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Creating New Jobs by Investing in High-Speed Rail

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President Obama, joined by Vice President Biden, announces $8 billion in Recovery Act funding for high-speed rail projects that will provide faster, more energy-efficient travel between cities and create new jobs for American workers. The announcement came during a Town Hall meeting in Tampa, FL.
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New Investments in Jobs and Clean Energy

President Obama announces $2.3 billion in Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits that are designed to foster job creation and growth in the clean energy sector.

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From Solar Applications to Christmas, LEDs Light the Night

Advances in LED lighting continue to pour forth, while some programs are promoting awareness of LED lighting by promoting Christmas light exchanges.

New research from the state-funded Florida Energy Systems Consortium may result in a combination solar cell, LED and energy storage system.
The system would do away with the need for an inverter, making adoption of renewable energy more cost-effective, via GreenTech Media. The module would put a solar cell with clear organic material on top of an organic LED. During the day, the LED would project light to a platform that contains lithium-ion batteries. Essentially, the LED would be used during energy collection and in providing light at night.

Across the country, efforts to push the notion of LED Christmas lights have resulted in a light exchange in California’s San Gabriel Valley.

With backing from Southern California Edison, the program allows residents to exchange up to two strings of older incandescent Christmas lights for newer, more efficient and longer-lasting LED Christmas lights, reports the Pasadena Star-News.

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Making Waves in Power Generation

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Ocean Power Technologies Project Wins A $66.5m Grant for Wave Power project

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PENNINGTON, N.J. Renewable energy firm Ocean Power Technologies has won a (AUD)$66.5 million (USD)$61 million) grant from the Australian government for a project set to be one of the first to generate power from waves on a utility scale.

The company uses buoys floating up and down to drive an electrical generator, with the power generated being transmitted onshore via an underwater cable.

The project off the coast of Victoria is being carried out in conjunction with Leighton Contractors, a unit of Australian mining contractor Leighton Holdings.

The award was announced by the Australian Resources Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, under the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program (REDP), which has awarded funding totaling (AUD)$235 million to four renewable energy projects, aimed at meeting the Government’s target of generating 20% of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

The grant is conditional on the signing of a Funding Deed stipulating the conditions for the grant, which includes funding milestones. Victorian Wave Partners will be required to seek additional funding to enable the completion of the 19 MW wave power station.

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Obama Announces $3.4 Billion in Electric ‘Smart-Grid’ Grants

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Oct. 27– President Barack Obama today will announce $3.4 billion in government grants for equipment to improve the efficiency of the nation’s electrical transmission network.

Smart Grid Layout

The grants, ranging in size from $400,000 to $200 million, will be used to develop and install “smart-grid” technology to make electricity transmission more reliable and aid the transmission of energy generated from sources like wind and solar power.
“The current system is outdated and dilapidated,” Carol Browner, the White House’s top energy adviser, said in a conference call with reporters late yesterday. “Today’s grants “will give us a transformational impact on how electricity is generated, delivered and consumed,” she said.
The money comes from the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation approved by Congress in February. Jared Bernstein, chief economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, said during the conference call the grants will “save or create tens of thousands” of jobs.
Bernstein said Oct. 15 the stimulus legislation has created or saved about 1 million jobs since it was enacted. The nation’s unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent last month, and the president has said he expects it to exceed 10 percent before it starts coming down.

Solar Power Plant
Obama will announce the grants today in Arcadia, Florida, at one of the nation’s largest solar power generating facilities. Florida Power & Light Co.’s DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center will generate enough power for 3,000 homes when it is completed

See: Largest Solar Power Plant In U.S. Rises in Sunshine State


Resources:

DOE: “The Smart Grid: An Introduction”

Enhancing the Smart Grid: Integrating Clean Distributed and Renewable Generation (PDF 1.14 MB)

Vice President Biden Outlines Funding for Smart Grid Initiatives

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