Don’t be fooled by an old fool…

Solar power is big business!

In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

 

 

 

In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.

 

 

Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.

 

 

IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”

Source: https://www.pv-tech.org/news/energy-transition-to-generate-us10-trillion-in-benefits-by-2050-iea-irena

British Petroleum buys jet fuel made from Garbage

bp-logo1“BP Plc (British Petroleum Public Limited Company) will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., which makes biofuel from garbage, in a new partnership designed to curb airplane pollution. The London-based oil-producer also signed a 10-year deal to buy 500 million gallons (1.9 billion liters) of biofuel from Fulcrum’s North American plants, according to a statement by BP on Tuesday. BP will distribute the aviation fuel to planes through its unit Air BP Ltd., which sells about 7 billion gallons of aviation fuel annually.

airplane1Airlines facing pressure to clean up their pollution last month brokered a landmark deal in Montreal. Their accord created a global system that requires them to fund environmental initiatives from 2020 that may cost as much as $24 billion annually by 2035.” By Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg, November 2016

Source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/11/bp-buys-jet-fuel-made-from-garbage.html

Geothermal power increasing in California

Diversifying our power supply is key

geothermal-power-plant-in-californiaRenewable Energy Analyst and Research Projects Manager of the Geothermal Energy Association, Benjamin Matek, reports that “Last fall, the California legislature passed SB 350, a bill that will increase the state’s renewable energy generation to 50 percent by 2030 utilizing resources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy. This goal will be a first. No large-scale economy like California has ever attempted to transition to a grid powered in majority by renewables.

 

UGE vert axis wind turbine2-examStudy after study on the California energy landscape point toward the same answer: make the grid diverse. California’s grid will require a mix of renewable resources like solar, hydropower, storage, wind, and geothermal. For example, a study commissioned by the Walton Family Foundation on a 50 percent renewable grid found that “replacing 10 TWh of solar PV with geothermal . . .  reduces CO2 emissions by 4.2 million metric tons per year in California and 2.4 MMT/yr in the rest of the West.”

 

sunburstFor more information on geothermal energy usage, go to: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2016/04/studies-show-geothermal-and-grid-diversity-benefit-the-environment-and-consumers.html?cmpid=renewablegeothermal0552016&eid=326825548&bid=1395781

New York is getting charged up!

According tNey York flago our friends at Renewable Energy Magazine, “Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Mayor New York City, has announced the launch of the NYC Clean Fleet – a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle (EV) fleet of any US city.

PriusThe Clean Fleet plan will cut municipal vehicle emissions in half by 2025 – and 80 percent by 2035 – and serve as a model for the private sector and other 21st century cities in fighting climate change.

The proportable car charging stationsject is the latest in a series of ambitious but necessary climate initiatives outlined in the Mayor’s OneNYC plan which sets a long-term goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions across New York City by 80 percent by 2050. Currently, the transport sector accounts for nearly one-quarter of citywide greenhouse gas emissions.”

From Renewable Energy Magazine’s 12/02/2015 issue: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/new-york-city-mayor-launches-the-largest-20151202

Grasroots activism Does work!

grass roots activistsGrassroots activities are those that influence legislation or stimulate change through the ability to persuade or change public opinion. It involves making allies of people who can effect change, and persuading others to take your concerns seriously. Raising awareness about an issue and advocating for policies and programs that will provide solutions requires a clear sense of purpose, tenacity, and organization. Source of definition: http://www.aacn.org/wd/practice/content/publicpolicy/grassroots.pcms?menu=

To enjoy a short video by the Credo Action Team, explaining all our WINS for 2015 (including stopping the XL Keystone Oil drilling project), go to:

And May The Force Be With You in 2016!!

Visit Terrax, the Crystal Planet

Di at Cafe Culture2Diane Tegarden’s wildest release “Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time” is a science fiction novel set in the distant future with its hooks deep into renewable energy, which changes the face of the planet.

 

crystalplanetsmTerrax, the Crystal Planet, is an exacting world. A place where human physical contact is impossible and stepping outside is virtual suicide. The atmosphere is a hurricane of Coriolis winds and deadly scattershowers, composed of toxic metals formed into whip-like threads kilometers long.

 

 

Anti VigilanteImmense Ocean Domes cover over the toxic sludge where the oceans used to be, and the surface of Terrax is covered in crystalline structures, called the Hives, where only the upper crust lives. No one can survive the raw elements; all must reside inside buildings, vicariously living through virtual reality programming.

 

 

“Anti-Vigilante and The Rips in Time” is available on Amazon.com at:
http://www.amazon.com/Anti-Vigilante-Rips-Time-Diane-Tegarden/dp/0974536911/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350751953&sr=1-2&keywords=Anti-Vigilante

 

What kind of Progress do we want?

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“There must be progress, certainly. But we must ask ourselves what kind of progress we want, and what price we want to pay for it. If, in the name of progress, we want to destroy everything beautiful in our world, and contaminate the air we breathe, and the water we drink, then we are in trouble.”- Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American environmentalist.

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