Thursday, January 31, 2013

Barnes & Noble To Close 20 Stores Nationally Per Year

Enjoy your time reading at the bookstore coffee shop? None of us know if we'll be able to continue enjoying that experience.

I find that extremely frustrating. My wife and I still miss Borders. We used to spend at least one day every other weekend reading magazines at the book store coffee shop, often buying a book or several magazines. But the corporate beast has curtailed our choices.

The local Borders at Danada in Wheaton and behind Oak Brook Center Mall were both busy, and so were their cash registers. We knew a lot of the people that worked there by name - and they knew us. Several of our neighbors were regulars as well. We often alternated from Borders to Barnes & Noble, going to one store or the other on any given weekend, depending on where we were going for errands or to eat or watch a movie in the evening.

Once Borders was swallowed by the Black Hole of Bankruptcy, we were all shoehorned into only Barnes & Noble. It got more crowded there. It's harder now to shop for books, because other people are just over your shoulder constantly, or walking in front of you and the book rack you're trying to look through.

Trying to shop on the e-readers (Yes, we both have the Nook Color) is just not the same. The things are great for carrying around a lot of books, but horrible for browsing, and they just can't come close to the literary coffee shop experience. 

If the local Barnes & Noble stores close, which is unfathomable given how busy they are, people will be left desperate for a place to go have a reading day outside the house.

Maybe public libraries should consider filling in the gap, earning some extra money through book and coffee sales. They sure aren't getting funded well after the nuclear financial fraud-down handed to us by Bushwack and the Republicans' come-to-life-nightmare of financial deregulation.

Oh where, oh where, will Literary America be left with to go??


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mike Lofgren | Chuck Hagel and the American Empire

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The Biggest Wind Energy Deals Of 2012
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Fueled by policy uncertainty, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the wind energy sector spiked in 2012, while venture-capital (VC) funding decreased slightly, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. There were 35 company acquisitions in the wind energy sector in 2012 - more than double the 17 acquisitions [read more]

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Senator Urges Lawmakers To Reject Wind Energy Moratorium
by NAW Staff, Jan. 29, 2013 email the content item print the content item
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has spoken out against a proposal to place a three-year moratorium on offshore wind power development in Vermont. In a news conference Monday, Sanders, who is a member of the U.S. Senate's energy and environment committees, urged state lawmakers to reject the ban on wind projects. [read more]
National Grid, Clean Line Close On Wind Energy Interconnection Investment
by NAW Staff, Jan. 29, 2013 email the content item print the content item
National Grid and Clean Line Energy Partners LLC have closed on National Grid's previously announced $40 million investment in Clean Line. The investment was subject to various state and federal regulatory approvals, which have been obtained. Under the terms of the transaction, Clean Line will use proceeds from the National [read more]
EPA Reveals Top Renewable Energy Users
by NAW Staff, Jan. 29, 2013 email the content item print the content item
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an updated list of the top 50 organizations for voluntarily using clean energy from resources such as wind, solar and low-impact hydropower. Intel Corp. continues to hold the No. 1 spot as the largest single user of green power, and has increased [read more]
Developers Investing Heavily In Scottish Offshore Wind Power Market
by NAW Staff, Jan. 29, 2013 email the content item print the content item
Offshore wind energy developers have invested nearly 165 million pounds in the Scottish economy, with 65 million pounds invested in 2012 alone, according to data released by industry trade group Scottish Renewables. The investment figure represents all contracts awarded by developers with Scottish companies in advance of any consents being [read more]


Europe Continues Offshore Wind Energy Growth In 2012
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European countries installed and connected to the grid 293 offshore wind turbines - representing 1.165 GW of capacity - in 2012, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has announced. This represents a 33% increase over the 874 MW installed in 2011. Europe now has a total of 1,662 offshore wind [read more]
Developers Receive Environmental Approval For Quebec Wind Farm
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Boralex Inc., Gaz Metro Ltd. and Valener Inc. have announced that the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, Wildlife and Parks has issued the environmental authorization for Seigneurie de Beaupre - Phase II, a 68 MW wind project planned for the province's Cote-de-Beaupre region. With the environmental-approval stage completed, the [read more]
Juhl Wind To Install Turbines At Honda Plant
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Juhl Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with Honda Transmission Mfg. of America Inc. to develop, install and operate two utility-scale wind turbines that will generate electricity for a Honda plant in Russell's Point, Ohio. Juhl Wind will provide the development services and the construction management for the $8 million [read more]
LEEDCo Hires New VP Of Operations
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The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. (LEEDCo), a regional nonprofit corporation leading efforts to deploy offshore wind energy projects in Ohio, has hired Dave Karpinski as vice president of operations. Last year, LEEDCo received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and a $1 million award from [read more]
Nordex Inks Deal For Wind Farm In Uruguay
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Nordex USA Inc. and Akuo Energy have announced plans to build a new wind farm in southern Uruguay, about 100 km from the capital city of Montevideo. The project will feature 21 Nordex N117/2400 2.4 MW wind turbines with 91-meter towers. Nordex will be responsible for the delivery, installation and [read more]
GL Garrad Hassan Advises Mitsubishi On Offshore Wind Project
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GL Garrad Hassan says it provided Mitsubishi Corp. with pre-investment strategic advice on approaching the European offshore wind energy market, as well as performed the due diligence associated with the technical risks involved. Earlier this month, Mitsubishi acquired a 50% interest in the 129 MW Luchterduinen offshore wind project, located [read more]
Kathleen Wynne Chosen As Next Ontario Premier
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Ontario's Liberal Party has chosen former Education Minister Kathleen Wynne as the province's next premier. Wynne will succeed Dalton McGuinty, who announced his resignation last October, leaving Ontario's wind energy future uncertain. In a statement, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) congratulated Wynne on her victory and said it looks [read more]
BlueScout Technologies Files For Chapter 7; Top Execs Resign
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Chantilly, Va.-based BlueScout Technologies (formerly Catch the Wind), a provider of predictive optical control systems for the wind energy industry, has announced that it has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Earlier this month, the company warned that its viability and ability to continue [read more]
Making Clean Energy Cleaner: Researchers Developing Bio-Based Wind Turbines, Solar Panels
by NAW Staff, Jan. 25, 2013 email the content item print the content item
Renewable energy technologies, which are generally accepted as clean and sustainable, are confronted with the irony that they often employ non-sustainable, petroleum-based materials. "The blades on a wind turbine, for example, are massive and need to be replaced about every 25 years," explains Richard Gross, a professor of chemical and [read more]
Maine Regulators Approve Statoil's Offshore Wind Project
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The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a contract proposal submitted by Norway-based Statoil for an offshore wind project planned for a site off Maine's coast, the Portland Press Herald reports. The project will cost the average residential customer about $0.75 extra on their monthly electric bill; however, the [read more]
EDF EN Gets Green Light To Build 350 MW Wind Farm In Quebec
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EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has received final approval from the Quebec government to develop the 350 MW Riviere du Moulin wind farm, which is planned for a site located 200 km north of Quebec City in the province's Charlevoix and Saguenay territories. According to company [read more]
GL Renewables Publishes New Offshore Wind Turbine Certification Guidelines
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GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has published its new "Guidelines for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines," which were compiled by GL Renewables Certification in cooperation with its Wind and Marine Energy Committee. The new guidelines provide a fully integrated design and analysis concept for offshore wind turbines. Every aspect [read more]
Element Power Reorganizes Board, Corporate Structure
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Renewable energy developer Element Power Holdings has announced that Joe Slamm, co-founding partner of Hudson Clean Energy Partners and a current member of Element Power's board of directors, will serve as Element Power's interim chairman following the departure of Pedro Barriuso. While at Goldman Sachs, Slamm formerly served as interim [read more]

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