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The Green Energy Facts  
  Our Energy Crisis and Global Worming Concerns  
The world is consuming around 85,085,664 barrels of oil per day.  
  The top 10 countries of daily oil consumption in 2007 are:  
Countries Bbl/ day  
United States   20,680,000
 China               7,578,000
 Japan               5,007,000
 Russia              2,858,000
 India                2,722,000
 Germany        2,456,000
 Brazil              2,372,000
 Canada            2,371,000
 Saudi Arabia 2,311,000
 Korea, South 2,214,000
Rest Countries 34,516,664
  Source: www.nationmaster.com  
The total world's daily oil consumption is around 85 million barrels, in which the united states accounts for about 25%, China 9% and Japan 6% of the total consumption.  
Estimates revealed that fossil fuel reserves may well run dry by as early as 2050.  

Shell Oil predicts that 50% of the world's energy will come from renewable sources by 2040.

US Economic Stimulus Package  
On February 17, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law a $787 billion economic stimulus package. This law included financial incentives for the development of some hydropower and other renewable energy sources. Of this sum over $70 billion is directed to green activities including increasing energy efficiency, electricity grid modernization, renewal energy, mass transit and high-speed rail, and environmental cleanup.  
BOULDER, CO – 8/25/2009 – The nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) announced a series of recommendations to generate jobs and economic growth to help guide Congress as it soon returns to the business of energy and climate change.  
  “For decades the American people have supported acting to move us to a sustainable energy economy,” said Brad Collins, ASES’ Executive Director. “Now, at long last, Congress is catching up to the voters – but half measures will not get the job done. Congress can inspire a new era of innovation by strengthening its energy legislation. These seven powerful recommendations will help expand markets, generate jobs and build a solar nation.”

The renewable energy and energy efficiency industries currently represent more than 9 million jobs in the U.S. By strengthening this legislation, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries can grow to as many as 37 millions jobs by the year 2030 – and provide most, if not all of the emissions reductions needed to mitigate climate change – according to two recent reports from ASES. - BOULDER, CO – 8/25/2009
  ASES recommends the following seven specific provisions:  
1. Strengthen the renewable energy standard to at least 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025, consistent with President Obama’s target. The current Senate and House energy bills fall woefully short, at only 15% and 20% respectively.
2. Create uniform net metering and interconnection standards for retail and commercial customers to create a national framework for distributed generation within which healthy markets can flourish.
3. Auction 100% of emission allowances to let markets determine the best pricing and to provide incentives to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gases. Revenues should be used to reach energy bill targets, provide relief from energy costs for lower income Americans and support the development of a sustainable energy economy.
4. Increase greenhouse gas reduction targets to 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2030. This is needed to help protect the U.S. economy from the tremendous costs of catastrophic climate change.
5. Adopt the Architecture 2030 target of reducing energy consumption in all new buildings and retrofits by 50%. Not only would this add green construction jobs across the nation but it would help millions of families and businesses save on their monthly utility bills.
6. Establish the federal government as a leader in the procurement of renewable energy and energy efficient technology. As the world’s #1 consumer of energy, the federal government can save taxpayers billions by reducing consumption, promoting efficiency, and advancing technology.
7. Promote energy literacy by investing in education programs to help families and businesses understand their energy choices and how they can use renewable energy and energy efficiency to reduce costs, decrease emissions, and generate jobs.
Canada’s Economic Action Plan  

Ottawa, January 27, 2009 Budget 2009: Canada’s Economic Action Plan


"Budget 2009 is Canada’s economic action plan," said Minister Flaherty. "It builds on our position of strength. It provides temporary and effective economic stimulus to help Canadian families and businesses deal with short-term challenges. Our investments will build Canada’s long-term capacity, so that when the global recession eases, we emerge even stronger."

Canada’s Economic Action Plan will provide almost $30 billion in support to the Canadian economy this year. In total, this is equivalent to 1.9 per cent of our total economy.

Action to Support Businesses and Communities  

Protecting jobs and supporting sectoral adjustments during this extraordinary crisis with $7.5 billion in extra support for sectors, regions and communities. This includes targeted support for the auto, forestry and manufacturing sectors, as well as funding for clean energy.

  2009-05-19 Harper Government Launches $1-Billion Clean Energy Fund, Invests in New Technology, Creates Jobs  
  Canada will further demonstrate its leadership in the development and advancement of clean energy technologies thanks to the launch of the $1-billion Clean Energy Fund, announced today by the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, during an address to the University of Alberta.  

Part of the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan (2009), the Clean Energy Fund will generate new economic activity in the short term, while strengthening the foundation for sustainable prosperity in the future. The Economic Action Plan includes new measures totaling almost $2.4 billion to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada's climate change objectives.

For more information on the calls for proposals and other relevant details, visit http://cef-fep.nrcan.gc.ca.

May 14, 2009, Ontario’s Green Energy Act  
  Ontario’s Green Energy Act (GEA), and related amendments to other legislation, received Royal Assent on May 14, 2009. Regulations and other tools needed to fully implement the legislation were introduced through the month of September 2009, as part of a ten step plan to bring the GEA to life.  

The landmark Green Energy Act will boost investment in renewable energy projects and increase conservation, creating green jobs and economic growth to Ontario.

This legislation is part of Ontario’s plan to become a leading green economy in North America.
GEA will :

1. Spark growth in clean and renewable sources of energy such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas in Ontario.
2. Create the potential for savings and better managed household energy expenditures through a series of conservation measures.
3. Create 50,000 jobs for Ontarians in its first three years.
Green Jobs for Ontarians, Today and Tomorrow  
1. Providing certainty and clarity in the approvals process for renewable energy projects.
2. Enabling domestic content requirements for renewable energy projects, creating job opportunities here at home.
3. Helping local communities and First Nation and Métis communities to build, own and operate their own renewable energy projects
4. Expanding our electricity grid to make it “smart”
North America’s Renewable Energy Leader  
  The GEA will expedite the growth of clean, renewable sources of energy, like wind, solar, hydro, biomass and biogas, helping Ontario become North America’s leader in renewable energy.
Specifically this would be achieved by:
1. Creating a Feed-in Tariff that guarantees specific rates for energy generated from renewable sources.
2. Establishing the right to connect to the electricity grid for renewable energy projects that meet technical, economic and other regulatory requirements.
3. Establishing a one stop streamlined approvals process, providing service guarantees for renewable energy projects that meet regulatory requirements.
4. Implementing a 21st century “smart” power grid to support the development of new renewable energy projects, and prepare Ontario for new technologies like electric cars.
  More info at: http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/energy/gea/  
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