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Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Big solar is heading for boom times in the US - Vox
In 2007, there were zero utility-scale solar power plants in the US. Today there are hundreds, ranging from the 579 MW Solar Star project (the world's largest solar farm) in California down to dozens upon dozens of 10, 20, and 50 MW projects in communities across the country. (SEIA counts 2,100 solar PV projects over 1 MW.)
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley: Why do we need the new nuclear power station? - BBC News
[ strike price ] Why is a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point running years behind schedule and the cause of seemingly endless debate? Here are some answers to the questions surrounding the world's most expensive power project. [ prob w renewables is energy storage systems and capacity! ] [...] However, the UK needs to build more power stations if it is to meet growing demand for electricity and the government wants to ensure consumers foot the bill no matter where the electricity comes from.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Britain heading for power cuts next winter, say 60 local authorities | Business | The Guardian
bit.ly/1TOwjhT &! A group representing 60 local authorities has warned that recent closures of large power stations have left Britain heading for power cuts next winter, despite assurances to the contrary from the government. [...] National Grid needed to act immediately to fill the supply gap by sending out new contracts for at least 2,500 megawatts (MW) of additional generating capacity – enough to power 2.5m homes. The alliance wants ministers to reconsider the level of carbon taxes, saying this is one of the key reasons why so many coal-fired power stations are being shut down early. [...] In recent years, coal, nuclear and gas-fired plants have been shut because of low prices, high operating costs or old age. Windfarms have been erected and new nuclear facilities promised but energy companies say gas plants cannot be built without higher subsidies. //&! bit.ly/1MpvhlE - UK doesn not meet 15% of EU renewables target, but cuts subsidies for renewables, duh! &! bit.ly/1sL8Kty
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Privatisation of Green Investment Bank could 'damage its reputation' - BBC News
The UK's "green" bank should not be privatised unless the government can ensure it keeps its environmental purposes, a committee of MPs has said. In June Business Secretary Sajid Javid announced plans to part-privatise Green Investment Bank (GIB). But the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee warned this could cause the bank to lose its "green identity". This could "damage its reputation" and "undermine its leadership role in the green economy", the committee said. [...] The bank's projects are required to make a contribution to one of the its five "green purposes": reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the efficiency of the use of natural products, protecting the natural environment or biodiversity and promoting environmental sustainability. But the projects are also required to provide market-based commercial returns. [...] Environmental Audit Committee argued privatisation could encourage the bank to shift its focus towards more conventional projects
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Ignoring watersheds, ignoring climate change: flooded by our ignorance | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian
Storm Desmond’s floods expose the utter madness of government policies, both in the hills and at the Paris talks. It’s as if it had come to remind us of what’s at stake. While the climate negotiations in Paris trudge their dreary road, Storm Desmond takes a great boot to our backsides. Yet still we fail to make the connection. The news records the spectacle and ignores the implications. //&! On Monday, experts called for new measures to be implemented –such as raising new buildings a metre above ground – to help cope with global warming-induced flooding. - bit.ly/1YVeQ8r //&! Flood defences failed; bit.ly/1LZTcGN //&! Labour attacks £115m fall in flood management spending - bit.ly/1NCldJY //&! bit.ly/1loVcU9 - 45k homes without power. //&! Pictures w Cameron visiting flooded homes; bit.ly/1QbA7JD //&! Guardian Editorial - bit.ly/1PShdr9 &! bbc.in/1iatrb6 &! bbc.in/1PTFMnG &! bbc.in/1Qc4Vd7 &! bbc.in/1HRT1mb - Vegan as Long-term investment against extreme weather, duh. makes men cry.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
COP21: UK under fire on climate policy - BBC News
Allegations of hypocrisy will be levelled at the UK when the Climate Secretary Amber Rudd appears at the Paris climate summit on Monday. [...] Most recently Mr Osborne scrapped a £1bn fund for a demonstration plant to capture CO2 from a power station and store it underground. It was a major pillar of UK climate policy. Craig Bennett from Friends of the Earth said: "The government is totally hypocritical on climate change. "George Osborne's anti-environmental policy decisions on energy fly the opposite way to the low-carbon route the vast majority of other countries are pursuing. // also hypocrisy to cut renewable's and investment (increase future energy price, see Steel industry; wholesale price 1/3 higher than Germany, in Germany steel companies did not close shop. They complained too. but did not close shop.) and on the other hand say only austerity will strengthen economy and a strong economy guarantees a strong NHS.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Study finds promise in expanding renewables based on results in three major economies
The report from Stanford's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance analyzes the experiences of Germany, California and Texas, the world's fourth, eighth and 12th largest economies, respectively. It found, among other things, that Germany, which gets about half as much sunshine as California and Texas, nevertheless generates electricity from solar installations at a cost comparable to that of Texas and only slightly higher than in California. [...] "Our findings suggest that renewable energy has entered the mainstream and is ready to play a leading role in mitigating global climate change," [...] Germany's success in deploying renewable energy at scale is due largely to favorable treatment of "soft cost" factors such as financing, permitting, installation and grid access. This approach has allowed the renewable energy policies of some countries to deliver up to four times the average deployment of other countries, despite offering only half the financial incentives.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's coal plants to be phased out within 10 years - BBC News
[How can gas be central if it has to be shipped from Russia & else?! - bbc.in/1WZQj4D ] UKs remaining coal-fired power stations will be shut by 2025 with their use restricted by 2023, Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has proposed. Ms Rudd wants more gas-fired stations to be built since relying on "polluting" coal is "perverse". Only if gas-fuelled power can fill the void created by closing coal-powered stations would coal plants be shut, she said. //&! bit.ly/1G7rJQt Subsidies cut in "emergency" Budget2015 after election which was not in the manifesto. &! Greenpeace said it showed the chancellor is out of step with the times. - bit.ly/1D2ylQg &! bit.ly/1HOeCt0 &! Renewables industry slams move to make them pay Climate Change Levy (also done in the Budget2015) - bit.ly/1j8khAR - "Like making apple juice pay an alcohol tax" &! Gov says in official statement, this move protects customers from higher energy bills??? - bit.ly/1Kkd8GH
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon does not rule out steel plants public ownership - BBC News
// gov has never been good about picking industries. // how about investing to lower energy prices, that is not nuclear? --- making the whole industries more competitive in world markets. lowering marginal cost across the board. also for consumers. stupid!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Nuclear Power: Burke on Hinkley Point, EDF and China - BBC News
Adds 1bn£ for consumers to energy bills, an expensive dogmatic folly by mercenaries. //&! UK energy wholesale energy price twice that of Germany - bbc.in/1PAKyWl //&! The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy wapo.st/1MEYF71 via https://redd.it/3pmorw // A highlight of Chancellor George Osborne's visit to China was the announcement of £2bn of Chinese investment for a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point. But critics point to progress at other EDF projects, and doubt the Somerset scheme can be built on time and on budget. In a personal film, the chairman of environmental think tank E3G Tom Burke claims it would be "a very bad deal for Britain" - for both the environment and taxpayers - describing it as an "expensive folly". //&! bit.ly/1OIhJHv "sheer folly" &! about people living there - bit.ly/1Rph8Ic &! why would edf sell some of its stake? EDF was only one left 2 agree 2 build it 4 a price X after all other bidders backed out - bit.ly/1W4dqoQ &! on.fb.me/1PBwfRk
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point nuclear agreement reached - BBC News
More than £30bn worth of deals between the UK and China are expected to be struck during the four-day visit. [...] 'Security concerns' The Hinkley Point project has come under fire over its cost and the delays to investment decisions and the timetable for building. The government has also been criticised for guaranteeing a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour of electricity - more than twice the current cost - for the electricity Hinkley produces. [<< death knell 4 UK consumer & heavy industry! In 10 years as other countries invested in renewables heavily, energy prices will be much higher in UK, a country which did not invest heavily in the Smart Grid & renewables when it was cheap to borrow to fund private public partnerships; 5-10 year mega projects. Bc nasty party is mercenary, not visionary. &! china is deep in renewables. why not renewables!? build smart grid] The Treasury hopes that within 10 years China will be UK second biggest trading partner. //&! Steve Hilton - bbc.in/1krBjLp
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The government seems intent on ending the solar power industry. It’s madness | Howard Johns | Comment is free | The Guardian
saving on the wrong end of the stick. // &! One solar executive says the 87% cut in state subsidy is ‘obscene’, and will lead to thousands of job losses - bit.ly/1Xdgl0V - “We are all paying £100 for nuclear decommissioning costs in our bills. Solar: five quid? It is nothing to do with the energy bills of hardworking families it is entirely ideologically driven by George Osborne. It is nothing to do with the cost to the energy consumer.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What is the outlook for Britain's steel industry? - BBC News
UK steelmakers want lower business rates, a relaxation of emissions targets for heavy manufacturers, more compensation for high energy prices and a commitment that British steel is used in major construction projects. "We've set out some of the things government can press ahead with now to send out a clear signal of support in the very short term," said Gareth Stace, director of UK Steel. [...] How does the government act without going against its free market principles and breaking EU rules? It has already provided steel makers with millions of pounds in compensation for carbon permit costs. Beyond that it says its hands are tied by strict European Union state-aid rules. [ << targeted welfare vs lower energy prices and a smart grid for all ] //&! bbc.in/1GhJaoH - Unions want the government to take "urgent short-term action" to support the industry. [...] the steel industry globally was facing one of the most difficult times in its history. [...] we can't change the price of steel.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The rush for solar power: buy now, before it's too late | Environment | The Guardian
As the second phase of the Guardian’s Keep It in the Ground campaign has highlighted, solar power has gone through a remarkable period of growth since the demoralising Copenhagen climate summit in 2009: in the intervening six years, the cost of panels has fallen by 70%, with the government’s target of 750,000 domestic solar installations by 2020 reached this year. Following her promotion in May, energy secretary Amber Rudd promised to “unleash a new solar revolution”, singling out commercial rooftop developments, still a relative rarity in the UK, and perhaps thinking too of her Hastings constituents with their sun-kissed, southern roofs. But just three months later, she was announcing drastic cuts. In the next few weeks, Rudd, who used to work under chancellor George Osborne in the Treasury, will decide whether or not to reduce by almost 90% the feed-in tariff that subsidises small-scale solar installations, such as household roofs, from 1 January 2016. A consultation closes next week
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Hospitals see rapid rise in skin cancer
The number of people admitted to hospital for skin cancer treatment in England rose by nearly a third in five years, official figures show. In 2007 there were 87,685 admissions, while in 2011 there were 123,808. -http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29027343 - Is there such a thing as a safe tan? "A tan is a sign that your skin has received more sunshine, or more UV than it can deal with, so it's actually a sign of sun damage. So no, there is no such thing as a safe tan."
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Sonnensturm 2012 fast Katastrophe auf Erde: Plasma verfehlt Planet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Riley hat eine erschreckende Rechnung aufgemacht: Aus der Häufigkeit der Sonnenstürme der vergangenen 50 Jahre ergebe sich, dass Stürme der Carrington-Klasse weitaus häufiger vorkommen als angenommen. Bislang schien es, sie seien nur alle paar Jahrhunderte zu befürchten. Rileys Studien zufolge aber liege die Wahrscheinlichkeit für einen Treffer dieser Stärke bei etwa eins zu acht im Laufe der nächsten zehn Jahre. "Eine ernüchternde Statistik", kommentiert der Forscher seinen Befund. "Wir müssen besser vorbereitet sein", fordert Baker. Der Schutz vor dem Naturphänomen wurde bisher vernachlässigt, mahnen Experten seit langem. Noch lassen sich Sonnenstürme nur ungenau vorhersagen. "Ohne die 'Stereo'-Satelliten wären wir sogar völlig ahnungslos", sagt Baker. --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_storm_of_1859 ++ http://phys.org/news/2014-05-carrington-class-cme-narrowly-earth.html
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces | Talk Video | TED.com
- cold pipes, water pipes. [have seen a 'waterfall' in a high-rise lobby in NYC - Hearst Tower? Trump Tower?]. ... instead of chilled down air. + Solar Panels as part of the architectural design concept.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
SolarCity's Chairman Elon Musk annouces it will buy solar panel maker Silveo
Without decisive action to lay the groundwork today, the massive volume of affordable, high efficiency panels needed for unsubsidized solar power to outcompete fossil fuel grid power simply will not be there when it is needed,” according to the blog post penned by SolarCity Chairman Elon Musk and the two co-founders, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive. [...] “The timing is right to make an acquisition and get into advanced solar panel manufacturing. If we don’t do this, then we thought there’s a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term,” Elon Musk said on the conference call. [...] In both cases, Musk’s goal is to make sure that the components critical to his vision of the future — electric cars and solar energy — are available and cheap enough to beat fossil fuels.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Pandoras Promise - YouTube
+ Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOlz4C5Alo + final remarks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DgBZZ9bVUo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_Point_C_nuclear_power_station + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaP9GuGK8r4 + Michael Moore & Robert Stone discuss Pandora's Promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJyvsKcfr0 + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0832134/?ref_=tt_ov_dr + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1 + till 2050 at current growth projection, world needs 3 times more energy - this can not be achieved with energy efficiency (energy austerity), and conventional/current renewable - even at scale - as at the same time we close down coal, oil and gas power stations to reduce emissions to 'slow' climate change. only achievable if we include a honest holistic mix that include nuclear '4th generation generators' power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljoerI8F9y0 + http://youtu.be/2tt6e_VA5gg + http://youtu.be/6pXiiQBknHM + Bill Gates http://youtu.be/_HxI3-DzPWU
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Energiewende: Ökonomen und Verbände kritisieren Bundesregierung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Mächtige Wirtschaftsverbände und renommierte Ökonomen üben harsche Kritik an der Umsetzung der Energiewende. Der Vorwurf: Die Bundesregierung hat kein schlüssiges Konzept für den Ausbau der Netze und der erneuerbaren Energien, die Kosten schießen unnötig in die Höhe.

- should have invested in research to optimise renewable energy, make it more efficient, to increase future ROI ...

- at fault are policy makers/polititicans that got lulled by certain domestic manufactures/companies back in the days to provide subsidies w the promise of new jobs and more votes in election ... but behind it was short-term thinking from Lobby&Companys; and Politicians ... 5 years on, China is the manufacturing Titan for renewables, investors lost money bc of bankrupt companies, ... it is and was a farce.
Politics  Lobby  policy  folly  policy  error  solar  wind-energy  green  energy  subsidies  subsidizing  germany  renewable  energy  ROI 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
Q-Cells-Insolvenz: Das Ende der deutschen Solarzelle - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Germanies lavish subsidies for solar/renewable energy did support dying firms (producing in Germany) during the Renewable Industry change - that China for over 5 years can produce cheaper, and does, than Germany.

Without these subsidies, many firms would have never existed for so long.
lobbyist  Lobbying  lobby  politics  folly  China  economics  green  energy  solar  renewable  energy  subsidizing  subsidies  Germany 
april 2012 by asterisk2a
"Germany’s Sunshine Daydream" by Bjørn Lomborg | Project Syndicate
There is a fundamental problem with subsidizing inefficient green technology: it is affordable only if it is done in tiny, tokenistic amounts. Using the government’s generous subsidies, Germans installed 7.5 gigawatts of photovoltaic (PV) capacity last year, more than double what the government had deemed “acceptable.” It is estimated that this increase alone will lead to a $260 hike in the average consumer’s annual power bill.
According to Der Spiegel, even members of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s staff are now describing the policy as a massive money pit. Philipp Rösler, Germany’s minister of economics and technology, has called the spiraling solar subsidies a “threat to the economy.”

Solar power is at least four times more costly than energy produced by fossil fuels. [with current technology, not counting long-term use I guess]

What governments should do instead is to focus first on increasing research and development to make green-energy technology cheaper and more competitive.
Germany  renewable  energy  green  energy  politics  folly  policy  solar  subsidies  subsidizing 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valleys Solar Innovators Forced to Retool - NYTimes.com
china subsidizes solar manufacturing and benefits from massive economies of scale
thus western manufacturers struggling to keep up
solar  germany  manufacturing  China  fiscal  subsidizing  USA  silliconvalley  2010  policy 
october 2010 by asterisk2a
Unkalkulierbares Energieangebot: Rekordsommer treibt Stromkosten nach oben - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Was sich für die Verbraucher gut anhört, ist für sie trotzdem ein schlechtes Geschäft. Denn sie fördern ja die Sonnenenergie über Aufschläge auf ihre Stromrechnung - und zwar laut Arrhenius-Berechnungen mit rund 35 Cent pro Kilowattstunde. Für die 7800 Megawattstunden Solarstrom, die am 8. Juli zwischen 13 und 14 Uhr in die Netze gespeist wurden, zahlten die Verbraucher demnach 2,7 Millionen Euro an Zuschuss. Sechsmal so viel, wie sie durch den sinkenden Strompreis sparten.
Das Problem wird in Zukunft kaum kleiner werden, denn der Solar-Boom geht ungebremst weiter. Ende 2009 waren in Deutschland Anlagen mit rund 10.000 Megawatt installiert. 2010 kommen nach Prognosen führender Marktforscher noch mal Anlagen mit 6000 bis 10.000 Megawatt hinzu (siehe Tabelle links). Zum Vergleich: Alle in Deutschland installierten Atomkraftwerke haben eine Bruttoleistung von 21.000 Megawatt. Schon Ende 2010 könnte die installierte Leistung aller Solaranlagen also fast genauso hoch sein.
solar  energy  germany  subvention  taxation  politics  lobby 
july 2010 by asterisk2a
El Centro in Kalifornien: Sonne, Sonne, nichts als Sonne - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Wirtschaft
Die größten Hoffnungen setzt Crouchman aber in das Zentrum für erneuerbare Energien, das Investoren bei der Verwirklichung grüner Projekte zur Seite steht. Das Imperial County rühmt sich, die einzige Region der USA zu sein, wo Energie aus Wind, Sonne, Biomasse und Erdwärme gewonnen werden kann. Bei der Eröffnung des Zentrums im Mai sagte ein Vertreter der Stadt, El Centro habe das Zeug zur "nationalen Hauptstadt der erneuerbaren Energien" - ein Titel, den die Menschen hier jenem der Arbeitslosen-Hauptstadt vorziehen. Kommendes Jahr soll mit den Bauarbeiten für den Sunrise Powerlink begonnen werden, der San Diego künftig mit bis zu tausend Megawatt Ökostrom beliefern soll.
california  solar  energy  renewable  usa  stimulus 
december 2009 by asterisk2a

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