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Boston Globe: Wind Power Now Competitive With Conventional Sources

SEP 25, 2013 - Erin Ailworth of Boston Globe is reporting that Massachusett's utilities have just signed a contract to purchase wind-generated electricity, and the prices will be much lower than conventional sources such as coal. The price of wind-generated energy is now very competitive, and Massachusett's customers will save 75 cents on every dollar. The wind will be generated on wind farms in Maine and New Hampshire, and utilities National Grid, Northeast Utilities, and Unitil Corp. will be purchasing up to 565 megawatts of power. This is truly great news and a "wow" moment. Read more on BostonGlobe.com here.  (photo credit: Leaflet/CC)

Book "Energy" Details Energy Predicament, Problems and Solutions

AUG 26, 2013 - JTMP has been wroking hard with Americans Against FrackingEnergy-Reality.org and others to fight Fracking, and this gave us a chance to check out the great new book "Energy" this weekend put out by the Post Carbon Institute and Watershed Media; and we are impressed by this coffee-table tome. The pictures are breathtaking and stunning, and the format and content of the book is top-notch and keeps you engaged and enraged; yet the writers do take the time to point towards a better future for us and the Earth when it comes to our energy needs.

The book cover is a horrific picture of the  burning and sinking Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform that resulted in the great tragedy of the BP Gulf Oil Spill in 2011, and reminds us of the oil-addicted path we have charted and is causing so much destruction to our planet. It starts off with 25 pages of awe-inspiring high-resolution pictures that tell the state of things when it comes to energy extraction and the use of it, and how it is destroying the lands we live on as well as poisoning the air we breathe and the water we drink. In the next 4 parts, with various pieces from several writers, the book lays out the predicament we are in, what energy sources we are tapping into, the false solutions offered by the establishment and the energy companies, and calls out the unfortunate amount of wilderness that is under attack due to our insatiable appetite for energy and this unsustainable path we are on.

The book concludes with an optimist message, and how we can "depower destruction", and offers positive outlooks and solutions by several writers. It also talks about what they are "for" not just what they are against and end the book beautifully with this:

"What we're for is leaving behind the current energy economy, which is wasteful, polluting and centralized; assumes perpetual growth; and is anchored by nonrewable fuels. We envision a bold leaptoward an energy economy that fosters beauty and health; that is resilient because it emphasizes renewable, community-scale energy generation, that supports durable economies, not growth; and that is informed by nature's wisdom."

"Recognizing that all human econmic activity is a subject of nature's econmony and must not degrade ots vitality is the starting point for systemic transformation of the energy system. While such a transition may seem daunting, reforms may be implemented incrementally, and the destination offers exciting possiblities for building vibrant human communities embedded in healthy ecosystems."

JTMP reminds you that Fracking is a local state issue, and urges you to contact your state delegates, senators and your governor and tell them you want to turn away from this unsustainable carbon-based energy path we are on, and you want a brighter and better future for the Earth and our grandkids and you say NO TO FRACKING. If you are interested in the book "Energy", check out the book's page here, check out the Post Carbon Institute webpage here, check out pics of the book in higher resolution and leave a comment on the Justice Through Music Facebook page here.

Solar Panels For Every Home

DEC 13, 2012 - David Crane, president of the energy company NRG, and environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote an Op Ed in the NY Times called, "Solar Panels for Every Home" laying out how they think we can help solve our energy and our environmental issues. After storm Sandy knocked out power in the NJ and NY area for weeks, they say we need to ask "whether it is really sensible to run the 21st century by using an antiquated and vulnerable system of copper wires and wooden poles." They suggest we put a solar panel on every house, garage and warehouse all connected to an energy smart grid. When the grid goes out, the stored energy from the cells is used. Plus, it lessens our reliance on foreign oil, and we don't lose the electricity for a week every time there is a storm. Best of all the environment wins, because it is clean and renewable energy. Read more on NY Times here.  (Photo credit: CC/Derek Mayes)

Renewable Energy Injects Competition Into Energy Industry

MAR 30, 2012 - A good article over at Crikey.com really lays out how renewable energy like solar power are injecting competition into the energy industry, a position electric utilities are not used to and are not happy about.

“The first graph illustrates what a typical day on the electricity market in Germany looked like in March four years ago; the second illustrates what is happening now, with 25GW of solar PV installed across the country. Essentially, it means that solar PV is not just licking the cream off the profits of the fossil fuel generators — as happens in Australia with a more modest rollout of PV — it is in fact eating their entire cake.”

Read more here at Crikey.com.