Wednesday, April 18, 2012

SEPA names Top 10 utilities in solar rankings

Some, hesitantly, growing good news.

Still some forty years later and the growth of an industry, we, whoops not 'we' but our parents us oldsters and for you youngsters your gran parents, used to do so well in creating them then advancing in innovations, still being blocked by the special interests and their government, us, paid representatives.

We did start using more energy saving techniques, and slowly products for came on the market, in building in the residential and commercial sectors but only a few innovative souls continued their move off the grids and slowly improving the working proto-types,in solar and wind, that some here had started building and installing way back then only to get no finance backing and a society not willing to move forward on. Right about the same time we started shipping our other trades off shore, for huge bottom line growth, being told we were getting them cheaper as consumers.

Solar Power Fastest Growing Utility Generation Source In 2011
SEPA findings show utilities doubled new solar power additions compared to 2010
April 17, 2012 - Key Findings:

* More than 62,000 new interconnected PV systems integrated by utilities in 2011
* New solar power capacity increased 120 percent over 2010
* Utilities proactively owning and contracting for more solar power
* Much of growth in Eastern United States

In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems of all sizes, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, more than twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year. Both the number of systems and the percentage of growth make solar electricity the fastest growing electric source in the U.S. in 2011.

“In addition to the photovoltaic systems added by customers and third-party producers, much of the growth has come from the direct actions of utilities,” says Julia Hamm, SEPA President and CEO. The findings show that 39 percent of new solar capacity came from utilities owning or contracting for solar power. Large solar projects, greater than 10 megawatts each, represent the bulk of this capacity. read more>>>

Meanwhile while Solar, and Wind, non environment damaging clean alternatives, grow, to slowly with little private investments and blocked public investments by the special interests representatives not representing the people, we have this happening:

U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It
April 18, 2012 - There's a boom in natural gas production in the United States, a boom so big the market is having trouble absorbing it all.

The unusually warm weather this winter is one reason for the excess, since it reduced the need for people to burn gas to heat their homes. A bigger reason, however, is the huge increase in gas production made possible by new methods of coaxing gas out of shale rock formations.

Peter Ricchiuti, a professor at Tulane University in New Orleans and an expert on oil and gas production, says the normal supply-and-demand laws of economics aren't working as they used to in the industry.

"Historically, this has always been kind of a self-governing mechanism," Ricchiuti says. "When natural gas prices got too low, you'd start to see the industry lay down rigs until prices went back up again, and it was very effective. It was sometimes jokingly referred to as the 'Redneck OPEC.' " read more>>>

Now if we could roll back the fracking for gas and really get to study the damage the rapid rise of has caused we would better understand what we should and shouldn't be doing, we never learn and all in the name of profits, as to this planet we all share!

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