Oilobit.com: PV Outlook 2010-2015

29 Dec

Solar Panel | Oilobit.comOverall, 2010 was a good year for the PV industry. But, the global PV industry is getting complex as it becomes more and more competitive. What’s the outlook PV technology, production and cost for the next five years?

You can find out what Greentech Media’s Senior Analyst Syyam Mehta thinks during an upcoming webinar. Mehta will discuss findings from the third edition of GTM Research’s PV supply chain report, PV Technology, Production, and Cost Outlook: 2010-2015. The webinar will cover topics such as: Read more

Energy Management Important to Healthcare Leaders

17 Dec

Energy efficiency, Wind MillWe tend to either love or hate the current healthcare industry. Rising insurance costs and outrageous healthcare bills upset us all. But, it appears the industry leaders are taking energy management seriously. According to a recent survey, energy management is more important to healthcare leaders than to executives in other industry sectors.

According to new research from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering and Johnson Controls, energy efficiency continues to grow in importance in the healthcare sector as organizations do more than ever to “go green.” (SOURCE: Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency)

BACKGROUND

In March 2010, Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) conducted a survey of
executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy use in commercial buildings across the world. As part of the Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) broad survey to look at the trends in energy efficiency throughout the worldwide business community, Johnson Controls wanted to include a separate analysis of responses from organizations in the healthcare industry. Of the 2,882 respondents polled worldwide, 288 operated in the healthcare industry, and 246 were ASHE members.

The EEI survey examines what healthcare organizations are doing in response to rising energy costs, what factors are motivating efficiency improvements, how many organizations are planning to make investments, what payback they expect on energy efficiency investments, and what technologies and practices they have been implementing in their facilities.The Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency, the International Facility Management Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering conducted an online survey of decision-makers responsible for managing energy. The Energy Efficiency Indicator survey results included a separate analysis of responses from healthcare organizations. (SOURCE: 2010 Energy Efficiency Indicator – Healthcare Sector Report, Oct. 2010)

Here’s an excerpt of the findings reported by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency:

The survey looked at issues such as what organizations are doing in response to rising energy costs, what factors are driving efficiency improvements, what payback they expect on projects, and what technologies and practices they are applying. Highlights of the survey include:

  • 59% of healthcare organizations believe energy management is extremely or very important, compared to 52% of respondents across all industries.
  • 66% of healthcare respondents are paying more attention to energy efficiency than they were a year ago.
  • Cost savings is the biggest factor driving energy efficiency investments in healthcare; enhancing image and taking advantage of government or utility incentives are next.
  • Nearly 50% of healthcare respondents cited energy efficiency in buildings as their top strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The average maximum allowable payback period for energy efficiency investments in healthcare is 3.3 years, down from 4.2 years in 2008.
  • The top barriers to capture of potential energy savings are lack of internal capital and inability to identify projects with sufficient ROI.

Click here to visit the Institute for Building Efficiency and read or download the complete survey report.

Congress to Decide on Renewable Energy Provision in Tax Bill

14 Dec

ACORE is pumping out the PR now that Congress is poised to either let die or renew a provision created by the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee in January 2009. The provision being considered in the pending tax bill will potentially support or inhibit renewable energy projects in 2011. It appears California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most based on an analysis prepared by the US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF)..

Here’s the full press release provided by ACORE:

Congress Poised to Save $25 Billion of Renewable Energy Projects in 17 States;
Key Vote Due on the “1603” Incentive for American Entrepreneurs;

California, Arizona and Wyoming to Stand to Benefit the Most

December 14, 2010 – Washington, DC: The US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) introduced an analysis that a provision being considered in the pending tax bill stands to save at least $25 billion of renewable energy projects in 17 states in 2011, among which California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most. Read more

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 >>)

Carbon Trading a Godsend or Giant Shell Game

05 Dec

According to the World Bank, global trades in the carbon market during 2007 were valued at more than $64 billion, more than double the 2006 figures. Is cap-and-trade good for the environment? Will it help us combat global warming?

For those interested, Jennifer Barone recently published an article that discusses the debate; here article is on the Discover Magazine website, which you can read here.

Links to Energy Careers and Jobs

02 Oct

Resources for careers in energy and energy-related job listings.

Career Information

Association of Energy Engineers

A source for information on the dynamic field of energy efficiency, utility
deregulation, facility management, plant engineering, and environmental compliance.

Careers in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Lists resources that discuss the kinds of education and skills, both technical
and non-technical, that will be in demand in this new and exciting field.

Careers in Renewable Energy

A U.S. Department of Energy fact sheet that gives an overview of the career
opportunities in the renewable energy field.

DOE Career Opportunities

Features information about career opportunities at the U.S. Department of
Energy and its laboratories.

Engineering: Go For It!

Magazine style guide ($4.00) that opens up the world of engineering careers to high school students.

Environmental Career Center

Helps people work for the environment through comprehensive environmental
and natural resources job listings, career news, inside tips and advice, employer
interviews, and career research reports.

The Environmental Careers Organization

Features information on its career services and educational resources to help
the next generation of environmental professionals.

Junior Engineering Technical Society

Provides programs and resources for high school students interested in engineering
careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A key word search using “energy” will locate information on career opportunities
in energy.

The Solar Energy Institute

Offers a one-week summer program in Arizona that gives high school students
the opportunity to learn about the solar energy field through lectures, tours,
and hands-on research.

Welcome to the World of Engineering!

A guide from the American Society for Engineering Education for high school
students interested in engineering and engineering technology careers.

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program: Energy Careers

Features links to information on energy careers, energy education programs,
and employers in the energy industry.

Job Listings

American Wind Energy Association: Wind Energy Career Center

Provides links to employers in the wind energy industry.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Posts vacancies of European companies in the renewable/sustainable development
sector.

DOE Jobs Database

Features a searchable database of available jobs at the U.S. Department of
Energy, as well as an automated job application system.

Energy Jobs Listings

A list of energy-related employers in the Northwest from the Energy Ideas
Clearinghouse.

environmentjob.co.uk

Features listings of renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs and volunteer
opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Fuel Cells 2000: Employment Resources

Lists fuel cell companies and helps match qualified job seekers with fuel
cell companies.

Green Energy Jobs

A listing of jobs in the renewable energy industry.

Hydro Research Foundation: Job Postings

Posts job listings in the hydropower industry.

National Society of Professional Engineers: Energy Job Board

Features job listings, online resume posting, career tips, mentoring programs,
continuing education opportunities, and resources for high school and college
students.

National Energy Technology Laboratory Careers and Fellowships

Provides information on position vacancies and research opportunities at the
Lab.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Employment

Features current job openings at the Lab.

PowerPlantPro

Posts jobs listings for power industry professionals.

If you would like to add to our listing, please use our “Contact Us” form here.

Oil Obit Energy Environment

21 Aug

Oil Obit – help us write the obituary for our dependence on foreign energy supplies. Here you will find hard-core, high-level information pertaining to energy alternatives, renewable energy, solar, wind, geothermal and related solutions. You can also follow the money – venture capital, mergers and acquisitions in the energy and environmental fields.

Feel free to register and leave your comments, papers and topics for discussion.