NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, October 16: NO CAROLINA LIVES THE RISING GREEN TIDE; OFFSHORE WIND SETS STANDARDS; QUALITY RATING SOLAR PANELS

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  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
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  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    QUICK NEWS, October 16: NO CAROLINA LIVES THE RISING GREEN TIDE; OFFSHORE WIND SETS STANDARDS; QUALITY RATING SOLAR PANELS

    NO CAROLINA LIVES THE RISING GREEN TIDE North Carolina’s clean energy sector continues to grow: 15,200+ FTE jobs, $3.7 Billion in revenue; “At a crossroads,” despite on-going jobs and revenue growth, clean energy business leaders cite uncertainty and other barriers that are limiting further growth.

    Rich Crowley and Julie Robinson, October 10, 2012 (NC Sustainable Energy Association)

    “North Carolina’s…unemployment rate [remains] above the national rate…[but] several sectors, including clean energy, are hiring employees, expanding their businesses, and pumping millions into local economies in every region of our state…[according to] the 2012 North Carolina Clean Energy Industries Census…[It showed] the clean energy sector holds great promise and opportunities if we [break through political polarization, policy and market uncertainty, and limited access to finance and] maintain a balance of pro-business policies and regulations.

    “Since the passage of the Southeast’s first renewable energy and energy efficiency law in 2007 (and 25th in the nation), North Carolina’s clean energy sectors – broadly categorized as renewable energy and energy efficiency – [over 200 North Carolina clean energy companies have emerged to serve the national and international markets]…The annual Census…[found] the clean energy sector…conservatively contributes over $3.7 billion in revenue and more than 15,200 full-time equivalent jobs directly…[T]he state is home to over 38,000 Energy Star homes, 2,100 energy efficient commercial buildings, and more than 3,000 planned or installed renewable energy systems.”

    “The 2012 Census shows that employment in the North Carolina clean energy sector grew for the fifth consecutive year, although at a slower [3%] pace than in past years that saw double-digit growth…[T]he projected economic forecast for North Carolina’s economy…[is] an inflation-adjusted growth rate of 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 and throughout 2013 [matching 2011 and below 2010]…Research and development [jobs]…continue to be substantial – totaling 7,700 full-time equivalent jobs in this year’s Census…

    Jobs with a focus on energy efficiency, frequently described as the “least-cost” energy resource…make up a majority of North Carolina’s clean energy sector employment at over 7,200 full-time equivalent positions statewide…Complementing the strong energy efficiency sector (i.e. business focus) are the solar, smart grid and biomass sectors, which contribute over 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs each, with additional major employment from the wind, geothermal, and energy storage sectors…”

    OFFSHORE WIND SETS STANDARDS Offshore Compliance Recommended Practices

    October 11, 2012 (American Wind Energy Association)

    “The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Standards Development Board, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has developed a set of recommended practices for using existing standards to plan, design, construct and operate offshore wind facilities in compliance with federal and state regulations.”

    “The Recommended Practices cite four levels of existing standards – international standards, American National Standards, classification society (e.g., Germanischer Lloyd, Det Norske Veritas, and The American Bureau of Shipping) standards, and commercial standards and guidelines – to address five critical areas…[1] Structural reliability…[2] Manufacturing, qualification testing, installation, and construction…[3] Safety of equipment…[4] Operation and inspection…[and, 5] Decommissioning…”

    QUALITY RATING SOLAR PANELS Principal Solar Institute Launches Industry’s First Comprehensive Solar PV Module Rating System: Creates Standards, Elevates Industry…

    October 12, 2012 (Principal Solar, Inc.)

    “The Principal Solar Institute, an online reference center and resource guide for the commercial and utility scale solar market…[has introduced] the PSI PV Module Rating…[PSI claims it is] the first-of-its kind…[and] allows easy, unbiased, comprehensive analysis and comparison of photovoltaic (PV) modules…[It was created to allow] solar consumers to make informed, intelligent comparisons and decisions…[The PSI Board includes the President of TUV Rheinland PTL, a renowned Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory [and many prominent scientists]…”

    “PV modules produce electrical power under a wide range of environmental conditions, such as irradiance, nominal operating cell temperature and ambient conditions causing the electrical power output to differ between modules of the same nameplate wattage. The PSI PV Module Rating is a comparative number that can be used with pricing information, providing power plant designers and buyers with a consistent basis for choosing a particular PV module…”

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