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Limits or prevents government and electric utility imposed barriers to supplying local solar electricity. Local solar electricity supply is the non-utility supply of solar generated electricity from a facility rated up to 2 megawatts to customers at the same or contiguous property as the facility.Barriers include government regulation of local solar electricity suppliers’ rates, service and territory, and unfavorable electric utility rates, charges, or terms of service imposed on local solar electricity customers.
The system should decrease the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills: residents will be able to drop recyclables and compost into designated chutes right outside their doors. By replacing trucks, the tubes will also cut down on noise and pollution—and, hopefully, on rats.
Millions of homes and businesses who are customers of Florida Power & Light will be financing as much as $500 million a year in unregulated natural gas fracking projects conducted by the state’s largest utility, state regulators decided Thursday.The Florida Public Service Commission sided with FPL and against consumer advocates and unanimously approved guidelines that give the company carte blanche approval to charge its customers for natural gas fracking and “wildcatting” activities without oversight from regulators for the next five years.
Teetotalism is the practice or promotion of complete personal abstinence from alcoholic beverages. A person who practices (and possibly advocates) teetotalism is called a teetotaler or is simply said to be teetotal. When at drinking establishments, teetotalers may often consume non-alcoholic beverages such as soft drinks, tea, coffee and mocktails.from Wikipedia
The toll of fossil fuel emissions — from the ballooning costs of crop insurance tied to climate-related weather extremes, to the ravages of sea level rise in coastal areas, to stresses on health services as tropical diseases migrate northward — is part of the discussions at the UN climate summit in New York this week. And the new carbon mathematics is putting a spotlight on the oil industry: Earlier this year, all four of the major oil companies were listed in the journal Climatic Change as being among the 90 global businesses responsible for two-thirds of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.If you missed the showing of Disruption, you can watch it online here:
The Tower operates on a simple concept in which mist is sprayed at the top of the tower, while evaporation causes cool air to rush to the bottom, at a rate of up to 50 mph. This rush of wind causes turbines to spin and gets the energy flowing.It would be the world's fourth tallest structure, would operate 24 hours a day and generate 435 megawatts of power.
|Photo by Solar Wind Energy Tower|
|photo by http://www.cubeproject.org.uk/|
|photo by Green Tallahassee|
|photo by Green Tallahassee|
|Photo by City of Adelaide|
Unlike the gas-powered or hybrid fleets found around the world, the Tindo is completely electric so it's zero emission, and unlike San Francisco's MUNI, it doesn't draw power from overhead lines. In fact, the bus doesn't power itself at all.
There are no solar panels actually on the vehicle itself. Instead each bus charges like an overgrown Roomba at the Adelaide Central Bus Station before setting out on its routes around town. In average traffic conditions, the Tindo can cover 200 km (about 125 miles) before needing to recharge, thanks in part to a regenerative braking system that increases the vehicle's energy efficiency by some 30 percent.
Tindo is air-conditioned and can carry up to 40 passengers, with 25 standard seats, 2 seats especially designed for disabled passengers and room for 13 standing passengers. The bus saved the Council over 14,000 litres of diesel and the environment over 70,000kg of CO2-e in its first year.Now that the City of Tallahassee has the first electric buses in the US, can we ask that the Phase Two of this development be electric buses powered by solar instead of electricity generated via natural gas?
Florida now has over 2,000 stations offering E-85 fuel.
Sunoco Station, corner of Gaines St and Railroad Avenue, Available Fuel E-85.*
Kangaroo/BP 3500 Monroe Street, Available Fuel: E-85*
Waco Food Store/Gas Mart 8120 Woodville Highway, Available Fuel B-20**
* E-85: An alternative fuel Flex-Fuel) comprised of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline
**B-20: Diesel fuel blended with 20% or less biodiesel
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