Which football team will power their stadium with renewable energy in 2011, hockey getting into the renewable energy act too and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposes a small rule change to the way renewable energy is delivered.
Philadelphia Eagles to Play in Energy Efficient Stadium
The Philadelphia Eagles will soon play under the world’s first stadium with self-generating renewable energy. The home stadium for the Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, is going to have 2,500 solar panels and 80 wind turbines to produce power. The American football club has entered a joint commitment with Solar Blue, a Florida based company set to invest $30 million in the project. The stadium will also include a co-generation power plant that uses natural gas and bio-diesel. The project is set to finish in time for the 2011 National Football League Season’s start in September.
Maryland Hockey Arena to Install Solar Panels
Football is not the only sport advocating a green makeover—in Maryland, the Rockville Ice Arena, owned by the Rockville Blades hockey team, will be powered by a 701-kilowatt solar energy system. Standard Solar, Inc. is going to install the system, which will be one of the biggest single rooftop solar energy systems in the state. “Having solar energy at the arena is literally a win-win for everyone: the players, the arena managers and the environment,” said Standard Solar CEO Tony Clifford. The system will meet 30 percent of the Arena’s yearly electricity needs and will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by almost 800 tons per year.
The FERC Integrates Solar and Wind Energies
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proposed a change for its rules to integrate renewable energy into the current energy options. The proposal would require public utilities to allow renewable energy providers to schedule shipments of produced energy every 15 minutes as compared to the current hourly schedule. This will help the FERC integrate generators, such as wind and solar developers, into the grid cost-effectively. “FERC’s proposed rule could dramatically improve power system reliability, efficiency, and renewable energy integration. Out of all the national attention to smart grids, storage, and other sexy grid-related topics, FERC gets the prize for identifying the single, most important, grid operations change: intra-hour scheduling,” said Rob Gramlich, Sr. Vice President for Public Policy at American Wind Energy Association.
Toyota Not Far Behind in EV Race
Toyota has unveiled its new RAV4 electric car at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car uses Toyota’s combustion engine fitted by a electric powertrain and Tesla batteries. The company has planned to build 35 cars with a target distance of 100 miles of road driving. The RAV4 currently has a lithium metal oxide battery that adds approximately 220 pounds. However, even with the added weight the company assures that the car will accelerate just as fast as the V6. Toyota hopes to have the car ready for the market by 2012.
Nevada Energy’s First Non-Solar Project Complete
The 7.5-megawatt Goodsprings Energy Recovery Station is Nevada Energy’s first non-solar renewable energy project. It will generate enough to power up to 4,500 homes in southern Nevada. The Station was built in cooperation with Kern River Gas Transmission Company and by Ormat Nevada Inc. The waste-heat-recovery project neighbors the Kern River Goodsprings compressor station and uses a unique process to capture heat from Kern River’s natural gas-powered compressors to produce electricity. In an effort to conserve water, the project also uses a dry-cooling system. Ormat served as the Station’s engineering and technological contractor.
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