Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefs

Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefs for week of April 1, 2014

Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefsRepublican Senator Dean Heller joins in bipartisan support of wind energy tax credit

The Federal Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy was an important support for the development of wind energy in this country before Congress allowed it to expire at the end of 2013. We are happy to hear that our Senator Dean Heller joined a bipartisan group of Congressmen in sending a letter to their leaders urging an extension.

Nevada clean energy and climate change news briefsNV Energy’s mPowered home energy management program now available in northern Nevada

NV Energy residential electric customers in Northern Nevada can reduce their heating and cooling costs and help lower peak energy demand by participating in the new mPowered program.  The program’s innovative technology can lower cooling costs for an average single family home by as much as 15 percent. Participating customers will receive a smart thermostat with online energy saving software free of charge. The service saves energy and maintains comfort by continuously adapting the operation of the customer’s heating and cooling (HVAC) equipment based upon how the home heats up and cools down, outside weather conditions and the customer’s comfort preferences.

Just out from WRA– A Toolkit for Community Clean Energy Programs

Community organizations can be key players in moving clean energy into the mainstream. NCARE partner Western Resource Advocates has just published a guidebook for community groups who want to advance clean energy in their communities. A Toolkit for Community Clean Energy Programs provides a practical toolkit for community organziations to work collaboratively to advance local clean energy programs.

Desert Research Institute partners with Google in climate mapping project

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Nevada’s Desert Research Institute has partnered with Google to map and monitor droughts in the United States, and water consumption worldwide. Part of the Obama administration’s climate change Initiative, the maps and tools created will concern heat, drought, flooding and sea-rise and will be available at www.climate.data.gov.

Google will donate a petabyte of cloud storage to host high-resolution maps, as well as 50 million hours of cloud computing on the Google Earth Engine environmental monitoring platform. The partnership will allow DRI to access the program for free. “A petabyte is signicant,” said Jim Thomas, executive director of hydrologic sciences at DRI. “You have to have that kind of capacity to store this data.”

DRI was one of three academic institutions chosen by Google to take part in the project.

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