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3.1 Million Green Jobs Across America

March 30, 2012

Note: This post was originally published on Clean Technica

By Silvio Marcacci

Green jobs employed 3.1 million people across the United States in 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Thursday.

This figure represented 2.4 percent of all jobs nationwide that year, was spread across the country by location and sector, and is the first set of solid federal data defining the size and scope of “green jobs,” which until now have been quantified only by individual states or policy organizations.

Beyond comprising a major slice of the US economy, green jobs also dwarfed fossil fuel industries. National Journal reports there were only 783,000 jobs in the oil, gas, and coal-mining industries during January 2010 (the most recent month available from BLS).

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.30.12

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

NORTH SEA GAS LEAK

Total leak underlines offshore gas risks (via Wall Street Journal)

Total tries to prevent explosion at leaking North Sea gas platform (via InsideClimate News)

Total mulls options to put out North Sea flare (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES

Japan unveils deregulation plan to boost clean energy use (via Bloomberg)

Google artists create a real-time “wind map” (via CNET)

Study finds Minnesota’s geothermal energy potential greater than thought (via Duluth News Tribune)

Wind energy today: a look at wind energy projects around the world (via TreeHugger)

“Absolute Black” solar panels absorb almost all sunlight (via ABC News)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.29.12

March 29, 2012

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

CLIMATE 

IPCC reports link heat waves, deluges to climate change (via Washington Post)

US heat waves to intensify from New York to Los Angelesbloom (via Bloomberg)

Sea level rise 15,000 years ago identified by scientists (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

Lloyd’s of London struggles to raise rates after worst year of natural disasters (via Bloomberg)

Swiss Re says 2011 natural disasters cost insurers $110 billion (via Bloomberg)

Conservatives trust in science has declined sharply (via Los Angeles Times)

COAL 

China beats US with power from coal processing trapping carbon (via Bloomberg)

Coal falls to new generation market share low in January & 2011 generation below 1996 level (via Facts of the Day)

EPA rules may push coal… Continue reading >

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.28.12

March 28, 2012

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

NATURAL GAS 

Gas leak on offshore platform forces evacuation in North Sea (via New York Times)

North Sea gas leak could take months to stop (via Huffington Post/Reuters)

EPA CARBON RULES 

EPA chief Jackson: ‘no plans’ to issue climate rules for existing power plants (via The Hill)

Why natural gas will be the big winner in new greenhouse gas regulations (via Time)

EPA rule may spur rush to build coal plants in Texas (via Texas Tribune)

No new coal plants! Great, but what about the old ones? (via Mother Jones)

What’s the deal with EPA carbon rules for existing power plants? (via Grist)

3 utilities that aren’t worried about the EPA emission proposal (via GreenBiz)

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.27.12

March 27, 2012

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

COAL 

EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants (via Washington Post)

First major climate regulations from Obama EPA sure to heat up political debate (via National Journal)

The top five things you need to know about EPA’s new carbon rule (via Grist)

Xstrata wins approval for biggest Australian coal mine (via Bloomberg)

CLEAN TECH

Gooey brown liquor could replace expensive rare metals in batteries (via TreeHugger)

Yale students discover rare plastic-eating fungus in Ecuadorian rainforest (via Inhabitat)

OIL 

BP spill culprit for heavy toll on coral, study finds (via MSNBC)

Senate to vote on axing oil industry tax breaks (via Houston Chronicle)

Grid Operator’s Report Details Energy Market Shift to Clean Energy

March 26, 2012

Note: This post was originally published on CleanTechnica

By Silvio Marcacci

Regional transmission organizations (RTO) may be the most important factor that you’ve never heard of in America’s shift toward a clean energy future.

PJM Interconnection’s 2011 State of the Market Report details how energy market forces in the highly technical RTO system are retiring coal power plants, encouraging renewable energy generation, and stimulating demand response while reducing consumer electricity costs.

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.26.12

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

CLIMATE

Temperatures could rise by 3C by 2050, models suggest (via BBC News)

US heat ‘unprecedented’ 7,000 records set or tied (via Reuters)

Severe heat waves, rains probably linked to global warming, scientists say (via Bloomberg)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Brazil may invest $3 billion in energy efficiency (via Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR

Japan’s Tepco shuts its last nuclear reactor, power risks loom (via Reuters)

RENEWABLES

Denmark overhauls green targets and commits to 50 percent wind power (via BusinessGreen)

India backs clean energy with new wave of tax breaks (via BusinessGreen)

Germany installed 7.5GW of new solar power in 2011 (via CleanTechnica)

California Cities Could Soon Pay for Renewables with Property Tax Revenue

Note: This post was originally published on Clean Technica

By Silvio Marcacci

A bill recently introduced in California’s State Assembly would dramatically increase the ability of cities to boost renewable energy.

If passed, the legislation would allow cities to redirect property tax revenue directly to renewable energy projects. Perhaps more significantly, the bill would also let cities create “Renewable Energy Zones” without voter approval requirements.

Assemblyman Ben Hueso, a Democrat from San Diego, is pushing AB 2551 to create a funding mechanism similar to how California previously allowed redevelopment agencies to collect and allocate revenue. Cities could designate a specific area as a renewable energy zone required to generate at least ten megawatts of renewable energy, “including, but not limited to, solar, wind, and geothermal projects, as determined by the legislative body.”

Energy and Environment News Roundup – 3.23.12

March 23, 2012

Marcacci Communications publishes a daily roundup of energy and climate news and opinion. Inclusion of articles does not mean endorsement. Client relationships are disclosed where applicable.

GREEN BUSINESS 

A tally of 3.1 million US green jobs (via New York Times)

China’s coal-rich city eyes green economy (via China Daily)

ENVIRONMENT/CLIMATE/EMISSIONS 

EPA chief: no date yet for power plant carbon rules (via The Hill)

Record heat wave grips US, but is it climate change? (via Mother Jones)

Climate change in The Hunger Games (via Slate)

Proposed environmental rule to give hundreds more Texas polluters a passing grade (via Austin Statesman)

US Public Transportation Trips Topped 10.4 Billion in 2011

March 22, 2012

Note: This post was originally published on Clean Technica

By Silvio Marcacci

American use of public transportation reached 10.4 billion trips in 2011, the second highest annual ridership amount since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

This figure represents a 2.3 percent increase over 2010 ridership, and was the sixth year in a row that more than 10 billion trips were taken on public transportation systems in the United States.

Rising Gas Prices and Economy a Factor

An improving economy and rising gasoline prices drove the increase in ridership, according to the APTA. “Since nearly 60 percent of trips taken on public transportation are for work commutes, it’s not surprising to see ridership increase where the economy has improved,” said Michael Melaniphy, APTA president and CEO. Indeed, vehicle miles of travel declined by 1.2 percent in 2011.

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