Jun 15, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSEA) announced today it received a grant of $575,000 from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) Renewable Energy Trust for the design and construction of two wind turbines at its world headquarters property at 35 Dory Road, Blackburn Industrial Park, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The proposed wind turbines could provide Varian with up to half of its electricity supply. "Receiving the grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will help us reduce our operating overhead while also protecting the regional environment by using a non-polluting renewable energy resource," said Rick Johnson, Director of Facilities at Varian Semiconductor.
"Varian is in a highly competitive industry -- one that requires companies to look for new methods of reducing costs. Varian is pleased the Renewable Energy Trust of the MTC has supported our project to design and install the two wind turbines at our headquarters. Varian's wind project is an example of corporate social responsibility -- the Company will improve its bottom line while protecting the environment, improving local power quality and helping the region reduce its reliance on imported oil."
Gloucester and Manchester to Purchase Big Belly Solar Trash Compactors
Essex County communities Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea are using their Clean Energy Choice community matching grants to purchase BigBelly solar trash compactors. Using the power of the sun, the BigBelly system automatically compacts trash and reduces collection trips by four times or more. In addition to cutting collection costs, they reduce fuel consumption and diesel exhaust emissions. City and town officials are looking to the solar compaction system to help keep their communities cleaner, to educate the public about practical and cost-effective solar energy applications, and to save time and fuel through more efficient trash collection operations.
Hamilton Public Works director, Steven Kenney says that Hamilton town trucks and landscaping equipment are now powered by biodiesel, a mixture of cooking oil and diesel fuel.
Kenney totes the environmental benefits of using biodiesel including reducing dependence on foreign oil and the fact the biodiesel emits 40 percent fewer greenhouse gases than diesel. Because biodiesel burns more efficiently, engines are cleaner and fuel mileage per gallon is improved.
Wind Turbine Proposal
Boston Globe North
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006
Wind Turbine Proposal - The Air Force is considering building a wind turbine at the Sagamore Hill Solar Observatory. Captain James Bono, Commander of the observatory, wrote a letter to the Board of Selectmen stating that the turbine would provide clean, renewable energy for the community. Selectmen plan to discuss it further.
Green Roof Sprouts on Top of Whipple Annex
by Natalie Miller
October 19, 2006
A thick layer of soil now covers the Whipple Annex roof. Come spring it will look more like a Chia Pet than a traditional roof.
The installation of a "green roof" on the soon-to-be senior housing complex at the Annex has been completed and will sprout this spring! The green roof is a joint effort by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and the North Shore Housing Trust, which purchased the building from the town.
Green roofs consist of a waterproof membrane, a water-storing drainage mat, light weight soil and hardy, drought tolernant plantings. The rainwater is absorbed and pollutants are filtered through the living plants before the water is returned to the ground.
The roof provides thermal insulation which helps decrease heating and cooling costs.
A green roof will outlast a traditional roof.
Globe North: Energy Savings at Ipswich Schools and Municipal Buildings
Across the region, school districts are feeling the sting of rising energy costs and trying to lessen the financial pain by using energy conservation grants and incentive programs.
By the end of 2006 Ipswich will have made energy-saving changes in its administration building, both elementary schools and its high school-middle school.
"Our electricity costs for the high school-middle school are $220,000 and gas heat another $200,000. Money used for energy takes away from educational programs, that's why we are trying to reduce our costs," said Superintendent Rick Korb.
Starting in October, contractors will install insulation and air selants in the high school-middle school. In January, they plan to install a computerized energy management system and control panel to identify and regulate heat flow throughout the facility. During April vacation, the multi-vapor lights in the gym will be replaced with more efficient fixtures.
The insulation project will cost $15,000 - $20,000 and with a savings of $4,500 per year will pay for iteslf in less than four years. Replacing the multi-vapor lights will cost $40,000 and save $7,020 annually. The energy management system will have a four year pay-back period.
by David Rattigan, Globe Correspondent
Geothermal heating/cooling at Merrimack Loft condos
Monarch on the Merrimack Loft condominiums was once a working mill in Lawrence. Currently it is being developed into a mixed-use space and will utilize one of the largest geothermal heating and cooling project in the United States. Geothermal exchange, also called geoexchange, is the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way to heat or cool buildings, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Residents of a 1,200 ft square unit will be projected to save 13% on their air conditioning bill and 32% on heating costs.
The former Wood Worsted Mill which once utilized coal burning power for industry will have a green future. In addition to the geothermal heating and cooling system the renovated mill will boast 2,100 thermally insulated windows as well as green roof space. For more information on this project please contact Robert Ansin
North Shore Community College: Steps to Energy Conservation
1) North Shore Community College has recently purchased hybrid Chevy Silverado truck. This hybrid technology improves the truck's fuel economy by 10% over a conventional pickup and reduces CO2.
2) The College has participated in the Division of Energy Resources' (DOER) facility screening process to determine the feasibility of installing photovoltaic panels at the College. In March 2006 DOER's consultant, Timeless Technologies of Exeter, NH, prepared a feasibility report for the installation of a 62.2 kW system at the Lynn campus. The report estimated annual energy produced kW ac of 74,726 with a first year savings of $12,171. The simple payback period will be 8 years. Based on the EOEA's and DOER's review of the report, Mass Development has included the College's project in its funding request to the IRS. If funded this project will help the Commonwealth meet its Million Solar Roofs commitment.
Lynn approves green building order, passes unanimously in April 2005
"Ordered that all future designs and plans for construction projects of municipally owned buildings incorporate the renewable energy principals and practices adopted by the United States Green Building Council to the maximum extent feasible."
2004, Shawn Reeves started EnergyTeachers.org to help lessons and ideas about renewable energy, and an understanding about all energy production and use, spread more quickly. Shawn has been demonstrating solar cooking to classrooms, starting with Pickering MS in Lynn over a year ago. EnergyTeachers.org (ETO) has sponsored a table at several energy-related events and has partnered with SolarNow, H.O.B.B.E.S., Salem State College, and many other organizations. ETO sends a newsletter free to teachers in MA and hosts a web site designed to help teachers share ideas quickly and efficiently. The links pages and calendar on line are useful also to the general public, covering all energy information, organizations, and events anyone submits.
Solar panels at the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Newburyport- On August 14, 2006, solar panels at the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport began providing clean, renewable energy to the facility! According to Bill Gette, Director of Joppa Flats Education Center, the first month-to-month energy cost savings comparison, (Sept05 prior to the solar installation vs. Sept 06) showed a significant savings of 60% and dramatically reduced the facilitys dependence on fossil fuels.
Visible from the Plum Island Turnpike, the 60 solar panels mounted on the roof of the Nature Center provides 9.9 Kw of electricity. On sunny days visitors can view the electric meter spinning backwards.
The Joppa Flats Education Center is the gateway to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge one of the countrys most productive, year-round, wildlife viewing areas. Joppa Flats is located at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport; hours are Tue Sun and Monday holidays 8:30 am 4 pm.
The solar project was funded in part by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the Renewable Energy Trust.
Potential Wind Power in Revere
The Chelsea Record
Thursday, March 8, 2007
To date, a windy day in Revere is nothing more than a good reason to wear a scully cap, but to one major South Shore developer, Revere's windy days might be a valuable energy commodity.
Jay Cashman Inc. of Quincy is exploring sites in Revere for a potential wind farm, and although the idea is in its infancy, the company is preparing to meet with city officials....
"The company has informally requested a meeting with me, but it hasn't happened yet," said the mayor Tom Ambrosino. "I wouldn't be surprised if our coastline or marshlands didn't present opportunities to really develop wind farms."
Wind measuring device installed at Rockport High School
Salem News - September 5, 2006 by Jason Simpson
ROCKPORT - Rockport High School may soon have a wind tower in its backyard. The Department of Public Works and the School Committee approved an area near the school's softball field as an appropriate site to install a 164-ft wind data collection tower to see if a wind turbine will generate enough energy for adequate use.
This comes nearly one year after a committee was formed to research the possibilities for a wind tower in Rockport. School Committee members Carl Engel and Debra Bloomingdale said the proposed tower on school ground would be a "wonderful idea," not only because of the initiative to bring renewable energy sources to town, but also for the educational possibilities the tower could produce for the children at the schools.
Rockport's Wind Technology Committee is in the second of multiple phases in the goal of creating a wind turbine for town uses with the help of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
Wind project gaining ground
Group explores city for turbine sites
By John Laidler, Globe Correspondent
|Pat Gozemba||Jul 9, 2007 at 9:03 AM|
The site below allows you to view the solar and wind power output generated at the Carlton School. Also, there is YTD data on the pollution saved and YTD renewable energy output.
Cut and paste the link below into your browser.
|Kevin Andrews||May 1, 2007 at 3:18 PM|
|Carlton School - Salem, MA|
SALEM -- Local environmentalists are applauding the city's move to replace all 391 lights in the East India Square parking garage with more energy-efficient fluorescent lights. The $96,438 cost of the project is being offset by $57,863 in rebates from Massachusetts Electric Co. The city's share of the tab will be $38,575. Because the new lights use 56 percent less electricity than the old fixtures, the city's electric bills will be lower and the lights will pay for themselves in less than two years.
"The city is making huge advantages in saving money in electricity and also at the same time being much more environmentally friendly," said Pat Gozemba, a Willows resident and member of Salem Alliance for the Environment. "If you're using less electricity, you're putting less greenhouse gas into the environment."
At the urging of SAFE, Mayor Stanley Usovicz and the City Council passed in September 2002 a resolution designating Salem as a "city for climate protection." Salem State College students Ben Walsh and Darryl Stafford, working with John Hayes, a faculty member in the college's geography department, performed an energy audit. They met with city electrician John Giardi and pinpointed the garage as a place where the city could get the most "bang for its buck," mayoral aide Tom Philbin said. SAFE raised $700 to buy a special software package to do the audit. "With the ongoing budget reductions at the state level, we have been looking for ways to reduce our operating costs," the mayor said. "SAFE has helped the city to do this while also reaching our common goal of protecting our environment. This shows what we can accomplish when we all work together."
Work to change the lights began last week. Giardi said the new fixtures are more durable than the old ones and will require less maintenance. They also come with a waterproof seal. In the last two years, the city has had to spend roughly $10,000 to replace faulty lights.
The new lights also produce more "white" light, making the garage brighter, city officials said. "Your eyes can see objects much more clearly," said Doug Wagner of the electric company, who negotiated the city's rebates.
"You can notice a difference," Parking Director Jim Hacker agreed.
Other projects are planned. Giardi is also replacing the bulbs in some traffic lights with more energy-efficient LED lights.
Salem Evening News November, 2003.
|Pat Gozemba, Salem Alliance for the Environment||Sep 26, 2006 at 10:55 AM|
WHEREAS, a scientific consensus has developed that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (ghg) released into the atmosphere have a profound effect on the Earth's climate; and
WHEREAS, scientific evidence including the Third Assessment Report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the U.S. Global Change Research Program's (USGCRP) First National Assessment indicate that global warming has begun, with the 1990s the hottest decade in recorded history; and
WHEREAS, scientific evidence indicates that global warming is already beginning, with the 1990's and 1980's the hottest and second hottest decades in recorded history; and
WHEREAS, more than 160 countries pledged under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, in 2001, at the request of the Administration, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reviewed and confirmed the concerns of the environment and public health communities and declared global warming a real problem, caused by humankind and impacting key vulnerable populations; and
WHEREAS, energy consumption, specifically the burning of fossil fuels--e.g.: coal, oil and gas--accounts for more than 80% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; and
WHEREAS, local governments greatly influence the community's energy use by exercising key powers over land use, transportation, building construction, waste management, and energy supply and management; and
WHEREAS, local government actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency provide multiple local benefits by decreasing air pollution, creating jobs, reducing energy expenditures, and saving money for the City government, its businesses and its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the New England States have joined together in a regional compact with the Eastern provinces of Canada to reduce green house gas emissions in our region; and
WHEREAS, the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, sponsored by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the City of SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, to become a partner in the Campaign;
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the CITY OF SALEM commits to participate in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign and, as a participant in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign, SALEM pledges to take a leadership role in promoting public awareness about the causes and impacts of climate change. The CITY OF SALEM will undertake the Cities for Climate Protection programs 5 milestones to reduce both greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions throughout the community, specifically:
* Conduct a greenhouse gas (ghg) emissions inventory and forecast to determine the source and quantity of ghg emissions in the jurisdiction;
* Establish a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target;
* Develop an action plan with both existing and future actions which when implemented will meet the local greenhouse gas reduction target; and
* Implement the action plan; and
* Monitor to review progress toward reducing green house gas emissions.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the CITY OF SALEM requests assistance from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Cities for Climate Protection Campaign (CCP) as it progresses through the milestones.
Passed unanimously by the Salem City Council in September 2002.
|Salem City Councilors||Sep 26, 2006 at 10:47 AM|
|Salem, MA||(978) 745-9595|
Salem's Carlton Eentary School features 31 kW of solar photovoltaic cells, including 30 kW of flat panels mounted on the school roof and 1 kW of photovoltaic-insulated windows for the schools greenhouse. A small 1 kW wind turbine, provides power to the greenhouse. In addition, there are a variety of energy-efficiency features, inlcuding: a computerized energy monitoring station for the students, harvesting natural light panels in the gym, sensor detectors for lights and an educational program with elements designed to teach students about green, energy-efficient and renewable technologies. Predicted energy savings beyond code: 20.6% Predicted avoided energy costs (2002): $10,000/year.
|Carlton School||Aug 27, 2006 at 8:33 AM|
Swampscott Town Hall may soon have something in common with Boston's Trinity Church.
If a newly sanctioned feasibility study offers positive results, the Town Hall's heating and cooling would be controlled with geothermal energy.
Statistics compiled by the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium indicate that a geoexchange systems uses markedly less energy than the conventional heating and cooling systems, and can cut heating and cooling costs by 25 to 40%.
|Swampscott Renewable Energy Committee||Nov 3, 2006 at 2:58 PM|
|Swampscott, MA||Swamspcott Town Hall 781-596-8850|
All traffic lights in Swampscott have been converted to LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). The town paid $17,000, National Grid paid $10,000. Payback is expected to be 7 years.
|Swampscott Renewable Energy Committee||Sep 14, 2006 at 3:48 PM|
Geothermal, ground source and geoexchange heat pumps have been providing home, commercial, and industrial owners and operators lowest cost conventional heating, air conditioning and domestic hot water heating, environmental benefits, comfort, durability, and low maintenance for over 60 years.
For more information go to the Geothermal heating and cooling systems go to the Geothermal Consortium website at www.geoexchange.org
If you are building a new house, renovating an old heating or air conditioning system, or installing radiant floor heating - Why not consider the most efficient system available, a geothermal heat pump?
|HealthLink||Sep 4, 2006 at 9:13 AM|
Congressmen John Tierney (D-Salem) hosted his third energy forum last Wednesday, this time focusing on educating members of municipal governments from around the North Shore of ways in which they can save both energy and money. Nearly 100 attendees, including some from Swampscott, filled the auditorium of the Carlton Elementary School in Salem, a "green" building featuring several of the innovative energy saving tools discussed during the assembly. Attendees were primarily municipal light department and school officials, as well as local selectmen. Representing Swampscott were Tara Gallagher of the Renewable Energy Committee and Martha Dansdill of locally based HealthLink. "As energy costs continue to climb, we wanted to bring together key experts on energy efficiency opportunities for local communities and schools so that they can take advantage of valuable energy saving and cost cutting options," Tierney said.
Keynote speaker Warren Leon, director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, shared tips on how to bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to the forefront. "It is obvious we need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and imported oil, but it's hard to get people to focus on energy, because they have the psychology of it all wrong," Leon said. "When people recycle their [big bulky newspaper] at the end of the week they feel accomplished. When you fill up your tank however you don't feel or see the pollution it's causing." Leon added, "What's even worse is electricity. A light switch feels so safe and clean, but we don't see the coal mines firing up every time we flip the switch. Anything we can do to make it feel more tangible makes a difference." Among many suggestions Leon made for lowering energy usage and cutting costs to focus on bigger, one-time projects rather than taking baby steps. "Buying a more energy-efficient refrigerator would have more of an impact than telling the kids to close the door faster," Leon said. "[Also], remember that some buildings can last over 50 years so it would be worth something to put more money up front and then save in on going operating costs."
Aside from cost-saving opportunities, Bill White, senior analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, reminded attendees of another long-term effect of high-energy use. "The energy we use is the No. 1 source of air pollution," White said. "Superior energy performance is important for reducing strain on energy supplies to avoid blackouts and national gas shortages."
One way White suggested to achieve superior energy performance was by taking the Energy Star Challenge. Energy Star, a joint program of the EPA, challenges building owners to improve existing building efficiency by 10 percent or more. To help with achieving this goal, Energy Star offers a tool called "Portfolio Manager" to structures such as schools and office buildings, which helps set goals, measure progress over time and recognize high performance buildings.
"Our nation's 14,300 kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts spend over $5 billion annually on energy, with one-third of this money being unnecessarily spent on high energy bills," White said. "This money could instead be invested in energy efficiency to improve lighting, acoustics, and air quality which would in turn create a better working and learning environment."
Other events of the day included a panel discussion among representatives of major utility companies, including NStar, National Grid and Keyspan, sharing tips on programs and incentives currently available, with a great focus on finding out what can be done despite the costs so they will know what they can do when the money is available. For those who wondered how they could possibly implement such tools on their town's bud
|Swampscott Reporter||Aug 25, 2006 at 2:07 PM|
In May of 2005, the Swampscott Selectmen officially appointed a Renewable Energy Committe to help the town explore renewable energy options and energy efficiency issues. The issues we have worked on over the past year include: 1) Identifing potential locations for renewable energy installations and interfacing with the UMass Renewable Energy Lab for their expertise. 2)Enlisted National Grid to do an energy audit walk-through of all town buildings. Presently recommendations are being reviewed with decision makers. 3) Submitting "Ask the Energy Miser" monthly column to the weekly newspaper. 4) Co-sponsored with HealthLink a free educational public forum on Geothermal Energy and Systems. 5) Began a dialogue on creating a satellite communter parking lot for train users and installing bike racks in public areas.
|Martha Dansdill||Aug 23, 2006 at 2:12 PM|
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