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While the housing market begins what will likely be a long, slow, recovery, homeowners looking to make investments in energy efficiency are providing one of the few bright spots for local contractors.On January 30, for example, an array of area businesses will fill the basement of the West Square Building during Sustain Sauk County's "Home Energy Savings Workshop" to meet residents looking to improve their homes and save money on energy bills in the long-term.Meanwhile, the Clean Energy Jobs Act (AB-649), introduced last month in the legislature, promises to help boost opportunities for Sauk County workers learning new skills in home weatherization and efficiency, or starting new businesses to meet the emerging demand for solar energy systems and other renewable technologies.The Clean Energy Jobs Act follows the recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change, including setting a statewide goal of "25 by '25." That is, 25% of Wisconsin's energy should come from renewable resources like wind, solar, and bio-fuels by the year 2025.AB-649 is one of the largest pieces of stand-alone legislation the legislature will consider this year, and as you might expect, almost everyone can find something they like - or something they dislike - about it.

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The development of a new European industry - offshore wind power - took an important step forward today with the announcement by the British government of the go-ahead for offshore wind farm development areas with a capacity ten times greater than Europe's existing European offshore wind energy capacity.A total of nine development zones - with a capacity of just over 32 GW - have been allocated to 12 European companies following a competitive tender. "Today's announcement by the British government is a significant step forward for the offshore wind industry and, once built, will multiply by ten Europe's offshore wind energy capacity", said Justin Wilkes, Policy Director of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)."These are European companies building a European industry and generating some 45,000 European jobs. "It takes Europe closer to exploiting the power of our seas and developing a brand new European offshore wind industry. Offshore wind is Europe's largest untapped energy source. There is enough wind across Europe's seas to power Europe seven times over." The 32 GW is part of the over 100 GW of offshore wind power currently being planned by European utilities, developers, and governments, mostly in the North Sea. Once operational this

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MaxVisio displays the daily values of a photovoltaic plant in a single view. Sputnik Engineering launched the new display unit shortly before Christmas. It features a colour touch-screen and can be hung on the wall or placed on a desktop. It can display both the actual output of a photovoltaic plant as well as a record of its monthly, yearly, and total outputs. If the MaxMeteo sensor is also installed, the irradiation data and the solar cell temperatures can also be read. An integrated data logger stores the measurement values of as many as 20 inverters-for ten years. This means that the system values from the past can be compared with current data at anytime. Via the Ethernet or the RS485 interface MaxVisio can be easily connected to the SolarMax inverters. Used as a stand-alone data logger for smaller photovoltaic plants without remote monitoring, the device displays both the data of the whole plant as well as the values of the individual inverters. In addition, MaxVisio can be used together with the Internet-based data logger MaxWeb as a local display unit. MaxWeb then automatically transfers the data of the PV plant to MaxVisio. This enables you to monitor the current

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The EU should continue leading by example despite the failure of the UN climate talks, the wind industry says. Christian Kjaer, Chief Executive of EWEA, said: "The world needs global climate leadership from the EU in 2010 more than ever, now that the other super-powers have shown their lack of ambition." The Copenhagen Accord is the lowest common denominator which China and the United States could agree. The text did not produce a legally binding treaty or deliver a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The only thing it achieved was a commitment-free text "to hold the increase in global temperature below 2°C." The rest of the world, including the EU which had offered to cut carbon by 30% compared to 1990 levels if there was strong global deal, could only take it or leave it. China and the US established a new world order in Copenhagen. "The European Wind Energy Association urges world leaders to work tirelessly on reaching a legally binding international treaty as soon as possible next year, to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 30% by 2020. The clock is ticking, immediate action is required, and we are running out of time,"

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On September 23, 2009, the SGS Wind Competence Center presented Norderland Projekt GmbH with a Statement of Compliance (SoC) for the design basis of their two offshore wind farms - Northern Energy Global Tech II and Northern Energy Global Tech III. The Statement of Compliance for the design basis is the conclusion of the first phase of the project certification which is provided by an independent accredited organization stating that the wind farm was designed, manufactured and maintained in accordance with the appropriate consensus standards. Each phase of a wind farm project has to be completed with a Statement of Compliance.The certification of the design basis of both wind farms is mandatory in Germany and the resulting Statement of Compliance is a precondition for the further development of the wind farm projects. As the design basis is the first phase of a wind farm project, it was essential to obtain this certificate for the Norderland Projekt GmbH.In Germany, the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH, or "Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie") decides on the approval of offshore wind farm development projects. As an accredited partner of BSH, SGS Wind Energy Competence Center was awarded with the contract for the verification

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Phoenix Solar AG, a leading international photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, has been building Germany's largest photovoltaic power plant on a carport in Berlin over the last weeks. Moreover, this is currently Berlin's largest photovoltaic power plant. The carport, the roof of which is covered with solar modules, is located on property belonging to Police Department 2 in Berlin Spandau and gives shelter to more than 500 vehicles against sun and rain. The solar power plant with a peak output of 998 kilowatts generates environmentally compatible electricity for around 250 four-person households.The Phoenix Solar AG construction team installed around 3,700 crystalline solar modules arrayed in eight double rows at an angle of 18 degrees on the carport which is situated on a parking lot of 7,200 square metres. The electrical connection is ensured through mini central inverters and a transformer as well as a transfer station with a switching system connected to the 10 kV medium voltage grid operated by Vattenfall, the local energy utility company. The power plant is due to be connected to the grid before Christmas."We are very pleased to have been awarded the contract for this flagship project. We view photovoltaic systems on carports

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Rickmers-Linie, the Hamburg based breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist, has been successfully re-certified in accordance with the latest ISO standards ISO 9001:2008, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2004. Rickmers-Linie's new integrated quality management system incorporates statutory and regulatory requirements for quality, occupational health and safety as well as environmental management. The certificates became valid with effect from 30 November 2009. In connection with the process of this re-certification, Rickmers-Linie has switched from using the services of auditing company Lloyd's Register to Hamburg based Germanischer Lloyd Certification GmbH. "Rickmers-Linie is a leading specialist in the global transportation of breakbulk, heavylift and project cargoes. Therefore, we attach great importance to a quality management system that is both up-to-date and effective and which we will extend over the next couple of years", explains Jan B Steffens, Managing Director, Rickmers-Linie. The certificates can be downloaded at www.rickmers-linie.comFor further information, please contactDunelm Public Relations inLondon: David Cheslin on +44 20 7345 5233Geneva: Antje Wiechern on +41 767 716 354E-mail: info@dunelmpr.co.ukwww.dunelmpr.co.uk or Rickmers-Linie GmbH & Cie. KGHamburgMarko Stampehl on +49 40 389177 219m.stampehl@rickmers.netwww.rickmers-linie.com

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Didier Jeannelle is the new managing director of Sputnik's French subsidiary Sputnik Engineering France S.A.R.L. Today, at the Energaia Trade Fair in Montpellier, he will take over from Daniel Freudiger, who has headed the French subsidiary since its founding last year. Freudiger will now move to Sputnik's Swiss headquarters to become head of sales and marketing with a focus on the continued development of new markets. Jeannelle himself will now turn his attention to consolidating Sputnik's presence in France. In the period to February of next year he plans to move the office into larger office space around Lyon and increase staff to a total of seven. "The French solar market is booming," Jeannelle explains. "I will continue to promote our close-to-customer policies along with sales of SolarMax products and related services in France. Another objective he has in mind is the expansion of the company's industrial power plant business. The 42-year-old Frenchman has 15 years of experience with high-tech products. Before joining Sputnik, Jeannelle held positions as a key account manager, managing director and sales director with a manufacturer in the semi-conductor industry. "Sputnik Engineering is an international, mid-sized business whose high-tech products contribute to the protection of our

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Commenting on the political declaration signed by nine countries to cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid today, Justin Wilkes, EWEA Policy Director, said:"These nine countries have taken a step in the right direction. The building of a supergrid in the North Sea is vital for fully exploiting Europe's biggest energy source - offshore wind. More than 100 GW of offshore wind projects are at various stages of planning, which could provide more than 10% of the EU's electricity. A new multi-billion Euro European industry is emerging; one that will create thousands of jobs, provide affordable electricity, boost Europe's energy security and help fight climate change." For more information please see the Irish government press release. For more information contact:Paolo Berrino, EWEApaolo.berrino@ewea.org+32 2 400 10 55

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Rickmers-Linie, the breakbulk, heavylift and project cargo specialist headquartered in Hamburg, has appointed Zurich based O Brunoni SA as its Swiss agent with effect from 1 January 2010. Brunoni will take over the agency activities for Rickmers-Linie from Cargonautic AG, which had been acting as Rickmers' agency since 1998 but unfortunately will close down its business at the end of this year. "We are delighted to announce our new association with Brunoni. With this company, we have found a partner who is highly committed and we are looking forward to working with Brunoni in the future", explains Gerhard Janssen, Director Marketing & Sales, Rickmers-Linie. "We would like to thank Cargonautic and its employees for the excellent cooperation and are confident to be able to continue our work with Brunoni in the same way." Peter Furian, Managing Director, Brunoni SA points out: "We are very proud to have been awarded this contract. We are looking forward to offering our services to this highly regarded and traditional shipping line and to be working with renowned customers in the interesting environment that is the breakbulk and project market. We will do our utmost to be a worthy successor to Cargonautic." The contact details

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