FL Approves Larger Rebates For Natural Gas Appliances

10 Sep

Natural Gas Incentives RebatesOilobit.com | Energy News/FL Natural Gas Assoc. PR:

From the $1500 tankless water heater tax credit to multiple Florida utilities offering up to $1350 in cash rebates on new appliances, the incentives to include natural gas seem to be ever-expanding. And with the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) recent decision to increase cash rebates, it will be more feasible than ever for homeowners to build with — or switch to — natural gas.

Increasing by up to $150 per energy-efficient natural gas appliance, larger cash rebates will take a bigger load off the appliance purchase price — encouraging substantial, long-term energy savings. This supports statewide conservation initiatives by driving greater participation and interest in the Residential Appliance Replacement Program, Residential Appliance Retention Program and Residential New Construction Program.

Natural gas appliances generally eligible for conservation rebates include tank/tankless water heaters, ranges, clothes dryers and furnaces. Rebate availability and amounts vary by natural gas utility.

Utilities affected by the recent rebate increase include: Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Florida City Gas, Florida Public Utilities, Peoples Gas System, Sebring Gas System, and St. Joe Natural Gas Company. All are members of the Associated Gas Distributors of Florida (AGDF) trade association.

The Florida Natural Gas Association (FNGA) is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the growth of the natural gas industry in the state of Florida. It also seeks to protect the interests of the industry, its members and consumers. Our members include distribution companies, transmission, gas supply marketers and affiliate members. With a membership of more than 100 companies, FNGA represents every segment of the natural gas industry.

SOURCE: Florida Natural Gas Association

Florida Natural Gas Association
Jenna Bernardo, FNGA staff member, 321-779-1010
jenna@mtninc.com

Natural Gas Resources

Florida Natural Gas Association
www.floridagas.org

American Gas Association
www.aga.org

American Public Gas Association
www.apga.org

Southern Gas Association
www.southerngas.org

Natural Gas Supply Association
www.naturalgas.org

State of Florida
www.myflorida.com

Florida Public Service Commission
www.psc.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
www.dep.state.fl.us

Florida Energy Office
www.dep.state.fl.us/energy

Florida Department of Consumer Affairs
www.dca.state.fl.us

U.S. Department of Energy
www.energy.gov

Energy Information Administration
www.eia.doe.gov

Fueling the Future – American Gas Foundation
www.fuelingthefuture.org

Alliance to Save Energy
www.ase.org

Interstate Natural Gas Association of the Americas
www.ingaa.org

Hybird Car That Pays the Owner Back

05 Sep

The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) studied the fuel costs of 16 hybrids over five years and they compared the costs against their purchase price and financing fees. In a study released in late July, only one of the 16 hybrids cost less to buy and run than its gasoline counterpart. Can you guess which one? It probably not the one you would expect.

Here’s an excerpt of the BCAA research study and a link to the full article for those interested:

Twelve years after Honda introduced the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle into the mass North American market, car buyers have yet to see the kinds of price reductions that were predicted to occur as hybrids gained popularity and market share. Even with technological advancements, and increased sales and model selection, consumers continue to pay a premium to purchase a hybrid. And, with the introduction of the HST and the corresponding elimination of the provincial sales tax rebate on hybrid vehicles, most hybrid models continue to cost more to own and operate than their conventional gas-powered counterparts.

According to British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) annual Hybrid Cost and Savings analysis conducted in July, several models come close to their conventional cousins when costs are compared over five years, but only one – the $105,000 Mercedes S400 Hybrid sedan—is less expensive to own and operate compared to its conventional equivalent. (Source: BCAA – Read the full BCAA article here)

SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS:

  • The $105,000 Mercedes S400 Hybrid sedan is the only model less expensive to own and operate compared to its corresponding conventional model. The S400 is approximately $5,000 less to own and operate than the closest conventional model, the Mercedes S450.
  • The hybrids that come closest in cost to their conventional counterparts in purchase and operating costs are all the Toyota models (Prius, Camry and Highlander Hybrid), all the Honda models (Insight and Civic Hybrid) and the Lexus HS250h.
  • Over a five year period, the hybrids that are the least costly to own and operate are the Honda Insight ($38,326), Toyota Prius ($40,324), and Honda Civic Hybrid ($42,664).
  • Hybrids with the greatest greenhouse gas (GHG) emission advantage over their gas-powered equivalents are:
      Toyota Prius (55% fewer GHG emissions)
      Ford Fusion Hybrid (38% fewer GHG emissions)
      Honda Civic Hybrid (37% fewer GHG emissions)
  • The hybrids with the lowest overall GHG emissions (kg of carbon per year) are:
      Toyota Prius (1748 kg/yr)
      Honda Civic Hybrid (2070 kg/yr)
      Honda Insight (2162 kg/yr)
      Ford Fusion Hybrid (2352 kg/yr)

MERCEDES-BENZ AMG HYBRID?
No, not kidding. Visit AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts for more info on AMG trends.

Renewable Energy: Tax Credits for Windspire

27 Jul

Windspire renewable energy - tax credits and incentivesClearly, tax incentives are necessary to motivate the public to invest in renewable energy sources. The capital expenditures for renewable energy are still high but we’re gaining ground.

The following includes tax credit information for Windspire products. We’ll continue to publish information on tax incentives and rebates as we find them. Please let us know if you know of any so we can help spread the word!

U.S. Federal Small Wind Tax Credit

U.S. home owners and businesses can save 30% off the total cost of their Windspires by applying for a 30% tax credit on their federal income taxes.  The credit applies to the total cost of the project, including the turbines and installation.

U.S. Businesses are also eligible to take their 30% tax credit as cash.  Under a new program introduced by the U.S. Treasury and Department of Energy, businesses may now collect their credit in cash within sixty days of completing an installation instead of waiting for an end of year tax credit.

To learn more about the program visit the U.S. Treasury website.

Local Rebates for Windspire Products

Local rebates are also available from state renewable energy funds and local power companies. In some states the rebates can be as high as $4,800 per Windspire.  Your local Windspire dealer can also help you understand your local and state rebates. You can also visit DSIRE, a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

From the Windspire blog: 9 Things to Know About Small Wind Power

Used to be if you wanted to put a wind turbine up at your house you either had to live on a remote farm, or grow your hair long and pledge allegiance to an aging group of touring musicians. Thanks to major improvements in technology and a general awareness of the benefits of making your own energy from clean and free wind, small wind power is going mainstream. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the US small wind market grew by 78% last year with many new turbines hitting the market. But more options don’t make finding the right wind power solution easy. If you are interested but not sure how to even get started, here are 9 things to know as you consider wind power. (Continue reading on the Windspire blog here)

I found the Windspire website while reading a HubSpot eBook about developing better B2B Facebook pages. The company’s Facebook page was one of the examples in the eBook; how to do a Facebook page right:

Windspire: www.windspireenergy.com
Employees: 11 to 25
Industry: Business Products
Facebook Fans: 2,7865
Page Features: Wall, Photos
Go to Facebook Page

Oil Obit: Creating Climate Wealth Summit 2010

06 Apr

Received an invite to the Summit 2010 “Creating Climate Wealth” from the event coordinators – thought I’d share:

How can you use your business know-how to make a difference in the fight against climate change?

Join representatives from GE, CODA Automotive, and many of today’s fastest growing climate wealth creators at the Creating Climate Wealth Summit at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business on April 20–22, 2010. Collaborate with business executives, government leaders, finance experts and successful entrepreneurs to find solutions to the challenges facing our climate and our economy.

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host the Summit. Registrants will participate in active, facilitated discussions within six different industries tracks, through which this inaugural summit targets to reduce at least six gigatons of carbon emissions by 2020. In addition, keynote speeches include:

  • Richard Branson, Founder and Chairman, The Virgin Group
  • Jigar Shah, CEO, Carbon War Room
  • Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator
  • Jose Maria Figueres, former President of Costa Rica and CEO of the World Economic Forum
  • Craig Cogut, Founder and Co-Manager of Pegasus Capital Advisors
  • Sunil Paul, Founder of Spring Ventures and Gigaton Throwdown
  • Wesley Clark, Chairman, US Investment Bank Rodman & Renshaw

There will also be plenary sessions and facilitated industry working groups – focusing on eight market segments from Biofuels to Sustainable Agriculture. This program is more than just a convening of industry leadership, it’s a group that’s committed to a specific goal – to create a time bound road map on emission reduction and job creation with measureable objectives and by market segment.

Creating Climate Wealth’s speaker and attendee list continue to draw influential market movers from across industries. Enjoy all the benefits of summit registration (visit Creating Climate Wealth website here for more details).

China Spelling Out Greenhouse Gas Goals

28 Feb

China claims it is serious about curbing greenhouse gas emissions and on Sunday moved to spell out greenhouse gas emission goals with a five year plan according to Reuters. Here’s an excerpt and link to the story:

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Sunday it will spell out greenhouse gas emissions goals and monitoring rules for regions and sectors in its next five-year plan, with monitoring to show it is serious about curbing emissions.
The Chinese government said in November it would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from human activity, emitted to make each unit of national income by 40 to 45 percent by 2020, compared with 2005 levels. Full story at Reuters.

Mercedes-Benz Promotes Emission-Free Mobility

22 Jul

As the consumer’s awareness of environmental responsibility grows, so does the PR pumped out by the marketing arm of Mercedes-Benz. And, marketers at Mercedes-Benz want to make sure you know about their growing fleet of efficient and environmentally compatible production vehicles, which now includes 58 fuel-efficient BlueEFFICIENCY models. Here’s one of several environment related press releases hitting the presses now:

AMG Market News/Source: Mercedes-Benz/Stuttgart/July 21, 2009:

BlueEFFICIENCY, Mercedes-Benz line up of 58 fuel-efficient vehicles

As the inventor of the automobile, Mercedes-Benz also accepts responsibility for its future. The Stuttgart premium car maker is underscoring this conviction with its “Road to emission-free Mobility”, which is intentionally structured to pursue a number of avenues. The three core aspects of development work are the optimization of vehicles with state-of-the-art internal combustion engines, further efficiency improvements with tailor-made hybridization and local emission-free driving with fuel cell and battery-powered vehicles. This strategy has been implemented consistently since its introduction at IAA 2007 – under the heading “Road to the Future”. Based on the concrete results of their research and experience gathered from highly successful major projects testing alternative vehicle and drive concepts, Mercedes engineers have established the pre-requisites for local emission-free driving tomorrow and the day after. Furthermore, with a large and continuously growing fleet of efficient and environmentally compatible series production vehicles – including 58 extremely fuel-efficient and clean BlueEFFICIENCY models – the three-pointed star offers a broad-ranging selection of premium vehicles that combine economy and environmental responsibility with safety, comfort and refined driving pleasure. (Continue Reading >>)

Worlds Largest Solar Power Station In Australia

20 May

Reuters is reporting that the world’s largest solar power station will be located in Australia. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full story:

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia plans to build the world’s largest solar power station with an output of 1000 megawatts in a A$1.4 billion (US$1.05 billion) investment, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on Sunday [May 17, 2009].

The plant would have three times the generating capacity of the current biggest solar-powered electricity plant, which is in California, Rudd said during a tour of a power station.

Tender details will be announced later in the year, and successful bidders will be named in the first half of 2010. Rudd said the project was aimed at exploiting the country’s ample sunshine, which he called “Australia’s biggest natural resource.” [FULL STORY HERE]

Electric Benz – Daimler 10 Percent Stake in Tesla Motors

19 May

Electric Benz - Daimler Takes 10 Percent Stake in Tesla MotorsDaimler’s interest in battery systems, electric drive systems and related vehicle projects leads to the automaker acquiring nearly 10 percent of one of the leading electric vehicle companies, Tesla Motors Inc. Read the full story and MB press release at AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts here.

Green Winners Paper By A.T. Kearney

15 May

While updating my alumni info on the A.T. Kearney website, I surfed around and found, “Green Winners” – a white paper explaining why firms are wise to continue their sustainability efforts.

As companies cut costs to get through the current global economic slowdown, there is often a temptation to abandon recent forays into sustainability. Yet a new A.T. Kearney analysis finds that companies committed to corporate sustainability practices during this slowdown are achieving above-average performance in the financial markets during this slowdown. So before tossing out those sustainability practices and initiatives, it might be wise to first determine the real value of the efforts—especially the possible rewards for staying the course.
[You can download the PDF white paper by A.T. Kearney here, The performance of sustainability-focused companies during the financial crisis.]

Want to Stop Receiving the Yellow Pages in Print

31 Jan

If you’re like me, you never even open the copy of the “printed” Yellow Pages you receive. Mine ends up in the recycling bin within days. Now, you can stop the waste and save a few trees in the process by opting-out of the Yellow Pages delivery. ParkHowell.com has a detailed post about the amount of resources used to print and distribute the Yellow Pages.

To opt-out now, visit this link: YellowPagesGoGreen.org

I requested “non-deliver” and it only took two minutes (your turn):

Your request to be removed from Yellow Pages distribution has been forwarded to the Yellow Pages publishers we have on file that serve your area.

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org is a grassroots organization that is asking all people interested in opting out to please tell family, friends, and co-workers about our program.

“We have thousands of people like you signing up every month and trying to help stop the nonsense of delivering an unsolicited telephone book to people that do not want one. Thank you for your support.”