Progress Energy customers will soon have a little more motivation to be more efficient. Progress Energy will begin sending notices to customers comparing their energy use with neighbor's of similar size homes. For the competitive type, this makes saving energy a type of competition, competing for the top score and most efficient house! These notices will begin going out in June. A little friendly competition may be just what is needed to encourage some households to save…Continue
Added by Bruce Helwig on April 21, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments
Three U.S. communities serve as the gold standard in 2011 for local-level sustainability planning, according to the 2011 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards.
San Jose, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Greensburg, Kansas have been desribed as cities of "innovation" and "resilience", but long-term competitiveness is what led them to receive the Sustainable Community Award trophies, according to a release.…Continue
In an official press release from the NC Department of Commerce, NC State Energy Office has approved $1.8 million worth of grants for energy upgrades. These grants have been awarded to seven businesses and non-profit agencies to make energy-efficiency upgrades that will trim energy use, cut utility bills and provide 80 jobs around the state. The grants are funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The SEO received over 89 proposals from around the state, and…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on April 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Toyota accompanied every dessert at its greeny-green Sustainable Mobility Seminar last night in La Jolla, Calif., with its own sweet news: a press release announcing it has just sold its 1 millionth Prius hybrid in the U.S.
The little first-generation Prius from 11 years ago didn't exactly come across as the car that would shake the world. It was a subcompact, econobox-looking car hatched into a world of cheap gasoline. But the next generation of Priuses was significantly improved.…Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on April 12, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments
As part of the SunShot Initiative, DOE is requesting applications for research and development efforts in solar energy to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in PV and to accelerate the development of revolutionary PV technologies for $1/W and lower installed system costs. The research supported under this funding opportunity will act as fundamental materials and process enablers for creating major discontinuities in technologies throughout…Continue
Added by Patrick Harper on April 12, 2011 at 11:51am — No Comments
To help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, biologists at Appalachian State University are exploring an Asian grass and algae for use as feedstocks for biofuels.
Their work contributes to the development of "second-generation" biofuels: those made from fast-growing, low-impact plants that don't take up precious land.
"Currently we get biofuels made from corn, sugar cane and soybeans, and oftentimes forests are cut down to grow these…Continue
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Program: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I
Description: The SBIR program is a phased process uniform throughout the Federal Government of soliciting proposals and awarding funding agreements for research (R) or research and development (R&D) to meet stated agency needs or missions. EPA is interested in advanced technologies that address Green Buildings and EPA…Continue
Added by John H. Duncan on April 11, 2011 at 9:37am — No Comments
· Highest-Ever Reported Efficiency of Nearly 13 Percent on a Full-Size CdTe Thin Film Solar Panel
· More than 100 Megawatts of New Orders for Thin Film Solar Products
· GE to Build 400-Megawatt…Continue
Added by Dan E. Kincaid on April 9, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments
SALISBURY — With the looming state and local budget cuts, school systems across North Carolina are looking for cost-savings wherever possible. Some have already found success and want to energize other school systems to take similar actions.
EduCon, a Winston-Salem based energy conservation consulting company, works with school systems to reduce energy consumption and costs, which in most cases is the second highest line-item in a school system’s budget.
“Energy costs continue…Continue
Added by Anna Leonard on April 7, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments
BOC is a competency-based training and certification for building operators offering improved job skills and more comfortable, efficient facilities. The training helps building operators identify and implement energy savings opportunities as an integral part of their operation and maintenance activities. A-B Tech is the administrator of BOC in North Carolina, and is seeking qualified instructors for individual one-day and two-day classes in a variety of topics on building-related systems and…Continue
Added by Brian Vaughan on April 6, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments
Help NCSEA Protect the REPS & Create More Clean Energy Jobs for NC - Here's How to Get Involved:
North Carolina's REPS law, which passed in 2007, and the recently introduced "Solar Jobs Bill" (…Continue
Added by Adrian Tait on April 6, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
ASHEVILLE — James Brazell probably isn't what most people have in mind when they think of an early adopter — the first one to have the latest new thing.…Continue
Added by Brian Taylor on April 6, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments
A new study on workplace values shows American workers seek employment with organizations that are both financially successful and mindful about their impact on and commitment to protecting the environment.
A public opinion survey conducted by Harris Interactive National Quorum on behalf of Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA) reveals that 63% of full-time workers believe a company's impact on the environment is vital when evaluating a new workplace, and 61% say the same about the…Continue
Added by Adrian Tait on April 5, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments
The energy efficiency programs of today will prove that we can achieve significant reductions in our energy usage as a nation while stimulating economic development and creating cleaner, healthier communities. These programs will generate the first standardized data about the benefits associated with efficient buildings. This data will inform the operators and residents of buildings about the value of investing in efficiency over time in terms of financial savings, comfort, and health. This…Continue
Added by Adrian Tait on April 5, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments
Lena Hansen, formerly of Brevard and currently a Principal with Rocky Mountain Institute of Boulder, CO, will speak at the Transylvania County Library on Monday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m. Her topic will be Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era. The slide presentation is free and open to the public.
As economic, security, and environmental threats intensify the national conversation about how to regain energy leadership and competitiveness,…Continue
Added by Matt Raker on April 1, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments
Matt encouraged me a long time ago to post about a venture I lead in the late 1970s during the OPEC oil embargo. Don' t ask me why it took until today to do so. We developed a 'ground-up' electric vehicle with a unique fiberglass body design and virtually all original parts (windshield from an Opal GT). The vehicle…Continue
Added by Dr. Sid Connor on April 1, 2011 at 3:31pm — No Comments
From the High Country Press:
With every indication that clean energy is not a fad, but the future, economic leaders in Western North Carolina are envisioning the region as a global leader and destination for the clean energy economy.
The effort seeks to gather representatives from across WNC to develop a cohesive approach to grow and market the region’s potential in energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean vehicles industries.…