Hawaii Taps the Ocean to Generate Carbon-Free Power

September 15, 2015, www.takepart.com | “The world’s most abundant source of energy is solar—the sun shines everywhere—and most of that potential power falls on the ocean. Now, a Hawaii-based company has built the world’s largest power plant to harvest that energy from the ocean and convert it into electricity. The 105-kilowatt ocean thermal energy conversion demonstration plant went online last month in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. It cost about $5 million to build and only generates enough electricity to power 120 homes. But the project is a big step toward a future where ocean thermal energy could replace carbon-spewing fossil fuel power plants.”

Oceanic heat exchange technology, different than wave power.
The ocean thermal technology heralds a new wave of renewable energy projects.
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4 undeniable signs we’re making progress on climate change

September 10, 2015 www.edf.org | “Seven months ago, I made a strong statement that may have left some people shaking their heads. I said that we can turn the corner on climate change – end the centuries-long rise in greenhouse gas emissions and see them peak and begin to decline – in just five short years.  As it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of giant steps toward that goal.”

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The momentum is growing as top greenhouse gas emitters curb pollution, clean energy investments soar and world leaders demand change.
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Ten Carbon Majors Support Global Climate Deal

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September 7, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “Ten of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers support an international deal at this year’s UN climate conference, COP21, in Paris that will limit climate warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the nonprofit Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP.”

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Anglo American, BG Group, and BHP Billiton; as well as Italy’s Eni SpA, Russia’s Gazprom, Spain’s Repsol,…
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Third U.S. City Goes 100% Renewable

September 3, 2015, ecowatch.com | “Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy as of today, according to city officials. The Colorado mountain town is best known for its posh ski resorts, but this beautiful town also has established itself as a leader in environmental stewardship.”

Pamela Benda to GoodNews FortheEarthYES…..THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY…..IT WORKS !

Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy. First two cities to reach the goal were Burlington, Vermont and Greensburg, Kansas
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First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

August 28, 2015, inhabitat.com | “One of Alberta’s biggest solar projects has been built in one of the most unlikely places—the heart of Canada’s Peace River oil sands. The Lubicon Lake Band aboriginal community launched the Piitapan Solar Project, a 20.8kW renewable energy installation in Little Buffalo, Alberta. The inspiring 80-panel solar project was developed in a bid to create more green jobs and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. ”

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An aboriginal community in Alberta has turned to solar in their fight against tar sands oil development.
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India Built The World’s First Solar-Powered Airport

August 26, 2015, valhallamovement.com | “The southern Indian city of Kochi is now the proud home of the world’s first solar-powered airport. On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)-India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of passenger traffic-commissioned a 12 mega watt (MW) solar power project. The airport already had a 1MW solar power plant, which can produce 4,000 units of electricity daily. With its new solar plant, the airport can now produce 60,000 units of electricity every day, which is more than enough to meet its daily requirement.”

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The southern Indian city of Kochi is now the proud home of the world’s first solar-powered airport. On Aug. 18, the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)-India’s fourth largest international airport in terms of passenger traffic-commissioned a 12…
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Coal Is No Longer King in America, Says EIA Report

July 2, 2015, ecowatch.com | “Coal is no longer king in America. That’s the latest findings from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which provides independent statistics and analysis of the energy sector. Coal lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April.”

The stock prices of our three biggest coal companies have dropped over 95% since January of 2010. But our use of coal dropped less than 10% in the same period. So a giant drop in stock value was precipitated by a modest drop in business volume. However…
The key take-away is that stock price is determined by investors’ perception about the future of the company’s product, not by the present business performance.
The investors fled from the industry in droves because they didn’t see a future in it. —Kent Minault, activist, Beyond Coal
U.S. Energy Information Administration reports coal lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April
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10 States Leading the Clean Tech Revolution

June 22, 2015, ecowatch.com | “What’s the state of clean technology in America? Think renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro power, etc.), adoption of electric vehicles, green building and many other factors. As shown by this new nation-wide index, some states are rising above the pack compared to others.”

STATUS REPORT: “11 states now generate more than 10 percent of their electricity from non-hydro renewable energy sources, with three of these states—Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas—exceeding 20 percent.”
Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, has released their annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index, ranking all 50 states for their clean tech efforts.
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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet

June 16, 2015, www.newearth.media | “A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.”

Written by Arjun Walia A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of…
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Bluescope unveils “world first” solar roof with heat and power

June 13, 2015, reneweconomy.com.au | “A small terrace house in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe is hosting what is believed to be the world’s first building integrated solar system that generates electricity as well as heat. The array combines thin-film solar PV and solar thermal technologies into a steel sheet roofing product produced by Australian steel manufacturer Bluescope, with assistance from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.”

Bluescope unveils “world first” built-in solar array that generates electricity and heat, and acts as roofing.
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