Plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV use electricity stored in a battery from the grid to move down the road. They also seem to generate as much “electricity” around dinner tables these days with interest and opinions. And while we encourage you to become educated before you form your opinions on electric vehicles, we believe it is important to offer insight on what it takes to put the pieces together to form a new transportation future. On one level, it is a simple lesson in the way we think about our automobiles. On another level, it is about investing, organizing, and implementing a transportation makeover on a grand scale.
The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy to purchase 140MW of renewable power for the next two years. The 140MW power purchase represents approximately 50 percent of the city’s required power and is the equivalent of power required for over 55,000 homes each year. Reliant is a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., which has headquarters in both New Jersey and Houston.
Earlier today in the early morning hours, pilots Betrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg safely landed the solar-powered airplane, the Solar Impulse, at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C. The successful journey to Dulles marks the plane’s arrival on the East Coast after its departure from San Francisco in early May. As more people learn about the Solar Impulse, more people are realizing the incredible potential of solar-powered aviation.
For companies of all sizes, and especially for those who utilize a great deal of energy such as large manufacturers, reducing costs is crucial to achieving the business “bottom line” and increasing profits to stakeholders.
ACORE hosted a Twitter Q&A with Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) on the topic of renewable energy. Senator Mark Udall is a champion of smart, business oriented renewable energy policies that create jobs and economic growth all over the country.
Ohio’s alternative energy mandate has been placed back on the table for possible termination, while its defenders question how anyone could ignore the benefits this legislation has provided Ohio in job creation, energy security and cost savings.