States Lead Energy Push

Battle for clean energy comes home.


| May/June 2008



Clean Energy windmill

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Major environmental groups have begun urging Congress to follow the lead of 21 states in promoting clean energy. Environment America, joined by the Sierra Club and the National Audubon Society, issued a report, “America’s Clean Energy Stars: State Actions Leading America to a New Energy Future,” which singled out states for their clean energy policies in five areas: renewable electricity standards, the Clean Cars Program, energy efficiency standards and programs, energy efficiency standards for appliances, and building energy codes.

Leading the charge were California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, receiving top honors as “gold star” states for adopting strong policies in at least four areas. Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Pennsylvania and Vermont earned “silver star” status with strong policies in two areas and meaningful policies in one or two others. “Rising star” designations, recognizing recent actions to promote clean energy, went to Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Wisconsin.

The report is posted on the Web site www.EnvironmentAmerica.org.

marc jaffe
4/14/2009 6:40:40 PM

thats horrible to hear about southwest wind power, I hope its not true because the other 5000, skystream owners alone in the us. might be geting pretty upset(there verry happy with there turbines) as far as the cost benifitt analasys it shows a wind speed chart the to cost recovery time is 16 years with $15,000.00 investment and electricity at C.11 per kwh which is the national average. Also another part of what you might be missing is, that the government will pay %30 of the total; project including shipping and installation. many states even KY offer and additional %30 cost reimbursment so if your skystream 3.7 cost $15,000. installed -%60 equals you estimated price of $9000. Now the government has mandated the corporations must pay pollution taxes or buy green tags from renewable enrgy producers (even residential)about .15 per kwh is what the average homeowner could expect to recover say from the tennese vally authority who buys the tags and resells them for more. The next part is of course the image positive sustainable image to the community, increased customer pull threw due to visibilty and positive PR. Free PR from local and regional press coverage. all in all its only right to do it if you can, its good for america because all the parts are made here and it gives people jobs all the way to your house, or bussiness,banks, car dealerships, churches. really its a win win try doing your numbers again getting paids .15 per kwh x 400kwh a month times 12 months and the recovery tiome changes real quickz with a rapid returm on investmwent it becomes an easy decision. bllll


jeffrey ward_2
4/2/2009 5:56:02 PM

I bought a Skystream3.7 6 months ago it preformed poorly for 6 months and failed completly a month ago the company will not stand behind the product I am pursueing legal action at this time their production claims and warranty are pure fabrications stay clear of SWWP


dennis miller
8/18/2008 8:18:13 PM

I priced out a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine for $9,200.00 complete with tower mounting kit, not including shipping of the 500lbs, 33ft tower. In Illinois, power is roughly 8 cents per kW. The Skystream puts out 400kW per month, if the wind is blowing, which translates into $32. At that rate it would take 23.9 years to pay for itself, that's if it lasted that long. I didn't even figure in the loss of interest that $9,200.00 would yield over that time. What am I missing here?






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