Former Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) says one of the best tools to combat climate change is the use of clean, renewable sources of energy. Wind, Solar and advanced biofuels offer the ability to produce power without polluting the atmosphere.
An Ohio wind-energy facility doesn’t want to reveal how many birds it kills, and has gone to court to keep that information secret. Blue Creek Wind Farm, owned by the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, has filed a lawsuit in Ohio to prevent two state agencies from making public what it calls “trade secrets.”
Workers in the solar energy industry are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury and death.
As part of President Obama’s plans to combat climate change, the White House announced a program for the U.S. Department of Energy to train 75,000 people to work in the solar power industry by 2020, many of whom will be part of a military veterans jobs initiative called Solar Ready Vets.
As fleet operators are moving away from diesel powered vehicles to CNG, LNG and Propane power, the fleet maintenance facility must also be updated to protect the plant and personnel from these alternative fuels.