Xcel Energy Announces Solar Connect Community

Xcel Energy has announced it is moving forward with development of Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden program.  As part of Solar* Connect Community, Xcel Energy will purchase the electricity produced by two, one-megawatt solar gardens. One will be built in the city of Eau Claire and the other in La Crosse County. The solar gardens will be constructed by Pristine Sun, a San Francisco-based leading developer of solar projects.

The City of Eau Claire has signed a lease with Pristine Sun to build the Eau Claire solar array on 7½ acres of an abandoned landfill near the company’s Wisconsin headquarters on West Hamilton Avenue in the Sky Park Industrial Park. The Sky Park landfill operated as a municipal waste facility from 1948 to 1965. With community solar programs, customers share in the benefits of solar energy without the need to install solar panels on their own roof or maintain their own solar array. Through Solar* Connect Community, customers choose their own subscription level, pay a one-time fee to subscribe and receive a monthly credit on their electric bill based on their portion of the solar energy produced.

In addition to the solar garden in Eau Claire, Pristine Sun will construct a similar sized facility on private land in La Crosse County. Xcel Energy may also opt to build up to one megawatt of additional community solar that could be operational in 2017. The two community solar gardens are expected to be operational by the end of 2016.

New Alliant Bucket Trucks Feature Quiet, Green Power

The technology in Alliant’s newest trucks brings benefits everyone can see and hear.  Automatically, the truck’s engine will shut off, letting a battery power the boom and bucket. This means the engine isn’t burning fuel or creating emissions, and it is much quieter. “The battery-powered boom makes it easier to hear and communicate with your coworkers as you work.” said Brad Hoeper, a Monroe line mechanic. “It’s safer for us, plus it’s quieter when we’re working in neighborhoods. It’s less of a disturbance, especially at night.” Battery technology has evolved significantly in recent years. Those advancements mean the crews can use the battery powered boom an entire day before needing to recharge. The truck is duel fuel so in an emergency, if the battery is not charged, the truck’s engine can still power the system. “This equipment also helps keep the truck’s cab warm in the winter and cool in the summer, without having to run the engine,” said Greg Genin, senior manager of fleet services. “By using the hybrid system to run both the boom and maintain cab temperature, it significantly reduces the truck idle time which has a favorable impact on the environment.”

Global Warming Advocates Ignore Reality of Nuclear Energy

 

“A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation’s resurgent nuclear power industry.”

Talking to advocates for Global Warming regulation, like the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” currently before the Wisconsin Legislature, one is continually amazed at their reliance on technologies that have yet to be conceived. 

Yet, most refuse to acknowledge real advances in nuclear technology that make Wisconsin’s Nuclear Moratorium objectively ridiculous.  Continuing this moratorium in their bill calls into question whether they really believe global warming is the crisis they say it is.

This Wall Street Journal article is about nuclear reactors the size of a house that can be buried at existing nuclear or coal plants to produce safe, emission free energy for at least 60-years at a reasonable cost.

“The first units likely would be built adjacent to existing nuclear plants, many of which were originally permitted to have two to four units but usually have only one or two. Down the road, utilities could replace existing coal-fired power plants with small reactors in order to take advantage of sites already served by transmission lines and, in some cases, needed for grid support. Like any other power plants, these small reactors could be easily hooked up to the power grid.”

The company that developed this system has been making similar units that have been safely operating in American nuclear submarines for decades.

The technology could be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the next several years. 

“While large reactors are built on site, a process that can take five years, the mPower reactors would be manufactured in Babcock & Wilcox’s factories in Indiana, Ohio or Virginia and transported by rail or barge. That could cut construction times in half, experts believe.”

Tell your elected representatives to oppose any global warming bill that doesn’t encourage nuclear energy in Wisconsin.  Use WUI PowerLines to make yourself heard!

Wisconsin Leaders at Odds With President on Nuclear

“Our competitors are racing to create jobs and command growing energy industries. And nuclear energy is no exception.” – President Obama, February 16, 2010

“Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.”

Those new jobs will be in Georgia.

That’s right, Georgia will get hundreds of permanent highly paid jobs, thousands of construction jobs AND $8 billion that will actually impact carbon emissions in their state.

Why not Wisconsin?

Good Question.

They call the Global Warming Task Force Bill the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (SB 450/AB 649) but continue to effectively ban clean energy and jobs from nuclear energy.

Wisconsin’s archaic ban on new nuclear energy keeps our state from competing with progressive states like Georgia.

“Obama’s budget proposal for 2011 would add $36 billion in new federal loan guarantees to $18.5 billion already budgeted but not spent — for a total of $54.5 billion.”

Click here to access PowerLines and send a message to Governor Doyle and your other state elected officials!

Serious About Global Warming? Encourage Nuclear in Wisconsin

WUI Executive Director Bob Seitz called out Wisconsin global warming activists in an interview with WisPolitics.com.

“If the goal is to have carbon-free generation, then the only real solution is nuclear energy. If the goal is clean energy, the solution is still nuclear energy. If it’s jobs, it really is nuclear energy for export,” Seitz says in a new WisPolitics interview.

Seitz said the group supports real changes to the state’s limits on the construction of new nuclear power plants. Still, he said any suggestion the climate change will actually loosen those limits is off base.

Seitz said after sitting through 16 hours of public hearings on the bill, he suspects the provision was crafted intentionally to ensure no real change to the limits on building a new nuclear power plant in Wisconsin. If it was done mistakenly, it should be fixed, he said.

“It’s a new moratorium or an old moratorium,” Seitz claims. “This is why people are cynical about their government.”

You can click at the bottom of the article to hear the whole interview.

« Older Entries