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New bill would create communities for electric vehicles

29 05 10 - 11:39 New bill would create communities for electric vehicles

By Desmond L. Marshall

Washington - With the Gulf oil spill in the news, three senators introduced a bill Thursday they say would reduce the use of oil.

Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced the "Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010."

Alexander said the BP oil rig disaster should create more opportunities to reduce oil consumption. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, gas prices since the oil spill have decreased. On May 10, the average price for gas was $2.905 a gallon and on May 24, the price was $2.786.

The senators said their bill is the first to encourage electric vehicle deployment nationally.

"Republicans and Democrats agree that electrifying our cars and trucks is the single best way to reduce our dependence on oil," Alexander said. "Our goal should be to electrify half our cars and trucks within 20 years, which would reduce our dependence on petroleum products."

They agreed that a major problem the United States has is its dependence on oil, especially in transportation. Transportation accounts for more than two-thirds of total national petroleum consumption, and transportation is 95 percent reliant on petroleum.

They said reducing the United States' reliance on petroleum will boost the economy.

The bill would introduce electric cars and trucks throughout the country by creating a national program to support their deployment.

"The greatest untapped resource this country has that most of us don't pay attention to is the amount of unused electricity that we have at night," Alexander said.

The idea is for drivers to plug their cars in at home at night.

The proposal suggests that the government set up five to 15 electric vehicle deployment communities across the United States. The goal is to have 700,000 electric vehicles in these selected communities.

People who buy electric cars could receive tax credits, as could communities that prepare for increased numbers of electric cars.

The bill would require electric utilities to plan for increased use and provide loans and money for research. The bill proposes a prize for whoever develops a battery that could last for 500 miles.

The Obama administration has offered grants, loans and prize money to accomplish some of the same objectives.

The new all-electric 2011 Nissan Leaf battery has a range up to of 100 miles. The 2011 GM Volt can go 40 miles per charge. Ford also plans to sell an electric Focus in 2011.

"This means a lot less carbon dioxide put into the air ... and part of our international leadership as we wrestle to be responsible stewards of this planet," Merkley said of the bill.

The bill's goal is to have half of the nation's cars electrified by 2030, which would cut U.S. demand for oil by a third.

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Energy Dept. awards $5.9 million for three Ohio energy research projects

Wednesday 14 July 2010 at 10:27 am By Cameron Glover

Washington - The U.S. Department of Energy granted $5.9 million to three Ohio businesses for their efforts in researching and creating "transformational changes" in new energy technology.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said during a conference call Monday the Advanced Materials Group in Hudson, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus are among 43 national projects to receive funding.

He announced the grants as part of a $92 million fund supported by DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy. more

EPA moves to cut power plant emissions to fight air pollution

Saturday 10 July 2010 at 10:40 pm By Mark Clayton,

The Environmental Protection Agency moved Tuesday to dramatically curb power plant emissions across the central US and East Coast, a step the federal agency says will significantly reduce health and pollution impacts across that 31-state region.

Responding to a 2008 court ruling, the EPA proposed sharp cuts in emissions from some 900 coal-, natural gas-, and oil-burning power plants - a 52 percent reduction in nitrous oxide (NOX) and 71 percent cut in sulfur dioxide (SOX) by 2014. more

Bridging the gap between the Smart Grid green energy program and home appliances

Thursday 24 June 2010 at 11:51 am By Dave Porter

Reno - Axial Vector Energy Corp. (OTC: AXVC) may be one of the first green energy companies to have bridged the gap between the $3.4 billion smart grid energy program announced by the U.S. Department of Energy and home appliances when the Company unveiled its product which controls individual home appliances more efficiently using Bluetooth technology. more

BP oil spill: with escrow plan, Obama races to claim BP's money

Monday 14 June 2010 at 12:57 pm By Mark Sappenfield

The Obama administration's management of the BP oil spill cleanup now appears to be a race for money.

Reports Sunday indicate that President Obama will direct BP to set up an escrow account from which damage claims by individuals and businesses along the Gulf Coast will be paid. If BP refuses, Mr. Obama is prepared to argue that he has the legal authority to force BP's hand, the reports suggest.

The move comes as BP considers whether to pay dividends to its shareholders. Members of Congress including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have demanded that BP refrain from paying dividends to shareholders at a time when BP has enormous and open-ended financial obligations in the Gulf. more

Low-income women learn skills for green jobs

Saturday 29 May 2010 at 11:45 am Low-income women learn skills for green jobs

By Desmond L. Marshall

Washington - Renee Owens, 36, an unemployed single mother with two kids, ages 6 and 12, was searching for work. But in a bad economy, few companies were hiring.

She has worked as an unskilled laborer at constructions sites, and her last job was at the International House of Pancakes, where she made $3.20 an hour, plus tips. Then she lost her job and was unemployed for a year and half. more

New bill would create communities for electric vehicles

Saturday 29 May 2010 at 11:39 am New bill would create communities for electric vehicles

By Desmond L. Marshall

Washington - With the Gulf oil spill in the news, three senators introduced a bill Thursday they say would reduce the use of oil.

Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., introduced the "Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010."

Alexander said the BP oil rig disaster should create more opportunities to reduce oil consumption. more

Gulf Spill Puts US Energy Bill on Slippery Slope

Saturday 29 May 2010 at 11:30 am Gulf Spill Puts US Energy Bill on Slippery Slope

By Llewellyn King

Washington - With energy, Senate Democrats find themselves between a rock and two hard places. Nonetheless, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., have introduced their climate and energy bill.

Its timing is awful. Its fate is uncertain. Yet its sponsors felt it had to be done now. more

Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market?

Thursday 20 May 2010 at 2:59 pm Can electric cars break out of niche status in US, China market?

By Jaeah Lee,

Beijing and New york - Interest in electric cars is surging:

- Nearly 52,000 people were wait-listed as of mid-April for General Motors' electric model, the Volt, due in November. As of March, almost 56,000 people had signed up to reserve Nissan's all-electric Leaf, due in dealerships by December.

- In China, leading automakers BYD and Chery have announced plans to roll out their own electric models within the next two years.

- Investors, too, are excited. Electric-car ventures made up nearly 40 percent of $1.9 billion invested in 180 green-technology companies worldwide in the first quarter of 2010, according to a study by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. more

Building a Continental Renewable Super Grid

Tuesday 04 May 2010 at 10:03 pm Building a Continental Renewable Super Grid

By Roy Morrison

As the planet warms and the economy cools, renewable resources are emerging as a realistic means to solve both problems in a timely fashion. Advocates of renewable energy want trillions of dollars spent in the coming decades on a continental-scale smart grid that will slash global greenhouse gas emissions and turn society toward a prosperous and ecological future.

How can we build such a grid? What are the next steps? Are we trapped in a future of false promises on clean coal, more nuclear proliferation, resource wars for oil, rising pollution, and business as usual? more

Last chance for climate change legislation?

Thursday 29 April 2010 at 8:41 pm Last chance for climate change legislation?

By Brad Knickerbocker,

It's crunch time for climate change legislation on Capitol Hill, and the bill to be introduced Monday could be the last chance for passage before lawmakers face voters this fall.

The bill coauthored by Sens. John Kerry (D) of Massachusetts, Lindsey Graham (R) of South Carolina, and Joseph Lieberman (I) of Connecticut has as its main goal a 17 percent reduction in US greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon dioxide) from 2005 levels in 10 years and 80 percent by 2050.

It has easier requirements on emissions caps for power plants and other major contributors of greenhouse gases - easier than previous legislative proposals. It also has incentives to build new nuclear power plants. There are also provisions for offshore oil drilling.

The measure pleases no one entirely. more