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Crusaders Taking Electric Bikes on Cross-Country Tour

Two electric bike enthusiasts and buying viagra in the us environmental crusaders will set off this weekend on what they're calling the Trans-American Electric Bike Tour, a cross-country trip where they're traveling only by electric bike to show off the eco-friendly mode of transportation.

Boris Mordkovich, an original team member of RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing service, and Anna Mostovetsky, an environmental scientist, will begin their 4,000-mile journey in New York this Saturday that will take them to visit our site how to buy levitra 25 cities, ending in San Francisco in mid-June. Along the way, they'll be doing talks and presentations, attempting to turn people on to commuting via e-bike. Their trip has three goals:  increasing awareness of e-bikes, proving they're reliable and efficient, and gathering information on commuting via e-bike in the various cities they're visiting.

The bikes they'll be using are the pfizer cialis cheap Aries and Aurora from EVELO bikes, who is sponsoring their tour. The bikes have a 40-mile range per charge, so they'll each be carrying a spare battery to extend their range. They'll also be towing cargo trailers to hold all of their essentials for the trip.

You can follow their progress and see a schedule of events at the tour's website.




Denmark Sets Goal of 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Denmark has released a portfolio of programs to achieve the ambitious targets of getting all of its electricity and fuel needs from renewable sources by 2050 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent compared to 1990 levels by 2020. The country intends to get half of their energy from wind and the rest by utilizing smart grid, biogas, geothermal, wave and other sustainable technologies.

Denmark will add 1500 MW of offshore wind and 1800 MW of onshore wind by 2020 in order to reach its goal of 35 percent renewable energy by 2020. By 2016, the government will invest $18 million in renewable energy research and $4.5 million in wave power research.

The government is cheapest price viagra also offering incentives for companies that invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Power plants will receive incentives for switching from coal to biomass. By next year, no new building will be allowed to have oil or gas heaters and by 2016 no existing buildings will be able to install them.

via Climate Progress and Energy Efficiency News

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EPA Sets New Carbon Emissions Limits

The US Environmental Protection Agency has released its Clean Air Act standard for carbon emission from new power plants. Under the proposed EPA rule, any new fossil-fuel-fired power plants (whether fueled by coal or natural gas or any other fossil fuel) would have to meet an "output-based standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour (lb CO2/MWh gross)." (EPA Fact Sheet PDF) EPA believes that over 95% of existing gas-fired plants would meet this standard, but that coal-fired plants would need to incorporate carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology in order to meet the limit.

The proposed rule does not apply to viagra overnight delivery existing plants or to plants currently under construction. Nor does it ban new coal power plants from being built (although others have remarked that this marks the propecia online pharmacy canada beginning of the end of indian cialis electricit from coal). But new coal plants will have to meet standard with additional equipment that is still costly to install and to operate. This makes it increasingly likely that new power plants will utilize fuels other than coal.

According to the EPA statement, "The proposed standard, which only applies to power plants built in the future, is flexible and would help minimize carbon pollution through the deployment of the same types of modern technologies and steps that power companies are already taking to build the next generation of power plants. EPA’s proposal is in line with these investments and will ensure that this progress toward a cleaner, safer and more modern power sector continues." If 'Clean Coal' is as viable as its lobby would like us to levitra roma believe, there shoud be no problems with this.

image: CC BY 3.0 by Davidshay1

link: EPA News Release


US Virgin Islands Plans 60% Reduction in Fossil Fuel Use By 2025

The U.S. Virgin Islands has worked with NREL to come up with a strategic plan to reduce fossil fuel use by 60 percent by 2025. The plan will include the deployment of five different renewable energy technologies and a huge roll-out of energy efficiency improvements.

The USVI, much like other islands, currently depends heavily on imported fuel for their energy needs, making electricity cost almost $0.50/kWh for residents -- about five times more than residents of the continental U.S. The need for switching to renewable sources of energy is just as much economical as it is environmental for the islanders.

NREL wanted to come up with a realistic plan for reducing the USVI's dependence on fossil fuels, so they worked with the government, utilities and public and private groups to map out the territory's potential for different renewable energy and efficiency solutions. The organization came up with the following mix of cialis discussionsdiscount priced cialis efforts to get the islands to a 60 percent reduction:

  • 2 percent biomass
  • 3 percent landfill gas
  • 3 percent solar
  • 6 percent wind
  • 8 percent waste-to-energy
  • 38 percent energy efficiency

The USVI burns 2.6 million barrels of oil every year for electricity and water desalination. By 2025, if this plan comes together, that number could drop that number to i recommend genuine cialis online just over 1 million barrels, creating a cheaper, homegrown electricity portfolio for the islands and a major slash in emissions.

via NREL

Image via Don Buchanan, USVI Energy Office


NASA Searching for Green Propellant

NASA has announced that they're seeking proposals for green propellant alternatives to the currently-used and highly-toxic fuel hyrdrazine. The space agency is asking for demonstrations of propellant technology that can perform as well as traditional fuels in future spacecraft, but have a much smaller impact on the environment and are less hazardous for those handling the fuel.

Hydrazine is efficient, can be stored for long periods of time and is tramadol online pharmacy used widely in satellite and science and exploration missions, but it costs the agency in processing times and extreme operational hazards because of its highly corrosive and toxic nature. NASA is hoping that a new propellant technology can be found that eliminates those hurdles (i.e. saves money) and possibly even improves performance.

Through its Technology Demonstration Missions Program, the agency will be accepting proposals until April 30 and then giving out at least one award to the best among the submissions that could be worth up to $50 million.

via NASA

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