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Wind-Solar-Diesel Report

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  • Tom Gray
    REPP 1612 K St. NW Suite 202 Washington, DC 20006 202.293-2898 202.293-5857 RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY PROJECT http://www.repp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2001
      REPP
      1612 K St. NW
      Suite 202
      Washington, DC 20006
      202.293-2898
      202.293-5857

      RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY PROJECT
      http://www.repp.org

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 2001
      Contact: MK Campbell, 202-293-2898 x 200

      New Study Recommends Clean Energy to Combat California Blackouts, Avoid
      Spread of Energy Crisis
      New findings make case for alternatives to dirty diesel generators

      Washington, DC--A report released today by the Renewable Energy Policy
      Project (REPP-CREST) finds that diesel generators are a significant source
      of pollution. The findings are particularly important as businesses in
      California turn to diesel generators for back-up power amid rolling
      blackouts.

      The REPP-CREST study, "Blending Wind and Solar Into the Diesel Generator
      Market." provides the first national estimate of air pollution from diesel
      generators. It also catalogues the impact of diesel generators on
      occupational health and water quality.

      “The total pollution from these generators almost equals that of all
      nitrogen oxide emissions from electric power plants in New York,
      Pennsylvania and New Jersey combined. And diesel fuel spills are a problem
      from Alaska to the Galapagos,” said Virinder Singh, the report’s author and
      REPP-CREST’s research director. Singh continued, “Fortunately, there are
      plenty of opportunities for governments and businesses to catalyze wind and
      solar markets to meet diverse energy needs.”

      The peer-reviewed report provides concrete recommendations to advance
      mature, cleaner energy technologies. Specifically, the report examines
      market-driven options to expand solar photovoltaics’ share of the back-up
      power market, and wind power’s role in powering remote Alaskan villages.

      According to Frank O'Donnell of the Clean Air Trust, "In spite of increasing
      market share, diesel generators have skirted the radar screens of many
      environmentalists until now. As more and more companies seek back-up power,
      the need for cleaner energy becomes even more urgent."

      REPP-CREST explores the emerging relationships among markets, policy and
      public demand for renewable energy. Visit <http://www.repp.org> for copies
      of: "Blending Wind and Solar into the Diesel Generator Market" by Virinder
      Singh.
      Links to alternative energy companies and contact information for reporter
      inquiries are available on the Web site as well. Contact Mary Kathryn
      Campbell at 202-293-2898.

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