Posts Tagged ‘windpower’

Scottish Leader Addresses Commonwealth Club: First Minister Alex Salmond in Town to Promote Renewable Energy

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club heard First Minister Alex Salmond discuss Scotland’s Place in the World last night. Here‘s what it looked like.

The avuncular FM is touring California (you know, talking with Jerry Brown and Fiona Ma and going Hollywood) to promote Scotland as the “Silicon Valley of marine energy.”

Here he is at 595 Market, along with Commonwealth Club Past President J. Dennis Bonney:

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All the deets:

“Scotland targets Fortune 500 in US push for business – First Minister writes to top global companies in California ahead of trade mission

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 17, 2012 — Over 70 leading California-based companies, including all Fortune 500 companies in the state, are being targeted as part of a new campaign to attract inward investment to Scotland.

The country’s leader, First Minister Alex Salmond, has personally written to top executives at leading companies which have been identified by Scottish Development International as potential investors in advance of his visit to the US on a trade mission.

In his letter, which is part of a wider SDI campaign to encourage some of the world’s most successful companies to consider setting up operations in Scotland, the First Minister highlights the benefits of choosing Scotland over any other nation.

The First Minister will be reinforcing the message that Scotland is ready to do business during his four-day visit to California. He stresses in his letter that Scotland – with its highly-skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business location – is a land of opportunity.

The First Minister said: “Scotland is already an economic success story and we make no apologies for going after new business at every opportunity. We perform better economically than everywhere else in the UK bar the southeast of England and that brings major business opportunities.

“Scottish Development International’s campaign is backed by a number of companies already investing in Scotland such as Pfizer and Amazon and the message is absolutely clear.

“Scotland is a land of major opportunity and it is open for business. We have a long and impressive track record in life sciences, sciences, technology and creative industries developing an environment where ingenuity and innovation can create jobs and wealth for Scotland.

“Even without our offshore oil and gas reserves, Scotland has the highest GDP in the UK outside London and southeast England.

“We have five universities in the world’s top 200, we rank first in the world in research productivity per unit of GDP and second in the world in research impact.

“Business operating costs for key functions can be almost a third lower here.

“This campaign will also send the message directly to the heart of US business community with print and online advertising running in The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Business Times, New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.

Danny Cusick, President, Americas, Scottish Development International, said:

“SDI has seven offices across North America, including a significant presence in California, to provide support and collaboration opportunities for key North American companies.

“This campaign is part of a global drive to attract new investment to Scotland. There has been a significant level of inward investment success over the last 12 months, with Amazon, FMC Technologies and State Street all making significant investments in Scotland. SDI is building on this with a continued focus on securing new, sustainable jobs and opportunities.

“It is clear that Scotland remains a location of choice due to our winning combination of qualities, including our highly skilled and educated workforce and efficient operating costs.

“This is an excellent opportunity to highlight Scotland’s competitive advantages to some of California’s biggest companies.”

And here are some Upcoming Events at the Commonwealth Club:


Those New Solar and Wind-Powered LED Streetlights Don’t Install Themselves, Right?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

This was the scene today in front of the State Building in Civic Center. So pretty soon, those orange-tinted night shots you’ve been taking on the streets of San Francisco will be history.

Why? ‘Cause Uncle Sucker is paying the City and County of San Francisco money to put in cooler LED lighting. That means that your night-time cell phone shots will look much better.

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A Close-Up View of Our New Civic Center Sustainability District, with Windmills, Solar Panels and LEDs

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Our Civic Center Sustainability District up close.

See? Windmills, solar panels and LED streetlights:


Just What the Heck is This Mysterious Green Thing Getting Installed High Above Civic Center? A Windmill?

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

I’m voting for windmill, but I’m getting a pre-invasion-Iraq vibe from the thing so you never know.

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Anyway, I gots to know but I don’t want my curiosity to interfere with my lifestyle so I’m going to assign all three* of my “interns” to get on this, stat, while I go to some trendy coffee bar and bitch about people who are youngersmartercutermoretalentedrichermoreedumacatedmorepopular than I. Why oh why won’t the world recognize my genius? Now, if I only had a million dollars…

*How wish I could pay them more (or at all, hah!), ’cause they’re so talented and whatnot. Oh how I wish.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Brokers a Deal to Have Those Altamont Pass Windmills Kill Fewer Raptor Birds

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide thousands of California’s raptors getting chewed up by fast-spinning windmill blades, so he’s struck a deal.

Get all the deets below.

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Don’t mess with Texas, pardner. Them boids is big:

Until they fly through the Altamont Pass. Then they die:

All the deets, after the jump


Run for the Hills, Ma Barker, ‘Cause the Windpower People are in Town – Windmills will be a NIMBY Nightmare

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The driver of this corporate pick-em-up probably had no idea, but s/he parked her/his rig right next to the residence of one of San Francisco’s most notorious NIMBYs and, well, if the NIMBYs already hate Life and Everthing In It now, just imagine how they’re going to react to windpower in the 415.

Let’s inventory the possible complaints now, shall we?

As seen near Golden Gate Park, a truck from Energy Management Services, LLC parked near the ramparts of the NIMBYs’ Fortress of Reaction:

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Let’s see here:

1. Noise

2. Lights

3. Danger of falling objects

4. Bird killings

5. Deadly EMF transmissions from monitoring equipment

6. Nearby property values/ obstruction of scenic views

And that’s just for starters.

You ought to start up a 501(c)(3) right now so you’ll be ready when windpower kicks off…

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who you were meant to be
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There is no enemy!

Etch out a future of your own design
We’ll tailored to your needs
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Of a continent
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Shatter the lens and grind it into sand
One measured exposure
Scatter the seed and furrow in our land
The future is roses! Roses!
Switch off the mind and let the heart decide
There is no enemy!
Lift up the hearts of this your only tribe
We’re a continent
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