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    • A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) conference on ‘Green Norms for Wind Energy’ discusses the environmental fallouts of wind power development, especially in forest areas in the country

    • Report by CSE on wind power released at conference in Pune; it documents global best practices in environmental regulations

    • India is the only country in the world with sizeable wind power installations but very little green norms to manage its environmental fallouts, finds the study

    • Ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) data since 1980 reveals that 3,932 hectares diverted for wind power, without any Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) studies

    • The pace of forest land diversion for wind projects has increased manifold during the last seven years

    • CSE study recommends strict green norms, including EIA for wind power projects Wind power, seen as a green energy source, can exert substantial impacts on the ecology, says a report released today by the New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).The report was released at a conference titled ‘Green norms for wind power’ organized here today by CSE. The report has documented the environmental impacts of wind power in many parts of the country including Maharashtra. “Our conclusion is that if a wind power project is set up close to human settlements, it may cause significant health impacts. We also find that projects sited on forestland and hilly areas ...

  • JUNEAU, Alaska – the Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. ( [] ( )

    The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company’s spent grain – the waste accumulated from the brewing process – into steam that powers the majority of the brewery’s operations. Company officials now joke they are now serving “beer-powered beer.” What to do with spent grain was seemingly solved decades ago by breweries operating in the Lower 48. Most send the used grain, a good source of protein, to nearby farms and ranches to be used as animal feed.

    But there were only 37 farms in southeast Alaska and 680 in the entire state as of 2011, and the problem of what to do with the excess spent grain – made up of the residual malt and barley – became more problematic after the brewery expanded in 1995. The Alaskan Brewing Co. had to resort to shipping its spent grain to buyers in the Lower 48. Shipping costs for Juneau businesses are especially high because there are no roads leading in or out of the city; everything has to be flown or shipped in. However, the grain is a relatively wet byproduct of the brewing process, so it needs to be dried before it is shipped – another heat-intensive and expensive p...

  • source: forbes

    People don’t like being forced to purchase things they may not want, which is why over half of us are hoping that the Supreme Court throws out the individual insurance mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care plan. There’s also a worldwide rebellion brewing against being forced to purchase expensive electricity produced by so-called “renewable” sources, now being exacerbated by the availability of very cheap natural gas from shale formations. But, here in the U.S. there are some 30 different statewide “renewable portfolio standards” (RPSs) that also mandate pricey power, usually under the guise of fighting dreaded global warming.

    RPSs command that a certain percentage of electricity has to come from wind, solar, geothermal, or biomass. Given that this power generally costs a lot more than what comes from a modern coal or gas plant, your local utility passes the cost on in the form of higher bills, which the various state utility commissions are only too happy to approve in the name of saving the planet. RPSs generally do not include hydroelectric power, which produces no carbon dioxide. It’s also much more predictable than solar or wind, and costs about the same as the average for gas and coal combined. It’s not in the portfolio standards because dams are soooo 20th century, and it isn’t a darling of the green lobby, like solar, wind and biomass. But hydro can deliver more juice than solar is ever likely to.

    Nor do RPSs allow for...