Monday, September 10, 2012

NCBA Co-op News- EU Solar Tariffs-

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Educating Consumers to Live Cooperatively
On Sept. 10, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and Cabot Creamery Cooperative are launching a campaign to spread the word that co-ops are the fix (Twitter hashtag: #TheFix) to many of our country's biggest challenges. An IYC legacy initiative, we're rolling out this public awareness campaign to educate consumers on how co-ops help with job creation, affordable housing, healthy food access and worker empowerment. On the same day, we'll be rolling out the new CooperateUSA mobile app for Apple and Android devices. This powerful resource helps you find co-ops anywhere, anytime—from your local community to across the US. You earn rewards for using the mobile app to do everyday things, like shopping, eating, banking and living cooperatively….

Food Co-op Highlights IYC at Point of SaleNews & Views
New England Co-ops Find Creative Ways to Celebrate IYC
The Northeast is home to a vibrant community of cooperative enterprises, including food, farmer, worker, energy and artisan co-ops and credit unions. In honor of the International Year of Cooperatives, the Neighboring Food Co-op Association has committed to posting a new co-op profile to their website for each month of 2012, and they've encouraged members to use these profiles in newsletters, websites and promotional materials. Individual co-ops in the region have already found a number of other creative ways to help celebrate IYC. For example, when patrons check out at City Market/Onion River Co-op, they see a sign on the cash register highlighting IYC and encouraging them to "ask your cashier today how to become a member in 2012." In addition, Littleton Food Co-op celebrated other regional co-ops with an ad in local papers, while the Franklin Community Co-op (with help from the Valley Cooperative Business Association) successfully encouraged the Greenfield (MA) City Council to pass a resolution recognizing IYC.

2012 Fall Green Worker Co-op Academy Begins
Green Worker Cooperatives is dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in the South Bronx of New York City to help build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice. Their Fall 2012 Co-op Academy has just begun, with Ginger Moon, which successfully raised the necessary funds to begin coursework. Ginger Moon’s mother-led team is dedicated to providing healing foods for the childbearing year.

Chinese Solar-Panel Exporters Face the Threat of EU Tariffs
By Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg
6 de Setembro de 2012
BRUSSELS -- The European Union threatened to impose tariffs on solar panels from China in the biggest EU trade dispute of its kind, saying producers in Europe may be victims of unfair price undercutting.
The EU opened a probe into whether Chinese manufacturers of solar panels sell them in the 27-nation bloc below cost, a practice known as dumping. The inquiry covers 21 billion euros ($26 billion) of imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels and cells and wafers used in them.
At stake is whether European companies such as Solarworld AG, Germany’s largest maker of the renewable-energy technology, win levies to counter growing competition from China following similar U.S. trade protection.
The investigation will determine whether solar panels from China are “being dumped and whether the dumped imports have caused injury to the union industry,” the European Commission, the EU’s trade authority in Brussels, said today in the Official Journal. The commission has nine months to decide whether to impose provisional anti-dumping duties for half a year and EU governments have 15 months to decide whether to apply “definitive” levies for five years.
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PV System Values: Solar Energy Needs Electrical Storage Now

by Joseph McCabe, PE | August 31, 2012 | 6 Comments
Dramatic cost reduction in photovoltaics (PV), combined with lower electrical storage costs from batteries for the automotive industry, are creating new business opportunities for grid-tied PV systems that include energy storage

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Save the date! The Green Festival returns to Washington, DC the weekend of September 29 and 30. Festivities start Saturday at 10AM and Sunday at 11AM at the DC Convention Center was an all-time record month for sales of the Chevy Volt. The final tally was not available yet, but GM said the company expects the Volt’s August sales, which includes both 2012 and 2013 models, to top 2,500 - a 35 percent increase over July sales. Yet, apparently the sales of the Volt are still not strong enough and GM will close the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, again, for four weeks this fall.

Given that the automaker appears to be struggling to position and promote the Volt, we have three recommendations.
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