Americans Hop on Trains as Gas Prices Hit the Roof

Posted on March 15th, 2011 by

Americans board public transportation to avoid the high gas prices, WindTamer adopts a new name, and three more energy projects pending in Nevada.

More Americans Riding Public Transportation

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicted that the rise in gas prices is going to drive Americans toward public transportation. This only lends support to President Obama’s plan to increase the investments in public mobility. If the gas prices jump to $5 a gallon, as predicted, the APTA estimates an additional 1.5 billion passenger trips, making the total 11.6 billion trips per year. The APTA encourages lawmakers to concentrate on transportation law and investments. Numerous public transit services have experienced increase in riders. For example, the ridership in South Florida Regional Transportation Authority increased by 10.6 percent. APTA encourages Americans to support public transport campaigns by joining the “I <3 transit” movement and visiting


NV Energy Awaits Approval for Three Energy Projects

NV Energy wants approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to begin two solar projects and one geothermal project in the state. The photovoltaic projects will generate 50-MW of solar energy and an additional 51-MW will be derived from the geothermal plant, built by Ormat Technologies. If the contracts are approved, NV Energy will boast 23 geothermal projects and 13 solar projects along with four biomass projects, five hydro projects, two wind undertakings and one energy recovery station.


Clean Energy Jobs for America’s Veterans

Dominion Energy, a Virginia utility company, launched a new program that links energy job openings to military veterans. The program, dubbed “Troops to Energy Jobs,” is designed to transition military troops to civilian careers and will last for two years in five utilities around the country. A survey estimated that there would be almost 100,000 openings in the energy industry by 2015, according to the Center for Energy Workforce Development.


LEDs Installed in Dallas Co. School Lots

Energy efficient LED lighting has been installed in Dallas County Schools parking lots by Lumetech Group. Dallas County Schools operate one of the largest student transportation services with 10 stations housing 1,700 buses. The installation was funded by Oncor LED Lighting Program. Annual Savings for the school district are estimated to be greater than $363,600. The system will generate 505,000-kWh of electricity per year.


WindTamer Embraces a New Identity

What’s in a name? WindTamer, the wind turbine manufacturer, is changing its name to Arista Power. The Board of Directors have approved the name and it’s going to be finalized after a stockholder vote at the company’s annual meeting in May. The company now offers a renewable power station system including wind turbines, solar photovoltaic panels, energy storage and power distribution. The new website for the company will launch in May after the name change.



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