Half of Libya’s exports have been shut down, will that affect the recent E15 ruling? The city of Salem Massachusetts moves to LED’s and details on how Southern California Gas is helping low-income customers lower their energy bills.
How will unrest in Libya impact E15 ruling
By Tuesday, already half of Libya’s oil exports have been shut down. Even with Saudi Arabia scrambling to recover the markets, the Middle East turmoil is adversely affecting oil and gas prices. Amidst predictions that Americans will soon face $5 per gallon, representatives from the U.S. ethanol industry took advantage of the moment to reiterate their message. They warned that Congressional moves to block E15, for instance, would only magnify the impact of high fuel prices. Last week, the House of Representatives passed legislation against the EPA’s approval of the ethanol 15 fuel blend. If this was reversed, American ethanol would displace the dependence on imported oil.
Salem, Mass. Celebrates LED Change-out
Salem, Massachusetts has replaced 350 light fixtures with Osram Sylavania LED bulbs. Mayor Kim Driscoll hosted an unveiling event in the historic downtown using an oversized light-switch to symbolize lighting the city with the energy efficient LED lights. The new lights will reduce energy consumption up to 68 percent and will save the city costs for maintenance and replacement bulbs because the LEDs last longer than traditional lamps. Monetary savings of $37,000 per year will result from the installation. The project was funded in part by a $245,624 “Green Communities” Grant from the state.
SoCalGas helping low-income customers lower their energy bills
Southern California Gas is providing assistance to low-income customers so that they can reduce their energy use through free home improvements such the installation of a high-efficiency washing machine for qualifying customers. The company estimated there are almost 2 million eligible families who have yet to enroll. The Energy Saving Assistance Program includes services such as caulking, weather-stripping doors and attic insulation. In addition, SoCalGas will replace or repair natural gas furnaces for eligible homeowners—all for free. More information regarding qualifications for eligibility are on their website.
Details About A New Wind Project In New Hampshire
Granite Reliable Power and Freshet Wind Energy have selected RMT, a renewable energy engineering firm, to construct the Granite Reliable wind farm in Coos County, New Hampshire. RMT will install the 33 Vestas turbines that make up the 99-MW wind farm. The company will also be in charge of civil infrastructure such as roads and turbine foundations. Upon completion, the Granite Reliable wind farm will be the largest utility-scale wind facility in New Hampshire, capable of powering 25,000 homes per year. The facility is expected be operational by the end of the year.