The city of Beatrice is taking the first step in planning a local wind power generation facility. The City Council approved an application at its Monday meeting for Nebraska Public Power District to do a review of electrical capacity and transmission, in order to assess the feasibility of a wind generation facility. The application was originally recommended by the Board of Public Works at a prior meeting and is the first step in what will be an ongoing process. Click to read more.
Photo: Wind-farm turbine near the small, centrally-located city of Broken Bow. Credit: Caroline Jezierski
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By Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post
As a costly and controversial public art project reaches its final vote for funding at the Iowa City council meeting next Tuesday, a game-changing “solar tree” public art initiative launched by the 100 Grannies for a Livable Future has galvanized a groundswell of support for a more community-based, inclusive and environmentally focused alternative that could serve as a public art model for other American cities.
Incorporating the original purpose of the Black Hawk Mini Park to serve as “guardians of the land,” and as a hands-on follow-up to Iowa City’s recent commitment to the Compact of Mayor’s climate agreement, the 100 Grannies’ proposal is based on the globally acclaimed “Energy Tree” in Bristol, England’s central Millennium Square, which combines “community collaboration, artistic excellence, and science in a public art installation and renewable power source designed to engage the public in energy issues and address social inequality.”
Condensed description of the Energy Tree by Jeff Biggers & 100 Grannies: According to John Packer, the designer and artist behind the Bristol Energy Tree, “A tree is a metaphor, a playful metaphor – all trees are solar trees.” The Bristol Energy Tree is constructed with multi-directional solar panels for ‘leaves” and eight “roots” that enclose power points for recharging mobile phones.The solar cells are made from recycled fragments of broken panels that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Huffington Post / Co-authored by Neha Matthew, Associate Campaign Representative with the Sierra Club’s International Campaign and Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, a Research Fellow and Head of the Renewable Equity Project (REP)
Solar Sister Entrepreneur Levina from Kandaga Village. Photo Credit: Solar Sister Tanzania
The gender inequalities that persist throughout the energy sector inspired the creation of the Renewable Equity Project (REP), a new initiative building knowledge and action on women’s advancement throughout the energy value chain — from engineering and technology to the boardrooms of energy corporations. Housed at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the initiative is the first effort to improve gender data across clean energy technologies and to demonstrate the impact that women’s advancement could have on expanding the clean energy economy.
Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) is a global network for women advancing clean energy http://c3enet.org
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University is joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) to support implementation of the DOE-led U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) program to advance women’s participation and leadership in clean energy. Women represent substantially less than half of the workforce across the energy field; closing the gender gap is a major goal of C3E. The new collaboration with the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy will broaden the geographic reach of the U.S. C3E program and help further raise awareness of C3E and women’s leadership in the energy sector. http://energy.gov/articles/stanford-precourt-institute-energy-joins-us-department-energy-and-mit-energy-initiative