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NEWS ROUNDUP: 2013'S SUCCESSES, EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, AND THE PTC'S VALUE 13 January 2014 By Peebles Squire


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Ruth
- 337 days ago - aweablog.org
'It's Monday, and we've got 10 great reasons why clean energy excelled in 2013; how an exciting new educational initiative is teaching kids about wind power; and AWEA's Elizabeth Salerno touting the PTC's accomplishments as a market-based success story.'



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Ruth R. (216)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 1:24 pm
From the article:
'Sleeping Giant Middle School of Livingston, Montana, is now home to its very own small wind turbine, accompanying a new program aimed at teaching students about the benefits wind power can bring to their communities:

“The program, called Wind for Schools, aims to provide students, teachers, and communities with an up-close look at how wind energy works through a combination of turbines and a free K-12 curriculum developed by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.”
“Sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Wind Powering America program, Wind for Schools launched in six windy states -- Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota -- but teachers can use the curriculum anywhere, with or without a turbine.”
“K-12 schools apply to participate in the program and, if chosen, work with their state's Wind for Schools facilitator to raise the $6,000 or so (excluding labor) necessary to buy a 1.8-kilowatt turbine. (Schools can expect to pay about $1,500 of this amount.)”
Finally, AWEA’s Vice President of Industry Data and Analysis, Elizabeth Salerno, heads to The Hill to highlight the myriad successes of the PTC in ensuring America’s position as a top innovator in wind power:

“The wind power industry employs over 80,000 Americans in manufacturing, construction, operations and maintenance, and many other multi-disciplinary roles. Wind power is constantly innovating, taking advantage of new technologies and materials to reap efficiency gains from turbines on a continuing basis. Persistent innovation is one of the reasons why the cost of wind energy has declined 43 percent in the past 5 years.”
“Wind power competes healthily with more established, traditional forms of energy. Data from the 2013 U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook report shows, taking into account all energy incentives across all sources, newly built wind generation is cost competitive with all forms of electricity--currently second only to natural gas.”
“While we must address the broader issue of tax reform in this country, we must also acknowledge that until concrete changes can be made to place the full spectrum of energy sources on a level playing field, the PTC is an important, effective, and affordable way to make sure we aren’t picking winners and losers on Capitol Hill. Absent comprehensive tax reform, why should wind be the only source of energy to lose its primary incentive?” '
 

Michela m. (3954)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 2:54 pm
Noted
 

Ondine J. (138)
Tuesday January 21, 2014, 9:59 pm
Noted,thanks Ruth
 

Ruth R. (216)
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 5:10 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!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 24, 2014, 4:15 am
Thank you for the article.
 

Jessica Grieshaber (7)
Friday January 24, 2014, 8:49 am
noted. thank you
 
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