Friday, July 22, 2011

Bill Ritter Starts The New Energy Economy at Colorado State University

After leaving office as Colorado governor, Bill Ritter accepted the job of starting the Center for the New Energy Economy which aims to help shape national energy policies at Colorado State University.

One of former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter's abiding legacies certainly relates to his work promoting the state as a center of clean and renewable energy.

After stepping down in January, he accepted the job of launching the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University. The center, backed by private funding, aims to shape national energy policy and advance economic initiatives related to clean and renewable energy.

A little more than four months into his role as director, Ritter visited The Denver Post to talk to business editor Steve McMillan about what he's been doing and his progress at the center.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

REC'S- Renewable Energy Certificates, How The Gov't Uses Them and How You Can Too!

The RECs system was originally implemented to encourage an additional 9,500 Gwh of renewable energy generation per year by 2010 as part of the Renewable Energy Target. Renewable Energy Certificates will play an even greater role in the recently announced renewable energy targets to be achieved by 2020 via the Solar Credits Program.

How the new Renewable Energy Target works

The government has implemented a target of 20% renewable energy sourced electricity by 2020
The current RET requires 9500 GWh of renewable energy to be delivered by energy companies
The 20/20 target requires 45000 GWh
1MWh of energy equals 1 REC, so 45,000,000 RECs will be generated to meet the 2020 target
To meet the target, energy companies must surrender RECs into their holding account at the end of every calendar year at an amount representative to 20% of their market share
If energy companies don't put sufficient RECs into the holding account, the company is fined at a rate much higher than the REC value.

RECs - renewable energy currency

One REC is equivalent to one megawatt hour of electricity generation. A renewable energy certificate can be traded for cash and the value of these certificates fluctuates according to market conditions. Basically, a REC is a form of renewable energy currency and through Energy Matters; you can sell your RECs to us and use the money as a point of sale discount on items you buy!

Owners of systems can claim RECs themselves by completing the appropriate application forms. However, this can be confusing and time consuming, so most people choose assigning their right to claim RECs to an agent, such as Energy Matters; which is a very simple process.

By taking advantage of Renewable Energy Certificates, a substantial amount of money can be saved when you buy wind and solar power equipment!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Saturday, July 9, 2011

“Clean Energy: Ten Trends in Colorado to Watch in 2011 and Beyond”

“Clean Energy: Ten Trends to Watch in 2011 and Beyond”

“As the clean energy industry matures and as it simultaneously comes to grips with economic challenges, market leaders are experimenting with new business models, both at a large scale and on a distributed basis,” says senior analyst Peter Asmus. “At the same time, key industry players are utilizing an increasingly wider diversity of technology options, especially in the solar and wind sectors.”

Key clean energy trends that Pike Research is watching in 2011 and beyond include the following:

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Employment in Colorado's Cleantech Industry Looks Better..Energy Jobs Are On The Rise!

Increases Are On The Way

Employment in Colorado's clean-tech industry increased 32.7 percent between 2005 and 2010, compared with a 10 percent increase at the national level, according to a 2011 study by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC).

Clean technology was the only sector within the state to grow in 2010, with 1,600 companies employing over 19,000 workers.

"Colorado ranks fourth nationally in the total number of clean-energy jobs and we're still growing and adding jobs," said Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver EDC. "With the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in our backyard, the nation's second-highest renewable energy standard and copious amounts of wind and sunshine, our region truly has become a hub for clean-technology."

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Green Energy Jobs Website Is Finally Here To Help! Where to Find Jobs in Renewable Energy Fields

Finally A Green Jonb Site Here To Help!
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Green Energy Jobs is here to assist you in your search for that perfect position! Whether you are seeking employment in Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy, Solar Energy, Wind, Bio or Power, they can help.

Think there may be a fit for you in Energy?

High Tech and Green Tech Provisions
$11 billion for smart-grid related activities, including work to modernize the electric grid.

$6.3 billion for energy efficiency and conservation grants.

$2.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy research.

$2 billion in grant funding for the manufacturing of advanced batteries systems and components and vehicle batteries that are produced in the United States.

$6 billion for new loan guarantees aimed at standard renewable projects such as wind or solar projects and for electricity transmission projects.

$1 billion for other energy efficiency programs including alternative fuel trucks and buses, transportation charging infrastructure, and smart and energy efficient appliances.

Science and Energy Funding and Incentives
Federal Building Energy Efficiency – $4.5 billion

Fossil Energy Research and Development – $3.4 billion (degree of green depends on projects funded)

Weatherization Assistance Program – $5 billion

National Science Foundation – $3 billion (degree of green depends on projects funded)

Science at the Department of Energy – $2 billion, including $400 million to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association – $830 million

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