Archive for April, 2010

We’ve Had Our Fill of “Drill, Baby, Drill”

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Anyone who’s been following the news lately has surely heard about the environmental disaster taking place in the Gulf of Mexico right now.  In the aftermath of an explosion on a drilling rig, thousands of barrels of oil are pouring into the sea daily, causing who knows what short- and long-term damage to the area’s wildlife and environment.

The growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico can now be seen from space.

Thousands of barrels of oil are pouring daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

How many such calamities must we undergo before we as a nation commit to making the transition to an energy infrastructure based on clean, renewable, sustainable energy sources?

From our perspective at The Big Wind, turning to green energy has no down side.  It could bring industry, jobs, and capital back to the U.S.  It could reduce our dependence on often hostile foreign governments around the world.  In many cases, it will literally put the power back into the hands of the consumer.  Working together, we can help ensure that future generations breathe clean air, drink clean water, and enjoy a range of pristine environments unsullied by human intervention.

The “drill, baby, drill” crowd wants you to believe that fossil fuels are harmless and necessary, but their battle cry is being supported by industries that are firmly entrenched in profiting from the status quo, that spend countless dollars keeping things as they are, that invest less than their fair share back into the United States because of tax loopholes and convoluted accounting practices.  They’re focused on their bottom line right now, but future generations will pay.

When did we start closing our minds to new ideas and innovation?

As Americans, we have always taken tremendous pride in leading the world into its next great phase.  Let’s stop the finger pointing and the infighting.  Let’s turn our attention to retooling the future, rethinking the energy infrastructure, and literally taking back our power, so we never have to grapple with another environmental disaster like the one we’re facing now.

Continuing to rely on fossil fuels will be our undoing.

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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Urban Green Energy Wind Turbines Can be Used to Satisfy the Requirements of Multiple LEED Rating Systems

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

As the real-estate market beings to recover, property owners, developers, and architects thinking about pursuing LEED certification should consider using Urban Green Energy vertical axis wind turbines to provide on-site renewable energy. Generating on-site renewable energy complies with the requirements of several LEED rating systems and can earn up to 10 points depending on the system.

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 21, 2010 — As the real-estate market beings to recover, property owners, developers, and architects thinking about pursuing LEED certification should consider using Urban Green Energy vertical axis wind turbines to provide on-site renewable energy which contributes toward satisfying credits in several LEED Rating Systems.

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Installing an Urban Green Energy wind turbine will generate on-site renewable energy. For new construction projects or major renovations, the creation of on-site renewable energy can contribute to earning up to 7 points under the “LEED 2009 for New Construction” rating system. To make existing buildings more sustainable, installing Urban Green Energy wind turbines can contribute to earning up to 6 points under the “LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Management” rating system. Furthermore, utilizing Urban Green Energy wind turbines to produce on-site renewable energy for a home can contribute to earning up to 10 points under the “LEED for Homes” rating system.

In several instances, the minimum percentage of renewable power needed to qualify for credits is lower for on-site renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines, than for renewable power supplied by a utility. For example, under the “LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Management” rating system, an off-site renewable energy source must supply 8 times more power than an on-site source to earn the same number of points. Under the “LEED 2009 for New Construction” rating system, a minimum of 35% of a building’s energy must be supplied by off-site renewable sources in order to qualify for any points under the “Green Power” credit. Only 3% of the building’s power must come from an on-site source to qualify for the same number of points.

Said Scott Van Pelt, LEED GA, “on-site renewable energy is a very efficient means to earning LEED credits. UGE’s vertical axis wind turbines are definitely a good product to consider due to their highly adaptable nature. I am more frequently hearing about LEED projects that incorporate wind or solar into the design.”

Urban Green Energy wind turbines provide reliable energy even in areas of turbulent airflow, including densely populated urban centers. Their vertical axis design takes advantage of air movement regardless of which direction the wind is blowing. Currently the company produces three models which are rated at 600W, 1kW, and 4kW, yet all are compact enough to be positioned on the roof of a commercial or residential building.

Takayuki Koizumi, a sales manager at UGE, recently instructed a class of architects and engineers on the merits of integrating wind turbines within a LEED project. When asked to comment on consumer interest, Mr. Koizumi noted increased interest in the subject. “Definitely more of our customers are interested in LEED credits. As the leading manufacturer of vertical axis wind turbines, our products are able to work on rooftops, towers, and street lamps, as well as many other applications. We are always excited to be a part of the project’s vision.”

Urban Green Energy is a market leader in the production of vertical axis small wind turbines with offices in New York City, London, and Beijing. For more information visit www.urbangreenenergy.com.

Happy 40th Anniversary, Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

“…be the change you want to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi

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Earth Day celebrates its 40th anniversary on April 22.  Here’s a link to a great site that has tons of events, initiatives, and information about how you can make a difference and reduce your carbon footprint.

http://www.earthdayny.org/ime/