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NEWS ROUNDUP: GOOGLE "GETS IT" ON WIND POWER; CLEAN ENERGY, THE SMART INVESTMENT; AND WIND-POWERED BEER 15 January 2014 By Peebl


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Ruth
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'Google has decided to increase its commitment to clean, renewable wind power, with a $75 million investment in the Texas Panhandle:'...'NRDC's Switchboard blog highlights some of the many reasons why investing in clean, renewable energy is a worthwhile'



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Ruth R. (219)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:06 pm
From the article:
' Outer Banks Brewing Station of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., is keeping their power bills down using the pollution-free, fuel-free power of the wind:

“The Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills is known as the first wind-powered brewery in the country, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Established in 2001, founders Eric Reece and Aubrey Davis envisioned an environmentally friendly brew pub.”
“‘There were other breweries buying wind credit before us, but we are the first to be powered by a wind turbine,’ Meyers says. ‘The bill is usually higher than $250 for us, so the wind turbine sets it off. You have windy months and not-so-windy months. Spring time – March, April, May – that’s our windiest time.’”
“[T]he wind turbine will offset approximately 1.2 tons of air pollutants and 250 tons of greenhouse gases over its operating life.” '
 

Ruth R. (219)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:11 pm
from NRDC's Switchboard --
From the article:
' NRDC’s Switchboard blog highlights some of the many reasons why investing in clean, renewable energy is a worthwhile pursuit:

“Renewable energy isn’t just about cutting pollution. It also helps keep our homes heated and the lights on during extreme weather. When frigid temperatures last week caused the unexpected shutdown of two power plants in Texas, wind energy stepped in to help keep residents warm. According to Reuters, the state was able to avoid rolling blackouts and keep heaters running with the help of a critical boost of energy from West Texas wind farms, which turned the high winds of the bitter arctic front into clean electricity.”
“In addition to job growth, investing in clean energy has brought about a major reduction in energy costs. The price of solar panels is down 75 percent from 2008, and the cost of wind power has been cut in half over the past two decades.”
“We need a more reliable, less polluting energy system that can see us through a future of more extreme weather, and usher us into an era of energy security and climate stability, with good, green jobs for American workers.” '
 

Ruth R. (219)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:12 pm
Google
From the article:
'Google has decided to increase its commitment to clean, renewable wind power, with a $75 million investment in the Texas Panhandle:

“‘It sure is windy in Texas. So windy, in fact, that we’ve made another wind energy investment there,’ said Nick Coons, principal for renewable energy, on the company’s official blog. ‘In late December, we finalized an agreement to invest $75 million in the Panhandle 2 wind farm in Carson County, outside of Amarillo.’”
“Pattern Energy Group is developing Panhandle 2, which will have a production capacity of 182 megawatts, for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas grid downstate.”
“This investment is Google’s second in the Texas Panhandle following the $200 million investment in January 2013 in Spinning Spur northwest of Vega in Oldham County. It sells power to Xcel Energy subsidiary Southwestern Public Service for customers in the Texas Panhandle, South Plains and eastern New Mexico.” '
 

Michela m. (3940)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:55 pm
Noted
 

Ruth R. (219)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 5:11 pm
Wind is one of the cleanest forms of energy! LET'S GO WIND WITH SOLAR!
For vehicles of all sizes -- including iive-in and ocean going: WHEN THE PRICE IS RIGHT FOR THE CONSUMER I VOTE FOR -- THE EV PEDDLE POWER -- AS BACK UP -BIO-FUEL -- AND A CRANK AND SEE-SAW ENERGY DIRECT INTO THE WHEELS AND HELICOPTER WINGS AS THE ROOF RACK!

Some considerations on wind:
The laws on Birds for Wind Energy are very strict -- if the wind turbines cause a certain number of the birds to die -- the companies are getting sued.

1.) If people do build wind -- so that the wind turbines are where the birds will not fly into the turbines and buildings -- then wind energy would be good -- with the other IF.

2.) If people will use some wood and recycled-material wind turbines -- please see the article on wood turbine in Inhabit -- then there are less steel and less fiberglass wind turbines. This less steel would mean less mining or using recycled metals. Less mining usually has a better impact on the earth and all that lives on earth.

3.) The less use of fiberglass would mean using an organic material such as wood or some other bio-degrade-able material.

4. Wood windmills can and would be made efficient and beautiful -- so this would help the atmosphere and the scenery.
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Some consideration on Solar energy.
That we make sure that there is minimal impact on the earth and all that lives on earth, with the knowledge that no energy source is not going to have an impact on the earth.
1.) sand to silicon. 2.) the needed chemicals to make solar cells. 3.) the use of what kind of plastic--
recycle-able, biodegrade-able?

GO SOLAR-WIND- MICRO-HYDRO ON THE SIDE OF RIVERS, TIDAL AND WAVE ON FLOATS AND BOATS!
 
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