May 25, 2015
ISSUE | PHONE MANNERS Tame robo-calls at election time On the evening before the Pennsylvania primary, a string of robo-calls made a tough situation worse by peppering my landline with an irritating string of messages that tied up the phone. It's rude, but still possible, to hang up on a live telemarketer. However, it's not so easy to get a robo-caller off the line. Even when I hang up, the robocaller drones on. Fortunately, that night, my grown-up kid arrived safely on a flight that was an hour late, and he finally reached me on my landline.
January 27, 2015 |
Scientists who tested a floating windmill off the coast of Maine a year ago have gathered enough data to build a full-size model that can be moved to take advantage of high winds. The U.S. Department of Energy is using lasers attached to buoys to measure wind speeds at differing altitudes off the coast of Virginia Beach to learn how cost-effective it would be to harness the higher winds above sea level to power wind turbines. Meanwhile, construction of the nation's first offshore wind farm may begin this year off Rhode Island.
May 7, 2014
War on words As a Rutgers undergraduate in 1965, I was personally outraged when history professor and avowed Marxist Eugene Genovese said, "I do not fear or regret the impending Viet Cong victory in Vietnam. I welcome it. " However, I was even more outraged when Wayne Dumont, the Republican candidate for governor, called for Genovese's ouster. His attempt to muzzle free speech mobilized opposition to Dumont at Rutgers and caused me to cast my first vote ever for Democrat Richard Hughes.
April 23, 2014 |
HERE'S A LOCAL story with national implications: With an average wind speed of around 12 mph, the city where I live isn't the windiest place in the country. But on many days - especially during spring and the long, hot summer - a strong, steady flow off the Gulf of Mexico makes Corpus Christi, Texas, a dependable destination for windsurfers and sailors. The energy in wind is impressive. Thus, the last half-decade has seen significant development of wind farms in the area, including the 168-turbine Penascal complex, 40 miles south of the city, and 196 turbines at the Papalote Creek installation to the north, which produces enough energy to supply 114,000 homes.
April 12, 2014 |
As business leaders and members of a congressional task force on climate change met in Washington on Thursday to discuss how they were adapting, the Ikea Group trumped them by announcing a new renewable-energy project, its biggest worldwide. Rob Olson, chief financial officer and acting president of Ikea's U.S. division, based in Conshohocken, said the company was investing in a wind farm in Hoopeston, Ill., south of Chicago. It is the company's first wind farm, to be completed in 2015.
March 21, 2014 |
New Jersey's energy regulation agency on Wednesday rejected the funding mechanism for a $188 million offshore wind farm, essentially blocking a proposal that supporters said could have made the state a leader in offshore wind. At a meeting Wednesday in Trenton, the four commissioners of the state Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously, in support of board staff's recommendation, to reject the proposal. The funding was the final necessary piece of the proposed Atlantic City Offshore Windfarm project, developer Fishermen's Energy said.
October 2, 2013 |
The Sierra Club launched an ad campaign Monday aimed at pressuring Gov. Christie into making building offshore wind farms a priority. The ad blitz - including messages on billboards on major highways and in some of the state's largest newspapers - came as a new poll showed broad support among New Jerseyans for public investment in renewable energy sources, including offshore wind farms. "I join the majority of New Jerseyans calling on Gov. Christie to make our state a leader in clean, renewable offshore wind power," Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement Monday.
April 18, 2013 |
The University of Pennsylvania maintained its green-power superiority for the seventh straight year, finishing in first place once again in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's nationwide challenge of universities that buy renewable power. Penn purchased 200.2 million kilowatt hours of wind power last year, 30 percent more than the next closest challenger, the University of Oklahoma. EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources.
April 18, 2013
In the Region Wharton dean to step down Thomas S. Robertson will resign as dean of the Wharton School , the prestigious business school at the University of Pennsylvania , as of June 30, 2014. He made the announcement in a letter to the faculty in which he said he intended to return to the school's marketing department to teach and pursue research. Named dean in June 2007, Robertson succeeded Patrick Harker, who left to become president of the University of Delaware . During Robertson's tenure, the size of the faculty increased to 478, including 230 tenured and tenure-track professors, from 435. - Mike Armstrong Penn keeps green-power title The University of Pennsylvania maintained its green-power superiority for the seventh straight year, finishing in first place once again in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 's nationwide challenge of universities that buy renewable power.
January 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The fiscal-cliff bill that prevented income taxes from rising for most Americans also renewed special tax breaks for a variety of industries, from Hollywood to wind power, in what has become a perennial ritual on Capitol Hill. The tax breaks, which the Senate included in the legislation that passed Congress late Tuesday, will end up costing about $100 billion over the next two years. Some of the largest include the research-and-development tax credit, which will cost $14 billion over the next decade, and another for overseas income through "active financing" at a cost of $11 billion to taxpayers over the next year.