Oregon's renewable energy mandates and tax credits are stimulating lots of activity in related industries, with even greater growth expected in the next year. "We’re already seeing a huge increase in investments in renewable energy," said state Rep. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Portland), who worked to pass the state renewable energy standard. "Between renewable energy and the biofuels bill, we’re seeing lots of new jobs."
The seashore town of Ocean Gate, New Jersey, is planning on installing the first municipal wind turbine in New Jersey. The single turbine takes advantage of the town's location, harvesting wind power from the Tom River. Officials say the turbine will significantly reduce the borough's $20,000-a-year electric bill by producing about what the town uses: approximately 135,000 kilowatt-hours a year.
"From a greenhouse perspective, it's very important that you capture methane," said Michael Stoddard, deputy director of Environment Northeast, a regional advocacy group. "But it's a win-win when you not only avoid emitting it, but convert it to something useful." In Westminster, Massachusetts, Waste Management Inc. is converting methane from one landfill into enough electricity for 3,000 homes.
Plans are in the works to build a futuristic, carbon-neutral 100,000-resident city in the sands of Abu Dhabi, by the Persian Gulf. The Middle East, awash in oil and dollars, may be the one region on earth most capable of building the first city for a post-oil world. The emirate of Abu Dhabi is pouring billions into renewable- and sustainable-energy technologies, stimulating precisely those industries that ultimately could challenge oil's dominance. "What could be better for Abu Dhabi," says the CEO of the government-sponsored organization leading the initiative, "than investing our oil and gas revenues [in something] that will give us leadership in the future?"
The cities of Bhubaneswar and Nagpur have become the first in India to adopt city level policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Their policies include interventions in the sectors that are under local government’s jurisdiction like street lighting, water pumping, buildings, waste management, lighting in public areas, public transport, citizen’s awareness, etc. The policy documents for both cities are supported with detailed action plans to be implemented for achieving the targets set in the policy.
The Conservative party in the UK wants to see private residences and businesses generating electricity for the grid. This move to distributed micro-generation would be encouraged through laws requiring energy suppliers to contract to buy power from whoever might produce it.
Queensland, Australia's Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation talks with Global Public Media's Andi Hazelwood about departmental changes in response to climate and energy challenges, the public release of his government-commissioned report on "Queensland's Vulnerability to Oil Prices," and the importance of relocalisation in the face of oil depletion.
The statistics showed that the household electricity demand in 76 municipalities was completely satisfied by renewable energy sources, and that more than 20 percent of the demand in four prefectures was covered by renewables. Micro-hydropower generation accounted for a majority of this renewable power, and is particularly appropriate for Japan's steep topography and abundant precipitation.
Report by the Connecticut Legislative Peak Oil and Natural Gas Caucus to the governor and legislative leaders, outlining the current world energy situation and its potential impacts on the state of Connecticut. It also includes a list of "Intelligent Responses" -- recommendations for action on the part of the state.
The Australian desert community of Cloncurry plans to be one of the first towns to operate on solar power alone, with a new solar thermal power station that will be paid for by the state of Queensland. The plant will use the heat of the sun to generate energy consistently through nights and cloudy days.