Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Clean Energy Quick Clicks

Wind turbine manufacturers Vestas and Siemens have announced the locations of their new wind energy research centers. Vestas chose Houston and Siemen's facility will be in Boulder, CO. Disappointing that a Midwest state didn't land one of these. Both companies are eying the U.S. as their biggest wind power market yet. via Wind Energy Weekly
  • Green Air Radio is featuring audio from a panel discussion at the American Wind Energy Association's WINDPOWER 2008 conference in Houston. Panelists include General Wesley Clark and former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta.
  • California is having a hard time building renewable energy fast enough to meet its own requirements, which say the state has to get 20 percent of its energy from renewables by 2010. But contracting for the energy and establishing the infrastructure is proving difficult. If utilities don't meet the required amounts by the deadline they could be fined, although the law says that if they can show they have enough renewable energy under contract (even if it's not online yet), that's sufficient. About 30 states, including Washington DC, now have renewable energy requirements. via Green Biz Journals
  • 14-year-old Liza Stoner is biking from Minneapolis to Washington DC to tell Congress to support plug-in hybrid vehicles. She thought of the idea after watching the film "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and became frustrated that the U.S. is still using oil and gasoline to power its cars. "The United States would realize health, environmental, financial and even security benefits by switching from gas-powered vehicles to fully electric vehicles." She's documenting her journey at her blog, As the Crank Turns. Go Liza! via New Energy News

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