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Newsclips for January 20, 2011. California Air Resources Board News Clips for January 21, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Los Angeles' 'green zone' plan is aimed at low-income, high-pollution areas “Under a motion to be introduced Friday by four Los Angeles City Council members, these communities would be designated as special "green zone" districts. The aim would be to attract clean industries through incentives, including help obtaining permits and tax and utility rebates. Polluters, meanwhile, would be targeted with tougher inspection and enforcement protocols.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-me-hazards-pacoima-20110121,0,770453.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fnews%2Fscience%2Fenvironment+%28L.A.+Times+-+Environment%29&utm_content=Google+Reader EPA Loses in bid to delay air rules “A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Obama administration's request to delay by more than a year controversial new regulations targeting emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from industrial boilers.” Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703921504576094410120469054.html Naval weapons station climate plan draws praise from environmentalists “The creation of a climate action plan for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station site puts Concord at the forefront of California's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, city officials and environmental activists said Wednesday as the plan was presented.” Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17149598?nclick_check=1 Activists dismayed by Manchin's plan to curb EPA “The EPA ruled that destructive and unsustainable mining practices at what could have been the state's largest mountaintop removal operation would cause irreparable environmental damage and threaten the health of communities around the nearly 2,300-acre site.” Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/20/manchins-1st-bill-will-seek-to-curb-power-of-epa/ Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies “Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have identified how nanoparticles from diesel exhaust affect lung airway cells, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people susceptible to airway diseases. The scientists also discovered that the severity of the injury depends on the genetic make-up of the affected individual.” Posted. http://www.truckinginfo.com/clean-green/news-detail.asp?news_id=72744&news_category_id=20 CLIMATE CHANGE Peabody-Calera Partnership Could Bring U.S. 'Green Cement' to China Peabody, the largest privately held coal producer, would operate the surface mine. Huaneng and Calera plan to deploy Calera technology that would convert a percentage of the plant's carbon dioxide emissions into cement and other building … The deal is a foot in the door in China for Calera, which has backing from Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla and the U.S. Department of Energy to further develop and deploy its proprietary technology. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/21/21climatewire-peabody-calera-partnership-could-bring-us-gr-92498.html Greenland's Ice Feels the Heat in Record-Setting 2010 “Unusually warm conditions in much of the country helped extend the annual melting season by up to 50 days longer in 2010 than the average observed between 1979 and 2009, researchers found.” Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/01/21/21climatewire-greenlands-ice-feels-the-heat-in-record-sett-93789.html?scp=10&sq=green%20energy&st=cse Naval Weapons Station climate plan draws praise from environmentalists ... forefront of California's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, city officials and environmental activists said Wednesday as the plan was presented. ... http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17149598 New Mexico’s About-Face on GHGs Not Expected to Hinder Regional Action “New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s swift actions to stall progress on greenhouse gas regulations she inherited from her predecessor will likely hinder the state’s participation in the Western Climate Initiative’s (WCI) cap-and-trade program, environmental authorities said, although it will not sideline the regional initiative itself.” Posted: http://solveclimatenews.com/news/20110121/new-mexico%E2%80%99s-about-face-ghgs-not-expected-hinder-regional-action FUELS AP Sources: EPA Expected to OK More Auto Ethanol “The EPA s poised to approve higher levels of corn-based ethanol in gasoline for all cars manufactured in the past decade. It has approved 15 percent ethanol for all cars and light-duty trucks manufactured since 2007.” Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/21/AR2011012103163.html http://www.modbee.com/2011/01/20/1520776/ap-source-epa-expected-to-ok-more.html http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/21/epa-approves-more-ethanol-in-fuel-for-cars/ http://www.nctimes.com/news/national/article_0541c079-0f18-5aed-87f8-2cfe45427198.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/01/20/2240536/ap-source-epa-expected-to-ok-more.html#storylink=misearch http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/21/AR2011012103163.html Clark County buying 1M gallons of alternative fuel “A northern Nevada refinery has been awarded a contract to supply Clark County with about 1 million gallons of a cleaner, alternative fuel to power the county's diesel vehicle fleet. The new contract with Clark County is its biggest since environmental regulators certified GDiesel for the state's alternative fuels program in August.” Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/20/clark-county-buying-1m-gallons-of-alternative/ DOE backing biofuels project in Louisiana “The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that it will back a $241 million loan guarantee to help build a manufacturing plant for renewable diesel fuel in Louisiana. Plans call for the use of animal fats, used cooking oil and other waste grease as feedstocks for the fuel, which will be produced at Norco, La., near New Orleans.” Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/20/doe-backing-biofuels-project-in-louisiana/ GREEN ENERGY Bloom Energy unveils plan to make fuel-cell technology more affordable “Some experts said power-purchase agreements could help spread the use of fuel cell technology, much as they have in the solar industry, by lowering the upfront costs for users.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-bloom-energy-20110121,0,7833210.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fbusiness+%28L.A.+Times+-+Business%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Green Jobs In California Grow Despite Recession “Employers offering jobs in solar-power generation, electric-vehicle development and environmental consultation added 5,000 jobs in 2008. Overall, about 174,000 Californians were working in eco-friendly fields by 2009, compared to just 111,000 in 1995, the nonprofit research group Next 10, which conducted the study, reported.” Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-green-jobs-20110119,0,356275.story http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-and-education-news/articles/green-jobs-in-california-grow-despite-recession-11012002 Mayors Scramble to Preserve Block Grant Funding for Energy Projects “The block grant program provides funding to states and local entities for projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions.” Posted http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/01/20/20greenwire-mayors-scramble-to-preserve-block-grant-fundin-70540.html Solar project offers a boon to the Inland region “Near the California-Nevada border, workers have begun construction of BrightSource Energy's Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. When completed, this 392-megawatt solar thermal power plant will produce enough clean, competitively priced power for about 140,000 Californian homes, displacing 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year.” Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/localviews/stories/PE_OpEd_Opinion_D_op_20_woolard_loc.8c91d.html DESERT: Solar energy zones proposed on public land “Federal officials have scheduled more than a dozen meetings in the coming months to gather public comments on their proposal to create solar energy development zones on public land in six western states.” Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_solar21.11c5750.html PG&E Ends Plan to Buy Iberdrola Wind Farm in California “Iberdrola, the largest owner of wind-energy parks, canceled its plans to sell its Manzana wind project in Southern California on Jan. 14, PG&E said today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The cancellation comes after a state administrative law judge recommended last month that California regulators deny PG&E’s request to buy the proposed plant, PG&E said in its filing.” Posted http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-20/pg-e-ends-plan-to-buy-iberdrola-wind-farm-in-california.html Big wind in the county, questions and answers “Big wind farms are planned on public and private land in eastern San Diego County, western Imperial County and northern Baja.” Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jan/20/big-wind-in-the-county-questions-answers/ Green Energy May Generate More Profit for Farmers Sacramento lawmakers have given the California Energy Commission an annual budget of $100 million to support the development of alternative and renewable. Posted. http://westernfarmpress.com/management/green-energy-may-generate-more-profit-farmers San Diego Utility's Contracts to Buy Solar Electricity Win State Agency Approval “The California Public Utilities Commission recently approved two solar energy contracts for San Diego Gas & Electric Co., whose parent corporation has been actively pursuing solar power. The utility received approval of two 20-year power purchase agreements with Centinela Solar Energy.” Posted. http://solarhbj.com/news/san-diego-utilitys-contracts-to-buy-solar-electricity-win-state-approval-01306 Calif. rule may stunt Oregon clean energy market “In a bold policy move last week, a California authority limited the amount of renewable energy credits its utilities can purchase outside the state, raising questions about the future of renewable energy development on its borders, including in Oregon.” Posted. http://sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2011/01/calif-rule-may-stunt-oregon-clean.html Endurance Placed on California Approval List “Endurance Wind Power is a manufacturer of advanced wind turbines designed specifically for distributed wind power applications. Their line of modern, induction based wind turbines bring efficient, reliable, safe and quiet, renewable energy within reach of homeowners, farmers, businesses and institutions across North America and an expanding global market.” Posted. http://www.altenergymag.com/news_detail.php?pr_id=18993 Biolamps uses CO2 to light up the streets “These lamps contain algae mixed with water, which converts the CO2 into oxygen which it then emits back out into the atmosphere. In addition to creating Oxygen, the lamp also converts the CO2 into a biomass which can be used to power up the lamps. If the lamp has more CO2 biomass than it needs, it uses an underground tube system to push it to the nearest filler station where it can be converted into a biofuel to power eco cars.” Posted. http://www.ubergizmo.com/2011/01/biolamps-uses-co2-to-light-up-the-streets/ Regents Back Plans for New LBNL Solar Energy Center “Development of a new solar research center located at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory advanced Tuesday, as the UC Board of Regents' Committee on Grounds and Buildings approved financial and design proposals at the regents' meeting at UC San Diego.” Posted. http://www.dailycal.org/article/111596/regents_back_plans_for_new_lbnl_solar_energy_cente Department Of Energy Extends Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Solicitations “The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it is extending the final Part I application deadline for loan guarantees under its July 2009 energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced transmission and distribution technologies solicitation.” Posted. http://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=7cac9444-a659-4fe0-9200-0ed208f0e53b A Bright Idea: Introducing ESL Light Bulbs from Vu1 “For the most part, the ESL bulbs are made of recyclable material, namely the plastic and the glass. But like many electronic devices today, the semi-conductors and electronic components are not as easily recyclable. The good news is that unlike CFL’s, we do not have to worry about heavy metals such as mercury with the ESL.” Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/01/light-bulbs-beyond-cfl-led-introducing-esl/comment-page-1/ VEHICLES Chicago cabbies to use Ford natural gas vans “A Chicago taxicab company will soon begin using a dozen Ford Transit Connect vans that run on natural gas instead of petroleum.” Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jan/21/chicago-cabbies-to-use-ford-natural-gas-vans/ Mitsubishi to launch 8 hybrid, electric models by 2015 “As demand for fuel-efficient cars increases, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is mapping out plans to introduce eight hybrid and battery-powered models by 2015.” Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/2011/01/21/12 Commentary UMRTI 100 “The key to a long-term recovery of the American automobile manufacturing industry is in executing an excellent portfolio of products. Our research finds that increasing fuel economy standards will lead to a portfolio of products that is more likely to raise than to lower the profits of the Detroit 3 automakers. Posted. http://www.autonewsservice.org/newsletter/ MISC An Open Green Building Schema “Green Building XML (gbXML) is one of the unsung heroes of this industry transition. As an open XML schema, it is free for anyone to use and any software manufacturer to incorporate into their products. The schema attempts to create a universal language for all things “green building” to facilitate interoperability between an ever-expanding number of software tools for the built environment.” Posted http://www.greenbuildingpro.com/articles/57-features/2714-gbxml-an-open-green-building-schema College lands grant for green careers “Cerritos College has received the second installment of an Edison International grant to provide scholarship support for students pursuing green job programs at the school.” Posted. http://thedowneypatriot.com/view/full_story/11077635/article-College-lands-grant-for-green-careers?instance=special_coverage_bullets_right_column Do Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Really Last 10 Years? “In California, compact fluorescent lightbulbs aren't lasting as long as expected. Utilities like PG&E, which has subsidized consumer purchases of CFLs in the state, originally figured a bulb would last more than nine years, but based on experience has lowered that to about six. We've found in our past tests that some spiral CFLs were still shining brightly after 10,300 hours of use. That works out to 3 hours a day for 9.4 years.” Posted. http://consumerist.com/2011/01/do-compact-flourescent-bulbs-really-last-10-years.html Want to Learn About Smart Grid? Don’t Call Your Utility “A recent thesis written by an undergraduate at Purdue University involved the researcher calling 100 electric companies that were planning or deploying smart grid technologies. The result was that far too many of the utilities’ front line employees were not equipped to answer questions, and at times, gave shockingly uninformed responses to an eager customer.” Posted. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/want-to-learn-about-smart-grid-dont-call-your-utility/ The Economics of Superinsulating Windows “Retrofitting commercial buildings with highly insulating windows is an investment that can pay off in five years. Since commercial spaces vary widely in terms of square footage, orientation to the sun, local climate, and many other factors, not all savings will be the same.” Posted. http://www.technologyreview.com/business/27012/?p1=BI BLOGS Thailand Closes Diving Sites After Massive Coral Bleaching “Many of the world’s shallow-water corals are already stressed by overfishing, pollution and shipping, but some marine biologists fear that climate change and ocean acidification, caused when carbon dioxide is absorbed by the oceans, pose a far more serious threat and could ultimately lead to the total collapse of many reefs.” Posted http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/thailand-closes-diving-sites-to-protect-corals/?scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=cse A Stubborn Link Between Jobs and Traffic Jams “The average national unemployment rate reached its lowest point in the last decade, 4.6 percent, commuters spent 5.25 billion hours stuck in traffic and wasted 4.19 billion gallons of fuel. Higher unemployment also correlates with a slight decline in how congestion costs are offset by the use of public transportation.” Posted http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/a-stubborn-link-between-jobs-and-traffic-jams/?scp=2&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse Home Wind Turbine a First for San Diego Driven by his desire to go green, Tim Williams recently became the first San Diego resident to install a wind turbine at his home. The 3.4-kW Falcon turbine, a product of WePOWER, has since gone live, and will hopefully convince other homeowners to follow suit. This particular model is conducive to residential homes because it [...] http://www.greenbuildingpro.com/blogs/featured-blogs/sustainablog/2723-home-wind-turbine-a-first-for-san-diego The Hill's Congress Blog - Fuel-Efficient Vehicles are the Way to Go “Ironically, the Prius, the most successful hybrid electric vehicle in U.S. history, was introduced by Toyota in 2000 at the same time that GM introduced the Hummer II. The different fates of the two companies in the ensuing decade are stunning. Last year the Prius sold 900,000 units worldwide -- while GM was in bankruptcy and the Hummer II all but disappeared.” Posted. http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/139191-fuel-efficient-vehicles-are-the-way-to-go