I first heard this on Friday at the closing of Good Jobs Green Jobs conference. Imagine - just imagine - the feeling watching this in big screen with thousands of people around you..
I first heard this on Friday at the closing of Good Jobs Green Jobs conference. Imagine - just imagine - the feeling watching this in big screen with thousands of people around you..
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The last day of the "Good Jobs Green Jobs" conference opened with DC Labor Chorus singing "We're Going to Change the World."
Winona LaDuke, Exec Dir. Honor the earth speaking.
We’re addicted to fossil fuel. Cannot build a society base on conquest. There’s only so many places you can conquer. You’re going to build some societies base on justice. Against proposal on the economy for nuclear waste in Indian communities. We do not want to see clean coal because we cannot clean them. The question is if we have the commitment and humility to fix this. Indian reservations is the windiest place in the world. Just need the grid. Can produce 1/4 of US electrical consumption. What's the point of consumption if no efficiency. They localize fuel economy. Reduce heating bill by 20%. The next econ. has to be just, simple and great. Need deconstructing for our own stuffs. She got standing O.
Fred Redmond, US Steelworkers.
Today is a special morning. Talk about his union who works for large multinationals compete locally. Feel a special obligation. We can't have good jobs w/o clean environment and can't have clean enviro without good jobs. Speak about the work with coalition Sierra, Blue Green Alliance. Gives hope to the union. We need to go home and take our planet back.
Vanessa Jones, reads poet 'two wings world.' With my one wing I can fly. I can soar. I can do anything in this 2 wings world.
Van Jones come on stage. He got standing ovation. He appreciates the leadership of David Foster and BG Alliance. We can be part of co-creating. Applause for Apollo Alliance. Energy Action Coalition. Ella Baker. Applause for the movement. "If the FBI if keeping track of this movement, they would somewhat baffle.. can you imagine how they report back?" Are you happy about caulk gun? This is a profound movement. This is a movement we've been waiting for. There's an expression of it in the electoral. So many people coming together to realign politic. That happened last year. The people never voted before. They're hoping for a change. When you realign politic that's the first step of politics. The unity of purpose of pride, solidarity, people of all color. Let us to show us the world that November 4 is not a fluke. Applause. Carry the box of ballots to Hall of Congress for new economy. We want new econ. It's even deeper than Barack Obama, it's also about western civilization. Winona is trying to say it a nice way ".. I told you so!" You're great great grandmother was right about the earth. Earth is precious. We can put a price tag on everything incl. YOU. And now just a few hundred years later. Great grandma was right. This country that every color.. a new conversation shows.. the green economy. Deeper than VF, solar panel. This is a human family coming back to earth? Human family. Who are we? In the final hour, are we locust. Was America mistakes. Are we locust. Are we going to drive mass distinction. What kind of species are we? What kind of work? What kind of relationship between species and work? This is a profound movement.. be braver. We just started a clean energy revolution. But we still have to deal with water, waste, toxic and how we treat each other.
Build green growth alliance. Green growth alliance that incl. everybody. We can build green econ Dr King will be proud. 70% of global warming problem is cities. Save artic is to save a neighborhood. If you're native American: no more broken trees! You're hero. Sacrifice your lung. Your children. Some people wanted to blow up your grandmother's mountain. Want Appalachian be protected. NOLA to Appalachia.
In conclusion: We got work to do. He made jokes. Made faces. This is it. It's going to be up to us to go back home. We gotta take a stand now. Labor movement is going to be greener and bolder. Be brave. 3 kinds of green job give so a job behind a desk green to union job. Black folks don't want green movement. Magic & genius of the brother in WH. Because of him America is back. Justice for all is rising. You can. Yes we can. BO brought America back. Working with him we can do more take America back. Thank you very much.
Green for All staffs got on stage. Intro his minister Rev. minister Wood. The dream generation (refers to Green for All staffs). Now his preacher speaks. Closing with "Power to the People."
Participants go to workshops..
Gov. O'Malley (MD)
In the green room, run into Leo. Asked him how things going. Leo said not good. O'Malley said "Leo, things are going to get better. It's good to have Pres. who's on our side. This conf is important for sustainability community. We have complex and challenges issue. Very fortunate to have leader in our side and glad that he pledges to restore science back. Mikulski said we're in hand to hand combat for stimulus. Talk about the 3 S: Sec., skills and sustainability. Green tech and green jobs. With legislations working to bring new jobs, eco-friendly and max benefit for family. Share some of the things in MD. State has the #1 public school system in America, says Education magazine. College board also HS students #1 who takes AP exam. 1st state to create green energy center. Smart, green and grown, etc. Reaching out to younger MDs. Experience if you want to get to the adult, reach out to the kids. MD frozen zero percent increase in college tuition. Plans to launch MD index for sustainability sometime this year. Correlation in how we treat one another is how we treat the earth.
Intro by someone from NJ Teamster. In her first memo EPA can meet the nation's challenges only if employees need are meet. "Good to see Jerseys in the house." Obama requested that we visited the CA car waiver. Today, she signs that that will be reviewing the request. Review are important . 60 day public comment and hearings. Another annoucement a few mins ago in response to acting solicitor gen has review the NJ vs EPA mercury case. Section 112 of the clean air act? Talk about green jobs in that context. Salute this conference. You can clean and healthy environ green policies create good jobs. Creating green jobs is part of Obama's plan. Save 3-4 mil jobs next couple year incl jobs in range of industries with 90% jobs in private sector. Recovery includes transparency and accountability. Americans can check recovery.gov. Fund would fund spend up quickly. EPA promoting energy star, smart dev $690 mil brownfield grants. Green jobs are no longer a concept, they're reality. Labeling and messaging for stewardship is important. People know the power of green growth. Labor must be a vital partner to our economy. Shares family history. Mother is a postal worker with health challenges and to this day the postal worker paid for her health insurance long after father died in the 1970's. Partnership with labor is vital to the growth.. and something else.. talks faster than I could write.
OK now I got to go back to the office.. will post other stories from the conference as soon as I can get a hand on it..
Tags: 2009, climate change, good jobs, green collar, green for all, green jobs, movement, progressive, renewable energy, solar energy, union, washington dc, wind energy
This webminar is hosted by Greentech media with Michael Canellos, Editor-in-Chief. Speaker: Pat Bailey, Product Manager, AEC Sustainable Initiatives Autodesk, Inc.
Michael Canellos: Introduced Pat Bailey. AEC= architecture, engineering & construction
Pat Bailey: He's got cold. Apologizes for his not so clear voice.
2:09pm: Architecture 2030. LEED is a proxy of green building in the U.S. All around the world there are effort. Green Globe.
2:12: 25 years sustainability practice at Autodesk. Talks about the definition of sustainability. 3x bottom line. Administration wants green jobs. Context in econ. benefits, benefits to eco-system. Take energy price for the year, it will an increase from previous. Recognize the volatility and harmful to business community. The problem uncertainty in energy prices.
2:14: Very specific def: context building enviro: energy, lighting cooling, etc. Goal green building reduce value to as close as to zero.
2:16: Water conservation or efficiency. Building as efficient as possible. Think about water. Like reclaiming gray water, water from roofs. Give example of City of Atlanta, which had water shortage last year. Think about water and efficiency in the beginning of project.
2:19: Think about the way land is use. Autodesk: thought should be given what happens if I change orientation, shading solar panels, etc. Analysis can be done in a matter of minute now. Energy use incl. solar analysis, daylighting; if you're in Tucson what happens with window choices? Have to optimize natural light and heat use.
2:23: Carbon neutral design. Out of roof area if power with solar. Building efficiency. Reclaim, recover, gray waters. Lack of attention: structure of building.
2:25: Tools. Touch Autodesk products: Green building studio and Ecotech. Ecotech is not whole building energy analysis, i.e. look @ views, 2 sticks, primary benefit rich, visual enviro allows people to communicate idea with pixs.
2:30: Leveraging BIM. BIM Suite. Proposing people looking at multiple form. Build a model in kinda 3-4 hrs, look at 'what if' implications. Analysis can be done in something like 30 sec.
2:36: Constrution cos. building own information models. They believe they're close to project, can identified with cost savings. Point is: there is a place for everybody in BIM. Intent: users can work in virtual enviro, do analysis of various sort esp sustainability related. They can do this early in process. Same model should be followed with retrofit. Analysis costs less to do virtually than 'real life.' Check autodesk.com/green.
What is carbon neutrality? A: Carbon neutrality= not absolute green in def yet. Simplest is to take natl ave carbon footprint of a kw elect reduce your building that even if you don't use or you offset them with RE or buying REC.
- N. America on the cutting edge or lagging behind in this tech (again)? Fully functional in America for both tech. Can't say too much about the exact plan. There's desire to have this avail throughout the world. Right now N. America. Stay tuned.. Rabid? name of software.. German co. Think that EU gen population, Germany for example solar potential there, gov. mandate & subsidies. Knows a couple of friends uses solar energy that heats the entire 2k s.f. US, lotsa changes coming.
-- intermittent connection.. argh..I should say got disconnected!.. missed a lot of Q&A.
Autodesk is building HQ LEED platinum. Couldn't go into more details. He's a big fan of locally available material. Agnostic when it comes to specific tech. Electric chrome window, issue is window the biggest design. In Tucson or Phoenix maybe important...
Note: check also on Twitter..will also upload slides sometime today, so check back.
Tags: architecture, autodesk, business, clean tech, construction, economy, engineering, green building, green collar, greentech media, LEED, obama, solar energy, sustainability
This afternoon IREC (Interstate Renewable Energy Council) hosted a phone seminar on "The Utilities and Solar Tax Credit." The conference call is co-hosted by IREC, SEPA and sponsored by DOE. They got some 300 people listening to the call.
There are three (amazing) presenters for this seminar:
Christopher Cook: He talks about emerging trend of how Investor-Owned-Utilities (IOUs) can now own solar system directly and claim credit. Therefore, the need for third party structure diminished except for those utilities that can't claim tax credit, i.e. because have poor credit, do not want to or not allowed by regulators, and muni utilities that has no tax base. He said that the benefits to solar industry, ITC can create greater interest from utilities. Case in point: SCE, PSE&G, Duke Energy - all have sought approval from regulators for their utility solar projects. Furthermore, IOUs direct ownership of solar would allow the utilities to claim a longer life than PPA's (Power Purchase Agreement) structure, which is normally fixed for only 20 years.
Opportunities: 1) large scale utility solar projects, 2) utility based solar programs: rooftops, DG, community solar.
Note: In case you're wondering, tax credit can only be claimed if you have a tax base to offset the credit. If there's no tax base, there's nothing you can offset the credit from. That's why there's discussions (read: supports) for refundable tax credit, that supposedly can help clean energy start-ups.
Eric Silagy: He talks about the impact on ITC's on electric co. decision to build solar generation. Utilities will have to evaluate the benefits of recently passed legislation: a) whether there's tax appetite (again, go back to the tax base), b) ability to include projects in base rates, c) ability to access capital markets, d) how will it affect customer's bill, e) project costs when installed and levelized cost of energy (I guess the ROI?) and f) execution risk. With the credit crisis, he said that accessing capital markets still very challenging, therefore financing costs may be prohibitive, and the the fact that market experience interest for tax credit redux.
Despite all the challenges, he says that FPL 'still' committed to building, owning, and operating solar power plants.
Keith Martin: Talks about the most important thing of the day: updates on the politics of renewable energy. The House is expected to vote on an economic stimulus bill this coming Wednesday. The Senate will 'mark up' their version tomorrow. Touches the issue on possibility of converting large tax subsidies on solar projects into cash, at least on the next two years before we see tax equity market finds its way to recovery. (Republican opposed this part of the bill). There are two Fed's tax subsidies: 1) 30% ITC, 2) depreciation taken over a 5-year stretch. The coming stimulus bill will extend a 50% 'depreciation bonus' well into 2009. Here's the fact: NO solar co. can use the credits/ subs directly! Of 18 institutions that used tax equity into RE projects - only four - yes, you read it right: only "4" cos. still active. That's an almost 75% drops on appetite for tax equity!
House and Senate takes different approaches. House: would let projects completed in '09-10 get refunds from DOE for 30% cost of project. Senate: expected to let all "general business credits" from '09-'10 be carried back up to 5 years. It would also let credits be used to reduce company taxes to zero? Hmm, this is interesting...
The good thing: both House and Senate would bar TARP recipients (like banks and insurance cos.) to participate in carryback!
For more of the discussions, I posted highlights of this phone seminar including Q&As on Twitter.
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Apparently the number of Marylanders and businesses took advantage of the solar grants was quiet substantial and there's not enough funds to support it. State has less money to fund the program. Future funding would come from proceed of its cap-and-trade RGGI auctions.
Via Baltimore Business Journal (h/t Greentech)
The Maryland Energy Administration ran out of money for the subsidy program in July and last month capped at 412 the waiting list of homeowners and businesses hoping to get as much as $10,000 to install a new solar electric system.
And Maryland is hardly the only state faced with funding challenges...
Gov. Kaine's push to green Virginia's economy. This is part of the Renew Virginia initiatives. He is weighing incentives, grants, tax credits, exemption - to create green jobs and attract manufacturers to the state - as part of his 'signature' green package.
The Gov's proposals (almost) in it's entirety, via PR.
Clean Energy Manufacturing Incentive
This bill will expand the existing incentive grant available to solar photovoltaic manufacturers to include manufacturing of other low and no-carbon energy sources. The grants will be available to new and expanding businesses producing goods and equipment for energy efficiency, as well as solar, biomass, wind, nuclear, and other clean energy sources.
The incentive grant will be a valuable tool to the Interagency Task Force for Energy Project Recruitment, which was announced in December and provides a necessary tool to bring green jobs to Virginia. The size of the grants will be based on the economic return to the Commonwealth from the new business activity.
These also will be performance grants so that the Commonwealth will already have received the benefits of the investments before providing state incentives -- a unique partnership between government and private businesses.
To prime this effort and help to support Virginia's commitment to green jobs, $2 million is included for this program in the introduced budget.
Biofuels Incentive Grant
This bill will modify the existing financial support given to biofuel producers to provide a higher level of support for biofuels produced from sources that are not also used for food. The bill will provide a 10-cents-per-gallon incentive for biofuels produced from these sources. Biofuels produced from food crops would receive a lesser amount, 7.5-cents-per-gallon.
The bill will also reduce the minimum threshold required to be eligible for the grant from two million gallons per year to one million gallons per year. This will encourage the development of a network of biofuels producers across Virginia's farming communities and provide new economic development opportunities in rural areas.
Renewable Energy System Income Tax Credits
This bill establishes Renewable Energy System Income Tax Credits.
This will be an income tax credit for individuals and corporations installing solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, and small wind systems.
The credits vary based on the size of the systems installed: individuals can receive up to $8,000 for solar photovoltaic, $4,000 for solar thermal, and $6,000 for wind-power electric generators. Corporations can receive up to $20,000 for solar photovoltaic, $10,000 for solar thermal, and $15,000 for wind-powered electric generators. The total tax credits available for all individual and corporate taxpayers would be capped at $1 million total per year for residential taxpayers and $1 million total per year for corporate taxpayers.
This proposal balances the need to provide incentives with the need to be careful with financial commitments in the state budget. This takes the first steps towards building a long-term marketplace for renewable energy in Virginia.
Renewable Energy Equipment Sales Tax Exemption
This bill exempts, year round, solar photovoltaic and thermal systems as well as small wind systems from payment of sales tax. This also will provide savings to these companies' consumers, lowering their costs to install the systems.
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It's labeled as one of Maryland's largest solar projects with 150-kilowatt coming online from 9,000 s.f. of solar panels covering the HQ of a business outfit, John Kelley & Sons, in Prince Georges county. The project is a 20-year PPA (purchase-power-agreement) with Washington Gas Energy (and not PEPCO?).
This PPA agreement in a nutshell. WGE owns the system with John Kelley buys the electricity from them and another company - Standard Solar - takes care of the rest, i.e. developing, design, construct, operate and maintain the system.
The PPA concept is good for business, especially in this economy, because it saves the up-front costs of installing, maintaining the solar system that typically exists in buy outright.
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“It will be a two-year, nationwide effort to jumpstart job creation in America and lay the foundation for a strong and growing economy,” Obama said. “We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels; fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.”
Sounds like the long due windfall for the renewable energy industry - is finally here.
Deutsche Bank (DB) recommends a green infrastructure bank focus on energy efficiency, the transmission grid, renewable energy and public transportation. The green bank would dispense federal funding, make grants to states and cities, issue loans to governments and companies, underwrite public and private bonds, and provide tax credits for public and private projects.
No mentioned of price tag yet for this kind of stimulus on DB report. But, look like it would be much lower than the $700 bil bailout.
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The nation’s largest retailer, which has 128 stores in North Carolina, contends Duke’s intention to draw power for panels that would be built on customer homes and businesses could interfere with its own plans to tap solar energy.
It's interesting how Walmart - the king of retailer (probably get to the top via the same route) - using the word 'monopoly' when referring to Duke's solar plan.
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George Soros on Bill Moyer's Journal (h/t GreenBiz), says that 'consumption' was the engine of the US and world economy. (couldn't agree more!) High consumption gets us to piling on debts. You just have to see the debt trap.. it's priceless. Now that consumerism is dead (..well sort of), we need a new engine for the economy.
Yo Soros, you're spot on.
And the Soros' version for pulling us out of the rut is: The green economy!
Come to think of it.. uhm - maybe that's why the Senate bailout bill was padded up with tax breaks among others for the renewables energy. The train of thought behind this bailout bill..maybe this: IF we never ever see the $700 billion taxpayers money.. at least the green economy (and renewables) will balance it up.
Sort of hedging the investment...
Here is his MONEY QUOTE, via PBS.
Putting more money in, building infrastructure, converting to green technology.
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