The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Are Moving Away From Fossil Fuels

This says a lot about the city of Philadelphia’s commitment to clean energy, as well as its strategy moving forward. What better to move the mindset of citizens than with the home team. That’s the best kind of peer pressure. Go Eagles.

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“The Eagles held a press conference on Thursday morning to announce their partnership with Solar Blue, a joint venture that will make Lincoln Financial Field the first major sports stadium in the world to convert to self-generated renewable energy using a combination of onsite wind, solar and dual-fuel generated electricty.”
[via philadelphiaeagles.com]

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Is Operational

IBM’s CEO: Don’t Wait On Institutions To Make Energy Infrastructure Decisions

There’s some good stuff coming out of the GridWise Gloabl Forum, particularly insight from some of the larger vendors. IBM’s chief Sam Palmisano says IBM is taking its own reigns and pushing standards and getting others involved around the smart grid supply chain. Just as important, was Palmisano’s declaration that everyone needs to take the initiative, regardless of how policy and markets are being shaped.

“Palmisano said that making the energy system smarter is in everyone’s interest because it addresses the economy, geopolitical issues related to energy, and global climate change. People in industry do not need to wait for the government or other top-down directives to get started, he said.”

One of the other notable comments was Palmisano’s opposition to consumer ‘dashboards’ – commonly mentioned as a web-based way for utility customers to easily view energy consumption.

That could be taken  a couple of ways. One, it’s right in line with the piecemeal approach that IBM criticizes.  Some of us early adopters might salivate at all that data at our fingertips, but most people have enough real life and virtual dashboards already, so thinking that’s a silver bullet is pretty naive.

Ultimately, providers will have to render data and usage around the way all of us realistically use data and information, probably starting with bits and pieces online (next to our statements) and on mobile devices.

Anything relegated as another online silo and not incorporated around larger usage patterns will die on the vine. Unfortunately in my experience, utility companies don’t do a very good job at things like bill presentment and online customer service. Clearly, those are some of the things that get companies like Big Blue excited.

Let’s hope others join Big Green, um, Big Blue.

World Resources Institute Says The Right Policies Will Boost Wind Energy Jobs In The U.S.

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I read through WRI’s factsheet this morning covering the things needed to create more wind energy jobs in the U.S. Besides the two listed below, the analyst also made  a good point often overlooked –  the local effect. As big turbine manufacturers roll into small towns, they usually look at local resources first. That means jobs, folks.

Develop a strong renewable energy standard, creating predictable demand for wind power which will attract manufacturing and jobs.

Pass a comprehensive climate and energy bill that sets a price on carbon, making wind power competitive with fossil fuel energy and providing wind power investors with the clear long-term market signal they need.

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