As I was researching the transmission grid I came across GE campaign promoting the use of smart grid technology. While the site doesn't really elaborate on what smart grid technology actually entails or the billions of dollars and years it will take to get every home in the U.S. a smart meter and the software to monitor their own electricity usage, it does spark an inquiry: What if more people started using smart meters? What if we were able to add more wind turbine energy to the grid?
Those of you who frequent this blog may remember an entry back in June about an upcoming "turbine hugging" picture from a community wind event in the UK. Well, I have kept checking their website, http://www.ecoweek.info/WORLDRECORD/worldrecord.html to no avail. Finally I contacted them by e-mail to see if/when a picture might be posted. While it is still not up on their website, th
The Wedge Co-op, a local cooperative in Minneapolis, MN recently
published an article about community wind from Windustry! If you are
looking for a brief look into wind energy, check out the article here. This article was part of the Wedge's August/September Newsletter.
Direct link: http://wedge.coop/newsletter/article/892.html
It might be fun to be part of the largest human wind turbine ever this coming Sunday at the Blue Green Alliance Green Jobs Rally at St. Paul College. The rally is from 1-4 p.m. with the wind turbine being formed around 2:40 p.m. Jim Hightower, always entertaining and thought-provoking will be speaking. See our website calendar page for full details.
Let's say you are flat-out opposed to the notion that human activity is warming the climate. Then there's no need to shut down any coal plants, right?
Do you wonder sometimes about situations where serious conservationists and/or advocates for local control and democratic process butt heads with renewable energy enthusiasts who, in their concerns about climate change simply want to get converted to renewables as fast as possible?
In January 2007, Windustry, along with Twin Cities Public Television and Erika Johnson, released NEW ENERGY, a half-hour documentary that tells the story of how wind, biofuels, and other renewable energy technologies are contributing to the region’s energy security, economic sustainability, and integrity of our natural resources.
We just got word that it's going to be televised again!
It will be on tpt17 (in the Twin Cities) on Saturday, August 30 at 10:30 PM.
As new ways are discussed to reduce our collective carbon footprint in the United States, a recent article in The New Yorker highlights a small island in Denmark that is living the reality of being completely carbon-free.
Samsø is an island located in the middle of Denmark's peculiar geographical spread. The past decade has been one of technological transformation and "greenification." for this small island. From off-shore wind turbines to bio-based heat generators, all of the energy needs for the island is met by renewable technologies.