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Harvesting personal energy to create Ohio’s clean energy future

The Trement Electric nPower PEG can harness kinetic energy to power small devices such as iPods or cellphones.Photo courtesy of Tremont Electric When it comes to renewable energy, we hear plenty about the latest developments in solar and wind. But what about the latest developments in kinetic energy? Kinetic energy is created through movement -- like walking or running. It can be applied on a small scale, using the vibrations you create when you go hiking to power a cell phone or MP3 player. On a larger scale, it has the potential to take vibrations created by waves as they …

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Transportation bill could produce environmental and job benefits in 2010

As advocates for clean energy and good jobs evaluate opportunities to advance their issues in 2010 -- from a jobs bill that could include energy efficiency measures to a federal clean energy and climate bill -- there is another oft-overlooked vehicle that advocates would be wise to consider. This year, Congress will likely pass a national transportation bill -- legislation that comes up only about once every six years -- through which the nation could reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and significantly curtail petroleum use, thereby reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. The transportation bill also …

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Weatherizing Portland

Clean Energy Works Portland is a groundbreaking new program that enables Portland residents to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and pay for the improvements over time through their utility bills. A contractor performing a blower door test to identify air infiltration and leakage throughout a home.Energy Trust of OregonBut the most exciting and unique aspect of the program is the Community Workforce Agreement that was developed by representatives of labor unions, community groups, businesses, community colleges, and other stakeholders. It is a comprehensive plan to make sure that new jobs created by Clean Energy Works Portland are high …