Electrical Line RSS Feed U.S. EPA, Dept. of Energy Launch Innovative New Tools to Determine Solar, Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed and launched new tools designed to test underutilized sites and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The tools give local communities and landowners ways to evaluate sites for renewable energy potential without the need for technical expertise.

    The alternative energy ‘decision trees,’ leverage NREL’s knowledge of renewable energy technologies and EPA’s experience in returning contaminated lands to productive use.

    The EPA estimates that nationwide there are approximately 490,000 sites and almost 15 million acres of potentially contaminated properties.

    “Opportunities to install renewable energy systems on vacant properties can be found in every community," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Tapping sun and wind power at brownfield sites, rooftops, parking lots, and abandoned land could provide untapped gigawatts of clean energy.”

    The City of Richmond, Calif. is serving as a pilot community for development of the tools.

    “Developing more local renewables is among my top priorities,” said Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin. “We are extremely excited that the green, innovative City of Richmond, California is partnering with the EPA to help communities throughout the United States fully leverage technology to improve the environment, create local jobs and attract green companies.”

    Positioning renewable energy on sites can increase economic value of the properties, provide a sustainable land reuse option, create local green jobs and provide clean energy for use on-site or for the utility grid. Using the decision trees, state and local governments, site owners and community members can help identify the most desirable sites for solar or wind installations from both a logistical and economic standpoint.

    In addition to opportunities in cities, thousands of potentially contaminated acres in less populated areas across the country could be put to beneficial reuse with renewable energy.

    The tools can be used to evaluate individual or multiple sites, such as brownfields, Superfund and other hazardous waste sites, abandoned parcels, landfills, parking lots, and commercial or industrial roofs, depending on the technology.

    The tools and a podcast by the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response on the solar and wind decision trees are now available on EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland

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    Following the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) by the House of Commons today, Industry Minister James Moore made the following statement: "Counterfeit goods that enter the Canadian market not only harm our economy and businesses but also can be a dangerous threat to our consumers and families. That is why our government introduced the Combating Counterfeit Products Act, which will give our border guards the tools they need to work with Canadian rights holders to stop...
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    • October 28, 2014

      GE announced it has achieved its 1,500th installed wind turbine in Canada, bringing GE's total of installed wind capacity across Canada to 2 gigawatts – or enough equivalent energy to power over 435,000 Canadian homes. GE is celebrating this milestone with wind industry peers at this week's CanWEA 2014 Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition in Montreal.

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    • December 10, 2014

      An ambitious agreement with the Ontario Power Authority requires Hydro Ottawa to help its customers reduce electricity usage in the nation's capital by 394 million kilowatt hours (kWh) by the end of 2020. This reduction supports Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan to lessen the need for new electricity generation sources through conservation.

      Hydro Ottawa is taking on the challenge to decrease electricity usage equivalent to removing 47,000 homes from the grid over the next six years. The aggressive target is nearly double what was previously expected from the province during the last four years of conservation programming. Leveraging existing provincial saveONenergy programs, the utility will be looking for new and innovative grass-roots conservation programs and incentives to engag...

    • December 9, 2014

      Industry Minister James Moore announced the passage of the Combating Counterfeit Products Act (Bill C-8) into law.

      Counterfeit and pirated goods are a growing threat to the Canadian and global economy. They undermine innovation, diminish brand integrity and threaten economic growth as well as the health and safety of Canadians.

      Under this new law, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will be able to take action to prevent illegal counterfeit goods from entering Canada's economy. CBSA will be able to work with businesses and rights holders to identify counterfeit goods at the border and will have the power to search for and detain these illegal goods, preventing them from entering the Canadian marketplace.

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    • December 12, 2014

      ELECTRO-FEDERATION CANADA, Vice President, Sustainability and Electrical Safety, Wayne Edwards, was honoured by family, friends and the industry at a retirement reception on December 2nd. As an electrical industry veteran, Wayne joined EFC in 2005 as VP, Electrical Equipment Manufacturers Association of Canada (EEMAC), a council of EFC. He also worked at GE Apparatus Division, Hubbell Lighting...

    • December 10, 2014

      GREENLEE Canadian National Sales Manager, Neil Burns, announces new Territory Managers in Ontario and British Columbia.

      Andrew Ames will be responsible for the increased sales performance and profitability of Greenlee Textron products with new and established distributor partners within his assigned Ontario territory (Hwy #27 - East and Northern Ontario inclusive). Andrew will work with our distribution partners to develop and execute successful sales strategies for Greenlee products. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of Guelph, Ontario and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology from Durham College, Ontario. Andrew worked as a Sales Rep for Mosaic Sales Solutions where he did...

    • December 5, 2014

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      For more information about IMARK Canada, please contact Ken Nagel of IMARK Canada at 301.281.8109 or e-mail ken@imarkgroup.com.

    • December 4, 2014

      TORBRAM ELECTRIC SUPPLY announces the relocation of its Brampton branch, effective September 29, 2014. “This new location has allowed us to expand our product offering, and to better service our industrial, commercial and residential contractors.” Brian Sargeson, Branch Manager, Brampton. The expanded product offering includes: Generac, Milwaukee, Wiha, MCG, Deluce, Siemens, Legrand and Ouellet

      New Address:

      158 Kennedy Road South
      Units 8-9
      Brampton, ON
      L6W 3H7
      Phone: (905) 452-7752
      Fax: (905) 452-7414
      E-mail: sales.brampton@torbramelectric.com

      Hours of Operation:

      Monday - Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm
      ...

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