Japan’s Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Now At Level Of Chernobyl
Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has announced that they have “provisionally” raised the threat level associated with the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant from a 5 to a 7. This is the same level that was given to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the former Soviet Union, which occurred almost 25 years ago. The rating is part of the International Nuclear Event scale that is used to quantify the severity of a nuclear crisis. Japans regulators explained that they raised the threat level to a 7 regulators because they finally have a good idea of how much radiation has been released into the environment. But they made sure that it was clear that the amount of radiation that’s been released is only about one tenth of the amount that was released during Chernobyl and no fatalities have currently been reported.
UNT to Install Turbines at Stadium
The Mean Green Village is going green. The University of North Texas is upgrading its football stadium and surrounding areas, called Mean Green Village, making it the first collegiate stadium to use onsite renewable energy. The power will be generated using three 100-kW wind turbines that will be integrated with the electrical grid that powers the football field as well as a few other buildings on the campus. The project is funded in part by a $2 million grant from the State Energy Conservation Office. The turbines are expected to offset energy consumption by about six percent, eliminating 323 metric tons of CO2 annually.
DOE Grants Loan for California Solar Power Project
The DOE announced its first solar generation loan in California , a $1.6 billion guarantee to fund the Ivanpah Solar Energy Generation System. The system involves three related concentrated solar power plants in the Mojave Desert. Sponsored by BrightSource Energy, the project is predicted to be one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power complexes. Work for the project is expected to create upwards of 1,000 jobs for California. The solar complex will produce enough energy to power 85,000 homes, offsetting 640,000 tons of CO2 annually.
Congressional Bill Ignores Autogas
President Obama has indicated his desire to reduce U.S. oil imports by one third by 2025 through the use of alternative fuels. Several parties have voiced their opposition, however, to the fact that Congress is currently reviewing only legislation that offers federal incentives for natural gas vehicles. The bill in question, the New Alternative Transportation to Give America Solutions Act of 2011, does not include provisions for those who use propane autogas. “Propane autogas powers more than 15 million vehicles in 38 countries, and is the most widely used alternative fuel in the world,” said Steve Wambold, President and CEO of Ferrellgas, which is one of the nation’s largest propane companies.
Energy Upgrades at Non-Profit Food Bank
Lusio Solid-State Lighting installed its light fixtures at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, a not-for-profit agency that has been feeding the hungry for 27 years. The agency made energy efficient upgrades upon the receipt of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funded by the DOE.
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