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Dance Series Postponed due to Rain

Dance Series Postponed due to Rain

Tonight’s performance as part of our Solar-Powered Dance Series has been postponed due to the rain that just won’t seem to go away this summer.  We will be back Saturday and Sunday at 6pm with performances as scheduled.  Check this space for any updates on the status of those dates.  See you this weekend.


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2, says all electric car fans "are Dungeons and Dragons freaks"

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Last month, adrenaline junkie Jesse James attempted to set a new land speed record in his hydrogen-powered vehicle, sort of a purpose-built H2-rocket. Things didn’t go as smooth as James hoped, but he’s still a huge fan of hydrogen cars. As part of the promotion for his show Jesse James is a Dead Man – which will air the attempt August 9 – James gave an interview with the LA Times’ Brand X blog in which he gave his “not a scientist” viewpoints on the difference between hydrogen and battery-powered cars. In case you’re curious, James really, really doesn’t like EVs. Instead, he’s a fan of his fast hydrogen car because everyone said he couldn’t/shouldn’t do it. His reasons?

  • I don’t want a bunch of people with … Birkenstocks to show up to the shop now from Oregon. [...] I wanted to prove I can make a car go 200 on water.
  • I like pistons and a crank shaft and putting fuel in something that you know there’s a flame and explosion going on there. That’s what I like. That’s what I’ve based my whole life on. I think the internal combustion engine will live forever. We just have to figure out a way to make it environmentally friendly and not belch carbon monoxide and hazardous emissions
  • [Electric vehicles are] for dorks. [...] All the people involved with that technology are Dungeons and Dragons freaks. I’m just not that into it. No one’s passionate about a golf cart.

For a man like James, converting cars to battery power is “too easy.” Oh, and he also calls Tesla “lame.” For some insight into how feasible James things hydrogen vehicles are, he told the LA Times that a car that “you can dump water right in. It will have a battery storage system like a hybrid and that will be used with electrolysis to convert water to hydrogen right on-site and you’ll be able to run it with water and it’ll be fully self-contained, self-sufficient,” is one year away.

Gallery: Jesse James

[Source: Brand X]

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BlackLight Power Sells Hydrogen Power to 6th Utility Company

BlackLight PowerA couple of weeks ago I talked about New Mexico building a hydrogen power plant where solar and wind energy would be used to split water and the resulting hydrogen would be used to burn and turn a gas turbine, creating electricity.

Now, a company called BlackLight Power (BLP) has signed a deal with Akridge Energy based out of Maryland to do its own spin on supplying 400 MW of continuous power using hydrogen. Besides Maryland, Akridge will also use the electricity to power part of Virginia and Washington DC as well.

BlackLight Power is currently selling its technology to 5 other utility companies producing 7,600 MW which is enough to power approximately 985,000 customers.

Here is what BlackLight Power has to say about its process, “… energy is released as the electrons of hydrogen atoms are induced by a catalyst to transition to lower-energy levels (i.e. drop to lower base orbits around each atom’s nucleus) corresponding to fractional quantum numbers. The lower-energy atomic hydrogen product called ‘hydrino’ reacts with another reactant supplied to the reaction cell to form a hydride ion bound to the other reactant to constitute a novel proprietary compound, or two hydrinos react to form a very stable hydrogen-type molecule called a dihydrino molecule.

“As hydrogen atoms and catalyst atoms are normally found bound together as molecules or are bound in other compositions of matter, BlackLight has invented a solid fuel that uses conventional chemical reactions to generate the catalyst and atomic hydrogen at high reactant densities that in turn controllably achieves very high power densities. The catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to transition to lower-energy states by allowing their electrons to fall to smaller radii around the nucleus with a release of energy that is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies.”

The only consumable product from this reaction is hydrogen from water so apparently there is some “waste” oxygen from this process. The other chemical catalysts used in the Blacklight Process are recycled making this a very green power producing plant that is now attracting much attention from other utility companies nationwide.


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BlackLight Power Sells Hydrogen Power to 6th Utility Company

BlackLight PowerA couple of weeks ago I talked about New Mexico building a hydrogen power plant where solar and wind energy would be used to split water and the resulting hydrogen would be used to burn and turn a gas turbine, creating electricity.

Now, a company called BlackLight Power (BLP) has signed a deal with Akridge Energy based out of Maryland to do its own spin on supplying 400 MW of continuous power using hydrogen. Besides Maryland, Akridge will also use the electricity to power part of Virginia and Washington DC as well.

BlackLight Power is currently selling its technology to 5 other utility companies producing 7,600 MW which is enough to power approximately 985,000 customers.

Here is what BlackLight Power has to say about its process, “… energy is released as the electrons of hydrogen atoms are induced by a catalyst to transition to lower-energy levels (i.e. drop to lower base orbits around each atom’s nucleus) corresponding to fractional quantum numbers. The lower-energy atomic hydrogen product called ‘hydrino’ reacts with another reactant supplied to the reaction cell to form a hydride ion bound to the other reactant to constitute a novel proprietary compound, or two hydrinos react to form a very stable hydrogen-type molecule called a dihydrino molecule.

“As hydrogen atoms and catalyst atoms are normally found bound together as molecules or are bound in other compositions of matter, BlackLight has invented a solid fuel that uses conventional chemical reactions to generate the catalyst and atomic hydrogen at high reactant densities that in turn controllably achieves very high power densities. The catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to transition to lower-energy states by allowing their electrons to fall to smaller radii around the nucleus with a release of energy that is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies.”

The only consumable product from this reaction is hydrogen from water so apparently there is some “waste” oxygen from this process. The other chemical catalysts used in the Blacklight Process are recycled making this a very green power producing plant that is now attracting much attention from other utility companies nationwide.


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BlackLight Power Sells Hydrogen Power to 6th Utility Company

BlackLight PowerA couple of weeks ago I talked about New Mexico building a hydrogen power plant where solar and wind energy would be used to split water and the resulting hydrogen would be used to burn and turn a gas turbine, creating electricity.

Now, a company called BlackLight Power (BLP) has signed a deal with Akridge Energy based out of Maryland to do its own spin on supplying 400 MW of continuous power using hydrogen. Besides Maryland, Akridge will also use the electricity to power part of Virginia and Washington DC as well.

BlackLight Power is currently selling its technology to 5 other utility companies producing 7,600 MW which is enough to power approximately 985,000 customers.

Here is what BlackLight Power has to say about its process, “… energy is released as the electrons of hydrogen atoms are induced by a catalyst to transition to lower-energy levels (i.e. drop to lower base orbits around each atom’s nucleus) corresponding to fractional quantum numbers. The lower-energy atomic hydrogen product called ‘hydrino’ reacts with another reactant supplied to the reaction cell to form a hydride ion bound to the other reactant to constitute a novel proprietary compound, or two hydrinos react to form a very stable hydrogen-type molecule called a dihydrino molecule.

“As hydrogen atoms and catalyst atoms are normally found bound together as molecules or are bound in other compositions of matter, BlackLight has invented a solid fuel that uses conventional chemical reactions to generate the catalyst and atomic hydrogen at high reactant densities that in turn controllably achieves very high power densities. The catalyst causes the hydrogen atoms to transition to lower-energy states by allowing their electrons to fall to smaller radii around the nucleus with a release of energy that is intermediate between chemical and nuclear energies.”

The only consumable product from this reaction is hydrogen from water so apparently there is some “waste” oxygen from this process. The other chemical catalysts used in the Blacklight Process are recycled making this a very green power producing plant that is now attracting much attention from other utility companies nationwide.


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Hydrogen Gets More Funding from US Congress
The U.S. Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (S. 1436), which includes the Department of Energy’s (DOE) FY10 budget, passed on the floor of the Senate this week by a vote of 85-9. The bill contains hydrogen and fuel cell technologies provisions appropriating US $190 million for EERE’s Hydrogen program at DOE, as well as $10 million above the budget request for hydrogen from coal research and $4 million above the budget request for fuel cells at DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy.


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Addressing the global issues

Addressing the global issues
In December this year, Copenhagen will host the UN Climate Change Conference designed to set targets on emission reduction and find ways we can have a positive impact on climate change.

We will all be affected by climate change. There will be more drought and flooding, less ice and snow, more extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels. This is a global problem that needs a global solution implanted on a local level. We all need to be more conscious of our energy consumption and levels of personal pollution including recycling.

Most of us get involved in recycling in some form or another. Maybe you take your clothes to the local charity shop, take your wine bottles to the bottle bank and recycle cardboard and paper in your green bin left by the council. However, we need to be doing more, a lot more. Many of our European counterparts recycle over 50% of their waste. We are around the 20% level. Up to 60% of the rubbish that ends up in your dustbin could be easily recycled. However, it seems we are lazy – nine out of 10 of us would recycle more if it were made easier.

Well some companies are making it easier for you to recycle, in fact they are even rewarding you for doing so. Take Vodafone for example. It offers a mobile phone take back scheme. This initiative takes unwanted phones and refurbishes them for resale in developing nations such as Africa and India. If the phone is beyond repair it utilises the useable parts in the construction of new handsets. What’s more, you will get money towards your next handset or Vodafone will donate money to charity on your behalf if you get involved with this scheme. It’s not just Vodafone customers that can take part either. A phone on any network will be accepted.

This scheme and ones like it are particularly important because white goods is the biggest growing waste sector in the country, increasing by 5% each year. There are around 90 million unused phones in the UK and seeing as we replace our handsets roughly every 18 months, this number is going to rise.

The Vodafone initiative was set up under an EU programme called WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive that mandates all manufacturers to offer hardware recycling schemes. Therefore, if you are prepared to look for it, other electrical companies from computers to mp3 players should offer similar recycling schemes, making it easier for you to go green.

Find out more about Vodafone’s green initiatives, and browse their latest phones, on their website.


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Energy, Treasury Now Accepting Applications for Funding for Renewable Energy Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of
the Treasury announced they are now accepting applications
for a program that will make direct payments in lieu of tax
credits to companies that create and place in service
renewable energy facilities.


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Areva’s T&D unit has bidders lining up
France’s nuclear energy group is looking for at least €3.5 billion for its transmission and distribution unit.


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Areva’s T&D unit has bidders lining up
France’s nuclear energy group is looking for at least €3.5 billion for its transmission and distribution unit.


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Fraud? Identity Theft? Impersonation? All In A Day’s Work
How many lobbyists does it take to screw in a lightbulb up democracy?

Turns out, just one. This morning the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that the lobbying group Bonner & Associates had sent deliberately forged letters to freshman U.S. Representative Tom Perriello from the local NAACP and Creciendo Juntos, stating opposition to the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). In June, two weeks before the House passed the bill, six letters (copies here and here) supposedly sent from these two organizations urged Rep. Perriello to “Please don’t vote to force cost increases on us, especially in this volatile economy.”

The author of the letters was identified as an employee with Bonner & Associates, a firm noted for dubious astroturf lobbying, and has lobbied on behalf of utility companies in the past. The firm did not register to lobby on behalf of any company or organization against the cap-and-trade bill.

“They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization,” said Tim Freilich, who sits on the executive committee of Creciendo Juntos… “It’s this type of activity that undermines Americans’ faith in democracy.”

Rick Turner, the President of the local NAACP branch responded, saying:

“I am very appalled as the president that our organization has been misrepresented in this way by this bogus … letter,” Turner said. “I hope that whoever’s behind this will be brought to justice.”

In fact, Turner said, the NAACP supports the American Clean Energy and Security Act, as he said it would create good-paying jobs for blacks and reduce harmful emissions, particularly in urban areas.

“Clean energy creates jobs in the urban setting,” he said.

Events like this make me wonder, what else has been done in the name of legitimate organizations? It turns out, this is not the first time Bonner & Associates has been confronted with dishonest lobbying tactics. In 2002, Bonner and Associates was hired by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America to kill drug reform and used a front group to manipulate local minority organizations to oppose drug reform. In response to the Maryland prescription drug event, Jack Bonner said “It’s democracy.”

How are lies and deception ‘democracy?’

Rep. Ed Markey, co-sponsor of ACES announced this morning a congressional investigation of the incidents:

This fraud on Congress shows that some opponents of clean energy have resorted to forgery and theft to block progress.

This is an appalling abuse, and Congressman Tom Perriello deserves great credit for seeing through it and casting a vote that will create clean energy jobs in Virginia and throughout the United States. I encourage all Members of Congress to be on the lookout for other suspicious and illegal materials.

Given that opponents are willing to resort to willful deception, lies and fraud, we must be all the more vocal in demonstrating public support a clean energy economy. We must strengthen our alliances to make sure this kind of organizational identity theft does not divide our movement. We must speak truth to power, like the Avaaz Action Factory is doing today, and make sure that this story is exposed for the scandal it is.

Cross-posted on It’s Getting Hot In Here.


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Nissan and EnerDel team up to research EV batteries
Research of a new electrolyte is expected to take place at Chicago’s Argonne National Laboratory, where EnerDel’s technology was pioneered.


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Stimulus act, cleantech, and IP: Reaping benefits without giving away the farm
Cleantech companies receiving federal stimulus funds need to protect their interests, say attorneys Sergio Garcia and Steve Tibbets of Reed Smith.


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Action Alert: DC lobbyists use naked fraud to oppose climate bill! Rapid response protest scheduled
BREAKING NEWS and ALERT from the Avaaz DC Action Factory

This morning the below story broke: LOBBYISTS FORGED LETTERS TO CONGRESS ON CLIMATE BILL

A DC Lobbying firm stole the trademarked logo and organizational name of the NAACP and a community group in Charlottesville, VA and wrote a letter purporting to oppose the ACES bill in the house.

This is a prime example of dirty money fueling lies in DC. It is an affront to Democracy and a hindrance to passing the climate legislation our country desperately needs. We need to call them out and make this a national story.

RAPID RESPONSE ACTION:

What: Picket / Rally outside of the perpetrators’ offices. Visuals will include “naked” lobbyists holding signs admitting to “naked fraud” and climate destruction.

Where: 1101 17th St NW (Near Farragut Square Metro stops)

When: 2:30 PM, Friday July 31.

Who: Avaaz Climate Action Factory and YOU!

For Inquiry: call David Sievers at 301-455-2357 or Morgan Goodwin at 413-884-5240

Resources: Download and view the forged and fraudulent letters here (NAACP) and here (Creciendos Juntos), [both pdfs].

Story from the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

Forged letters to congressman anger local groups
By Brian McNeill
Published: July 31, 2009

As U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello was considering how to vote on an important piece of climate change legislation in June, the freshman congressman’s office received at least six letters from two Charlottesville-based minority organizations voicing opposition to the measure.

The letters, as it turns out, were forgeries.

“They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization,” said Tim Freilich, who sits on the executive committee of Creciendo Juntos, a nonprofit network that tackles issues related to Charlottesville’s Hispanic community. “It’s this type of activity that undermines Americans’ faith in democracy.”

The faked letter from Creciendo Juntos was signed by “Marisse K. Acevado, Asst Member Coordinator,” an identity and position at Creciendo Juntos that do not exist.

The person who sent the letter has not been identified, but he or she was employed by a Washington lobbying firm called Bonner & Associates.

Gwynn Geiger Hegyi, a partner with the company, traveled to Charlottesville to apologize to Creciendo Juntos’ chairwoman Dilcia Colindres and sent a letter to Freilich.

“As I shared with Dilcia when I travelled to Charlottesville last month to personally apologize for the mistake which we discovered and contacted you about, we immediately fired the person on our staff responsible for the error,” Hegyi wrote in the July 22 letter to Freilich.

Hegyi and others at Bonner & Associates did not return two phone calls Thursday seeking comment for this story.

More than a ‘mistake’

In a letter notifying Perriello’s office about the matter, Freilich said he was “offended” by Hegyi’s characterization of the forged letter as a “mistake.”

“This was not a ‘mistake,’” wrote Freilich, who is also legal director of the Immigrant Advocacy Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center. “This was a deliberately and carefully forged letter that used the logo, address and name of Creciendo Juntos without authorization. Additionally, I understand from Ms. Hegyi that our organization was not the only Charlottesville-area organization whose reputations were used in an unauthorized manner to try to influence Congressman Perriello on this particular vote.”

After being notified of the bogus Creciendo Juntos letter, staffers in Perriello’s office realized that the wording of the letter sounded familiar.

The staffers dug through the stacks of thousands of letters, e-mails and faxes Perriello received about the bill — the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 — and found five more forged letters, these purportedly from the Albemarle-Charlottesville branch of the NAACP.

M. Rick Turner, president of the local NAACP branch, said he checked his organization’s roster and found none of the five people who signed their name to the five faked letters.

NAACP ‘very appalled’

“I am very appalled as the president that our organization has been misrepresented in this way by this bogus … letter,” Turner said. “I hope that whoever’s behind this will be brought to justice.”

In fact, Turner said, the NAACP supports the American Clean Energy and Security Act, as he said it would create good-paying jobs for blacks and reduce harmful emissions, particularly in urban areas.

“Clean energy creates jobs in the urban setting,” he said.

The fake NAACP letters were faxed to Perriello’s office from the Arlington headquarters of a company called Professional Risk Management Services Inc. A representative of the company said she had no knowledge of why the fax would have been sent from her office, adding that at least 60 employees have access to the fax machine.

Perriello’s press secretary, Jessica Barba, said the congressman’s office knows of only the five forged letters, but there may be others they have not yet discovered.

“There could be more, but these are the only ones that we’re aware of right now,” she said.

With regards to the Creciendo Juntos letter, it is not known who — if anyone — hired Bonner & Associates to lobby against the bill, which also is known as cap-and-trade legislation. The staffer who the company said was fired may not have been working in any official capacity when he or she created and mailed the forgery.

Bonner & Associates was founded in 1984 by Jack Bonner and is considered a pioneer in the field of “strategic grassroots,” in which the firm manages grassroots campaigns on behalf of its clients, which have included Fortune 500 companies and national associations in all 50 states.

Artificial campaign

The AARP Bulletin reported in 2006 that the “60 Plus Association” hired Bonner & Associates in 2003 to manage what it called an “Astroturf” campaign against prescription drug legislation in Minnesota and New Mexico, meaning that it was an artificial version of a grassroots campaign.

Bonner & Associates hired callers to identify themselves as members of the 60 Plus Association and urge residents to ask their governors to veto the legislation. Pharmaceutical company Pfizer later admitted that it had paid Bonner & Associates to undertake the campaign, AARP reported.

An examination of lobbyist disclosure forms filed with the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives shows that Bonner & Associates did not register to lobby on behalf of any company or organization against the cap-and-trade bill.

However, a lobbying firm only needs to disclose their clients if the client pays them more than $3,000 in a filing period, at least one employee spends 20 percent of their time lobbying, and that employee made at least two lobbying contacts within the filing period. Managing a grassroots campaign might not require public disclosure of lobbying activities or clients.

Bonner & Associates has disclosed a few clients in recent years. For example, the company took in $150,000 to lobby on behalf of the Electric Utility Shareholders Alliance between 1998 and 2000,
according to the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics.

In a report Wednesday, the Center for Responsive Politics revealed that oil and gas companies greatly increased their spending on lobbying between April and June, primarily because of the
cap-and-trade energy bill. During the second quarter of 2009, these companies spent $37.7 million on lobbying congress, representing a 30 percent increase over 2008.

Perriello ultimately voted in favor of the bill, which narrowly passed the House on June 26 in a 219 to 212 vote. The bill is now before the U.S. Senate.

Perriello’s vote has drawn the ire of some critics who say the measure will increase electricity bill costs and eliminate jobs.

Barba, however, criticized the bill’s opponents for the forged letters.

“It’s very unfortunate that opponents of this bill would resort to deception and made-up letters,” she said. “Spreading false information is not healthy for real debate in our democracy. Congressman Perriello voted in favor of the bill because of its potential to create clean energy jobs, which is why the NAACP and many other groups supported the legislation in the first place.”


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