TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR AUGUST 16
When A Boy Meets A Bus. School districts can cut their gas bills by $600 a year per bus by installing a $30 plastic device to make them more aerodynamic. The truly amazing thing? Jonny Cohen, currently 17 years old, started developing GreenShields when he was 12.
If You Put 60 Engineers In A Room, What Will You Get? Ford Motor company announced it investing $135 million hire 60 more engineers to work on the design of electric-drive parts and double battery capacity. The company believes this will help reduce the cost of hybrid systems by 30 percent while speeding up development 25 percent.
Cape Cod Wind. The Federal Aviation Administration Wednesday signed off on a plan to develop America’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
National and International Blue-Green
Only 24 days until Congress goes back into session. Today’s coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:
- AOL Energy: Wind Tax Credit at Center of Presidential Election Spat
- Slate: Wind Power Grows Mighty in U.S., Becomes Campaign Issue
- Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV): Wind power tax credit critical for Nevada
- Knoxville News Sentinel (TN): Letter: Extend tax credit, protect energy jobs
According to The Wall Street Journal, Suzlon Energy is preparing to sell its Chinese manufacturing units and leave China.
E&E News reports Toyota is resuming work on hydrogen cars.
The New American Media looks at the “rising tide of environmental refugees.”
Greentech Media looks the varying approaches schools and churches are taking to finance new solar installations.
Politico considers how Paul Ryan may affect infrastructure issues.
The Washington Post WonkBlog breaks down five major facts from the Department of Energy’s “2011 Wind Technologies Market Report.”
NBC News says this year’s drought is sending the Mississippi River into “uncharted territory.”
To the States
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviews to a Wisconsin nanotechnology researcher who developed a new tracking system that allows solar projects to follow the sun’s path.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times has an editorial by Dave Cortez, Texas BlueGreen Apollo Alliance state organizer, explaining how Corpus Christi, Texas could become a “clean energy powerhouse."
Maryland received a $5.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation for climate change education. The Baltimore Sun has more.
The Sante Fe New Mexican says there are concerns that climate change may threaten New Mexico’s ski season.
The Tribune Star gives an overview of the proposed $2 billion transmission project that connect Kansas wind farms to existing transmission projects on the east coast.
The Washington Post talks to Hawaii ranchers to see how they are handling the drought.
Wall Street Journal: Streetcar Plans Plow Ahead
San Francisco Chronicle: Chevron's safety record hit by accidents
San Francisco Chronicle: Gov't finalizes safety rule for offshore drilling
New York Times: Debt-Laden Chinese Solar Firms Need Infusion of Funds
Wall Street Journal: Issa Pushes for More Solyndra E-mails
Honolulu Civil Beat (HI): Hirono Calls on D.C. Politicians to Follow Military’s Lead on Clean Energy
Morning Sentiel (ME): Farmington voters to weigh zoning changes, energy loans
Nevada View (NV): Nevada’s small businesses support clean energy solutions
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA): New rail stations, tunnel to airport eyed for Philadelphia