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Information to enhance and create ‘environments’ with short and long term generational goals that benefit and strengthen the human-nature interdependence. I call it the human element.
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Interactive: Mapping Renewable Energy Around the World

Interactive: Mapping Renewable Energy Around the World | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Which countries are leading the way in transitioning away from fossil fuels?
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Very nice map indicating which countries are already utilizing and the countries which are rapidly increasing their renewable energy production.

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Stateline - Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credits Are a Threat to State Budget

Stateline - Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credits Are a Threat to State Budget | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The widespread popularity of Hawaii’s solar energy incentive — and mass confusion over how to implement it — have dealt a blow to the state’s treasury and become a major topic in state politics.

 

Solar is surging in Hawaii. There’s no disputing that.

 

Solar power installations have sprouted all across the islands, helping the state move toward its ambitious renewable energy goal and adding some 2,000 “green-collar” jobs to local economies. The projects account for an estimated 15 percent of all construction statewide.

 

Hawaii more than doubled its solar capacity between 2010 and 2011, making it one of the top 10 solar producers nationally. That’s an impressive feat for a small state whose solar industry barely existed as recently as 2006.

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Future of solar is bright - with subsidy reform

Future of solar is bright - with subsidy reform | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Are storm clouds gathering over the market for American solar power? Stiff international competition, cheap natural gas and expiring federal support cast a long shadow over the growing industry. Policies in California...
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Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building

Greening an Entire Block Instead of Just One Building | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Most smaller commercial buildings can't afford energy retrofits on their own. But what if they banded together?
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Green Proving Ground: Using Technology to Improve Building Performance « The GSA Blog

Green Proving Ground: Using Technology to Improve Building Performance « The GSA Blog | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Green Proving Ground: Using Technology to Improve Building Performance http://t.co/4Ag0w0fe via @USGSA...
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What Does a One-planet City Look Like? » Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

What Does a One-planet City Look Like? » Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

It isn’t easy being green. The City of Vancouver is learning what Kermit the Frog has known for a long time. In a bid to become the world’s Greenest City, Vancouver recently launched its Greenest City Action Plan that includes a goal to reduce its ecological footprint 33% by 2015, en route to a longer term goal to become a “one-planet” city.

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Study: Energy-Efficiency Standard Can Deliver $170 Billion in Cost Savings · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

A federal energy-efficiency target for reducing electricity and gas usage could result in utility bill savings of $168.6 billion for consumers and businesses, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
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Putting Americans Back to Work With Clean Energy

Putting Americans Back to Work With Clean Energy | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The global clean energy economy has experienced 630% growth since '04. Last year, private investment increased to $260 billion, and installed clean energy capacity exceeded 400 gigawatts -- putting it on par with nuclear power.
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Report: Hawaii electricity cost is highest in the nation - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Report: Hawaii electricity cost is highest in the nation - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
New data from the federal government shows that Hawaii residents paid the highest rates for electricity in the country in 2010.The U.S.
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Revenue From Building Energy Management Systems to Reach $6 Billion by 2020 | Caelus Green Room

Revenue From Building Energy Management Systems to Reach $6 Billion by 2020 | Caelus Green Room | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
According to the U.S.Department of Energy (DOE), 18% of all the energy produced in the United States is employed to cool, heat, light, or accomplish other...
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NRDC: Press Release - National Solar Energy Plan Moves Closer to Final Stages

NRDC: Press Release - National Solar Energy Plan Moves Closer to Final Stages | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. (January 30, 2012) -- On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union remarks to expand clean energy development, the Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today.

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Fossil fuels received more than $409 billion in aid in 2010 | Eco-Business.com

Fossil fuels received more than $409 billion in aid in 2010 | Eco-Business.com | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Anyone who believes that renewable energies are the most subsidised forms of energy is wrong.

This is one of the major reasons that Renewable Energy is not more prolific around the world.

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From Detroit to Doha, Citizens Are Building a More Green Economy | greengopost.com

From Detroit to Doha, Citizens Are Building a More Green Economy | greengopost.com | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
This article, submitted for the United Nations World Environment Day blogging competition, covers how two very different cities with yet intertwined fates, Detroit and Doha, boast citizens building a new green economy.
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Could Maui form a municipal utility? - Pacific Business News

Could Maui form a municipal utility? - Pacific Business News | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
The island of Maui is considering the formation of a municipal utility or nonprofit...
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I am very interested in this for a couple reasons yet also see a myriad of obstacles in which the County of Maui will face.

 

One of these obstacles is that they will face a competior in which has been established for over 125 years in the tri-isle communtiy, provides numerous jobs and has had no competion. Second this competior MECO is the subsidiary of Hawaii Electric Industries a publicly traded corporation which has a major controlling interest in American Saving Bank, a bank with over $6B in assets. Indeeed it will be a major up-hill battle with an entreched giant.

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Stunning Skyscraper Would Use Lightning For Electricity

Stunning Skyscraper Would Use Lightning For Electricity | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
From Inhabitat: Taking a cue from good ol' Ben Franklin, this electrifying tower design would harness bolts of lighting to smash molecules of water into hydrogen and oxygen.

 

Could this be a future energy structure? Possibly. Just need to perfect nanotech and make it financily viable.

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Breakthrough CSP Desalination Plant in Cyprus

Breakthrough CSP Desalination Plant in Cyprus | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

Mirrors placed at strategic locations lead to reflection and the focus of sunbeams on a central receiver’s surface, thus generating CSP. The receiver stores the energy after converting it from solar to thermal. Water is converted to steam by this thermal energy and steam in turn generates electrical energy when passed through steam turbines.

Simultaneously, the excess energy is efficiently used for water desalination through evaporation. Had it not been for this newly developed efficient model in the energy field, the surplus energy which is now used to desalinate water would have gone down the drain.


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NYC Triples Solar Power Production with New Panels on 10 Buildings

NYC Triples Solar Power Production with New Panels on 10 Buildings | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
New York City has tripled its production of solar power by installing panels on City-owned buildings across the five boroughs.
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Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line

Reduce Waste, Energy and Water – and Boost Your Bottom Line | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Improvements in reporting earth-related metrics prepare investors to identify leading companies with potentially higher profits & shareholder value.
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The Wisdom of Wastewater Recycling

The Wisdom of Wastewater Recycling | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
With new water-conscious projects, Burbank is becoming a model of water reuse.
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Another oil shock? - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Oil & Gas

Another oil shock? - McKinsey Quarterly - Energy, Resources, Materials - Oil & Gas | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
It’s possible, though far from certain, that oil prices will spike in the years ahead. Here’s why—and how you can prepare.
A McKinsey Quarterly Energy, Resources, Materials article.
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Tweetable, Interactive Algae Farm is Energy-Generating "Cyber-Garden" (Photos)

Tweetable, Interactive Algae Farm is Energy-Generating "Cyber-Garden" (Photos) | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
This fascinating installation where algae, bioluminescent bacteria, humans and smartphones interact may chart where a new generation of urban "cyber-gardeners" may go.

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Google, KRR end 2011 with new investment in solar power - Business - English (United Kingdom) - Ecoseed Information Network

Google, KRR end 2011 with new investment in solar power - Business - English (United Kingdom) - Ecoseed Information Network | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
Goggle Inc. is ending the year with another clean energy investment together with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. by investing in four solar farms to provide enough electricity for about 13,000 homes in California.
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Green City Index - Siemens Global Website

Green City Index - Siemens Global Website | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it

The Green City Index, how does your city stand up to the rest?

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Green Codes And Standards

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The new news in California building is the zero net energy (ZNE) standard for residential and commercial construction. On an annualized basis, a zero net energy building consumes as much energy as it generates through a renewable energy system. 

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Industrial energy efficiency vital for sustainable development – UN report

Industrial energy efficiency vital for sustainable development – UN report | Restorative Developments | Scoop.it
A new United Nations report launched today urges investment in energy-efficient technologies to help achieve sustainable growth and tackle a host of global challenges from climate change to poverty reduction.
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