ACORE Members in the News
February 28 -- According to Tom Polikalas, the state is sitting on a another kind of gold mine. He sees the real boost in jobs here, is there for the taking. As he told us, "Energy efficiency represents a tremendous opportunity to create jobs and add to the state's economic output." >>View Article
February 28 -- The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the U.K., released a joint publication today in Washington, D.C., that explains the clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change, and that addresses a variety of other key questions commonly asked about climate change science. >>View Article
February 27 -- As the single largest consumer of energy in the U.S., the Department of Defense (DoD) has embarked on an ambitious program of expanded renewable energy generation on bases and in the field, with a goal of producing 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. >>View Article
February 27 -- The Mitt Romney concept of federal funding for clean energy is not dead.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, modeled after the Pentagon's successful DARPA program, is wrapping up its fifth annual conference on Wednesday. It is possibly the only federal clean energy research program to win consistent support from Republicans -- even Romney gave it plaudits on the 2012 presidential campaign trail when Republicans were attacking Obama administration investments in failed clean-energy ventures like solar panel maker Solyndra. >>View Article
February 27 -- For most of the past century, electricity sales and economic activity have fluctuated in tandem. This was certainly true in 2008, when an economic recession saw sales dip sharply after reaching a historic high the year before.
Since then, however, the trajectories of economics and electricity appear to have diverged. While the U.S. gross domestic product has crawled steadily back to pre-recession levels, electricity sales experienced a brief lift only to fall again over the past two years. >>View Article
February 27 -- Green energy not only reduces the risks of such devastating spills and leaks but -- an important bonus -- according to studies, green energy production actually creates more jobs than fossil fuel energy production. And yet China is leading the globe in establishing green energy sources and manufacturing solar panels for export. The United States appears to be lagging behind on every count -- except maybe when it comes to oil spills. >>View Article
February 27 -- Lately there's been a lot of press in Tulsa concerning our curbside trash program and the diversion of our green waste (lawn clippings, tree limbs, etc.) to the waste-to-energy facility located in west Tulsa instead of Tulsa's green waste disposal site. Some of my friends assumed this was a bad thing, but not so fast, as we should understand what a modern-day waste-to-energy (WTE) plant provides, including its environmental benefits.
First of all, WTE is not the same as trash incineration of the past which was simply uncontrolled trash burning. A modern-day WTE facility, such as the one located in Tulsa, uses municipal solid waste as the primary fuel source to generate steam and electricity for the communities in which they operate. >>View Article
February 26 -- Slowly but surely, the U.S. armed forces are getting serious about renewable energy.
In April 2012, the White House announced the Defense Department was making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass or geothermal on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025, enough energy to power 750,000 homes. The Army’s share of the initiative was the energy goal of generating one gigawatt. >>View Article
February 26 -- Some people are digging up their yards to heat and cool their homes - and the government is paying them to do it.
It's called geothermal heating. As power and gas bills have skyrocketed during the frigid winters and blisteringly hot summers, more and more homeowners are turning to it to heat and cool their homes. >>View Article
February 26 -- Back in 2009, when Danny Kennedy was looking for office space for the fast-growing solar services company he had co-founded, his venture capital investors recommended setting up shop in one of the “Twitterville kinds of areas” south of Market Street in San Francisco.
... Instead — after looking at buildings he deemed “foggy and frumpy and cold and wet,” not to mention expensive — Mr. Kennedy ended up in an airy loft across the bay here at Jack London Square. In just four years, the company, Sungevity, has grown to 300 employees from 55 in its 11,000-square-foot space overlooking the Oakland Estuary, helping jump-start the area’s stalled revitalization. >>View Article