mandate - to build renewable energy."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Holidays!

As 2009 comes to a close and we focus on the future and the planet we all share, these thoughts come to mind:

Grace in the midst of challenge.

Strength in the midst of adversity.

Positivity in the midst of difficulty.

Alternatives in the midst of the conventional.

These are the ideals that fuel the Solar and Wind Expo to work on helping you “make green a reality”.

George, Alan, Lynn, Deniz and the rest of the Solar and Wind Expo team wish you and yours a very bright and lively holiday season that “LEED”s into a happy, prosperous, healthy and greener new year.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Price reduction bulletin

Many of you have expressed sincere and great interest in joining The Solar and Wind Expo’s mission to promote renewable energy as viable options today. You have told us that you believe in the Expo’s mission and message fully and want to participate in the Expo, and the only thing keeping you from committing is the entry fee, stating that it is a little high for today’s economy.

The Solar and Wind Expo team listened to you and gave your comments a great deal of thought. As a result, we are happy to announce that through some creative negotiations with our vendors and media partners, we have been able to reduce the booth fee to $1750. This final pricing will be in effect until the show sells out.

Although the booth fee has been reduced, we have worked very hard to ensure the quality of the Expo is not compromised in any way.

We continue to secure support on your behalf in order to make the Expo the premier renewable energy event in the area. Unique partnerships are being forged to attract a well-heeled and abundant audience to the Expo. As an example, we are proud to announce that The Solar and Wind Expo has been chosen by a noteworthy media group to host an important fundraiser raffle for its $1,200,000 energy efficient house, fully fitted with renewable energy systems. We are grateful for this exceptional opportunity. Through this and other promotional efforts, The Solar and Wind Expo is well poised to attract many of the right attendees to our Expo.

It is time to for all of us to take the renewable energy industry mainstream. The Solar and Wind Expo is doing its part by providing you with an event unlike any other you have participated in or have ever heard of.

It is time for you and your company to take the lead.

It is time for you and your company to set yourself apart.

It is time for your company to sign up for the Expo today.

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Who killed the electric car review

I strongly recomend that everyone watch "Who killed the electric car". It is an amazing show which documents the greed and stupidity of General Motors, The oil companies, the California goverment and the public to name a few. We were moving in the right direction over ten years ago. We all should see the movie to understand why California always seems to be at the front of the pollution fight and why we should all band together to help in this fight. Get the movie here

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

California first state to get a GM Volt

GM has just announced what we have all assumed, California will be the first US state to get the Chevy Volt late next year. The automaker has selected and will be selecting other markets as well. GM vice chairman Bob Lutz said in his keynote address, “some other lead markets will be announced in the next few weeks.”

GM is also parterning with three California utilities and EPRI to do a real world Volt demonstration project. They will be using a $30 million DOE grant for the study which will involve providing 100 Chevy Volts for a two year study fleet beginning in early 2011. The vehicles will use OnStar to provide perfromance usage and analytic data in real-time. 500 charging stations will also be installed in business, public, and residential locations.

The three utilities are Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The learning will be used to improve future driver’s ownership experiences with electric cars.

“It is natural that California is the lead market for Volt. Not only is it the largest automotive market, Californians are known to be leaders in adopting groundbreaking new technologies,” said Brent Dewar, GM vice president, Global Chevrolet Brand.

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