Renewable Energy

Sometimes the simplest of solutions is the best. I was fascinated with this report on NPR on solar light bulbs in the Philippines. Here in America we have numerous interest groups attempting to frame the move away from the incandescent light bulb as somehow unAmerican and a conspiracy of epic proportions.  While we whine over […]

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NPR reported in “blog-ola” today on the growing rift in the mommy-blogosphere over the impact of marketers leveraging this influential group. As people turn to blogs for news, they are coming to rely on a group that does include some trained journalists but for most part is made up of people who do not follow […]

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GE unveiled the “Net Zero Energy Home” concept, which is being developed to allow homeowners of both new and existing homes to efficiently consume, manage and generate electricity to enable an overall net zero annual energy cost. In a survey sponsored by GE, gauging attitudes in the U.S. and the U.K., they found three out […]

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While wind power is talked about as the power source that will get us off fossil fuel, as a renewable energy source, wind energy has one big flaw: even in the windiest of places, the wind does stop. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $422,266 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a […]

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Wisconsin District Court 2 ruled July 15th that local governments cannot pass broad rules dictating wind turbine setbacks, height and acceptable noise levels they can produce. For those communities who have set municipal ordinances the ruling effectively invalidates them. Read more http://ping.fm/2Vv4W

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Estabrook dam dilemma continues

by mo on July 15, 2009

At a meeting of the parks, Energy and Environment Committee this week, supervisors voted to commit $15,000 to explore the feasibility of a hydroelectric dam to replace the aging Estabrook dam. The decision to remove or repair the dam has been fraught with controversy as a host of issues that are a part of either […]

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Will Grassoline be America’s energy solution? Posted using ShareThis This is a great article in the most recent issue of Scientific American. It looks at how we could produce a biofuel from other agrecultural residues (and not corn which we can eat) and replace up to half of the country’s toal consumption of oil. Thanks […]

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The White House’s economic advisers say jobs providing health care and helping the environment are growing more quickly than the rest of the economy. Earlier this spring, Wisconsin colleges and universities began to roll out new courses and programs to offer a host of “green” disciplines – water technology, energy conservation engineering and wind turbine […]

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According to an article in the DeForest Times, the Arlington town board approved an ordinance that effectively keeps large wind farms out of the township. On a 6-0 vote, the board ushered in 2,640-ft setbacks for wind farms and 1,320-foot setbacks from public roads and residences of people “hosting” a wind turbine. The board based […]

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As in many other states, the state of Wisconsin is looking to increase wind energy. Up until recently, much of the discussion has revolved around placement of large wind farms and their proximity to residential areas. Bumping up against vague local zoning restrictions is becoming common all across the country as early adopters of wind […]

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