This Week in Energy News – February 22, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, New York City is preparing for the next big storm and a California land rush could result in alternative energy providing the state with 100% of its power needs.

New York City East River Blueway Plan

Proposed: Four Miles of Manhattan’s East River to be Redeveloped with Storm Barrier

WXY Architecture + Urban Design, working with local officials and community groups, has developed the East River Blueway Plan to redevelop a stretch of Manhattan’s waterways to combat storm water surge, calling “for the creation of wetlands, parks, bicycle and pedestrian pathways and bridges, and the redevelopment of a disused beach under the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Toyota Sponsors 4,500 Trees for New York Restoration Project MillionTreesNYC

Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has launched the MillionTreesNYC effort, a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other local organizations that has plans to plant one million trees in New York City by 2017. Toyota has already agreed to sponsor the planting of 4,500 trees towards this year’s annual goal of 15,000.

Renewable Energy Projects in California Could Meet 100% of the State’s Power Needs

A land rush on California’s farming region to plant solar farms adds up to 227 proposed solar projects that, combined with wind and other renewable energy sources, “generate enough electricity to meet 100% of California’s power needs on an average summer day,” the California Independent System Operator says.

Net-Zero Certification Program Launched by EarthCraft Virginia

Currently in a pilot stage, a two-art certification program being designed by EarthCraft Virginia will provide projects and homeowners with “Net-Zero Ready” and “Net-Zero Certified” status for energy-neutral and energy-positive residential buildings. The program is targeted to new construction in the southeastern United States.

National Research Council Report Advises Department of Defense to Continue LEED Efforts

A new report that has been compiled by the United States National Research Council, as requested by Congress, on “the use of energy-efficiency and sustainability standards for military construction,” has reviewed previous efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to achieve LEED Silver or equivalent ratings in new construction and major renovations and gave them the “thumbs up.”

Renewable Energy Breakthrough Uses Geometry to Trap Solar Power

Researchers at Illinois’ Northwestern University have found a way to triple the period of time that light can be trapped within thin-film photovoltaic cells by “manipulating the arrangement of a polymer layer on an organic solar cell.”

Emerging Technologies Could Affect Building Industry Sustainability Efforts

A list of the most promising technology breakthroughs, released by the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Emerging Technologies, which are expected to enable humans to deal with problems related to tackle population growth, resource demands, and other sustainability issues, included organic electronics, three-dimensional printing, self-heating materials, and remote sensing.

Public Demonstration of Tiny Houses in Washington D.C. Aims to Change Minds and Regulations

Boneyard Studios, founded by Brian Levy and Lee Pera, has created a community of tiny, movable houses as public demonstration of the trend in residential downsizing, hoping to “encourage changes in local laws to permit smaller, more affordable living options here and on vacant land across the city.”

Changing Business Models to Embrace Sustainability Equates to Increased Profitability

A study conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group has revealed that “companies reporting profits from sustainability rose 23 percent in 2012, to 37 percent of the total” and that “that companies in developing countries change their business models as a result of sustainability at a far higher rate than those based in North America, which has the lowest rate of business-model innovation and the fewest business-model innovators.”

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This Week in Energy News – February 22, 2013

This week in Jetson Green Energy News, New York City is preparing for the next big storm and a California land rush could result in alternative energy providing the state with 100% of its power needs.

New York City East River Blueway Plan

Proposed: Four Miles of Manhattan’s East River to be Redeveloped with Storm Barrier

WXY Architecture + Urban Design, working with local officials and community groups, has developed the East River Blueway Plan to redevelop a stretch of Manhattan’s waterways to combat storm water surge, calling “for the creation of wetlands, parks, bicycle and pedestrian pathways and bridges, and the redevelopment of a disused beach under the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Toyota Sponsors 4,500 Trees for New York Restoration Project MillionTreesNYC

Founded in 1995 by Bette Midler, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has launched the MillionTreesNYC effort, a collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and other local organizations that has plans to plant one million trees in New York City by 2017. Toyota has already agreed to sponsor the planting of 4,500 trees towards this year’s annual goal of 15,000.

Renewable Energy Projects in California Could Meet 100% of the State’s Power Needs

A land rush on California’s farming region to plant solar farms adds up to 227 proposed solar projects that, combined with wind and other renewable energy sources, “generate enough electricity to meet 100% of California’s power needs on an average summer day,” the California Independent System Operator says.

Net-Zero Certification Program Launched by EarthCraft Virginia

Currently in a pilot stage, a two-art certification program being designed by EarthCraft Virginia will provide projects and homeowners with “Net-Zero Ready” and “Net-Zero Certified” status for energy-neutral and energy-positive residential buildings. The program is targeted to new construction in the southeastern United States.

National Research Council Report Advises Department of Defense to Continue LEED Efforts

A new report that has been compiled by the United States National Research Council, as requested by Congress, on “the use of energy-efficiency and sustainability standards for military construction,” has reviewed previous efforts by the U.S. Department of Defense to achieve LEED Silver or equivalent ratings in new construction and major renovations and gave them the “thumbs up.”

Renewable Energy Breakthrough Uses Geometry to Trap Solar Power

Researchers at Illinois’ Northwestern University have found a way to triple the period of time that light can be trapped within thin-film photovoltaic cells by “manipulating the arrangement of a polymer layer on an organic solar cell.”

Emerging Technologies Could Affect Building Industry Sustainability Efforts

A list of the most promising technology breakthroughs, released by the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Emerging Technologies, which are expected to enable humans to deal with problems related to tackle population growth, resource demands, and other sustainability issues, included organic electronics, three-dimensional printing, self-heating materials, and remote sensing.

Public Demonstration of Tiny Houses in Washington D.C. Aims to Change Minds and Regulations

Boneyard Studios, founded by Brian Levy and Lee Pera, has created a community of tiny, movable houses as public demonstration of the trend in residential downsizing, hoping to “encourage changes in local laws to permit smaller, more affordable living options here and on vacant land across the city.”

Changing Business Models to Embrace Sustainability Equates to Increased Profitability

A study conducted by MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group has revealed that “companies reporting profits from sustainability rose 23 percent in 2012, to 37 percent of the total” and that “that companies in developing countries change their business models as a result of sustainability at a far higher rate than those based in North America, which has the lowest rate of business-model innovation and the fewest business-model innovators.”

Read more: This Week in Energy News – February 22, 2013

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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.

Read more: This Week in Energy News – February 15, 2013

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How LEED Delay Impacts LEED for Homes

The process to adopt the next version of LEED has been pushed back according to an announcement by USGBC President and CEO S. Richard Fedrizzi earlier this week. The change means LEED 2012 (now being called LEED v4) will likely not be brought up for a vote on adoption until the middle of next year.

The new standard has already been through four comment periods, with the credit language and the manner in which credits would be evaluated under discussion. There have been revisions in each of these comment periods. A fifth comment period is now scheduled for this fall (October 2 – December 10) and the actual balloting on adoption of LEED v4 is expected to begin June 1, 2013.

USGBC also confirmed to Jetson Green that LEED-H (the LEED system for homes) will “continue to follow the same delivery schedule as the commercial rating systems,” so changes to the residential program are likewise pushed back.

To put this in perspective, it should be noted that green building is not a fixed, absolute concept. To stay at the forefront of the industry, a building built today must do more than one built a decade ago.  For this reason, LEED has always been an evolving system. Like software, LEED has continued to change and upgrade periodically. LEED has gone from an initial version 1.0 to a version 2, which went through a couple of revisions (version 2.1 and 2.2) before the last significant change (version 3, which came to be called LEED 2009). The desire of USGBC was to put it on a cycle of continuous revision and improvement, much like the building codes, which are revised and re-issued every three years.

LEED is also experiencing growing pains as the industry has struggled to adopt the many requirements the system requires.

Fedrizzi said, “As we’ve gone through public comment on LEED 2012, and engaged in hundreds of discussions with our members, the LEED community and numerous other stakeholders, we have heard repeatedly that while our community continues to fully embrace our mission, they need more time to absorb the changes we’re proposing and to get their businesses ready to take the step with us. Most importantly, they want more visibility into the infrastructural improvements we’ve promised with the LEED 2012 program — forms, documentation, education, and LEED Online – to inform their internal adoption strategies.

[+] More about the USGBC’s announcement of LEED v4.

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Boots launches Siemens Microinverter Intensive Solar Training program

We just completed the launch of the Siemens Microinverter Intensive Solar Training program, here at Boots on the Roof.  What a great class! I was in the Boots studio interviewing students and they had great things to say about the training and the Siemens Microinverter.
Student Gerry Kosher, CEO of Green Tech Systems in Chicago said “I couldn’t imagine not going through this class and being in the solar business. It was that comprehensive! I learned that much! I would have spent years working through mistakes had I not attended this class.”
David Picatti, President of Northwest Electrical Supply Company in Washington said about the Siemens Microinverter “I am very impressed with the quality of the product, the simplicity of installation. It eliminates a lot of parts from other systems, so the overall install cost will be less, and it will be a more versatile system. “
We continue to raise the bar in our classes in our commitment to bringing our students the best training in the industry. The Siemens microinverter efficiently addresses the problem of shading. With traditional string inverter technology, shading of just one panel can significantly reduce the energy harvest of the entire string, limiting the entire system by the weakest link. With the Siemens Microinverter, the power conversion for each module happens within each module, ensuring maximum energy harvest independent of the other panels. We are proud to be an authorized training provider for the Siemens Microinverter, and are excited to be offering this course to our students!

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Intertek Launches Certification Program for Tornado Resistant Products

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 28, 2006

The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, today announced it has launched a tornado resistant product certification program according to applicable requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). The program will assist manufacturers in determining if products are fit for use in tornado prone areas of the United States. Intertek has issued the first certification of the program to Windsor Republic Doors.

Intertek is the first independent testing laboratory to introduce a certification program for tornado resistant product manufacturers. As part of the program testing will be conducted to applicable requirements of FEMA and the NSSA and will help to determine products’ wind pressure load resistance, debris impact resistance, structural integrity, and door and latching device capacity.

“Safeguarding consumers and their property is at the heart of what we do,” said Jeff Turcotte, vice president, Building Products, Intertek. “Introducing this program to product manufacturers ultimately provides consumers, buyers, and specifiers with much needed assurance of product compliance.”

As evidence of compliance to FEMA’s National Performance Criteria for Tornado Shelters and NSSA’s Standard for Design, Construction and Performance of Storm Shelters, Windsor Republic Doors’ Model 3070 Door Assembly and Model 6270 Door Pair Assembly bear Intertek’s proprietary WH Mark. The WH Mark is recognized by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) such as fire marshals, inspectors, and code officials throughout North America.

“Windsor Republic Doors is dedicated to providing our customers with products that best meet their severe weather resistance needs,” said Jason W. Lisewski, director of product engineering, Windsor Republic Doors. “By partnering with the industry experts at Intertek we feel this program will help us to continue to meet that goal.”

ETL SEMKO is a division of Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, operating in 294 laboratories and 530 offices in 102 countries throughout the world. The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek provides access to global markets through its local services, which include product safety testing and certification, EMC testing and performance testing for customers in such industries as wireless technology, security, appliances, HVAC, cables and wiring accessories, industrial machinery, medical devices, telecommunications, lighting, automotive, semiconductor, building products and electronics. For more information on the ETL SEMKO division of Intertek visit http://www.intertek-etlsemko.com.

Windsor Republic Doors has a long history as one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of commercial steel doors and frames. Windsor Republic doors and frames are marketed in all 50 states and several foreign countries through a network of stocking distributors and a nationwide network of 24 company-owned Service Centers. Windsor Republic Service Centers provide a unique opportunity for customers to have access to a complete line of commercial hollow metal doors, frames and hardware and a complete line of commercial and residential garage doors, electric operators and related accessories . . . all under one roof. Windsor Republic Doors is committed not only to providing the best doors in the industry but also to supporting its customers with dependable delivery and exceptional service.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Intertek

Michael Plante

70 Codman Hill Rd.

Field Marketing Manager

Boxborough, MA 01719

(978) 635-8558

Windsor Republic Doors

Jason W. Lisewski

155 Republic Drive

Director of Product Engineering

McKenzie, TN 38201

(731) 352-1927

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Smart Destinations Launches White-Label Channel Program for Travel Industry Partners

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 25, 2011

Smart Destinations, provider of multi-attraction passes designed to save travelers time and money, today announced the launch of a new program that offers white-label products and services to select industry partners. This capability expands the distribution of the Company’s attraction passes and enables partners to provide their customers with fun, affordable and convenient access to the country’s top attractions under the umbrella of their brand.

With Smart Destinations’ white-label program, select airline, hotel and cruise partners can now provide their customers direct, branded access to Go City Cards and Explorer Passes, the leading multi-attraction passes for top U.S. destinations. Currently, Smart Destinations is working with several partners across multiple industry channels, including the hotel, airline and cruise spaces, such as Virgin Holidays, RCI, Hilton Grand and Shorex Travel (a Cruise Shore Excursion operator based in the U.K).

“By creating custom products for our partners, we can help them extend the value of their brand and benefit from more engaged and satisfied customers. Travelers benefit from exclusive deals that will enhance their travel experience and make planning a trip that much easier,” said Cecilia Dahl, President and Founder of Smart Destinations.

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