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Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s policy on environment-friendly commercial vehicles to tighten

Hong Kong’s Environmental Protection Department will be tightening its qualifyin...

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Philippines’ new wind farms add 303 MW to country’s power supply

Two new wind farms in the Philippines have added 303 megawatts of clean energy t...

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

Geneva talks require “business unusual” approach – W.W.F.

A “business unusual” approach is needed in the Geneva Talks to successfully deli...

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

New battery uses old batteries for greener energy storage

Energizer has developed the world’s first high-performance battery made with rec...

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

Global warming to bring more devastating weather patterns

The United Nations World Meteorological Organization confirmed that global warmi...

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

Jamaica to get 36.3 MW wind farm by 2016

A 36.3 megawatt wind farm in Jamaica has received $62.7 million in funding from ...

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

A.D.B. provides Thailand with $85 million to develop wind power plant

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a company in Thailand loans to deve...

Business

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Georgia taking leadership role in developing solar power

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The state of Georgia is emerging as a leader among the 50 states in promoting and implementing the use of solar energy, in part because of both busine...

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Technology

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Penn State develops CPV system for rooftops

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Researchers at Penn State have developed a concentrating photovoltaic system that is small enough and light enough to be mounted on a building’s roof....

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Politics

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

New draft text for climate agreement in Geneva reached

Monday, 16 February 2015

A new climate change draft text has been reached during the one-week United Nations-facilitated Geneva talks, leading to a binding treaty that is expe...

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Living Green

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Wall-to-floor eco-friendly interior design

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

The materials you surround yourself with—from flooring and window coverings to furniture and accessories—have a great impact on the health of your hom...

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Renewables

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Vestas supplies Poland, U.K. with turbines

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has announced that they have secured orders this week for two projects in Poland and the United Kingdom. The orders c...

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Low-Carbon

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

PG&E plans ambitious E.V. charger roll-out in California

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

An estimated 25,000 electric vehicle chargers could be deployed in California by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. PG&E is seeking permission from Cal...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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German-American renewable energy center to open in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


The state seal of Pennsylvania. Image sourced from the state of Pennsylvania.

German businesses wanting to examine renewable energy market opportunities in the US and Canada will soon be given assistance through the GADORE (German American Dialog on Renewable Energy) Center USA, a pool office for small- and medium-sized German companies. GADORE Center will be opened on June 1 at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Aside from providing basic needs such as office space, GADORE Center will also expose the German companies to consultants, service providers, and investors from the renewable energy sector.

Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell presided over a “virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony” for the center that was held last Wednesday (May 6) during the WINDPOWER 2009 conference and exhibition in Chicago, Illinois.

GADORE Center will specifically aid German wind energy manufacturers in launching US and Canadian ventures. Other renewable energy sectors like biomass and solar will also be supported.

Germany’s largest federal state, North Rhine Westphalia, will be overseeing the center through its Ministry of Economic Affairs in partnership with Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). DCED Deputy Secretary Wilfred Muskens led the push for the project. Pennsylvania has been working with North Rhine Westphalia since 2006.

GADORE Center will also partner with Chester County Economic Development Council’s Smart Energy Initiative.

"Our commitment to developing a green economy and more forms of clean, renewable energy continues with this important agreement. Pennsylvania is already home to some of the world's largest alternative energy corporations and the new portal will make it possible for the state to expand its reputation as the place for wind energy companies to do business," said Gov. Rendell.

"Governor Rendell's vision to make Pennsylvania a leader in alternative energy production is the main reason we are here today. GADORE Center USA is one important reason why Pennsylvania will be in the forefront for alternative energy for years to come," said Sec. Muskens.

Pennsylvania has an estimated 5,000 megawatts plus of wind energy capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association. It currently has 361 megawatts (MW) of wind capacity online and 234 MW in testing. The state will be generating enough power for more than 150,000 homes as soon as all 595 MW of its projects are online. Its Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard targets that at least 18.5% of all energy sold at retail in the state by 2021 will come from renewable and alternative resources.

The US, with 25,000 MW of installed wind capacity, has recently surpassed Germany in the world in terms of wind power. US capacity has increased by 50% with 8,358 MW from 2007 to 2008.


Jen Balboa


Sources:

1 http://www.prnewswire.com/
2 http://gadorecenter.com/

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