High Schoolers Encourage School to Reduce Energy
Two high school juniors helped their school reduce its energy consumption by 13 percent, merely by encouraging their school to measure its energy use. The two girls, Shriya Indukuri and Daniela Lapiduos, are students are Harker Upper School in San Jose, California. They requested that their school administration use simple meters to measure energy usage and discovered that the air conditioning in the gym was left running through the night. The findings helped the school reduce consumption and save money and the two students behind the mini-movement founded their own non-profit, SmartPowerEd to help other school do the same.
DOE Hosts Tribal Summit for Energy
Energy Secretary Steven Chu is hosting a summit with American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders on May 4-5 to discuss the development of clean energy projects on tribal lands. The Tribal Summit will be held at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia and will also be streamed online. Chu hopes to gain approval for clean energy projects by emphasizing the benefits for the tribes in terms of jobs and revenue brought in by the projects. The leadership of all 565 federally recognized tribes has been invited as well as national and regional tribal organizations.
Indiana Senate Passes Energy Bill
The Indiana State Senate passed a bill creating a voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard (CPS) that sets a goal of 10 percent of the state’s electricity to be generated through clean energy sources by 2025. The Senate passed the bill 31-19, including an amendment that decrees that at least half of the energy produced by utilities participating in the CPS must come from within Indiana. The bill, written by Senator Bev Gard, passed in the state House last week with a bipartisan vote as well of 62-34. All it is waiting for now is a signature by Governor Mitch Daniels.
Churches Can Go Green Too
Many churches are “greening their congregations” by fitting in environmental responsibility into their practices, encouraging church members that they can “lesson their negative impact on God’s beautiful creation.” There are several tips offered to churches such as hiring an energy auditor to assess the church’s energy usage and eliminate unnecessary uses. Also, churches can switch out their traditional light bulbs for more efficient LEDs or Compact Fluorescents. There are multiple non-profit organizations that champion the cause of “greening congregations” and others that offer tips to parish leaders.
9.6-MW Solar Project Completed in California School District
The largest school-based solar power installation in the United States has been completed atop 10 schools in the Antelope Valley Union High School District in California. The 9.6-MW project was constructed and designed by PsomasFMG beginning August 2010 and cost a $52 million. It is expected to save the district $40 million in energy costs over the next two decades. The solar panels should produce enough clean energy to power about 80 percent of the school district’s electricity needs.
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