United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that 31 tribal energy projects will receive $6.3 million over two years as part of the Department of Energy (DOE) policy of supporting tribal energy development. These projects, which will be selected competitively, enable Native American tribes to promote clean energy within their communities by developing strategic energy plans, educating tribal members, and improving the energy efficiency of their buildings.
According to a report commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association Ontario’s current wind energy projects are projected to create 80,000 person years of employment and attract $16 billion in private sector investment over the next eight years.
Those who see the energy glass half empty have often noted that while Electric Vehicles are well and good in saving gasolin, it still took energy produced by utilities to charge them. Not necessarily, anymore. Envision Solar International, which designs and develops sustainable infrastructure, has broken ground on electric-vehicle (EV) charging enabled Solar Tree structures with integrated EnvisionTrak and CleanCharge systems at Axion Power International’s facility in Western Pennsylvania. The project is expected to be completed by mid July.
Software technology company Green Energy Corp has released its Smart Grid platform, GreenBus 2.0, which contains new bundled applications such as a GUI- based data viewer and controller; dynamic load reduction control (DLRC), data history, trending, alarming and reporting. GreenBus supports other Smart Grid application developers to build on its core functions, to shorten development cycles and to provide open application interoperability.
British Gas is launching a new green tariff which lets consumers vote on where millions of pounds should be spent aiding community energy projects. The tariff is a part of energyshare, renewable energy community founded by River Cottage and British Gas designed to fundamentally change the way British consumers use energy. Energyshare offers funding as well as practical advice on how local groups, businesses and individuals can use green and cheaper sources of energy, save money and cut their bills.
The Ontario Smart Grid Forum has issued recommendations to help build a smarter, more efficient electricity system in a new report, Modernizing Ontario’s Electricity System: Next Steps.” The report is generating positive reaction from members of the industry.
The Power Systems Energy Research Center PSERC has been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the United States Department of Energy DOE to research the requirements for a systematic transformation of today’s electric grid to enable high penetrations of sustainable energy systems. According to PSERC, the future grid “needs to support high penetrations of highly variable distributed energy resources mixed with large central generation sources, energy storage, and responsive users equipped with embedded intelligence and automation. These sustainable energy systems require more than improvements to the existing system; they require transformative changes in planning and operating electric power systems.”
The state-of-the-art Hydrogen Assisted Renewable Power (HARP) energy storage project in British Columbia is now operational and supplying power to the remote community of Bella Coola. The HARP system is expected to reduce Bella Coola’s annual diesel consumption by 200,000 litres, which will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 600 tons annually. The project, a partnership between BC Hydro, GE, and Powertech, is supported by British Columbia and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
SunPods SP-300 has developed the world’s first factory built-to-order solar-powered EV charging station. The Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Platforms, called the EV Plug-N-Go, are modular, integrated solar power platforms designed specifically for private and government entities seeking a plug and play solar powered infrastructure solution that works for electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electrical industrial utility vehicles.
To advance its European green energy initiative strategy, Alternative Energy Partners (AEGY) reports that its subsidiary Skynet Energy Systems has entered into an agreement with Suna Energy, Inc. “that will allow Skynet to be part of a minimum guaranteed sale of 20MW energy at local prices starting at $0.42/kwh for an estimated 1600 hours per year.” A Letter of Intent for land acquisition and an environmental engineering report are also underway.