The power of clean energy for refugees

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On-site renewable energy solutions can cost-effectively supply refugee communities with low-cost, reliable electricity, according to the findings of a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in cooperation with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Israeli Startup SG Tech Manufactures Clean Energy From Cow Patties

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Daniel Madar, a reusable energy specialist working with SG Tech says, “You can take cow manure and use the material as fertilizer without any prior treatment, but when you turn the material into biogas, you get two or three products out of one raw material. When you take the manure and treat it, you solve the problem of smell and contamination, and then you get energy plus fertilizer.”. billion kilowatt-hours of energy.

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Solar Generators – Clean Energy At Home

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Technological advancements in the energy sector have made it easier for consumers to access renewable and green energy like solar. Green energy has proven to be reliable and cleaner compared to other power sources. The stored energy is then released through an inverter for use with different appliances and devices at home, including lights, refrigerators, TVs, laptops and smartphones. Clean energy.

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Defending Clean Energy in Ohio and Beyond

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If you watched this week''s episode of Showtime''s climate series Years of Living Dangerously , you saw a fantastic piece by America Ferrera called "Against the Wind" that pierced the veil of the fossil fuel industry''s well-funded operation to try and dismantle state clean energy standards. As the Years episode explained, many states require utilities to provide a certain amount of power from clean energy sources that don''t pollute our air and water or disrupt our climate.

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Developing clean energy and protecting wild places

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to a clean energy economy? If California gets renewable energy development done correctly here, then it can be a blueprint for clean energy development nationwide. California''s vast desert region has been the focus of rapid large-scale renewable energy development for the past several years, aided by both California'' s aggressive 33 percent by 2020 renewable energy goal and federal stimulus funding.

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access For All

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Today, the Sierra Club is releasing a new report –-  Clean Energy Services For All (CES4All)  -- showing that off-grid clean energy is the right tool for the energy access job. That’s because it’s the fastest, cheapest, and most effective means of ending energy poverty - and it’s going to create a $12 billion annual industry by 2030. Figure 1 - Estimated value of future markets of household energy access products.

TiEcon Takes On Clean Energy For All

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With interests in technology, innovation, and enterprise, a focus on supporting clean energy entrepreneurs and endeavors is a natural fit for these progressive leaders. Harnessing this potential for clean energy development in order to drive clean solutions for energy poverty is an opportunity we at the Sierra Club are most excited about. New solar panels being constructed. Photo courtesy of Vrinda Manglik.

Trade Rules Undermine Transition to Clean Energy - Compass

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12 Sierra Club Bloggers to Watch in 2013: Part II » Trade Rules Undermine Transition to Clean Energy. Responsible trade can help countries develop sustainably, foster a healthy environment, and expand the use of clean energy. And, by offering corporations broad rights to challenge environmental and other public interest policies, trade and investment rules can undermine one of the most urgent challenges of our time: the transition to a clean energy future.

Developing clean energy and protecting wild places

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to a clean energy economy? If California gets renewable energy development done correctly here, then it can be a blueprint for clean energy development nationwide. California''s vast desert region has been the focus of rapid large-scale renewable energy development for the past several years, aided by both California'' s aggressive 33 percent by 2020 renewable energy goal and federal stimulus funding.

College students continue to lead the way on clean energy

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All this good clean energy news lately, and I haven't talked about the recent college victories! First, at UNC, The Board of Trustees passed a resolution to target clean energy investments in the school's $2.2 This decision comes after more than three years of students campaigning for coal divestment and action on clean energy. Coal Coal-Director Energy Solutions Health

Wind’s Big Footprint: Clean Energy Still Needs Safeguards for Nature

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Wind turbines are a vital part of a clean energy future, but we can we site them in a way that minimizes impacts to birds, bats and natural habitats? Energy Birds Climate Development Economics Grasslands

Our clean energy potential is in the air

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Over the decades we’ve made progress towards cleaning up the nation''s dirtiest, smoggiest air basin, but fossil fuels and air pollution still place a heavy burden on families across the region. It has been over 40 years since the Clean Air Act was created, so why is our air is still unsafe to breathe? This loophole was written back during the 1990 amendments when clean alternatives like solar and electric vehicles were less viable.

How can nuclear power be seen as 'clean' energy?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) How can nuclear energy ever be seen as 'clean' energy, even remotely, when we have no way of dealing with the spent fuel other than store it up for some future generation to worry about? At the same time while the renewable energy industry is being told that it has to stand on its own two feet – leading to substantial cuts in government funding – when the nuclear industry has been subsidized for the past fifty years, and is still being subsidized.

Germany kicks our butts, again, at clean energy

Green (Living) Review

Germany has hit a new clean energy milestone : So far this year, the country has gotten more electricity from renewables than from any other single source, 27.7 Germany green living renewable energy percent. That (just barely) beats the 26.3 percent of power generated by lignite coal, according to Agora research organization. This is a real success and watershed moment,” said Famke Krumbmuller, an analyst at Eurasia Group. Wind accounted for 9.5

Long Island Turns to Clean Energy

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Long Island, New York may soon become clean-energy central thanks to a recent decision by the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) to approve a 100-megawatt solar feed-in-tariff, which will triple solar generation through the Long Island Clean Solar Initiative program. "The A feed-in-tariff lets people who go solar get paid for generated energy that feeds back into the grid, providing incentive for homeowners and business to adopt clean energy.

The Latest Great Clean Energy News - Compass

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Saving Money with Solar and Energy Efficiency in Southern California » The Latest Great Clean Energy News. Clean energy and clean air lovers hooted and hollered yesterday when the American Wind Energy Association announced some outstanding 2012 wind power statistics - namely this one: Wind was the top new energy source to come online in 2012. Energy Solutions. The Cost of Energy. The Energy Blog: Energy Revolution.

WATCH: Somerhalder Fights for Clean Energy in ‘Time Framed’

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Ian Somerhalder is putting on his best duds as Agent Black to fight for clean energy in his new project ''Time Framed.'' Read More The post WATCH: Somerhalder Fights for Clean Energy in ‘Time Framed’ appeared first on Ecorazzi. Entertainment Film/TV News Top News ian somerhalder

GENUINELY CLEAN ENERGY MIX NEEDED

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Whilst the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) applauds the Government’s commitment to combat climate change and to ensure energy security, the Institution believes that Britain can meet its targets without building new nuclear power stations. An evolving energy mix is required, with an increasing proportion of low-carbon and renewable fuels and methods of generation.

2013: A Landmark Year For Clean Energy; Twilight for Coal

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As you reflect on your year, remember 2013 as a momentous year for clean energy. Installation of renewable energy capacity outpaced coal, oil, and nuclear growth combined. And over 200,000 people submitted comments to curb coal pollution and invest in clean energy. record-setting percentage of energy generation from wind in Colorado in May. Coal Energy Solutions Health International

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Huge Clean Energy Boost for Eastern Kentucky

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After plans moved forward to retire the coal-fired generators at the Big Sandy Power Plant outside Louisa, Kentucky, the question remained, what does it mean for the energy future of eastern Kentucky? The answer came to light last week when the state Public Service Commission approved an agreement between the Sierra Club and American Electric Power (AEP) that will help expand clean energy in the region. Coal Consequences Energy Solutions

New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from.

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Obamas Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline » New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from President Obama. Today, the Sierra Club is launching a new campaign that lays out a clear roadmap for President Obama to take action on climate disruption and clean energy. The Obama Climate and Clean Energy Legacy brings together the Sierra Club’s 2.1 a leader in clean energy. Energy Solutions. The Cost of Energy.

Green Future: Google Invests $1 Billion in Clean Energy

Environmental News Network

The Internet juggernaut Google has recently invested $1 billion in green, clean, reusable energy. Read on to learn more about Google’s latest venture in renewable energy, why it did it, and what exactly it’s doing with this environmental technology. Google’s Clean Energy. If you haven’t guessed it by now, Google invested specifically in clean wind power — $275 million in Texas resources alone. By: Guest Contributor, Hailey Robinson.

The Art of Clean Energy War

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A war is shaping up that pits an entrenched, aging, and uncompetitive fossil fuel industry against a young, innovative and increasingly competitive set of renewable energy technologies. It just so happens that a new front – a guerilla insurgency – has opened where their opponents are weak that could help tip the balances - off-grid energy markets that serve the world's poor. Currently 411 million people have access to a mobile phone network but lack access to energy.

CEBC Maps 150 Clean Energy Projects in North Africa and the Middle East

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If knowledge generates power, then the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC) based in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City intends to make the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) invincible with a new map of every known renewable energy plant in the region. Whilst clean energy has a broad definition in this organization, there are some forms of energy that the CEBC is not willing to represent. It is one of the world leaders in clean tech , after all.

Clean Energy Summit Highlights Nevada's Energy Shift

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One year ago at the National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, Senator Harry Reid joined the Moapa Band of Paiutes in calling for the retirement of the Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant. At this year's summit, the message wasn't just about celebrating its retirement, but also reaffirming the state's momentum in becoming a clean-energy leader.  Now the focus is on solar energy's massive potential. What a difference a year makes.

Event: Voters Forum on Climate Change and Clean Energy

Sightline Daily

Interested in local candidates’ positions on clean energy? Tomorrow , join Sightline’s senior communications strategist, Anna Fahey, to discuss how clean energy and climate change figure into local elections in Thurston County, Washington. What: Voters Forum on Climate Change and Clean Energy. She will discuss the most effective ways of communicating about climate change and clean energy with candidates and elected officials.

Off-Grid Clean Energy Demands Social Bankability

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A while back I wrote about the need for social bankability based on the casual observation that our financial and energy systems are broken. Now a new class of entrepreneurs are demanding the World Bank step up and do the same for off grid clean energy access. That's why it's exciting to see 22 of the world's leading off-grid clean energy entrepreneurs, as well as the Global Off Grid Lighting Association.

Racing to the Top of the Clean Energy Leaderboard

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  This bill, titled the "Clean Energy Race to the Top" Act , would establish a $5 billion competitive grant program for states and local governments that enact policies to move the clean energy economy forward.   Here is how it works: under the bill, state and local governments can apply for competitive grants to develop and implement clean energy and carbon reduction measures. Energy Solutions Politics Safe and Healthy Communities

New Playground Teaches Kids About Clean Energy

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I remember when I was in grade school the best part of my day was recess; a time when I was free of teachers and could burn off all my pent up energy. It keeps the fun of a jungle gym, but adds in a science experiment to teach kids all about renewable energy.

Canadian Clean Energy Initiative Under Attack - Compass

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Military Plans Huge Solar Undertaking » Canadian Clean Energy Initiative Under Attack. In a deeply troubling decision  reported  this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO)  has issued a confidential ruling against  Ontario’s successful “feed-in tariff” incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs. Ontario should continue its renewable energy initiative. Energy Solutions.

David Keeps Winning: Game-Changing Month for Clean Energy

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That's the word I've been repeating over and over this month, as news has rolled in of one clean energy victory after another. These are David and Goliath campaigns, led by community groups fighting for the health of their families, for clean air and water, and for a safe climate. "   - Oregon: On Monday, the Oregon Department of State Lands rejected a vital permit for Ambre Energy’s proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project along the Columbia River.

Kazakhstan: From Coal to Clean Energy?

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Why is Kazakhstan, one of the world’s major oil producing countries, with 3 percent of recoverable oil reserves within its borders and an energy sector dominated by coal, going green? In 2008, the United Nations Development Program found that coal-fired power made up the majority of Kazakhstan’s energy sector , but just five years later the country is prepared to make a seismic shift. Coal Consequences Energy Solutions International

Clean Energy Activists Fight Back in Louisiana

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Earlier this year, the Louisiana Public Service Commission abandoned new energy efficiency rules in a bid to roll back progress on clean energy and efficiency. Now the Sierra Club, with the help of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, is fighting back, suing the PSC for refusing to allow public testimony before voting to ditch the energy efficiency rules -- a vote that barely passed.

Clean Energy Fair Gets Southern California Community Pumped Up

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Riding on momentum from Los Angeles' huge announcement that it will be coal-free in 12 years, 150 clean-energy supporters, utility representatives, and entrepreneurs recently gathered for Huntington Park's first ever "Energy Fair" in Los Angeles County that aims to build community leadership on clean-energy issues. "Put together by mostly community members, the Energy Fair sent a message to decision makers that Southeast L.A.

CES14: Clean Energy is a Good Bet in Vegas

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I'm looking forward to attending the 2014 Clean Energy Summit (CES14) on Thursday, sponsored again by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  I'm not really a Vegas guy, but I'll brave the onslaught of flashing lights to listen to some of the nation's pre-eminent leaders in energy and politics talk about where we are and what's in store for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and the rapidly changing utility landscape.

Bringing clean energy to poor communities in Africa

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SunFunder is a crowdsourcing solar energy initiative that links donors--like you--to solar businesses--like SunnyMoney --in an effort to offer affordable solar energy to the 1.3 As a result of this project, the owners of new solar lanterns in the Eastern Province [of Africa] will experience significant savings in their energy costs, better light quality to study by, healthier indoor air to breathe, and easier mobile phone charging,” the SunFunder website states.

100 Days of Action for Climate, Clean Energy Kicks Off with Coast to.

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Cars and Refrigerators Can Work Together » 100 Days of Action for Climate, Clean Energy Kicks Off with Coast to Coast Events. In the two weeks since the Sierra Club launched our Obama Climate and Clean Energy Legacy campaign , Sierra Club volunteers, chapters, organizers, and allies have held more than 30 inspiring (and fun!) I'd like to highlight some of the awesome events that have taken place so far in our 100 Days of Action for Climate and Clean Energy.

Georgia Advocates Help Push State Commitment to Clean Energy

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Georgia has taken a huge step toward planting the seeds needed to grow a clean-energy economy. As part of Georgia Power's 20-year energy plan, the Georgia Public Service Commission voted to not only approve Georgia Power's plans to retire 20 percent of its oldest and dirtiest coal plants; the commission also issued an additional order directing the Southern Company subsidiary to add 525 MW of solar to its fuel mix by 2016.

VIDEO: Building Advocates for Clean Energy on Global Wind Day

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As part of the celebration, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), held a “Construct a Turbine” competition on June 14 in which people from the Washington, D.C. area built their own wind turbine models while helping to promote clean, renewable energy. Participants included representatives from James Madison University, the League of Conservation Voters, Environment America, American Wind Energy Association and the Sustainable Business Council.

Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way - Compass

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NCLR Releases Study about Bright Future for Latinos in the Green Jobs Sector » Clean Energy Continues to Break Records, Lead the Way. Here are two headlines from the past week that blew me away (no pun intended): #1- Wind was the top new energy source to come online in 2012. #2- 2- "Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. The statistics from the American Wind Energy Association are phenomenal. Energy Solutions. The Cost of Energy. Compass.

Turkish Coal Tragedy Puts Emphasis on Transition to Clean Energy

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But Energy Minister Taner Yildiz recently declared, “ Regarding the rescue operation, I can say that our hopes are diminishing. ”. Straddling the Eastern and Western worlds, Turkey is home to dynamic economic growth that is driving a wave of new energy investment second only to China’s power sector. This is an important decision that will not only affect Turkey’s energy industry but also its environment and the people of this vibrant country.

US Leads World in Clean Energy Investment Under Obama

Green Prophet

It is true that 2012 may be the last year for President Obama’s bold support for clean energy – because in the wake of the Citizens United decision by the bought-and-paid-for plutocratic new Supreme Court, it is the Koch brothers who get to decide - but oh boy, did he ever get his licks in! Last year, the US government gave out more loans for clean energy – than even China, which came second in the rankings.

$300 Million Fund From ReNewAll Targets Clean Energy Projects

Green Living Ideas

From CleanTechnica ReNewAll, a California financing solutions company, is now tackling head-on the call for clean energy projects, with $300 million in financing opportunities. The company recently announced that its $300 Million Clean Energy Fund will finance energy solutions projects, including a custom program for National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) members.