This Week in Energy News – February 15, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, governments are helping citizens to become more energy efficient and reports have been released that quantify energy development efforts.

NEC Italia and Acea Spa to Develop Storage Systems For Rome Smart Grid Project

NEC Italia and Acea Spa to Develop Storage Systems For Rome Smart Grid Project

NEC has agreed to provide two lithium-ion battery energy storage systems as part of a smart grid project in the Rome metropolitan area.

U.S. Departments of Energy and Treasury Announce $150 Million Energy Credits

Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits will provide for manufacturing projects that are related to  clean energy and energy efficiency. The tax program aims to strengthen competitiveness, increase energy security, and create new jobs.

North American Energy Independence?

The United States has achieved number one status in natural gas production, which has increased by 27 percent in the last four years, thanks to advances in technology, such as horizontal drilling, that some fuel industry experts speculate could eventually lead to energy independence in North America.

About 40% of 2012 Wind Industry Installations Came Online in December

Based on figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Generator Report, 59 new wind projects began commercial operation, for a total of 5,253 MW last December.

Global Photovoltaic Capacity Increased by 30 GW in 2012

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) released data that showed an increase in PV capacity by about 30 GB last year, while global solar power capacity exceeded 100 gigawatts for the first time.

EU Approves £600 Million for UK Energy Efficiency Program

The United Kingdom’s Green Deal program helps homeowners to invest in energy-efficient improvements by allowing loans to be repaid through energy bills.

Egypt May Look to Wind and Solar for Economic Sustainability

Citing several sources, Inspired Economist suggests that Egypt could focus on sustainable economic development. For instance, by 2014, 750 MW of wind power projects are slated to come online and a new solar thermal plant development has utility-scape potential.

2013 State of Green Business Report Released

The sixth annual edition of State of Green Business Report includes data on 1,600 companies worldwide and the U.S.-based S&P 500. Download it for free, and check out the Top Trends section to see projections on the world of sustainable business.

Online DOE Database Reports on Worldwide Ocean Energy Development

The US Department of Energy (DOE) launched Tethys, an online database that contains “results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide” that is expected to “help industry regulators and energy project developers deploy sustainable ocean energy projects in an environmentally responsible manner,” according to a DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) news release.

London’s Hydrogen Fuel Network Expands

New fuel stations, a roll-out of a 700-bar delivery system, and upgrades to transport for the main hydrogen fuel station moves London closer to a fully-integrated hydrogen fuel network.

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Ocean Lakes Family Campground In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wins 2010 Earth Day Award For iCare Program

Myrtle Beach, SC (PRWEB) April 16, 2010

Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C. was awarded the 2010 Earth Day Award by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control at its second annual Earth Day Awards program held on April 14, 2010. The award was presented to Ocean Lakes for its iCare Program aimed at helping reduce the environmental impact of the campground and its guests. The campground’s program uses the slogan “Action and Awareness Count,” encouraging guest responsibility and education and focuses on recycling, pet pollution and litter.

The iCare Program was created in August 2008. Ocean Lakes Family Campground now collects campground recyclables two times a week from its offices and five iCare Stations. However, it will begin collecting recyclables every day once the campground occupancy increases for the spring and summer seasons. In 2009, the campground collected 59,220 pounds of recyclables in a six-month period.

The campground owns and operates five 20-yard rear loader garbage trucks, and in January, dedicated one truck to collecting recyclables only. The truck bears the iCare logo to promote its green initiatives program. Since January, Ocean Lakes has delivered eight tons to the Horry County Solid Waste Materials Recycling Facility.

“We are honored that DHEC recognized Ocean Lakes’ iCare Program and its drive to increase guest and campground responsibility,” said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations with Ocean Lakes Family Campground. “We want our campers to enjoy their stay here and while doing so, show the upmost respect for the environment. The iCare Program has proven to be an effective way to educate our guests and teammates and we’re excited for the growth that is sure to come in the months and years ahead.”

The iCare Program also brings awareness to the impact of pet pollution, which has proven to be extremely harmful to the ocean and its marine life. Campground guests are asked to use an “iCare Kit” to pick up after their pets. The iCare Kits are available in several locations and the iCare stations feature a doggie figure holding a martini class full of free dog treats. Donation boxes for the Ark Animal Hospital’s NOAH Program, in nearby Surfside Beach, S.C., are placed near the treats for guests who’d like to support the local rescue program.

The iCare Program also encourages guests to help clean up beach litter. Gloves and specially marked bags are available at the iCare stations. Throughout the campground visitors can dispose of their waste in an iCare trash bag.

As part of the program, in January, the campground mounted a Apricus solar panel to the roof of an existing bathhouse to solar heat the water for 12 shower stalls and the sinks.

Last year, Ocean Lakes Family Campground won the 2009-2010 Plan-It Green Award from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds for its iCare Program. The award is given to parks that demonstrate they have taken steps and actions to become more eco-friendly. Only three parks in the United States have received such recognition.

Ocean Lakes is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States with over 310 acres of campsites. For more information about Ocean Lakes Family Campground and its iCare Program, call 1-877-510-1774 or visit http://www.oceanlakes.com. For property rental information, call 1-800-845-2229.

For more information about the Earth Day Awards program, contact Richard Chesley at (803) 896-4209 or Stacey Gardner at (803) 898-3300.

About Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ocean Lakes has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2008-2009 National “RV Park of the Year” and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) four times. In addition, Ocean Lakes is one of only 21 campgrounds and RV resorts around the United States to receive GuestRated.com’s overall “A” rating for 2008 and 2009 by maintaining a 4.7 out of 5 rating. In 2006, Ocean Lakes was honored with the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina.

Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites, including 893 campsites which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse on July 2, 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 – 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is one of sixteen subsidiaries of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned business that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.

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Ocean Florida: Walt Disney World Resort Announces Dates for Star Wars Weekends

(PRWeb UK) February 16, 2011

Walt Disney World Resort has announced the dates for its Star Wars Weekends. The event will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May the 20th until June 12th. Ocean Florida, the Florida holiday specialist, is expecting these weekends to be very popular, and they are encouraging their customers to book holiday packages soon if they want to take part in this unique event.

Harry Hastings, director of Ocean Florida, comments on the event: “This is likely to be a very exciting time for the Walt Disney World Resort; the combination of one of the world’s favourite theme parks with this storied film franchise is sure to be a delight for both children and adults.”

The Star Wars Weekends promise to feature a large collection of characters from the hit motion pictures. Limited-edition merchandise and celebrity autographs will be available, while children will also have the chance to participate in trivia challenges and the Jedi Training Academy. Additionally, Walt Disney World Resort has arranged numerous special appearances including one by a member of the original Star Wars cast: Anthony Daniels, the actor who played the droid C3PO.

According to Hastings, families should start making arrangements if they want to attend the event. He states: “Given the quality of the line-up offered by Walt Disney World Resort, this is sure to be a very exciting period of time; we recommend that people make arrangements now on flights and accommodation in order to ensure their place. Our website features a wide array of hotel and villa options and has information on how to best plan a trip here.”

Admission to the event is included with all tickets to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. For more information on the Star Wars Weekends visit disneyworld.com, or search Ocean Florida’s website to explore their range of convenient and affordable accommodation near the park.

About Ocean Florida:

Ocean Florida – The UK’s Number 1 Independent Florida Specialist.

Fully bonded by ATOL (number T7270) and the Travel Trust Association (number U0898).

The only UK-based independent Florida Tour Operator to operate an Orlando Welcome and Service centre.

Experts in Florida Themepark, Multi Centre, Luxury, Villa & Condo and Cruise & Stay Holidays.

Part of the Como St Travel Group.

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Augustine Beach’s La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

Augustine Beach, FL (Vocus) May 14, 2010

La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Augustine Beach, FL to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites is first of the hotels in Augustine Beach (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/AugustineBeach/st/FL ) to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a “Great” rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives Florida Green Lodging Program – levels. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: “Simple changes helped La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of the 1st lodging properties rated. It’s great to see they’re intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.”

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: an on-site Green Team has been created — low energy lighting initiatives are in-place — energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting — sheets reuse option for multiple night stays — towels reuse option for multiple night stays — eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public — eco-incentive programs have been created for staff — water conservation initiatives are in-place — water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures- — recycle containers are located around the property common areas — compostable disposable service items are utilized — recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized — environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning — environmentally friendly detergents are used for laundry — environmentally friendly chemicals are used for carpet cleaning — the entire property is non-smoking — cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized — low VOC materials (paint, adhesives, air freshener, carpet) are used at the property — plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/90002508 ).

Hotels in Florida are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Florida lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include Doubletree Grand Key Resort, Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites Lake Buena Vista, Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee, Radisson Resort At the Port, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, and Crowne Plaza Riverfront.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites is one of 1st Augustine Beach lodging properties to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is anticipated that many other properties in the area that are promoting eco-friendly initiatives also will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites contact them at 800-327-1462 or visit http://www.lafiestainn.com/ . To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit http://www.iStayGreen.org .

About iStayGreen.org:

With iStayGreen’s rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,500 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it’s easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare “Green” lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good “Green” things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.

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The 3rd Annual Santa Cruz Sea Glass and Ocean Art Festival Celebrates the Sea While Donating to Ocean Conservation?November 5 & 6th at the Cocoanut Grove in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) October 24, 2011

The Santa Cruz Sea Glass & Ocean Art festival was created by artist, Krista Hammond in 2009. Hammond, being the owner of Santa Cruz Sea Glass; which has been partnered with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation since 2008, wanted to create an event that celebrates ocean art while raising awareness and donations for ocean conservation.

The festivals first event was held at the Long Marine Lab, Seymour Science Center in Santa Cruz. 100% of the festival admission fees were donated by Hammond directly to the Center. Since the festival, new marine exhibits have been funded and enjoyed by many visitors to the Center. “It is a dream come true to create an event that supports local art and the local economy in such a positive way”, says Hammond.

With a line that stretched down the street in 2009, Hammond decided a larger venue was needed in 2010 and approached the iconic Cocoanut Grove on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The new venue was a hit with more than 3400 attendees in 2010.

The event was front page news in the local Santa Cruz Sentinel paper. With the Cocoanut Grove’s floor to ceiling windows facing the ocean and a roof-top ceiling consisting of retractable sky-light, one feels they are at the beach while browsing amazing art, educational displays and a host of amenities including a full bar.

Boardwalk owner, Charles Canfield has been a large donator to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundations funding of the new Exploration Marine Science Center being built in Santa Cruz, right across the street from the Boardwalk. The Exploration Center is scheduled to be open to the public in the summer 2012 and will be the recipient of this year’s festival donation.

With 35 unique sea glass and ocean artists displaying their creations, along with ocean conservation demonstrations, lectures, film screenings and a $ 1000 prize piece sea glass contest, this year’s festival is one not to miss.

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One of Goin2Travel.com’s Featured Properties, Ocean View Villas, will be the Setting for A&E’s New Pilot, Big Mike

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 05, 2011

Ocean View Villas received the People’s Choice Award for Best San Diego Wedding Venue in 2009 and 2010. This year, however, it will be the setting for A&E’s one-hour pilot Big Mike, a plus-sized detective and a force of nature in the San Diego PD, whose greatest challenge is his romantic life.

There’s Something About Mary co-writers Ed Decter and John Strauss wrote Big Mike and are exec producing with Doug Robinson. When they wrote the pilot, they pictured Big Mike’s office location in a beautiful setting just above the ocean. Ocean View Villas is just that, and so they approached Watermark Property Management, managers of the property, to see if they could use Ocean View Villas in the filming of the Big Mike Pilot.

“Although our customer service is almost always praised, it’s our location and the endless ocean views that deserve most of the credit for our rave reviews,” said Harry Katcher, Marketing Manager for Watermark Property Management/watermarkvacations.com.

The oceanfront property consists of 5 two-bedroom units. They can be rented individually or all together. Weddings have become very popular here as the bride and groom can rent the whole property to house their friends and families, as well as have their ceremony on site, overlooking the ocean view to say their “I do’s.”

Goin2Travel is a website portal that lists Ocean View Villas as one of their San Diego vacation rentals. They list an array of unique vacation homes on line that are more charming, luxurious, and cozy than a hotel. They receive more targeted traffic and bookings than most other vacation rental sites because they focus on high search engine rankings for targeted regions – like Orlando vacation rentals. They are also continually working on marketing their site, and consequently have extremely satisfied advertisers and over two million vacation viewers each year.

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Ocean Tomo Celebrates New Houston Office with Unique Tech Talk Tour from Opening Day at Minute Maid Park

Chicago, IL (Vocus/PRWEB) April 08, 2011

Ocean Tomo, LLC, the leading intellectual capital merchant banc™ firm, officially announced the opening of a full service office in Houston, Texas today by hosting a behind-the-scenes tech talk tour at Minute Maid Park. Ocean Tomo’s Houston office provides financial products and services related to intellectual property including expert testimony, valuation, research, ratings, investments, risk management, and transactions.

Shirley Webster, Managing Director of Ocean Tomo’s new Houston office, and local clients from the Houston area received a special briefing on Minute Maid Park, graciously provided by Astros senior management. Jake Geleerd, Ocean Tomo President and former CEO of the Toronto SkyDome (now Rogers Center), is at home in any stadium. Today he shared his insights on the cutting-edge technologies that make the park work and improve the quality of the viewer experience.

“Minute Maid Park in Houston has many of the same great features initially introduced to the world of sports by SkyDome, such as the retractable roof and technologically advanced video boards,” said Geleerd. “They’ve added many more of their own technologies as well. Minute Maid Park is a spectacular entertainment facility and ball park.”

Produced by Daktronics, the new primary scoreboard in center field is now full color and a second new Daktronics board has been added, placed high above home plate. “Daktronics has 43 U.S. issued patents covering scoreboard technology, including technology focused on video display systems, modular lift and touch-pads,” Geleerd mentioned during the tour.

According to Ocean Tomo Patent Ratings

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Ocean Florida Releases Exclusive Two for One Florida Deals

(Vocus/PRWEB) 16 March 2011

Florida holiday specialists Ocean Florida have released the details of an exclusive summer holiday deal. The offer allows customers to spend two weeks in the Sunshine State for the price of one in August 2011. Harry Hastings, director of Ocean Florida, comments: “This is an incredible deal for families looking to travel to Florida this coming summer – as a two-week trip it will allow our customers to enjoy and explore this beautiful state.”

The exclusive deal includes direct flights with Thomas Cook Airlines from Manchester to Sanford Orlando, and a Kids Eat Free Pass for every child. Accommodation is provided in the Best Western Lakeside which is located just two miles from Walt Disney World Resort: the hotel has various dining options on site.

Hastings believes that this offer is the best way to see one of Florida’s finest attractions: Walt Disney World Resort. He comments: “This flight and hotel package will take Ocean Florida customers straight to Orlando, within miles of some of the greatest theme parks in the world. With two weeks in Florida they will have more than enough time to explore Walt Disney World Resort and enjoy all the excellent rides and attractions there.”

Hastings expects many customers to take up this exclusive offer and plan long holidays in Florida. He concludes: “This deal is a very unique opportunity for people to book a 14-day trip to Florida without spending a great deal of money: fares currently start at