The New Renewable is Recycled Energy Technologies

By Roy L Hales

By 2016, twenty percent of the energy Xcel Energy is feeding into Colorado’s grid will have to come from renewables. The state’s Public Utilities Commission ruled that up to 20 MW per year of this can come from industrial facilities that convert waste heat to power. The new renewable is recycled energy technologies.

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Grace Islet’s Salvation Is In Sight

By Roy L Hales

Grace Islet’s Salvation is in sight. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, announced the Province is partnering with local First Nations and the Nature Conservancy of Canada to preserve the First Nations burial site.  Though negotiations with the owner have not concluded, many are are celebrating a victory.

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Vancouver’s New Permits Discourage Rooftop Solar

Editor’s Note: The City of Vancouver has since informed me that some of the information in this article arises from a misunderstanding. Permitting costs do not include the equipment, just installation costs, which significantly reduces the totals used below. Rob Baxter, President of SPEC, says the this is a verbal commitment they made and not yet in writing. It is expected to cut $650 from the bill, which he says will still be at least three times higher than permitting in Toronto. 

By Roy L Hales

Vancouver intends to become the Greenest City in the world. It has drawn up an Action Plan identifying 10 specific goals for that it wants addressed by 2020. These include the city’s carbon emissions, Waste and Ecosystems, but they appear to have largely overlooked the potential for solar energy. Vancouver is one of the least attractive cities for solar.

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Seeo’s Battery Modules are Undergoing Independent Testing

By Roy L Hales

Seeo’s battery modules will undergo independent  testing over the next nine months. The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) awarded a $298,736 contract to carry out a variety of tests on Seeo’s DryLyte™ Cell technology. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is providing 50% of the $298,736 needed to fund the tests. Seeo’s current technology has an energy density of 220 Wh/kg. According to Seeo’s President, Hal Zarem, many of its’ components will be used their next generation technology.

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EcoReality on Salt Spring Island 2

This is the conclusion of Gordon Katic’s documentary The End of Civilization Ecovillage, in which he tells the story of his visit to Ecovillage on Salt Spring Island. It was rebroadcast on the ECOreport as EcoReality on Salt Spring Island 2.

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