Renewable Energy Tax Credits – Greener in More Ways Than One

March 31st, 2010

It’s certainly no secret: the cost of renewable energy production and its implementation can be extremely high. This is the very reason why tax credits are often used to enable renewable energy sources to compete with fossil fuels.

With rising oil and natural gas prices, the war in Iraq and environmental problems centering on global warming and air pollution, our nation is concerned about their energy security and environmental issues. The United States is recognizing the need and power of renewable energy and is supporting its development through federal income tax credits and incentives.

President George Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law on August 8, 2005. It took over four years for Congress to pass after reviewing several different versions. It extended tax credits for wind and biomass energies for two more years and included additional tax credits for solar, geothermal and ocean energy.

Solar tax credits apply to residential and business users. This tax credit would pertain to eligible equipment installed between 1/1/06 and 12/31/08. The equipment installed would include those solar systems that generate electricity, heat and cool or provide hot water to structures. It must also be operational in the first year the credit is taken and the taxpayer must be the original user. The credit is 30% with a $2,000 cap for each unit for residential taxpayers and it is 30% with a no business cap specified for corporate users. After 12/31/08 the corporate tax credit will return to 10%.

The geothermal corporate credit remains at 10% with no maximum stated. This credit does not apply to geothermal heat pumps and is limited to geothermal energy equipment that produces, uses or distributes energy derived from geothermal deposits. A personal tax credit of 10% with a $300 maximum can be taken for geothermal heat pumps.

The federal government also included production tax credits for renewable energies. These credits allow companies to invest in renewable technologies and write the investment off against other investments. This was a major push of support for renewable energy technologies. The credit was extended until December 31, 2008. The credits are 1.9 cents per kWh for wind, geothermal, closed-loop biomass and 1.0 cent per kWh for hydroelectric power, landfill gas, municipal solid waste and open-loop biomass. These pertain to the first ten years of operation

Similar to production tax credits, there were also provisions for renewable energy production incentives (REPI) for state and local governments, as well as, nonprofit electrical cooperatives. The enacted law included new qualifying energy generation facilities for solar, wind, biomass (excluding municipal solid waste combustion) landfill gas and certain types of dry steam geothermal energy. It was extended through fiscal year 2016 and also included ocean and wave energy.

These credits will be applied to any amount that remains after any other state or utility incentives have been taken. There are numerous states that do offer incentives also. Some new state incentives include a California state rebate program for photovoltaics, an Illinois state grant program for wind energy, a New Jersey state rebate program for geothermal heat pumps and a Pennsylvania property tax assessment for wind energy. These are just a few of the many state incentives that exist.

The United States government and the individual states are promoting renewable energy sources as an energy source to be encouraged. With all the incentives available, this may be one of the best times to make your air cleaner with a commitment toward this energy. With everyone’s support we can recharge renewable energy’s development.

Matthew Hick
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The Cutting Edge Alternative Medicine

March 31st, 2010

Alternative medicine is termed as informal, supplementary, and complementary medicine. It is a lot different from conventional medical approaches and mainly prescribed instead of the regular treatments in allopathic field. The treatments, which are included in alternative medicine, are herbal medicine, homeopathy, Chinese, non-medical massage therapy, hypnosis, chelation therapy, acupuncture, tribal-traditional medicine, Christian Science, and ayurvedic.

Conventional allopathic doctors are preferred in any case of health problem for any person from their childhood. Though alternative medicine has gained popularity and gained trust by many people still confusion about its advantages and disadvantages are questioned.

However, these days there are various rigorous researches on alternative and complementary medicine are carried out and its efficiency is proved. There is a future in alternative medicine.

The usage of this type of method is done by two following methods:
Combinations of both are also in use. For. E.g. In addition to the conventional prescription medicine a nice Tai massage is proved to do wonders. The second method is the alternative approaches are used instead of conventional method. i.e. alternative method alone is prescribed for any treatment.

In Alternative medicine, there are few philosophies, which are observed. They are:
Body with little therapy and medicine can heal by itself. Always a product should enhance the bodies healing capacity. Prevention is better than cure. A general check up should always be done periodically to keep a check before anything goes wrong. Bodies responding capacity to any treatment is important then the treatment itself.

Few Alternative medicine complementary medicines are:

Mind and body technique: In this therapy combination of mind and body is the key. In alternative medicine harmony between mind and body are necessary to be fit. This connection method includes in prayer, hypnosis, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, relaxation therapies, music, dance etc.

Dietary supplements and herbs: In this treatment natural products are used. Herbs and dietary supplements like ginkgo, enchinacea, ginseng, same, glucosamine sulfate, selenium are prescribed in the form of oils, tea, powder, syrup, tablet and capsule. This method is in practice for almost thousand and above years.

Healing system: it is a combination of many therapy and practice/ remedy. It has its base revolving around the presence of healing energy in the body and the power of natural products used for curing. Healing system is the base in ayurveda, homeopathy, and naturopathy. Mostly countries like India, china, pacific, Asia, and Tibet follow this method of healing therapy.

Keith Londrie
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AWEA – Renewable Electricity, American Jobs

March 28th, 2010

Congress is considering legislation that would ensure that the U.S. gets a growing percentage of its electricity from renewable sources like wind power. This policy would create the first long-term commitment to renewable energy in America and would enable the growth of a new manufacturing base in the U.S., creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality American jobs. Go to PowerOfWind.com to tell Congress that you support a national renewable electricity standard.

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Narec wind turbine training tower

March 23rd, 2010

David Kidney MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for energy and climate change, unveiled the UK’s first wind turbine training tower at Narec, Blythe.

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Venture Capitalists Don’t Understand Solar Energy

March 23rd, 2010

IT and bio-tech VCs struggle to evaluate clean technology.

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Renewable Energy, Sustainable Resources, and Trade — Part 1

March 23rd, 2010

David Orchard’s speech to the 5th Annual Resource Issues in Saskatchewan Conference at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Woodland Campus, Prince Albert, SK, March 18, 2008

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CSR Minute: Alcatel-Lucent’s Alternative Energy Plans; Campaign to Promote Renewable Energy

March 23rd, 2010

Corporate Social Responsibility News: Alcatel-Lucent’s alternative energy Telecom Plans; Center for Resource Solutions’ Campaign to Promote renewable energy

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PowerVerde Totally Green Motor – NBC News Video

March 23rd, 2010

In 2009, PowerVerde Inc. will begin manufacturing totally green electrical power generation systems using a patented technology. These new systems will NEVER burn fossil fuels and the savings in greenhouse emissions are considerable. This is a story that was recently shown on the NBC affiliates in Denver and Phoenix. Visit the PowerVerde website: http://www.powerverdeenergy.com

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PART 4 THE CARVING OF WEST COAST DOUGS INVERTED WIND TURBINE PROP

March 23rd, 2010

DOING THE CURVED SIDE OF THE TWO BLADED PROP. WITH AN ACCURATE WAY OF FILING AND SHAPING.

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UFO crash hits wind turbine

March 20th, 2010

A UFO is believed to have struck a giant wind turbine in South Lincolnshire.

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Sun Rising On Careers In Solar Energy.mov

March 20th, 2010

The Center for Sustainable Energy offers training in solar power conversion. Students include traditional electricians like Charles Stewart, who calls his new business”Peace and Solar.”

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Potential future utilization -Renewable Energy

March 20th, 2010

Environmental, social and legal considerations
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While most renewable energy sources do not produce pollution directly, the materials, industrial processes, and construction equipment used to create them may generate waste and pollution. Some renewable energy systems actually create environmental problems. Sustainable development and global warming groups propose a 100% Renewable Energy Source Supply, without fossil fuels and nuclear power.Scientists from the University of Kassel have suggested that Germany can power itself entirely by renewable energy.

The U.S. electric power industry now relies on large, central power stations, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydropower plants that together generate more than 95% of the nations electricity. Over the next few decades uses of renewable energy could help to diversify the nations bulk power supply. Already, appropriate renewable resources (which excludes large hydropower) produce 12% of northern Californias electricity.

Although most of todays electricity comes from large, central-station power plants, new technologies offer a range of options for generating electricity nearer to where it is needed, saving on the cost of transmitting and distributing power and improving the overall efficiency and reliability of the system.

Improving energy efficiency represents the most immediate and often the most cost-effective way to reduce oil dependence, improve energy security, and reduce the health and environmental impact of the energy system. By reducing the total energy requirements of the economy, improved energy efficiency could make increased reliance on renewable energy sources more practical and affordable.

Competition with nuclear power :Nuclear power proposed as renewable energy.

Nuclear power continues to be considered as an alternative to fossil-fuel power sources (see Low carbon power generation), and in 1956, when the first peak oil paper was presented, nuclear energy was presented as the replacement for fossil fuels.However, the prospect of increased nuclear power deployment was seriously undermined in the United States as a result of the Three Mile Island, and in the rest of the world after the Chernobyl disaster. This trend is slowly reversing, and several new nuclear reactors are scheduled for construction.

Physicist Bernard Cohen proposed in 1983 that uranium dissolved in seawater is effectively inexhaustible, and could therefore be considered a renewable source of energy.However, this idea is not universally accepted, and issues such as peak uranium and uranium depletion are ongoing debates. No legislative body has yet included nuclear energy under any legal definition of “renewable energy sources” for provision of development support, and statutory and scientific definitions of renewable energies normally exclude nuclear energy.

Lady Liberty to renewable energy

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Governors Seek Nationwide Renewable Energy Standard

March 20th, 2010

During a teleconference today, members of the Governor’s wind energy Coalition discussed setting a renewable electricity standard nationwide, plus extension of tax credits for wind production, along with streamlined permitting.

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FLASHLIGHT FIRE STARTER Torch Light Boils Water, HID 35 Watt High Intensity Discharge Spot Light

March 20th, 2010

This is a 35 watt HID High Intensity Discharge Portable Flashlight. Using a Crystal Ball, Magnifying Glass, and Parabolic Mirror, Light Can be concentrated to burn stuff and boil a small amount of water. 20 MILLION CANDLE POWER 20,000,000 CP 12 V DC.

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GREENPOWERSCIENCE

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PART 5 MUDDS EASY 4 BLADED PROP CARVING

March 20th, 2010

THIS IS A ONGOING PROJECT FOR THE EDUCATION OF PROP CARVING. THIS IS PART 5 OF 7 AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW. PART 4 SHOWS THE EASY WAY TO MAKE THE CURVED PART WITH AN EVEN CONTROLED CURVE BEING CONSISTANT ACROSS ALL FOUR BLADES. THESE FOUR BLADES ARE PERFECTLY MATCHED AND BALLANCED WITH A 4.5 TIP SPEED RATIO (TSR), THAT MEANS THAT IN A 10 MPH WIND , THE TIPS OF THE BLADES WILL BE TRAVELING 45 MPH! THESE BLADES HAVE VERY LITTLE DRAG AND A LOT OF LIFT. LIFT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU DONT WANT YOUR BLADES TO STALL OUT UNDER A LOAD OR TORQUE EXTRACTED BY THE ALTERNATOR.
MUDD

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