NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, September 23: NEW ENERGY QUOTE OF THE YEAR; THE TRUTH BEHIND WIND TURBINE SYNDROME; SOLAR STORAGE MARKET SHIFTING, GROWING

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    Monday, September 23, 2013

    QUICK NEWS, September 23: NEW ENERGY QUOTE OF THE YEAR; THE TRUTH BEHIND WIND TURBINE SYNDROME; SOLAR STORAGE MARKET SHIFTING, GROWING

    NEW ENERGY QUOTE OF THE YEAR U.S. Revives Aid Program for Clean Energy

    Diane Cardwell, September 19, 2013 (NY Times)

    "If you do coal the right way, it’s so expensive that wind and solar beat it on the markets, and that’s why the guys who want to do coal the right way need their policy support [with loan guarantees, research assistance and tax incentives]...Wind and solar are big kids and almost competitive on their own already, but the advanced fossil and small nuclear are still years away." -- Michael E. Webber, deputy director, University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute

    "The Energy Department’s loan program was created in 2005 under President Bush to spur commercial adoption of innovative technologies or those that avoided, reduced or permanently stored pollutants. In 2008, Congress added another section, for more fuel-efficient cars, and a year later created a temporary program to encourage renewable energy and electrical transmission projects…[It] has since expired, but the department still has about $50 billion left that could be lent, with a large chunk earmarked for nuclear projects…On a $34 billion loan portfolio, the government has lost about $800 million…That’s about 2.3 percent, and only a small fraction of the $10 billion Congress set aside to cover losses…" click here for more

    THE TRUTH BEHIND WIND TURBINE SYNDROME “Never Stops, Never Stops. Headache. Help.” Some people living in the shadows of wind turbines say they’re making them sick. Almost as upsetting: Their neighbors don’t feel a thing.

    Kristen French, September 15, 2013 (New York Magazine)

    "…[In 2012, wind power became the No. 1 source of new energy in the U.S…[Turbines] are now being placed in residential areas…For the first time, people can see them from their lawns, driveways, and bedrooms…In the past decade, hundreds of people who live near wind turbines…have reported that the windmills are giving them a litany of ailments…[including] severe stress, insomnia, and dizziness…dry retching and crying…[T]his hodgepodge of maladies has an unofficial name: wind-turbine syndrome, coined in 2006 by Nina Pierpont, a pediatrician, whose husband, it should be noted, is an anti-wind activist…Large-scale population surveys conducted by scientists in Sweden and the Netherlands have found that stress and sleep disturbances were more likely if the turbines were visible and less likely if the individuals benefitted economically…Other studies found that having a bad attitude about the turbines and subjective sensitivity to noise were more likely to lead to annoyance and negative health effects than actual exposure to audible sound or infrasound…And in recent lab tests, subjects who were told to expect side effects from infrasound ahead of time felt some of those symptoms even when they were exposed to sham infrasound…” click here for more

    SOLAR STORAGE MARKET SHIFTING, GROWING From Worst to First: Commercial Segment Set to Lead Solar Energy Storage Market by 2017

    September 18, 2013 (IHS, Inc)

    “Currently the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, the commercial sector is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017…Global installations of photovoltaic (PV) storage systems for commercial use are set to rise to 2.3 gigawatts (GW) in 2017, up from a mere 3.2 megawatts in 2012, according to…IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS)…This will increase the commercial segment’s share of PV installations to 40 percent in 2017, up from 5 percent in 2012…An energy storage solution can be used to shift PV energy from when it is generated for on-site use during periods when [higher] charges apply…PV energy storage in commercial applications also can provide back-up power in regions where there are weak and unreliable grids…” click here for more

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