This is a great picture of Newark, Delaware employees laid off from an SUV plant. The workers have a better strategy for jobs: make EVs. And make them grid integrated. Check out Vehicle to Grid 101 from the nation’s leading thinkers/doers, the University of Delaware. http://www.udel.edu/V2G/ They predict that EV owners can be paid $1,000 – $5,000 per year for providing V2G services. Read it.
Solar jobs increased at a record pace over the last twelve months. Overall, there are now an estimated 100,237 people working in solar energy in the United States, an increase of 6.8 percent since 2010. By way of comparison, jobs in the overall economy grew at just 0.7 percent over that same time period, while jobs in fossil fuel electric generation subsector actually shrank by 2 percent.
So says the new jobs report out from the Solar Foundation.
Clean air is popular. Who would have thought?
A nationwide poll by Ceres shows that 75 percent of voters believe that EPA, rather than Congress, should set air pollution standards. The poll also reveals that 67
percent of respondents, representing both political parties, oppose Congress
Made from recycled parts !
There were lots of great solar homes, but since I am living in Maryland, I rooted for the home team. See this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up0rGsNdBAE&feature=player_embedded
Global investments in wind and solar energy jumped to a record $41.8 billion in the third quarter, up 27% from the same period last year, according to a study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Financing rose despite slumping energy share prices and the eurozone’s economic turmoil, the study showed. “Over the past three years we have seen extraordinary falls in the prices of clean energy equipment. … However, there is still not enough demand to soak up significant over-supply, so prices and margins have remained under pressure and manufacturers’ share prices are being crushed,” said BNEF CEO Michael Liebreich in a statement. Reuters (10/13)
25 cities around the US will participate. Here in DC, our event is on the Capitol Mall. www.evadc.org and www.pluginamerica.org/pluginday
American Economic Review, a middle of the road academic journal, says, in essence that coal damages our country $2 for every $1 in electricity.
Once you strip away the econ jargon, the paper finds that electricity from coal imposes more damages on the U.S. economy than the electricity is worth. That’s right: Coal-fired power is a net value-subtracting industry. A parasite, you might say. A gigantic, blood-sucking parasite that’s enriching a few executives and shareholders at the public’s expense. It is time to kick our addiction to coal, as well as oil.
I know this is a June 2010 poll, but still important.
The Electrification Coalition (EC) today released the results of a national poll that showed across-the-board support for electric vehicles and the Coalition
Renewable-energy production in the first half of 2011 was greater than nuclear-power generation and gained on domestic crude oil production, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration. Renewable sources accounted for 4.687 quadrillion BTUs of energy, 17.9% more than nuclear-energy sources, the report said. Renewable energy provided 12.25% of total U.S. energy output in the first half of 2011, up from 11.05% during the same period in 2010 and 10.5% in 2009, the EIA said.
Of course, this is not just solar and wind, but biomass, too.