Carbon Tax goes DOWN Under. Major Set Back For Australia 

Some Australians are calling this a "perfect storm of stupidity," while others, like Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry head Kate Carnel, are saying, "The carbon tax was a dead weight on the Australian economy and abolishing it is a win for consumers, a win for energy users and a win for business."

Well, for Australians the carbon tax may be dead; but they don't expect to see a major difference in power bills - or for too long.
It doesn't matter that many households were compensated for any impact of the scheme under the Household Assistance Package, or that the carbon tax prevented 11 to 17 million tonnes of carbon emissions.
Nor does it matter higher it resulted in some filthy brown-coal fired power stations being mothballed. MORE


Sustainable Fishing, A Growing Business, And Smart For the Environment

Last week, ReNewable Now featured a story on sustainable initiative for the salmon farming industry with Loch Duart Ltd, a group out of Scotland. This week, we are looking at a company in the state of New Jersey who is also thinking of sustainability when it comes to the future of fish, and understand that there are a variety of ways to make an impact on maintaining overall fish population.

According to an article by National Geographic, sustainable fishing guarantees that there will be populations of wildlife for the future in oceans and freshwaters. As an ongoing effort to protect aquatic environments that house many species of consumable fish, sustainable fishing has become a growing trend.

Fishers worldwide remove more than 170 billion pounds of wildlife from the sea each year; marking the importance of safe practices. To continue to rely on the ocean as a large food source, conservationists and economists highly urge the use of sustainable fishing practices.

Rastelli Direct introduced a new sustainable fish program for the summer 2014 season. Rastelli Direct is embracing eco-conscious initiatives to provide their customers with the highest quality seafood; a program that was in development before the seafood sustainability trend emerged. However, in an effort to provide customers with options featured on restaurant menus and in stores alike, Rastelli Direct will be accommodating the seafood trend. MORE


WTO Rules US Solar Panel
Anti-Dumping Tariffs Illegal

Back in early June, ReNewable Now featured a report that described the solar panel trade war with the U.S. and China as really being a disadvantage for the United States in the long run, and we shared and article from Forbes contributor Tim Worstall, who called the decision "one of those great moments in stupidity over trade policy"

Well, it would seem that the actions of the U.S. Department of Commerce were not just poorly thought out, but actually violated international trade agreements.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled the U.S. violated international trade agreements in 2012 by imposing anti-dumping tariffs and countervailing measures against imports of Chinese-made solar materials.

The ruling was a response to an appeal from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce that alleged the increased tariffs not only affected solar panels, but a total of 22 other products; amounting to an annual export value of $7.2 billion. MORE

Dell Boosts Renewables

Electricity Consumption to 35%

Computer maker Dell says its FY14 Corporate Responsibility Report details a strong start to its 2020 "Legacy For Good" plan.
The Legacy For Good initiative sets a rather lofty goal:  
"The good that will come from our technology will be 10x what it takes to create and use it."
In FY14, Dell says it commenced establishing a framework for working with customers, suppliers, consultants and industry partners to develop models for measuring this goal.
The company also made solid inroads in slashing its greenhouse gas impact; reducing emissions from its facilities and logistics operations by a combined 8 percent and putting Dell on track to meet its 2020 goal.
In terms of renewable energy, the company sourced more than 35 percent (263,000,000 kWh) of its our purchased energy needs from renewably generated sources in FY14- an increase from almost 23 percent in FY13. The 2020 goal is 50% and Dell intends on reducing the energy intensity of its product portfolio by 80%.
By the end of FY14, 21 Dell facilities purchased 100 percent of their electricity needs from renewable sources; up from 16 facilities in FY13.MORE

Texelstroom - Solar Assisted Ferry

The 1,750-passenger, 350-vehicle, double ended ferry Texelstroom will be a unique craft.
Featuring two independent engine rooms, one will be fitted with two ABC diesel engines and the other with two ABC dual fuel engines; both 2 x 2000 kW.
The dual fuel engines will start in diesel mode, but change over to dual fuel after a few minutes and its envisioned the ferry will operate mainly on natural gas. The Texelstroom will be able to achieve speeds of of 10 knots (economy) and 15 knots (maximum).


Description:  The Little Bus That Could Go Green

I'll bet you don't give a lot of thought to how kids are transported to and from schools, right?  You put them on the bus and think about it again when it is time to pick them up later in the day.

Fortunately, though, two people have given a great deal of thought to running those buses (and cars, trucks, etc) more cleanly, reducing emissions our kids are exposed to in their daily commute.

Along with co-host Seth Handy, we brought together Dean Price, co-owner of Green Circle, NC, parent company of the innovative new program, Biodiesel for Schools, and our friend, contributor and brilliant science teacher, Ross McCurdy.  

These two leaders takes us full circle as we understand all of the benefits of shifting our fuel supplies for buses to biodiesel and, possibly, hydrogen fuel cells--how such a shift impacts the local environment, economy, food production and, potentially, brings great benefit to farmers.

Perhaps most importantly, you will see that this shift moves us one step closer to energy independence and adds a major component to growing our domestic economy and jobs. MORE