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RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY PROJECT
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
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 reports author and
REPP-CRESTs 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 powers 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
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.