renewable energy

326 For the past couple months, the pressure has been building on elected officials in Kentucky to diversify the state’s energy portfolio and invest more in an economy that utilizes larger amounts of renewable energies, specifically through the passage of legislation such as the Clean Energy Opportunities Act (HB 195). This effort has been led by a diverse coalition of stakeholders in the state, but has seen particularly strong participation from young Kentuckians.

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I wanted to share what a local nonprofit in San Francisco is doing and how we can all support it!

RE-volv is a nonprofit that crowdfunds to finance solar installations for nonprofits and cooperatives that serve as community centers.  Using a lease-to-own model, monthly payments from community centers (still less than their original energy bill) are reinvested to finance more solar energy projects.  Each individual project will yield 3-5 additional projects - a revolving fund for solar energy and a model that pays your donation forward!

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12/6/13 by Joe Gantz


Last Tuesday, December 3rd, there was an article in the NY Times, from a study by The National Research Council.  It was called, Panel says Global Warming Carries Risk of Deep Changes.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/science/earth/panel-says-global-warmin...
 
The National Research Council is a nonprofit group in Washington that frequently oversees studies on major scientific questions, and as such has a fairly conservative approach to the reports they put out.

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In the spring of 2006, when I was a student at Penn State University, there was a drought in Central Pennsylvania that was so severe that the mountain near the college campus caught fire. It was literally on fire; an early indication of the changes in our climate that have now become daily occurrences -- fires, blizzards, droughts and superstorms.

As student activists at Penn State, we took it very seriously. It was the height of the Bush Administration, so national action on climate change seemed completely out of the question. We decided that we wanted to fight for real, meaningful, climate action locally, and that meant getting Penn State to commit to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and scaling up clean energy.

We ran a very strong campaign. We collected 10,000 petition signatures — 20% of our student body. The student government endorsed us. The faculty senate endorsed us. The student paper wrote an editorial in our favor. We hosted event after event, using our petitions to bring out more people each time to demand Penn State be a leader in the fight against global warming.

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There’s one vote on climate and clean energy this election that’s pretty clear and simple: Michigan’s renewable energy ballot initiative, Proposition 3. And right now, it needs our help.

Prop 3 is being called “the most important clean-energy vote this year” because it would substantially boost the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES) and help further develop Michigan’s clean energy economy, bringing much needed jobs to the state.

Not surprisingly (but still outrageously), dirty energy utilities and fossil fuel-funded front groups are spending million of dollars to defeat Prop 3, running misleading Ads, producing faulty reports and spreading disinformation about the initiative. And it’s not just from in-state utilities, Canadian pipeline company Enbridge, which dumped nearly 1 million gallons into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010 and the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (a coal industry front group) also contributed to the campaign to defeat Proposition 3.

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Cross-posted from http://ventureintoenergy.tumblr.com

 

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On Monday, administrators from campuses across North Carolina are arriving at Appalachian State University for the Appalachia Energy Summit.  The summit is to “aid The University of North Carolina in creating a strategic sustainable energy path for the mutual benefit of our students, the environment, and the world.”

As you may recall, The North Carolina Student Energy Network (NCSEN) met earlier this summer. Overall, we are very excited the energy summit is taking place and look forward to see what comes out of it. But in an effort to ensure that NCSEN's goals are heard we have written a letter requesting a personal meeting with UNC President Thomas W. Ross with a facts and suggestions sheet.

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