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  • U.S. Analysis Shows Renewables at 1% of OECD Energy
  • Renewables Move Into Mainstream with Growing Political Support
  • Emission Caps Would Boost The Use of Renewable Energies
  • 2004 Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference
  • Join the 500+ Authors of EnergyPulse!

  • Path Begins Historic $809 Million Investment by Seeking Proposals to Replace Its Rail Car Fleet


2004 Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference
Clean Energy and Green Building Solutions

September 29 - October 1, 2004 Marriot Hotel and War Memorial Trenton, NJ

Mark your calendar today for the conference on September 29-October 1 at the Marriott Hotel and War Memorial in Trenton, NJ!

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is the title sponsor of the conference. NESEA is the organizer of the event, and IEEE/PCJ is a sponsor in the event.


This exciting conference will combine the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's (NESEA) annual Mid-Atlantic Sustainability Conference and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Green Buildings Conference. This one-of-a-kind event will bring together professionals in the areas of clean energy, high-performance building, sustainable business, and more. Don't miss the opportunity to attend!

The conference will feature five tracks with timely and useful sessions led by the region's experts in green schools, sustainable materials, renewable energy, high-performance building, and smart growth. The conference will kick off with a full day of workshops and will include numerous networking events, provocative and informative keynote speakers, tours, and a full trade show.

Conference Overview:
The conference will feature five tracks designed to deliver practical advice and real-world knowledge:
• Clean Energy
• Existing Buildings
• Green Schools
• Materials
• Smart Growth/Brownfield Redevelopment

The conference will kick off on Wednesday, September 29 with a full day of workshops. On September 30 and October 1, provocative and informative keynote speakers will be featured; 20 break-out sessions led by the region's best experts in green building, clean energy, smart growth, and more; numerous networking opportunities; a full trade show; and a buildings tour.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer positions are available on first-come, first-served basis. We request 6-8 hours of volunteer work per day for each day you volunteer (6 on Friday). Benefits to become a volunteer are numerous.
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  • U.S. Analysis Shows Renewables at 1% of OECD Energy

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2004-05-19 (Refocus Weekly) Non-hydro commercial sources of renewable energies accounted for "an increasingly large share of energy consumption" in OECD countries between 1980 and
2001, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Despite that growth, solar, wind and biomass comprised only 1% of total OECD energy consumption in 2001, according to 'World Energy Use & Carbon Dioxide Emissions' produced by DOE's Energy Information Administration.

In OECD countries, real gross domestic product grew faster than energy use between 1980 and 2001, while most non-OECD nations showed links between
development and energy use. Most growth in global energy consumption and CO2 emissions over the past two decades took place in China, Brazil, India and South Korea, where a key reason is the rapid growth in motor vehicle ownership.

The share of energy sources that do not emit CO2 increased over the past two decades, and the share of non-fossil sources grew rapidly in developed
countries, from 12% in 1980 to 18% in 2001, with most of the increase due to nuclear. In developing countries, non-fossil energy sources grew from 7% to
11% of total energy supply over the 21 years, which reflects the development of nuclear and expanded hydroelectric resources.

In OECD countries, the share of electricity generated in thermal power plants fell from 68% to 60% between 1980 and 2001, while the reduction in non-
OECD countries was 73% to 70%. "Most of the shift towards non-thermal electricity is accounted for by nuclear power," the report notes.

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  • Renewables Move Into Mainstream with Growing Political Support

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2004-05-19 [(Refocus

Renewable energy is a 'bright spot' in the global energy economy, and is poised for a global takeoff due to soaring prices for oil and natural gas and the deepening instability in the Middle East.

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  • Emissions Caps Would Boost the Use of Renewable Energies

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2004-06-16 [Refocus Weekly] The use of renewable energy in the United States would double if the federal government were to set a cap on the emission of greenhouse gases, according to an analysis by the Department of Energy.


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Path Begins Historic $809 Million Investment by Seeking Proposals to Replace Its Rail Car Fleet

Date: June 17, 2004
Press Release Number: 79-2004

The Port Authority today launched a record $809 million investment in its Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rapid-transit rail system by formally seeking proposals from contractors to replace or rehabilitate its entire railcar fleet.

The entire release can be found at:

The governors appoint the commissioners with approval of state senate. The Governors retain the right to veto the actions of Commissioners from his or her own state. My suggestion for this is to contact the governors (NJ, NY) and tell them that the prime contractor must be a US company. Also insist that the components and materials used come from US suppliers (my best guess is 60%).

Governor James E. McGreevey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

Governor George E. Pataki
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Submitted by Mike Alterman