Repowering Indiana Weekly 10-28-05

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10/28/2005

Published by: Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana

Editor: Dee Hayden
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IN THIS ISSUE:

Local

* Helping Hands to keep county warm

* Advocacy group wants more aid for Indiana heating costs

* State takes energy input

* Help prevent NIPSCO from gouging customers

* AEP settles EPA claims

Region

* A 10-year Energy Plan goes into action

* East Anglia set for green energy boost

* Private sector steps into Iran's renewable energy

Public Policy

* Feds offer information on LNG

* Briefing on Clean Renewable Energy Bonding Program

* California's energy market faces Proposition 80

Business

* MBIL to manufacture solar cells

* Cinergy earnings rise 42% on weather

* Corporate America Buys in to Renewable Energy

* Acciona bids for Dutch energy co Nuon's Spanish assets

Climate Change

* Studying Clouds Key to Global Climate Change

* Professor: Storm intensity grows with climate change

* Nature offers signs of change

* Amazon drought: deforestation and climate change to blame

Solar Energy

* Yucca Valley officials hope solar power will mean savings for taxpayers

* Clinton urges solar power in Oz

* Nanotechnology May One Day Revolutionize Solar Power

* Solar to Power Remote Tunisian Telecom Sites

Wind Energy

* Study recognises strong potential for wind energy

* 'Turbine Topping' to launch CPS wind project

* With Cape Wind, state considers cleaner energy

* Escondido company wins 205-megawatt wind energy contract

Biofuels

* Scotland Will Get First Biomass Power Station

* Task force recommends "urgent" grant support for biomass

* Creating Affordable Biofuels Contributes To Energy Independence

* Concentration On Biofuels In NI Demanded

Energy Alternatives

* Alternative energy advocates form group

* Ramapo wants to lead the way on alternative power

* Renewable energy still may be too expensive

* Energy tab: Zero

Other Links
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LOCAL

Helping Hands to keep county warm
10/27/2005
Miami County Helping Hands announced today they will be assuming responsibility for administration of the NIPSCO Gift of Warmth program in the Miami County Area again during the winter of 2005-2006. ...With natural gas prices rising steadily since summer, and with costs driven even higher by the disruptions in production caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, NIPSCO has predicted increases in home heating bills by as much as 24 to 60 percent depending on winter temperatures.
www.miamicountylife.com

Advocacy group wants more aid for Indiana heating costs
10/26/2005
INDIANAPOLIS - A consumer advocacy group wants the state to be more aggressive in helping people weather the significantly higher heating bills expected this winter, including more financial assistance to low-income residents, lower deposits and an extended moratorium on service cutoffs. ...But the Citizens Action Coalition wants the state to go further. That includes waiving the sales tax on utility bills for low-income residents who receive help through the state's Energy Assistance Program.
www.wabashplaindealer.com

State takes energy input
10/26/2005
Seymour native Brandon Seitz returned to his hometown Tuesday night. The visit, however, wasn't a homecoming for the director of the Indiana Energy Group but a way for it to gain public input for a new energy policy for industry, economic development and consumers across the state. ...Few spoke during the first of five "listening tours" planned across the state, but those who did had plenty of thoughts on present and future energy needs and policies for the state.
www.tribtown.com

Help prevent NIPSCO from gouging customers
10/25/2005
Recent warnings by the president of NIPSCO, Mark Maassel, that natural gas prices would soar this winter were about as useful as that from the lookout on the Titanic. The warnings only confirmed that NIPSCO had once again failed to protect its customers from sticker shock this winter. ...What can ratepayers do other than simply winterize and caulk, which seems to be NIPSCO's only advice these days? Some suggestions:
www.fortwayne.com

AEP settles EPA claims
10/24/2005
American Electric Power Company Inc. will pay a $16,013 penalty and conduct
$66,745 in environmental upgrades to settle claims with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency accused the company of releasing 1,270 pounds of anhydrous ammonia June 3 at its Gen. James M. Gavin Plant in Cheshire, Ohio. It was then slow at reporting the leak, the agency said. ...The $66,745 will pay for sophisticated leak detection equipment at the plant, according to the EPA.
colombus.bizjournals.com
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REGION

A 10-year Energy Plan goes into action
10/27/2005
As though perfectly timed, given the rising costs of fuel, a 10-year Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action Plan has just been completed for Martha's Vineyard that assesses the Island's energy usage and provides recommendations for the next decade.
www.mvtimes.com

East Anglia set for green energy boost
10/26/2005
East Anglia is poised to become the country's green fuel power house following the publication of a hard-hitting Government report. Schools, factories and offices could be heated by fuel crops grown on almost three million acres of land. ..."What many see as tomorrow's fuel is here today. The challenge for the Government now is to unlock this vast potential.
business.edp24.co.uk

Private sector steps into Iran's renewable energy
10/26/2005
LONDON, - More than 10 domestic private companies have taken the lead to invest in new and renewable energies, acting director of Energy Ministry Hamid Chitchian said, according to MNA. ...Due to recent advancements in wind energy, many investors in the country have become interested in investing in this type of energy. At the moment, projects assuming 130 MW of wind power plants are underway, of which, 25 MW is operational, the director stated.
www.iranmania.com
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PUBLIC POLICY

Feds offer information on LNG
10/27/2005
CALAIS - Officials from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission brought the U.S. Coast Guard and state officials along to talk about liquefied natural gas during a public meeting Wednesday night. ...But if the more than 100 people who filled the gymnasium wanted to hear about a specific developer's project, they were disappointed. ...This is the second time FERC officials have ventured Down East. They were in town at the request of U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and the Maine State Planning Office.
www.bangornews.com

Briefing on Clean Renewable Energy Bonding Program
10/27/2005
A national call-in briefing hosted by the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest (Chicago) will provide information on the new Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB) program that was included in the recently enacted Federal energy bill. ...CLEAN RENEWABLE ENERGY BONDS A teleconference briefing on Wednesday, November 2, 2005
www.newrules.org

California's energy market faces Proposition 80
10/25/2005
...Some, opposed to such a reasoned approach, have placed an inflexible and counterproductive initiative on November's ballot, Proposition 80, the so-called "blackout prevention" measure. This shortsighted "quick fix" plan would re-monopolize the energy industry, raise prices for energy consumers, reduce customer choices, and handcuff legislators and regulators in making future energy policy.
www.pasadenastarnews.com
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BUSINESS

MBIL to manufacture solar cells
10/27/2005
NEW DELHI: Optical storage media maker Moser Baer on Thursday said it will start manufacturing photovoltaic solar energy cells. ...Japanese and European players like Sharp and Toshiba are the world leaders in this space. MBIL's entry into the segment is likely to lead to a sharp fall in prices of the solar photovoltaic energy cells and modules.
economictimes.indiatimes.com

Cinergy earnings rise 42% on weather
10/27/2005
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Cinergy Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter profit rose 42% on hotter summer weather and increased customer demand, leading the Cincinnati, Ohio utility to increase its earnings outlook for the year.
www.marketwatch.com

Corporate America Buys in to Renewable Energy
10/26/2005
...The report also notes that purchases by large businesses, institutions and governmental entities are driving the growth of the U.S. voluntary green power market. Green power currently accounts for about 2 percent of America's electricity supply, but voluntary purchasing of renewable energy is accelerating development of new renewable energy sources.
renewableenergyaccess.com

Acciona bids for Dutch energy co Nuon's Spanish assets

10/25/2005
MADRID (AFX) - Acciona SA has bid for Dutch energy company NV Nuon's assets in Spain, chairman Jose Manuel Entrecanales told reporters during a presentation of the company's new corporate logo. ...Nuon has been reported to be auctioning its wind assets in Spain.
www.forbes.com
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CLIMATE CHANGE

Studying Clouds Key to Global Climate Change
10/27/2005
London, England (AHN) - Scientists at the University of Manchester are heading to Australia this week to study tropical clouds and the particles sucked up into them, in an attempt to gain further insight into climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer. ...The goal of the study is to gain a better understanding of the kind of aerosol particles and gases which are injected by the storms into the Tropical Tropopause Layer,
www.allheadlinenews.com

Professor: Storm intensity grows with climate change
10/23/2005
PORTSMOUTH - If Earth's temperature continues to rise, Category 4 hurricanes, like Katrina and Wilma, could become more and more typical, according to a local climate expert. ...Wake's predictions are part of an ongoing debate over whether global warming will influence weather and, most specifically, hurricanes and storms.
www.seacoastonline.com

Nature offers signs of change
10/23/2005
Practically anything that can be said about global warming either sounds trivial and pathetically insufficient compared to the scope and gravity of what's happening, or else overstated and hysterical, the rantings of a doomsayer. What Douglas Inkley offered the other day was the most startling way for my simple mind to embrace the consequences, by pointing out what we'll lose.
www.timesunion.com

Amazon drought: deforestation and climate change to blame
10/21/2005
The devastating drought affecting the Amazon rainforest is part of a vicious cycle created by the combined effects of global warming and deforestation, according to scientists from Greenpeace and the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia. The findings have been backed up this week by evidence from a joint US and Brazilian team which used satellite images to show that deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has been underestimated by at least 60%. The worsening drought has forced the Brazilian government to extend emergency warnings across the Amazonas state. The military has been called in to distribute supplies and medicine to tens of thousands of people. The drought is now also affecting towns and cities further downstream.
www.edie.net
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SOLAR ENERGY

Yucca Valley officials hope solar power will mean savings for taxpayers
10/27/2005
Yucca Valley is looking to the sun to save money. Solar panels are being installed on city buildings and leaders say taxpayers will be the big winners. The city's electric bill is $6,000 a month. The new solar buildings will save the town $2,000 a month.
www.kesq.com

Clinton urges solar power in Oz
10/27/2005
FORMER US president Bill Clinton has urged Australia to make more use of solar energy to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. "Australia could generate enormous amounts of power from solar energy," Clinton said ..."Once you pay for the initial installations, it's essentially free." The former president said he installed solar panels on the Clinton Library in the US which he said would pay for themselves inside two years.
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au

Nanotechnology May One Day Revolutionize Solar Power
10/24/2005
Imagine a future in which rooftops can be laminated with inexpensive, ultra-thin films of nano-sized semiconductors that will efficiently convert sunlight into electrical power and provide virtually all of our electricity. This future is a step closer to being realized, say researchers at the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. They have developed the first ultra-thin solar cells comprised entirely of inorganic nanocrystals and spin-cast from solution. These dual nanocrystal solar cells are as cheap and easy to make as solar cells made from organic polymers and offer the added advantage of being stable in air because they contain no organic materials.
www.csemag.com

Solar to Power Remote Tunisian Telecom Sites
10/24/2005
An upcoming project in Tunisia will include the installation of more than 70 kW of solar to power remote telecommunications stations in the African desert. ...TunisieTelecom, the public Tunisian telecommunications operator, will build four telecommunication repeater stations powered solely by photovoltaic (PV) solar power in the open desert.
renewableenergyaccess.com
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WIND ENERGY

Study recognises strong potential for wind energy
10/27/2005
The New Zealand Wind Energy Association (NZWEA) today said a new report from Transpower reinforced that a significant amount of wind energy could be developed in New Zealand in a short space of time. ..."The integration of large-scale wind generation into New Zealand's power system has moved beyond a point of academic curiosity to a matter of economic importance to the country.
www.scoop.co.nz

'Turbine Topping' to launch CPS wind project
10/26/2005
To launch its newest wind-power project, CPS Energy will hold a "turbine topping" at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the new Cottonwood Creek Wind Farm, seven miles southwest of Sweet-water. ...Before year's end, CPS En-ergy will receive an additional 100 megawatts (MW) of wind-generated electricity from Cottonwood Creek, making CPS Energy the largest publicly owned purchaser of wind energy in Texas, Peña noted. "This acquisition further strengthens CPS Energy's leadership position in renewable energy, not only in Texas but also across the nation,"
www.sweetwaterreporter.com

With Cape Wind, state considers cleaner energy (subscription)
10/21/2005
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick has announced the latest development in his Moving Massachusetts Forward plan: the support of a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod. The project, known as Cape Wind, proposes to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound and also includes freezing electric rates for a period of 10 years once the project is up and running.
www.dailyfreepress.com

Escondido company wins 205-megawatt wind energy contract
10/21/2005
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said Friday that it has signed a contract with an Escondido-based wind energy company, enXco, to supply 205.5 megawatts of electricity. The deal, which must be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, would provide enough electricity to power about 200,000 homes. If approved, a wind power plant will be constructed in Southern California that will begin delivering electricity by 2007 or 2008.
www.nctimes.com
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BIOFUELS

Scotland Will Get First Biomass Power Station
10/28/2005
A £90 million biomass power station is to be built in Scotland, the first of its kind in the country. The development, at Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, will burn natural fuel to power around 70,000 homes when it opens in December 2007. The energy company E.ON UK, which already operates two wind farms in Scotland, said the project would generate more than 300 jobs in the area - 40 directly and 300 in forestry and farming.
www.newbuilder.co.uk

Task force recommends "urgent" grant support for biomass
10/26/2005
The government's Biomass Task Force has recommended a single capital grant scheme is set up to give aid to all biomass plants. ...The task force said there were a number of barriers to encouraging the take up and utilisation of biomass. It reminded the government of the amount of waste, in particular waste wood, that could be diverted from landfill through biomass. It said that around five to six million tonnes of wood waste is currently generated per annum. Of this, around 1.4 million tonnes was recovered in 2004. Studies suggest that an additional 1.5 million tonnes of high quality waste wood and around two to three million tonnes of contaminated waste wood could potentially be recovered.
www.letsrecycle.com

Creating Affordable Biofuels Contributes To Energy Independence
10/26/2005
A partnership between two Clarkson University researchers and John Gaus, an entrepreneur, is transferring chemical process technology from the laboratory to the biofuels marketplace. Their efforts promise to contribute to energy independence and economic development in northern New York state. ..."For example, recycled cooking grease from restaurants and food processors, soybeans or canola oil can be used separately or in combination to provide fuel to heat buildings or to power trucks."

Concentration On Biofuels In NI Demanded
10/26/2005
Following the publication of the Biomass Task Force Report, Alliance has called for much more to be done to promote and use biomass in Northern Ireland. ..."Our climate is ideal for the growing of willows and other short-rotation coppice crops, which can be used for both producing heat and electricity generation in a carbon-neutral way. "Biofuels can complement other alternative energy sources, such as wind and water power, and could meet a significant share of the local energy demand.
www.farminglife.com
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ENERGY ALTERNATIVES

Alternative energy advocates form group
10/27/2005
ADVOCATES of the alternative energy coming from the government, business, academe, civil society, media, consumers, and the youth have formed a group to promote the use of alternative energy other than fuel. Called the Davao Energy Alternatives for Green Living and Economic Sustainability (Davao Eagles), Councilor Peter Laviña said their group aims to respond to the urgent need to promote the development and use of alternative energy sources that are indigenous, renewable, sustainable, and environment-friendly.
www.sunstar.com.ph

Ramapo wants to lead the way on alternative power
10/24/2005
...Ramapo town officials hope that a planned construction project on Pioneer Avenue that would be powered using geothermal energy instead of conventional electrical energy - and would be the town's and the county's first "green architecture" - ultimately will benefit taxpayers and the environment. Geothermal energy, a form of renewable energy, is heat from the earth that is used directly as hot water or steam, or used to produce electricity.
www.thejournalnews.com

Renewable energy still may be too expensive
10/23/2005
...The simple fact is, alternative energy in all its forms is not yet competitive on the price front for everyday users. It only works, even advocates for environmentally friendly energy say, with the help of government subsidies or good corporate citizens who are willing to pay a premium so they can market themselves as being "green." ...Indeed, the construction of wind farms throughout the Mid-Atlantic region have been driven by demand from the voluntary green market, said John Halley,
www.post-gazette.com

Energy tab: Zero
10/22/2005
Futuristic homes rely on the power of the sun and high-tech construction ...The house will produce at least as much energy as it uses, giving it the rare designation of being a "zero energy" home. The specter of steeply escalating energy bills is helping push zero energy from a theoretical ideal to an achievable standard in new-home construction. Zero energy uses a mixture of modern technology, energy-saving materials and the world's oldest energy source, the sun, to keep houses warm and bright, with energy to spare.
www.denverpost.com
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OTHER LINKS

Repowering the Midwest: The Clean Energy Development Plan for the Heartland
Environmental Law & Policy Center, Citizens Action Coalition, et al
www.repowermidwest.org

Renewable Potential Maps - U.S. Census Division
U.S. Department of Energy -
www.eia.doe.gov

Energy Issues Index
Citizens Action Coalition - www.citact.org

ELPC Energy Project
Environmental Law & Policy Center - www.elpc.org

Renewable Energy
Union of Concerned Scientists - www.ucsusa.org

Climate
Ark - The Premier Climate Change & Renewable Energy Portal
www.climateark.org
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