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Normally I wouldn't bother to broach this subject again, because for the last decade or so, economic and political misunderstandings, lies and delusions are everywhere and inescapable, and so a sensible contribution might not be appreciated.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has grown since its 2008 start as a solar financing tool, to include energy efficiency projects. PACE allows local government to administer efficiency loans using private capital and the jurisdiction's property tax system. Local taxing agencies assume new responsibilities, in between private lenders and private property owners.
No longer are utilities vertical-integrated from source to home. Reliable energy is assured by SMART grid investments; providing many of us the comfort of a heightened standard of living, raising productivity levels by subsidizing energy efficient end-uses, and making obtainable the luxuries of our aspirational society.
It was in May of 1961 that President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would do the things required to land a man on the moon before the decade was out "not because they are easy but because they are hard". Twenty months later a contract to design and build a Lunar Excursion Module was awarded to Grumman and all of the LEMs were delivered by the end of 1966, more than two years before the first lunar landing.
What a struggle it is to utilize renewable energy in the Philippines. I have it on good authority that developers, driven to desperation to get a return on their investments and frequently having pursued development of renewable resources for anything up to 7 or 8 years and having held service contracts with government for nearly 4 years complete with budget and work commitments which in most cases have been honoured if not exceeded, are now forced towards the corruption game in order to sell electricity which is at usually at about half the price of existing generation. How can it be that corrupt arrangements have to be made to sell something which is half the price of the only alternative and which is environmentally benign?
The transition from coal to oil and gas in the 19/20th centuries did not occur because the world was expected to run out of coal. It took place because the economics were in favor of oil and also because this new energy raw material proved to be more versatile, easier to handle and beneficial to human comfort (remember London smog).
I am working in a building which is centrally air conditioned. I got the idea of using the exhaust wind of Air conditioning plant to rotate the turbine for producing energy.
Over the past few years, experts across the political spectrum have called for the expansion and modernization of the American transmission grid. These experts have pointed to increased congestion, new generation facilities located far from load centers, and the impact of state renewable portfolio standards, among other drivers of transmission need.
A recent survey of small businesses suggests that owners are not generally opposed to the Obama Administration's energy and environment initiatives. The survey, commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council and administered by Lake Research Partners, shows considerable support across party lines for policies and goals aimed at heightened energy efficiency and investment.
Every day it seems the newspapers are filled with stories of breached security at a bank, government agency, media outlet, or a utility. According to a recent US Department of Homeland Security report, in fiscal year 2012, ICS-CERT received and responded to 198 cyber incidents as reported by asset owners and industry partners.