George C. Dimitriou

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The Environmental Impact of Google Searches.

January 12, 2009 By: George Category: Climate, Search No Comments →

Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research.

A typical search generates about 7g of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g. “Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power,” said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist. Wissner-Gross has submitted his research for publication by the US Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has also set up a website

With more than 200m internet searches estimated globally daily, the electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by computers and the internet is provoking concern. A recent report by Gartner, the industry analysts, said the global IT industry generated as much greenhouse gas as the world’s airlines – about 2% of global CO2 emissions.

Google has been moved to respond on its official blog, saying that this estimate is *many* times too high. Here is the link to the blog.

DOE Releases Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database.

January 05, 2009 By: George Category: Innovation, Renewable Energy No Comments →

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program has developed and released a database that provides up-to-date information on marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy in the United States and around the world.

The database represents a groundbreaking effort in terms of breadth and depth of information on companies, technologies, and projects within the marine and hydrokinetic industry. The database includes wave, current, and ocean thermal energy conversion technologies. The fully searchable database allows the user to search among both technology types and specific projects, based on a number of criteria including geographical location, resource type, and technology stage or project status. Users can easily access details on a device or project’s size, dimensions, and mooring methods, as well as project details, including information on permitting, power purchase agreements, partnerships, or even an interactive GPS mapping feature that allows the user to pinpoint certain project locations worldwide.

Visit the Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Database Web site.

DOE Awards 16 Contracts for up to $80 Billion in Projects at Federal Facilities.

December 23, 2008 By: George Category: Renewable Energy No Comments →

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on December 18 that it will award sixteen new Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quality Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) that could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally-owned buildings and facilities. The new contracts provide for a maximum individual contract value of $5 billion over the life of the contract, eliminate technology-specific restrictions, and allow federal agencies to use these contracts in national and international federal buildings.

Sixteen energy service companies were awarded contracts. See the DOE press release and read more information about the new contracts on the Federal Energy Management Program Web site.

Congressional Research Service On Climate Change.

December 11, 2008 By: George Category: Climate No Comments →

As a matter of policy, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not make its products directly available to the public.  Recent reports from CRS on climate change and related topics obtained by Secrecy News include these (all pdf):

“Global Climate Change: Three Policy Perspectives,”
“Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Perspectives on the Top 20 Emitters and Developed Versus Developing Nations,”
“Climate Change: Design Approaches for a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program,”
“Climate Change and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS): Kyoto and Beyond,”
“Are Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rising More Rapidly Than Expected?,”
“Capturing CO2 from Coal-Fired Power Plants: Challenges for a Comprehensive Strategy,”
“The Carbon Cycle: Implications for Climate Change and Congress,”
“Climate Change: Federal Laws and Policies Related to Greenhouse Gas Reductions,”
“U.S. Global Climate Change Policy: Evolving Views on Cost, Competitiveness, and Comprehensiveness,”

Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

Hawaii Moves to Car 2.0 Model

December 06, 2008 By: George Category: Climate, Innovation, Renewable Energy No Comments →

Better Place, working with Governor Linda Lingle, announced a plan to help Hawaii move to the Car 2.0 model of electric cars powered by renewable energy. Hawaii, which has an annual $7 billion addiction to oil, has set a plan to reach 70% renewable energy by 2030. With renewable generation powering cool electric cars – like Better Place’s Nissan Rogue demonstration vehicle – Hawaii will serve as a blueprint for the US auto sector’s future.

While the United States debates a plan to spend $25 billion on Detroit’s Car 1.0 model built on the internal combustion engine, China, Europe, and Japan are all quickly moving to the Car 2.0 model of electric drive transportation. In fact, the European Union just last week upped the ante, by announcing a $6.5 billion “European Green Cars Initiative” plan for European automakers to build safer and greener cars.

Press Release »

Los Angeles Pursues 1,300 Megawatts of Solar Power by 2020.

December 05, 2008 By: George Category: Renewable Energy No Comments →

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled last week an aggressive solar power plan that aims to encourage the installation of 1,300 megawatts (MW) of solar power throughout the city and surrounding areas of Southern California by 2020. Called “Solar LA,” the plan addresses solar power systems on residential, commercial, and municipal properties. The plan includes a requirement for the city’s municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP), to install 400 MW of solar power on city-owned property by 2014. By 2020, the utility will be required to procure an additional 500 MW of utility-scale solar power through contracts with third-party developers, with the option to purchase the systems after about eight years of operations.


The European Commission Launches a Major Recovery Plan for Growth and Jobs.

November 27, 2008 By: George Category: Renewable Energy, Trends No Comments →

The European Commission has today presented a comprehensive plan to drive Europe’s recovery from the current economic crisis. The Recovery Plan is based on two mutually reinforcing main elements.

·          Firstly, short-term measures to boost demand save jobs and help restore confidence.

·          Secondly, “smart investment” to yield higher growth and sustainable prosperity in the longer-term.

The Plan calls for a timely, targeted and temporary fiscal stimulus of around €200 billion or 1.5% of EU GDP, within both national budgets (around €170 billion, 1.2% of GDP) and EU and European Investment Bank budgets (around €30 billion, 0.3% of GDP).

Every Member State is called upon to take major measures good for its own citizens and good for the rest of Europe. The Recovery Plan will reinforce and accelerate reforms already underway under the Lisbon Growth and Jobs Strategy. It includes extensive action at national and EU level to help households and industry and concentrate support on the most vulnerable. It puts forward concrete steps to promote entrepreneurship, research and innovation, including in the car and construction industries.

The Recovery Plan aims to boost efforts to tackle climate change while creating much-needed jobs at the same time, through for example strategic investment in energy efficient buildings and technologies.

For further details see MEMO/08/735.