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- Bet on Adoption of a U.S. Climate Policy
Nov 5,2012 -IEEE Spectrum Online
Four years ago, six months before the last presidential election, I expressed
skepticism about whether the United States would adopt a cap-and-trade carbon
reduction plan, even though both candidates Obama and McCain had explicitly
favored such a system. This year, though neither President Obama or challenger
Romney has uttered the words "climate change" during the campaign,
my prediction is that the United States will soon adopt some kind of carbon
plan, regardless of who wins.
- President Obama Launches EV-Everywhere Challenge as Part of Energy Department’s Clean Energy Grand Challenges
Mar 15, 2012 - energy.gov
At an event today at the Daimler Truck factory
in Mt. Holly, N.C., President Obama launched EV-Everywhere,
the second in a series of Energy Department “Clean Energy Grand Challenges”aimed
at addressing the most pressing energy challenges
of our time.
- Power of Supportive Policy: California Could Get 66% of Electricity From Renewables, Double It's Already Aggressive Goal
Mar 15, 2012 - www.sustainablebusiness.com
Thanks to prescient policies, California could achieve double its already aggressive goal of 33% of electricity from renewables by 2020.
- 2012: A Breakthrough for Renewable Energy?
Feb 23, 2012 - Manish Bapna - http://insights.wri.org
In his annual State of the Union address, President Obama declared: “I will not walk away from clean energy.”
- White: Follow FERC's Lead on Nation's Electric Grid
Nov. 11, 2011 - Bill White - rollcall.com
Our nation's electric grid is suffering from decades of underinvestment. The majority of our high-voltage transmission lines — the "interstate highways" of our electric system — were built long before we fell in love with smartphones and iPads and before technologies such as electric cars were a viable solution for American families.
- Butte College to Become First Grid-Positive College in the US
Nov 4, 2011 - sustainablebusiness.com
Butte College, located in Northern California and resting on a 928-acre wildlife refuge, has been recognized over the last few years as a national community college leader in sustainability. By May 2011, the college will move to the head of its class--as the only college in the nation that is grid positive--producing more clean energy from sustainable on-site solar power than it uses.
- Germany Passes More Aggressive Renewable Energy Law
Nov 3, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyworld.com
Despite widespread rumors in North America that Germany was abandoning its system of Advanced Renewable Tariffs, the country's upper chamber of parliament, the Bundesrat, approved the latest revision of its pioneering Renewable Energy Sources Act on July 8.
- Jeremy Rifkin: The 'Democratization Of Energy' Will Change Everything
Oct 20, 2011 - huffingtonpost.com
Rampant unemployment, rising food prices, a collapsed housing market, ballooning debt -- to Jeremy Rifkin, the American economist and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, these are not simply symptoms of a temporary economic malaise. Rather, they are signs that the current world order -- long infused with and defined by fossil fuels -- is collapsing around us.
- Competition brewing among states over renewable energy exports
Oct 6, 2011 - Karoun Demirjian - lasvegassun.com
If Nevada wants to be the global “epicenter of renewable energy,” as Gov. Brian Sandoval put it on Tuesday, it’s going to have some competition with its neighbors.
- Industry Hears Details of New FERC Energy Strategy
Oct 6, 2011 - Peter Behr - nytimes.com
The Obama administration is briefing industry on a new energy strategy that could create a fast-track approval process for major transmission lines serving renewable energy projects, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff comments on the plan.
- Son launches Japan renewables push with Asia 'supergrid' call
Oct 5, 2011 - rechargenews.com
Launching the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF), Masayoshi Son, Softbank’s founder and chief executive, claimed the country could shift 60% of its power production to renewables over the next two decades with the help of a ¥2 trillion national onshore and offshore transmission network.
- Condemning Private Property to Build Transmission
Sep 21, 2011 - Ken Silverstein - renewablesbiz.com
A transmission case in Montana is getting ensnared in both the state capitol and in the local court house. It’s centered on “eminent domain” -- whether state law allows energy developers to take private property for public use.
- Can CSP Settle in India?
Sept. 20, 2011 - Keith Lovegrove - renewableenergyworld.com
India, possessing great potential and more than enough suitable land with sufficient solar resources, is well-placed to allow CSP to make a very major contribution to its national energy supply. A new IT Power report looks into the encouraging factors and the barriers for deployment.
- Afghanistan rejects Tajik electricity
Sept. 20, 2011 - vestnikkavkaza.net
The next round of negotiations between Tajik and Afghan energy ministries on export of electricity power from Tajikistan to Afghanistan failed. The Afghan side demands guaranties on providing electricity power all the year round. Tajikistan cannot guarantee the export all the year round, as the republic experiences lack of electricity power in autumn and winter.
- House Panel Looks For Ways To Protect US Electricity Grid
Sept. 16, 2011 - foxbusiness.com
WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- A U.S. House panel on Tuesday considered how to kickstart legislation aimed at better protecting the nation's electricity grid.
- Rifkin: Only an 'energy internet' can save us
Sept. 16, 2011 - ElectricityPolicy.com
This year has seen ever-higher prices at the pump, rebels seizing Libyan oilfields and a nuclear facility crippled in Japan. Yet few have realized that these disparate events are part of a larger unfolding drama. Our global energy economy, long-powered by fossil fuels and nuclear, is spiraling into a dangerous and unstable endgame.
- Bangledesh (BERC) urged to build inter-country energy cooperation
Sep 8, 2011 - thefinancialexpress-bd.com
Prime Minister's Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury Monday urged the country's energy regulator to build inter-country cooperation with the regulators of the neighbours.
- US government invests US$27 million to help eliminate solar installation red tape
Sept. 07, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pvtech.org
As part of its SunShot Initiative, the US government is allocating more than US$27 million in funding to bring down the non-hardware installation costs of solar energy projects. Up to US$12.5 million of this will be assigned to the Rooftop Solar Challenge, which will help eliminate the administrative barriers for small-scale systems, while the remaining US$15 million is being used to streamline the installation process for local governments.
- Salazar Approves Major Renewable Energy Projects, Identifies Next Step in Solar Energy Development
Aug 19, 2011 - doi.gov
Projects to generate 1,300 Jobs, 550 MW of clean power; Supplement to Solar PEIS will offer greater clarity for solar development in the West.
- The Real Story About the Risks of Fracking
Aug 19, 2011 - Richard Liroff - greenbiz.com
Sorting out the competing claims regarding fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for natural gas sure is challenging..
- UN says green energy investment at record level
Aug 11, 2011 - google.com
PARIS — Investment in renewable energy last year amounted to a record 211 billion dollars, a rise of 32 percent over 2009 and 540 percent over 2004, a UN-backed report said on Thursday.
- Merkel: binding, verifiable climate targets needed
Aug 11, 2011 - cbsnews.com
(AP) BERLIN (AP) — All nations must commit to binding and verifiable goals to reduce their carbon emissions to reach a new international climate agreement as the Kyoto Protocol expires next year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.
- Green Jobs Are Real: German and American Solar Industry Both Employ More People Than U.S. Steel Production
Aug 9, 2011 - Stephen Lacy - renewableenergyworld.com
Washington, D.C., United States – With roughly 93,500 direct and indirect jobs, the American solar industry now employs about 9,200 more workers than the U.S. steel production sector, according to 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American steel industry has historically been a symbol of the country's industrial might and economic prosperity. But today, the solar industry has the potential to overtake that image as we build a new, clean-energy economy.
- Australia's solar industry welcomes new carbon tax
Aug 9, 2011 - Emma Hughes - pv-tech.org
Following months of tense negotiation between the minority Labour Government and the Green and independent MPs, Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard yesterday revealed the 'Strong Growth, Low Pollution' report, which models how the country's economy can continue to grow at the same time as reducing carbon pollution with a carbon price. The new tax, which will come into effect from July next year, will hit Australia's top 500 emitters with an AUD$23 per tonne carbon tax.
- Department of Energy Commits Support for Landmark Rooftop Solar Project
Aug 9, 2011 - globalenergywatch.com
Largest Rooftop Project in U.S. History Will Enable Wide Distribution of Solar Power Across Country While Creating at Least a Thousand Jobs
- From King Coal to Carbon Tax: A Historical Perspective on the Energy and Climate-Change Debate
Aug 9, 2011 - Paul Sabin - thesolutionsjournal.com
Current climate and energy policy debates in the United States rarely involve historians. If you search the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 synthesis report, you will not find the words history or historical. Even so, history pervades climate and energy policy discussions. History guides policy choices, inspires proposals for action, and structures institutional development.
- Power Interconnection Project Costly but Needed
Aug 9, 2011 - George Mhango - ipsnews.net
BLANTYRE, Malawi , Jun 27, 2011 (IPS) - In Malawi's administrative and commercial capitals, Lilongwe and Blantyre, two things are clear, especially at night: blackouts and the sound of generators in various workplaces.
- N.J. and France Ban Fracking While N.Y. Is About to Lift Fracking Moratorium
Aug 9, 2011 - powermag.com
Last week, New Jersey's Legislature passed legislation that affirmed the state's involvement in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and banned the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Neighboring New York, meanwhile, is poised to lift a moratorium on new shale gas drilling, and France has become the first country to ban fracking.
Scottish 2020 Routemap for 100% renewable electricity
Aug 5, 2011 - renewableenergyfocus.com
The Scottish Government has released its 2020 Routemap for 100% renewable electricity and 30% overall renewable energy in Scotland by 2020.
Global consumers crave green energy in survey-Vestas
Aug 5, 2011 - af.reuters.com
NEW YORK, June 28 (Reuters) - Consumers around the world overwhelmingly support the rollout of renewable energy, but many have mistaken views about "green" products, according to a survey conducted by TNS Gallup for Vestas Wind Systems.
- Italy’s new austerity plan could hit solar with further cuts
Aug 4, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org
The final version of Italy's deficit-reduction plan has imposed further reductions on renewable energy incentives, reports Reuters. If confirmed, the new legislation could see incentives to renewable energy companies paid for by consumers on their electricity bills slashed by as much as 30%.
- New York's Latest Energy Bill Better for the Environment and the Economy
Aug 4, 2011 - Nathanael Baker - energyboom.com
The Governor of New York has signed a new law which promotes the adoption of low carbon energy and energy efficient technologies through all sectors of the economy.
- US$1.2 billion DOE loan guarantee offered to Abengoa for 280MW project
Jul 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore - pv-tech.org
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered a conditional loan guarantee totalling US$1.2 billion to help build a 280MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in southern California. If confirmed, the DOE guarantee will help fund the construction and start-up of Abengoa’s Mojave Solar Project (MSP), which is to be located around 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County.
- The Fastest Growing Industry
Jul 2, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
Solar power may be the fastest growing industry in the country, says one of its leading proponents. The base from which it is growing may be small, but the rate of increased is unmatched in the renewables space.
- California's Grid Plan Ready for Renewable Power Influx
Jun 10, 2011 - BUSINESS WIRE - energycentral.com
The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) Board of Governors yesterday approved the 2010-2011 Transmission Plan that includes 33 grid upgrades for addressing future reliability and policy-driven needs worth $1.2 billion. The approval provides a timely decision that will aid renewable power projects seeking financing. The ISO accelerated its planning process by six months so that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects could meet eligibility criteria.
- Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs
June 8, 2011 - Paul Gipe - renewableenergyfocus.com
The programme by the South American country of 15 million people includes multiple technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV). Biomass-biogas and hydro projects are further differentiated by size.
- Economic Opportunities and Environmental Benefits Identified in the Intersection Between Energy and Water
June 5, 2011 - aceee.org
WASHINGTON, D.C.and CHICAGO, Illinois—A panel of national experts on energy and water efficiency has developed a blueprint for realizing the substantial economic and environmental benefits to the nation from a combined approach towards more efficient water and energy systems. These experts were jointly convened by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), leading national research institutes focused respectively on energy and water efficiency, to address opportunities that could result from exploring the connections between energy and water. The outcome of this joint process, A Blueprint for Action and Policy Agenda, was released today.
- Historic climate change deal with legal powers agreed by Cabinet
June 4, 2011 - just4theplanet.com
Chris Huhne will announce a long-term programme that will put Britain at the forefront of the battle against climate change
- Report: New Transmission Translates Into Jobs
June 4, 2011 - renewgridmag.com
U.S. annual investment in new electric transmission facilities could soon reach $12 billion to $16 billion, resulting in $30 billion to $40 billion in annual economic activity, says a new study conducted by The Brattle Group and commissioned by WIRES. This translates into support for 150,000 to 200,000 new full-time jobs in the U.S. in each of the next 20 years and between 20,000 and 50,000 new jobs each year in Canada, the report adds.
- Japan says nuclear policy must be reviewed from scratch
May 25, 2011 - Chikako Mogi and Yoko Kubota - Reuters - trust.org
TOKYO - Prime Minister Naoto Kan said on Tuesday that renewable energy would be a key pillar of Japan's energy policy after the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years and that its nuclear policy must be reviewed from scratch.
- Italy has a new FiT
May 25, 2011 - Mark Osborne - pv-tech.org
Consultations and deliberations are now over as the Italian Council of Ministers signed on a new Conto Energia IV, effective on June 1, 2011. Since a review was announced the Italian market has effectively been frozen, especially for commercial and utility-scale projects, causing the PV supply chain to balloon with module inventory some market researchers have put at between 2 - 3GW. The situation was exacerbated by the slow start in PV installations in Germany this year.
- A Hidden Renewable Resource
May 22, 2011 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
A “hidden resource” for clean power generation is being promoted in Congress and throughout the states, one that its supporters point out is being wasted without anyone noticing. The waste heat from industrial processes now has an advocacy group and a fledgling effort to get it recognized where financial players would notice–in the tax code.
- Gregoire signs bill to phase out coal power
May 22, 2011 - Puget Sound Business Journal - bizjournals.com
Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation today to close two coal-fired boilers at the TransAlta power plant in Centralia, the last coal-fired plant in the state, with the aim of replacing them with cleaner energy. The boilers will be closed in 2020 and 2025, respectively.
- No big shifts to nation's energy supply by 2035, report says
May 22, 2011 - Ariel Schwartz - environmentalleader.com
The current energy landscape is rife with contradictions: Gas prices are shooting up, renewables are being implemented at a seemingly rapid pace, natural gas is being simultaneously demonized and hailed as an energy savior, and electric cars are finally starting to roll off production lines. Fortunately, your tax dollars fund a government agency devoted to making sense of energy.
- Fed Carbon Footprint: 121.3 Million Metric Tons; Lion’s Share is DOD
May 21, 2011 - environmentalleader.com
The federal government’s 2010 “reducible” emissions totaled 66.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which is a reduction of GHG pollution by 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from its 2008 baseline.
- National Coal Expert: "Mining is a Loser" in Practically Every Way
May 21, 2011 - Mike Casey - renewableenergyworld.com
Anytime coal’s cost to America is discussed, the coal industry reflexively talks about what an economic lifeline it is for the states in which it operates. Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman-based think tank focusing on natural resource issues, has a solid new study that’s getting national attention for undercutting those claims. For instance, the Headwaters study finds that “[f]ossil fuel production has not insulated energy-producing states from fiscal crisis,” that “[f]ossil fuel extraction has a limited influence at the state level on economic indicators such as GDP by state, personal income, and employment,” and that “[t]he volatility of fossil fuel markets poses obstacles to the stability and long-term security of economic growth in energy-producing regions.”
- Malaysia Adopts Sophisticated System of Feed-in Tariffs
May 15, 2011 - Paul Gipe - wind-works.org
Joining several other Asian countries, Malaysia's parliament has approved a sophisticated system of feed-in tariffs to develop its renewable energy resources.
- Climate change panel: renewable energy to be key
May 15, 2011 - Associated Press - energycentral.com
The world's top scientific body concluded that renewable energy in the coming decades will be widespread and could one day represent the dominant source for powering factories and lighting homes, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press Thursday.
- Bulgaria to encourage energy production from renewable sources
May 15, 2011 - Xinhua - energycentral.com
A new law that encourages energy production from renewable sources entered into force in Bulgaria on Tuesday.
- Culver: Iowa a model for renewable energy policy
May 14, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Adam B. Sullivan - energycentral.com
Former Gov. Chet Culver says other states should look to Iowa's wind energy success as a model for building renewable energy industries.
- Army Going Net Zero on Environmental Impact
May 14, 2011 - sustainablebusiness.com
This week, the US Army announced that six bases will go "net zero" energy by producing all the energy they consume on site.
- Condemning Private Property to Build Transmission
May 11, 2011 - Ken Silverstein - energybiz.com
A transmission case in Montana is getting ensnared in both the state capitol and in the local court house. It’s centered on “eminent domain” -- whether state law allows energy developers to take private property for public use.
- California is expanding its carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces
May 08, 2011 - energycentral.com
California officials announced Tuesday that the state will expand its newly adopted carbon-trading program to three Canadian provinces, creating the largest regional cap-and-trade system in North America.
- California’s Governor Brown signs alternative energy bill
May 08, 2011 - Syanne Olson - pv-tech.org
During SunPower and Flextronics dedication ceremony for its new 75MW module manufacturing plant, attendee Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown signed a new energy bill into law mandating that one-third of California’s electricity must come from renewable resources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. Before the new legislation was signed into action, California had a 20% renewables portfolio standard set for 2010; the 13% increase gives California until December 31, 2020 to meet the new goal 33% standard.
- Calif. sets nation's highest renewable power goals
May 04, 2011 - energycentral.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation requiring California utilities to get one-third of their power from renewable sources, giving the state the most aggressive alternative energy mandate in the U.S.
- Study: Gas from ‘fracking’ worse than coal on climate
May 01, 2011 - Ben Geman - thehill.com
Cornell University professors will soon publish research that concludes natural gas produced with a drilling method called “hydraulic fracturing” contributes to global warming as much as coal, or even more.
- Obama sets ambitious goal to reduce US oil imports
Apr 27, 2011 - Julie Pace - Associated Press - energycentral.com
Seeking to show the public he understands the burden of rising gas prices, President Barack Obama set an ambitious goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, and vowed to break through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades.
- Recovery Act Stimulates Green Energy
Apr 27, 2011 - energybiz.com
Called the Greatest Green Bill Ever
- Clean Energy Transmission Principles
Apr 27, 2011 - cfra.org
New investment in clean energy transmission will be needed to maximize renewable energy development to meet renewable electric standards, facilitate the retirement of coal plants, increase the reliability of our electric transmission grid and more fully integrate renewable power.
- Constellation Energy and U.S. Department of State Sign Innovative Agreement That Will Spur Development of Solar, Wind Facilities
Apr 20, 2011 - energycentral.com
Solyndra has developed a new solar application for agricultural greenhouse and shade structures that takes advantage of the ability of light to pass through Solyndra’s proven tubular thin-film PV panel design. Research CeRSAA in Italy and the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, have confirmed the improved nature of the panel design and its ability to support crop growth underneath while generating electricity.
- U.S. drops to 3rd in clean-energy investment: Pew
Apr 16, 2011 - Timothy Gardner - reuters.com
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States fell one spot to third place in clean-energy investment last year as the lack of a national energy policy hurt purchases in wind and solar power and other technologies, a report said on Tuesday.
- California Assembly approves higher renewable energy standard
Apr 16, 2011 - Dana Hull - mercurynews.com
California's Assembly on Tuesday approved one of the most ambitious renewable energy programs in the nation, sending the landmark legislation to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has said he'll sign the bill.
- US Names 19 Priority Renewable Energy Projects Proposed For Public Land
Mar 13, 2011 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc. - energycentral.com
The U.S. Interior Department said Tuesday it has selected 19 solar, wind and geothermal-power projects proposed for public land as priority projects that could receive construction permits by the end of this year.
- Federal Transmission under Microscope
Mar 13, 2011 - Bill Opalka - energybiz.com
Transmission policy is the next battleground in the ongoing debate over the federal role in the electric utility industry. And the dispute isn’t just some philosophical discussion about directives from Washington, it’s something more basic. It’s about money.
- Energy Law Alert: Ninth Circuit Decision Further Dismantles an Already
Weakened Federal Transmission Siting Authority
Feb 19, 2011 - Stoel Rives, LLP
Congress' experiment with establishing federal siting authority for transmission
lines suffered another setback after a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
decision issued yesterday, February 1, 2011, vacated the Department of
Energy's ("DOE") 2007 Transmission Congestion Study (the "Congestion
Study") that had designated national interest electric transmission
corridors in mid-Atlantic and Southwestern states. This ruling is the
latest of three court and agency decisions that have limited or undermined
the federal siting authority established at Federal Power Act section
216 by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 ("EPAct 2005").
- Cost of Electric Power Report: Enormous Health and Water Impacts of Coal
and Nuclear Power 'Hidden' From Consumers
Feb 16, 2011 - prnewswire.com
WASHINGTON: An astounding 200 billion gallons of water withdrawn from
America's water supply each day … annual costs to society from
premature deaths due to power plant pollution so high that they are up
to four times the price of all electricity produced in the U.S. … and
four metric tons of high-level radioactive wastes for every terawatt
of electricity produced by nuclear reactors, even though there is no
long-term storage solution in place. These are just some of the little
understood and largely "hidden" water, health and other costs
from U.S. coal and nuclear electricity production detailed in a new analysis
released today by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the nonprofit and
nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI) think tank. The Synapse report
for CSI also outlines the considerable health impacts of the nation's
current reliance on coal and nuclear power.
- Secretary Chu Announces New Efforts to Promote Clean Energy in Tribal Communities
Feb 13, 2011 - Energy.gov
WASHINGTON - U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today two new
initiatives to promote tribal energy development and continue strengthening
the partnership between the Department of Energy and tribal nations.
Up to $10 million will be available this year through DOE's Tribal Energy
Program to support the evaluation, development and deployment of energy
efficiency and renewable energy projects on tribal lands that will help
save energy and money, expand the use of renewable energy resources,
and promote economic development for tribal communities.
of Energy and Commerce Announce New Partnership to Further Cooperation
on Renewable Energy Modeling and Forecasting
Jan 25, 2011 - Energy.gov
The Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce today announced
a new agreement to further collaboration between the agencies on renewable
energy modeling and weather forecasting, which will help enable the nation's
renewable energy resources to be used more effectively by business and
SREC's the Future of U.S. Solar Policy?
Jan 21, 2011 - Stephen Lacey - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
SREC-based solar programs are increasingly popular. As pioneering states
get more experience, many are wondering if SREC-only structures will
win out, or if a hybrid approach will be the best solution
Policies Can Shift Southern US from Coal to Renewables
Jan 13, 2011 - Robert Kropp - Reuters - Greenbiz.com
It is widely agreed that strategies addressing climate change through
the adoption of renewable energy technologies cannot succeed without
the active participation of governments and regulators.
- Current Government Policies Inadequate to Address Climate Chane - IEA
Dec 6, 2010 - Energy Central
The broad greenhouse gas policy commitments and plans of countries around the world will not be sufficient to avoid significant increases in average global temperatures, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Should Eradicate Fossil Fuel Subsidies - IEA
Nov 17, 2010
- Gerard Wynn - First Enercast Financial
Abolishing fossil fuel subsidies would boost
the world's economy, environment and energy security, the International
Energy Agency said on Tuesday, referring to a pledge made by G20 countries.
- Feed-in tariffs in Germany: consumers are paying the price for renewable
Oct 27, 2010 - Data Monitor - Energy Central
The German Renewable Act has successfully increased renewable energy capacity
from 6% of total generation capacity in 2000 to 16% in 2009. However, in
order to compensate for higher demand, lower wholesale prices and last year's
levy deficit, German consumers will have to foot a bill of E13.5 billion
in 2011. This should be a warning to other countries of the immediate costs
of such policies.
- UK government decides against solar feed-in tariff cuts
Oct 22, 2010 - Síle Mc Mahon - pv-tech.org
The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced the coalition
government's Comprehensive Spending review, revealing that there will be
no immediate cuts to the country's solar feed-in tariff, according to PV-Tech's
UK sister site, Solar Power Portal.
says "imperative" to go green
Oct 20, 2010 - Xinhua
U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday convened its first energy security
forum, with Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saying
military has a "strategic imperative" in environmental conservation.
- Puerto Rico Aggressively Pursuing Renewable Energy
Jul 30, 2010 - Puerto Rico - Department of Economic Development and Commerce - energycentral.com
In order to promote and facilitate the development of renewable energy sources in Puerto Rico, the Government of Puerto Rico is establishing and implementing a series of new policies that will create the necessary legal framework to spearhead said development.
- Italian government plans to slice country’s feed-in tariff
Jul 26, 2010 - Emma Hughes - pv-tech.org
In a bid to stabilize the solar photovoltaics market, the Italian government
recently announced that it will reinstate guaranteed purchases of green certificates
in Italy for 2010; it now plans to cut the feed-in tariff payments for power
from solar photovoltaic plants beginning in 2011, reports Bloomberg.
Economic Benefits of a Comprehensive Feed-In Tariff: An Analysis of the REESA in California
Jul 12, 2010 - Max Wei - Daniel M. Kammen - fitcoalition.com
In this analysis we estimate that the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) enacted by the Renewable Energy and Economic Stimulus Act (REESA) will have a range of economic benefits to the state of California
- Salazar Signs Agreement with 10 East Coast Governors to Establish Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Consortium
Jun 23, 2010 - doi.gov
Announces New Atlantic Offshore Renewable Energy Office
- White paper calls for promotion of renewable energy
Jun 21, 2010 - The Associated Press
Japan needs to promote the use of renewable energy including wind and solar power to secure a stable energy supply amid a rise in global energy demand due to rapid growth in China and other emerging economies, a government white paper said Tuesday.
- Energy economist pushes for end to fossil-fuel subsidies
Jun 21, 2010 - Bloomberg news - Tulsa World
The International Energy Agency's chief economist is calling on leaders of the Group of 20 Nations to fulfill their pledge to end fossil-fuel subsidies, a move he says will cut oil demand and greenhouse-gas emissions.
- World Bank Offers Implementation Guidance for Offshore And Large Scale Onshore Wind Power Development in China
Jun 18, 2010 - M2 Presswire - Energy Central
The World Bank launched two new reports on wind power today. The reports, titled 'Regulatory Review of Offshore Wind in Five European Countries' and 'Strategic Guidance,' present examples and options for consideration by China in meeting the challenges of offshore and large scale onshore wind power development.
- Czech Republic in violation of EU directives in order to stop solar boom
May 26, 2010 - Emma Hughes - PV-tech.org
Leading Czech photovoltaic experts addressed the European Commission with a request to review a brand-new decree of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) of the Czech Republic regulating the construction of new solar photovoltaic power plants in the country. Based on this decree, all PV plants installed in the Czech Republic from June onward that have a total output of more than 30kWp will have to adhere to very strict requirements related to using PV modules containing only solar cells with very high conversion efficiencies, namely 22% for monocrystalline cells and 16% for polycrystalline or thin-film cells.
- Local Governments Lead Efforts to Combat Climate Change
May 25, 2010 - Douglas Fischer - The Daily Climate - scientificamerican.com
Local governments serve as idea labs for federal lawmakers as they consider changes to national climate and energy reform.
- Electric Power Monthly
May 24, 2010 - eia.doe.gov
Electric Power Monthly with data for February 2010
- Study Says American Power Act Will Work
May 21, 2010 - SustainableBusiness.com News
The Peterson Institute for International Economics released the first comprehensive study of American Power Act proposed last week by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), finding that it would create 220,000 and cut greenhouse gas emissions 22% below 2005 levels by 2020.
- California ISO Board Approves Two Ways to Green the Grid
May 18, 2010 - Business Wire
The California ISO Board of Governors today approved two key changes that will help integrate renewable generating resources like wind, solar and geothermal onto the power grid faster and more efficiently. As California adds more renewable generation, these resources will replace some of the conventional generation that California has relied on for decades. The shift promises significant environmental benefits, but it also poses challenges because renewable resources are often located in remote areas. Additionally, wind and solar produce energy intermittently.
- Business Leaders Urge Senators To Pass Comprehensive Energy And Climate Legislation
May 17, 2010 - PRNewswire - energycentral.com
Representatives of We Can Lead, a coalition of more than 150 major U.S. businesses, including NRG Energy, Virgin America, PSEG, Target, eBay and Exelon, today welcomed the introduction of a proposed framework for comprehensive energy and climate legislation, introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT).
- EIA Examines the Impacts of Alternate Future Scenarios on Energy Trends
May 17, 2010 - energycentral.com
How will various scenarios for future economic growth and energy policies affect the projected U.S. energy use in 2035?
- Is Interstate Transmission Really the Answer?
May 11, 2010 - Bill Opalka - renewablesbiz.com
There seems to be a widespread belief that wind energy from the nation's heartland could supply electricity to both coasts with minimal losses if the transmission infrastructure was built out...
- Current Siting Issues Under NEPA and Other Significant Federal Legislation
May 12, 2010 - Stoel Rives
Join Stoel Rives renewable energy attorneys Erin Anderson, Barbara Brenner, and Michael O'Connell for this EUCI-sponsored webinar on Wednesday, May 19. They will be speaking on CURRENT SITING ISSUES UNDER NEPA AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT FEDERAL LEGISLATION. This webinar will appeal to anyone involved in and with renewable energy.
- Obama Backs ‘Significantly’ Higher Spill Damage Cap
May 10, 2010 - Julianna Goldman and Lisa Lerer - Bloomberg
The Obama administration is backing “significantly” higher limits for damages BP Plc might face for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and won’t rule out scaling back plans to expand offshore drilling.
- 2010 Deep Research Report on China PV Power Station
May 6 , 2010 - researchandmarkets.org
China has become the largest Solar Cell Module producer in the world
since 2008, and this figure includes the output of Taiwan, which
accounted for 40% in the worldwide.
- Department of Defense Embracing Clean Energy
May 5, 2010 - Brandon MacGillis - pewtrusts.org
The Department of Defense has initiated ambitious clean energy programs in service of economic, security and environmental goals according to “Reenergizing America’s Defense,” a report released today by the Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate.
- New Study Examines Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 5, 2010 - DOT.gov
A number of strategies can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, such as using low-carbon fuels, increasing vehicle fuel economy, improving system efficiency and reducing travel that involves high levels of carbon emissions, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
- Half a trillion spent on fossil fuel subsidies mostly "a complete waste of money"
May 5, 2010 - Jeremy Hance - mongabay.com
Despite a warming planet linked to the burning of fossil fuels, governments around the world still spend 500 billion US dollars a year subsidizing fossil fuel industries.
- Nova Scotia says it's setting most aggressive renewable power targets in Canada
Mai 3, 2010 - Michael MacDonald - The Associated Press
It may be Canada's second-smallest province, but Nova Scotia is planning to become a green giant when it comes to renewable energy.
- CEE next big market for renewable energy
Mai 3, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Central and Eastern and Europe (CEE) is boosting its renewable energy market making it attractive for investors and suppliers, according to analysts Frost & Sullivan.
Cleantech thriving in California under AB 32, shows data
Apr 28, 2010 - Dallas Kachan - Cleantech Group
Strong cleantech investment continues in California, notes Cleantech Group's Dallas Kachan, despite clashes over whether to pull the plug on the state's landmark climate change legislation.
- Nova Scotia To Launch Community-Based Feed-in Tariffs
Apr 26, 2010 - Paul Gipe
As part of Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan announced today, the province in Eastern Canada will implement a series of feed-in tariffs for locally-owned projects.
KEMA helps utilities define generation strategies, mitigate risk in face of uncertain carbon future
Apr 17, 2010 - renewablesbiz.com
KEMA is helping utilities tackle generation portfolio operational- and cost-based risks associated with the uncertain carbon future.
- Govt wants 50 percent of new cars green by '20
Apr 13, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune - The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry has announced a strategy that calls for boosting eco-friendly vehicles' share of domestic new car sales to as high as 50 percent by 2020, from the current 9 percent.
- USDA, NAVY Launches Effort to Encourage the Development and Use of Renewable Energy
Apr 6, 2010 - Justin DeJong - Grace Hew-Len - usda.gov
New Initiative Will Enable Biofuels to Power Navy Fleet, Spur Economic Opportunity in Rural America
- UK finally FiT for solar power incentives
Apr 1, 2010 - Emma Hughes - pv-tech.org
It may seem to some that introducing the UK's feed-in tariff on April fool's day is a bit of a dig in the ribs, since the country has waited so long to catch up with its European counterparts in the renewable energy world.
- President Obama opens new areas to offshore drilling
Apr 1, 2010 -
Juliet Eilperin and Anne E. Kornblut - washingtonpost.com
President Obama's decision, announced Wednesday, to approve new oil and gas drilling off U.S. coasts for the first time in decades reflects a high-stakes calculation by the White House: Splitting the difference on the most contentious energy issues could help secure a bipartisan climate deal this year.
Guide to Purchasing Green Power Updated
Mar 31, 2010 - EPA - GreenPower
Through the collaborative efforts of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program, the World Resources Institute, and the Center for Resource Solutions the Guide to Purchasing Green Power has been updated to include new and updated information on green power purchasing.
- Governor Signs Two Bills to Spur Renewables, Green Manufacturing
Mar 31, 2010 - California Energy Markets
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday signed SB X8 34, a bill designed to expedite the licensing of large solar-power plants in the desert and create a state-run mitigation program for environmental impacts. On Wednesday Schwarzenegger signed SB 71, a measure that would eliminate sales and use taxes on clean-technology manufacturing equipment.
- Treasury Revises Guidance Concerning “Beginning of Construction”
Mar 30, 2010 - Stoel Rives LLP
The Treasury Department recently revised its guidance concerning the “beginning of construction” requirement for qualifying for the cash grant in lieu of tax credits (the Treasury Grant) for certain renewable energy projects placed in service after 2010. The revised guidance is generally favorable to applicants.
- EPA Issues Controversial Greenhouse Gas Interpretive Ruling
Mar 30, 2010 - Stoel Rives LLP
On March 29th EPA signed a long-awaited interpretive ruling regarding when and how facilities that emit greenhouse gases will be subject to permitting under Title V and Major New Source Review.
- Developments in the Evaluation of GHG Emissions Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
Mar 26, 2010 - Stoel Rives
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are now recognized as an environmental impact under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and state analogs such as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).
- US House Energy Panel Approves Electricity Grid Security Bill
Mar 24, 2010 - Ian Talley - Dow Jones
A U.S. House of Representatives energy committee Wednesday approved a bill giving federal regulators greater authority to protect the nation's electricity infrastructure from attacks through the Internet.
- Energy and climate to dominate European Council agenda
Mar 24, 2010 - EWEA
Tomorrow, energy will top the agenda when EU Heads of State meet in Brussels to discuss a new European strategy for jobs and growth, and to follow-up on the failed Copenhagen conference on climate change.
- Report: Chinese Policies Could Hurt U.S. Renewable Industries
Mar 24, 2010 - EERE Network News
China has enacted a series of policies that have made it one of the largest consumers of renewable energy in the world, but the country has also moved steadily to shut out foreign participation in its renewable energy market, according to a new report commissioned by the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).
- FERC Issues Orders Changing Reporting Requirements for Generator Sites and Exempting Facilities 1 MW or Less from QF Filing Requirements
Mar 23, 2010 - Stoel Rives
On March 18 and 19, 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the "Commission") issued a pair of orders that impact generation developers.
- More US companies show interest in renewable energy
Mar 18, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
Half of the US companies which currently do not support renewable energy are considering options to generate or buy renewable energy, or at least to purchase renewable energy credits.
- World Bank warns of energy crunch in Eastern Europe, Central Asia
Mar 18, 2010 - Xinhua
Eastern Europe and Central Asia may face an energy crunch by 2030 due to rising consumption unless massive investments are made to unlock capacity, the World Bank has warned in a report released here Thursday.
- Rejecting renewables: The socio-technical impediments to renewable electricity in the United States
Mar 18, 2010 - Benjamin K.Sovacool - sciencedirect.com
Energy Governance Program, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
- Renewable energy in Australia is “largely undeveloped”
Mar 17, 2010 -
The Government of Australia has released its first national Energy Resource Assessment, concluding that wind energy and other renewable energy sources are expected to become increasingly significant.
- California Public Utilities Commission Decision Allows Tradable Renewable Energy Credits
Mar 17, 2010 - Stoel Rives
The decision had been a long time in coming. The legislature had authorized the CPUC to allow the use of TRECS in 2006. On October 29, 2008, the CPUC issued its first proposed decision authorizing the use of TRECs.
- Czech politicians give the go-ahead for feed-in tariff cuts
Mar 17, 2010 - Emma Hughes - pv-tech.org
Lower house politicians in the Czech Republic have now approved a law to cut the incentives for solar energy production in a bid to control the expected rise in solar installations. The Czech Republic's Prime Minister, Jan Fischer, first called for the cuts earlier this month.
- Spain establishes int'l center for renewable energy
Mar 16, 2010 -- Xinhua
Spanish Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega on Tuesday approved the opening of an International Center for Renewable Energy (CICER) in Valencia.
- European offshore supergrid organisation set up
Mar 8, 2010 - renewableenergyfocus.com
An organisation to progress policy towards construction of a pan-European offshore supergrid, Friends of the Supergrid, has been set up.
- UK Government: Assessing English regional renewable potential
Mar 5, 2010 - M2 Presswire
New guidelines published today will help regional authorities assess the potential for renewable and low-carbon energy in their area.
- Groundbreaking Study Finds
Mar 4, 2010 - John Blackburn, Ph.D. - ieer.org
Solar and wind power can supply the vast majority of North Carolina's electricity needs, according to a major report released today.
- Renewable Energy Law Alert: Proposed Legislation to Limit ITC Grants for Renewable Projects
Mar 4, 2010 - Stoel Rives
Senator Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and three other Democratic senators have joined to propose legislation that would place limitations on the grant in lieu of tax credits for renewable energy projects under section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Screening tool for renewable energy
Feb 25, 2010- renewable energy Focus
A US report evaluates numerous factors to determine how western states can source 33% of their electricity from new renewable energy resources.
- Italy’s FiT cuts will be less than expected
Feb 23, 2010 - Emma Hughes - pv-tech.org
Reuters has reported that the Italian government plans to reduce the cuts it previously announced to solar incentives, according to the latest draft of a decree obtained on February 22.
- Bonds authorised for renewable energy
Feb 17, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
The US government has funded 16 native tribes to issue bonds for renewable energy facilities.
- Securities and Exchange Commission Releases Interpretive Guidance Regarding Climate Change
Feb 12, 2010 - StelRives LLP
As described in a previous alert, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) voted on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 to adopt an interpretive release to provide guidance on existing public company disclosure requirements as they apply to business or legal developments relating to climate change.
- President Obama Announces Three Steps to Boost Biofuels
Feb 10, 2010 - U.S. Department of Energy
President Barack Obama announced on February 3 three actions that the federal government is taking to boost U.S. biofuels production. The measures include: the final rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) of 36 billion gallons by 2022; a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its Biomass Crop Assistance Program, which provides financing to increase the production of biomass for bioenergy (see separate article); and the release of Growing America's Fuel, the first report from the president's Biofuels Interagency Working Group. The report lays out a strategy to advance the development and commercialization of a sustainable biofuels industry.
- Release: Sanders Introduces Major Solar Energy Initiative
Feb 4, 2010 - Bernie Sanders
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate's green jobs subcommittee, today introduced legislation with nine cosponsors to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade.
- US Navy to halve fossil fuels by 2020
Feb 2, 2010 - Carbon Positive
The US Navy is to halve its use of fossil fuels by 2020 among a number of clean energy measures across the armed forces flagged in a major defence review paper released this week. On the way to the 2020 target, the Navy plans to deploy a “green” strike group by 2016 which will operate entirely without fossil fuels. It has already commissioned an electric-drive aircraft carrier, the USS Makin Island, and last year tested an F/A-18 fighter aircraft on a camelina-based biofuel blend.
Tables of Renewable Tariffs or Feed-In Tariffs Worldwide
Feb 1, 2010 - Paul Gipe - wind-works.org
These tables summarize tariffs for different technologies in different countries, and various states and provinces. The tables may also provide an overview of program details.
- Obama Sets GHG Target
Feb 1, 2010 - Renew Grid
The federal government plans to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by 28% by 2020, President Obama has announced. Actions taken under Executive Order 13514 on Federal Sustainability are designed to spur clean energy investments that create new private-sector jobs, drive long-term savings, build local market capacity, and foster innovation and entrepreneurship in clean energy industries, according to the White House.
- UK renewable industry welcomes feed-in tariff
Feb 1, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus
The UK renewable energy industry welcomes today’s announcement of the feed-in tariff for renewable and low carbon electricity, and the plans for low carbon heating incentives.
feed-in tariff is announced: payback begins April 1
Feb 1, 2010 -
Emma Hughes - PV-tech.org
The UK feed-in tariff rates have now been finalized,
offering its residents a financial incentive for producing renewable energy. The
government has confirmed the proposed rate, which will begin to take effect from
April 1, 2010.
Government To Cut CO2 Emissions 28% By 2020
Jan 29, 2010 - Ian
Talley - Siobhan Hughes - Dow Jones Newswires
U.S. President Barack Obama
on Friday ordered the federal government to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by
28% by 2020, marking a new push toward energy efficiency and a greater reliance
on low-carbon energy.
Seeks Suggestions on Revising Transmission Tariffs to Break Down Barriers to Integration
of Renewable Energy Resources
Jan 22, 2010 - Stoel Rives
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued a Notice
of Inquiry on January 21, 2010, initiating a proceeding in which FERC welcomes
public comment on whether existing rules, regulations, tariffs, and industry practices
within FERC’s jurisdiction may be creating barriers against reliably and
efficiently integrating variable energy resources (“VERs”) into the
transmission grid. In this proceeding, FERC aims to reform regulatory, market,
and operational practices that discriminate against VERs or result in unjust and
unreasonable rates or terms of service. In addition, FERC will consider how North
American Electric Reliability Corporation Reliability Standards should be modified
or created in conjunction with other considered reforms.
Recruitment Underway to Set Up Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council
Jan 20, 2010 - National Regulatory Research Institute
The Eastern Interconnection
planning initiative known as the Eastern Interconnection States' Planning Council
(EISPC) is an historic endeavor, initially funded by an award from the United
States Department of Energy (DOE) pursuant to a provision of the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Governors Commit to a Regional Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Jan 20, 2010
- EERE News
Governors of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states signed
a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 30 that commits their states to
developing a regional low-carbon fuel standard, a market-based, fuel-neutral program
addressing the carbon content of fuels.
Appalachian states should look beyond coal
Jan 19, 2010 - Vicki Smith
- Associated Press
Coal production in Central Appalachia is likely to continue
its 12-year decline, and an environmental consulting firm said Tuesday it's time
policy makers and legislators in four states work to diversify the region's economy.
feed-in tariff cut will be 16-17% - updated
Jan 19, 2010 - Emma Hughes
After a fair amount of digging and the much needed help of
our German correspondent we can now confirm that the reports of a 16-17% cut in
feed-in tariff rate for Germany were true, and the cuts are to go ahead from April
1, 2010. Click here
to see the analyst's thoughts on these cuts.
Investor Groups Urge Tougher Action On Climate Change
2010 - Naureen Malik - Dow Jones Newswires
Investor groups representing
$13 trillion in assets Thursday urged the U.S. and other governments to put in
place stronger policies to curb climate change, warning political uncertainty
surrounding the issue stunts development and exposes companies to considerable
Incentives to Promote Clean Eenergy
Jan 10, 2010 - Mintz, Levin, Cohn,
Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 (ARRA) was passed in response to the worldwide economic crisis of
2008-2009 and contains various direct spending programs, tax incentives, grants,
loans, loan guarantees, and bond programs to develop renewable and clean energy
Report: EPA gets tough on smog
Jan 7, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal
WSJ's Joe White reports the EPA is cracking down on smog, which he tells
Simon Constable will affect business costs throughout the nation. Plus, the future
of 3-D comes into focus at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
processing 244 proposals for renewable energy facilities
Jan 04, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects
represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of
one-third of power from renewables.
USDA push farmers to use coal waste on fields
Dec 21, 2009 - Rick
The federal government is encouraging farmers to
spread a chalky waste from coal-fired power plants on their fields to loosen and
fertilize soil even as it considers regulating coal wastes for the first time.
science advisor John Holdren on U.S. strategy in Copenhagen
2009 - The Grist
COPENHAGENOne of the puzzles about the U.S. strategy
here in is how negotiators expected that pledging a 17 percent emissions reduction
below 2005 levels by 2020 could be taken seriously.
shapes up FiT policies: national gross system on the horizon?
16, 2009 - Emma hughes - PV-tech
As we progress further into what will
soon be 2010 - 'the year solar PV will take off', more changes are being made
in the world of photovoltaics in Australia. This country has seen many changes
to its renewable situation during 2009, with new feed-in tariffs announced, improved
and tweaked as the continent moves towards its goal of a nationwide gross feed-in
mayors compare notes on saving climate
Dec 15, 2009 - Jan M. Olsen
and Charles J. Hanley - The Associated Press
The Obama administration
should have sent federal stimulus money not to the U.S. states, but to cities,
where "most of the environmental damage is done and most of the chances for improvement
are," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.
Energy Plan Promotes Clean, Efficient Alternatives
Dec 15, 2009 -
Mireya Navarro - New York Times
A New York State board has recommended
a plan intended to make energy more affordable, efficient and environmentally
friendly while helping to create jobs over the next 10 years, officials said.
Secretary Outlines How to Use North American Continent to Combat Climate Change
Dec 11, 2009 - David Biello - Scientific American
U.S. forests and soils
store some 90 billion metric tons of carbon, or 50 years worth of present U.S.
emissions from fossil
fuels, according to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey. As negotiators
here at the United Nations' climate summit continue to struggle to draft a global
agreement to cut greenhouse
gas emissions—including efforts to reduce deforestation and protect
natural sinks—the U.S. Department of Interior is transforming the business
of public lands and waters to help combat climate
residents invest in solar power park
Dec 11, 2009 - Leah Beth Ward
- The Associated Press
Gary Nystedt was brainstorming with a group of
colleagues at a solar energy conference a few years ago when the idea hit him.
than 1000 towns and cities commit to use sustainable and renewable energy
Dec 9, 2009 - renewable energy focus.com
The number of municipalities
which has signed onto the ‘Covenant of Mayors’ for sustainable and
renewable energy has surpassed 1000 since its creation in February.
Set to Regulate Wastewater from Coal-Fired Power Plants
Dec 4, 2009
- Sarah Coefield - Enviromental Health News - Scientific American
to a national wildlife refuge, Indiana’s Gibson Lake provides a prime fishery
for bass and an attractive rest spot for hundreds of species of birds, including
Phase II 2009: Video Archive
Nov 26, 2009 - Clean Edge News
Last week, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) hosted its annual
Phase II National Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
For those not
lucky enough to attend, the video
archive is now posted on ACORE's website.
to Go to Copenhagen With Emissions Target
Nov 25, 2009 - John M. Broder
- The New York Times
President Obama is pledging a provisional target
for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the first time
in more than a decade that an American administration has offered even a tentative
promise to reduce production of climate-altering gases, the White House announced
industry calls for improved transmission pricing and planning processes in comments
to FERC; also requests reconsideration of harmful FERC order
2009 - AWEA
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in two separate
filings on related transmission issues.
Enters a Maze of Questions About Renewable Energy Transmission
23, 2009 - Peter Behr - The New York Times
The spread of wind and solar
power is being held back by fragmented policies on paying for new transmission
lines to carry renewable energy, said a group of leading transmission providers
in a petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Commission Projects 80% Renewable Energy by 2050
Nov 16, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
- Brussels- -Belgium
More than 550 high-level political decision makers
at EU, national and regional level, representatives of the renewable energy industry,
NGOs and scientists gathered in Brussels for the 3rd European Renewable Energy
Policy Conference, organized by EREC as an official event of the Swedish EU Presidency.
platform offering policymaker toolkit for secure and renewable energy
Nov 11, 2009 - Focus.com
A new online platform launched by the World
Future Council provides policymakers throughout the world with tools to unleash
sustainable and renewable energy development.
Obama delivers remarks at solar energy center
Oct 27, 2009 - The Washington
The speech from President Barack Obama.
joins state is clean energy initiative
Oct 24, 2009 - The Associated
The U.S. military is teaming with the state to reduce dependence
on fossil fuels and to assist in the development of alternative, renewable sources
want role in renewable energy quest
Oct 23, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Jim Myers Tulsa World, Okla.
Osage Nation Principal
Chief Jim Gray told a key Senate committee Thursday that tribes are being locked
out of renewable energy opportunities by bureaucratic delays, lack of financing
and inadequate access to the national transmission grid.
plans massive cuts in fossil fuel use
Oct 22, 2009 - Steve Liewer
The Navy intends to make massive cuts in its 100,000-barrel-a-day
consumption of fossil fuels in the next several years, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus
said yesterday near the end of a three-day visit to San Diego.
president stresses development of renewable energy
Oct 19, 2009 -
Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged the country's companies
to reduce operation costs by speeding up the development of renewable energy and
help improve the country's energy structure.
and Texas: Renewable energy's odd couple
Oct 17, 2009 - Kate Galbraith
- The New York Times
Texas cares little for environmental niceties. Its
Perry, bashes the Environmental
Protection Agency at every opportunity, and recently branded the climate bill
that passed the House of Representatives a “legislative monstrosity.”
Directs Federal Agencies to Reduce Emissions
Oct 15, 2009 -
Robert Kropp - Socialfunds.com
Executive Order requires Federal agencies
to set greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets within 90 days.
Salazar Sign MOU To Expedite RE Development In California
2009 - Solar Industry
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., has signed
a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary
Ken Salazar in order to expedite the siting of California renewable energy projects.
Signs Two Big Solar Bills AB 920 and SB 32 Continue California’s Drive toward
a Million Solar Roofs, Give Consumers New Incentives to Go Solar
12, 2009 - YubaNet.com
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 12, 2009 - Californians
have two more reasons to go solar tonight. Governor Schwarzenegger signed two
popular solar bills designed to give consumers added incentive to invest in a
solar roof and help the state achieve its aggressive clean energy goals.
Department Announces New Private Sector Partnership to Accelerate Renewable Energy
Oct 7, 2009 - U.S Department of
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the Department
of Energy (DOE) will provide up to $750 million in funding from the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act to help accelerate the development of conventional renewable
energy generation projects. This funding will cover the cost of loan guarantees
which could support as much as $4 to 8 billion in lending to eligible projects,
and the Department will invite private sector participation to accelerate the
financing of these renewable energy projects.
puts government on greenhouse-gas diet
Oct 5, 2009 - Dina Cappiello
- The Associated Press
President Barack Obama
is putting the federal government on a greenhouse-gas diet.
1.1 Billion Move to Feed-in Tariffs
Sep 30, 2009 - Paul Gipe - wind-works.org
The world's largest single political jurisdiction to date, India, has made
a strategic move to use a comprehensive system of feed-in tariffs to develop its
renewable energy potential.
Details Administration’s Policy Push to Build 21st Century Power Transmission
Sep 30, 2009 - Department of Interior
– Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar told energy industry officials today that
the federal government’s past electric transmission policy has been as fragmented
and disjointed as the nation’s outdated power grid and that one of President Obama’s
top energy priorities is to speed the development of a 21st Century network to
move American energy more cleanly, efficiently and safely around the nation.
Accelerates its Pursuit of Clean Energy
Sep 30, 2009 - EERE Network
California's commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency
got two major boosts recently.
energy projects stumble on a need for water
Sep 29, 2009 - The New
Amargosa Valley, Nev. — In a rural corner of Nevada reeling
from the recession, a bit of salvation seemed to arrive last year. A German developer,
Solar Millennium, announced plans to build two large solar farms here that would
harness the sun to generate electricity, creating hundreds of jobs.
Launches Comprehensive System of Feed-in Tariffs
Sep 24, 2009 - Paul
Gipe - Wind-Works.org
First System of Advanced Renewable Tariffs in North
America follows from the Continent's Most Aggressive Climate Change Policy
House Unveils Plan to Curb Auto Emissions
Sept 16, 2009 - Stephen
Power and Josh Mitchell - Wall Street Jounal.com
The Obama administration
rolled out details of its strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars,
with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency saying the proposal paves
the way for regulating emissions from sources such as power plants.
WOW Oppose Transmission Policy Change in Upper Midwest
Aug 13, 2009
- Energy Central
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and Wind
on the Wires (WOW) filed a protest today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) opposing a proposal by the utility transmission system operator in the
Midwest that, if approved, will discourage the development of wind resources in
a region that has been termed “the Saudi Arabia of wind.”
Me The Money: Recovery Act Opportunities for Small Businesses
Aug 13, 2009 - Stoel Rives
On August 5, 2009, the Department of Energy
("DOE") issued a funding opportunity announcement ("FOA") deploying $8.5 million
to stimulate small business innovation in the energy sector. This money will fund
the first of three phases for Small Business Innovation Research ("SBIR") and
Small Business Technology Transfer ("STTR") programs.1 The purpose of these programs
is to fund small business research and development projects with commercial potential.
Me the Money: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Related to Loan Guarantees for Projects
That Employ Innovative Technologies
Aug 7, 2009 - Stoel Rives
On August 6, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") issued a notice of proposed
rulemaking to amend 10 CFR Part 609, the rule regulating the loan guarantee program
authorized by section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (hereinafter
the �Section 1703 Loan Guarantee Program�). The two principal goals
of the Section 1703 Loan Guarantee Program are to encourage commercial use of
new or significantly improved energy-related technologies and to achieve substantial
environmental benefits. (See these recent alerts regarding the DOE loan guarantee
program and the related application process.)
Announces That Applications for Grants in Lieu of ITC and PTC Now Being Accepted
Jul 31, 2009 - Stoel Rives
The US Department of the Treasury announced
today that applications are now being accepted for grants in lieu of income tax
credits pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
ARRA, which was enacted in February, permits an applicant to receive a grant from
the Treasury Department in lieu of claiming investment tax credits (ITCs) or production
tax credits (PTCs). To qualify, the property must be placed in service in 2009
or 2010 or, if construction begins in 2009 or 2010, must be placed in service
by the end of 2012 (for wind), 2013 (for biomass, geothermal and other resources)
or 2016 (for solar). The grant functions similarly to a refundable tax credit.
The amount of a grant generally is equal to the amount of the ITC for which the
owner of the project otherwise would have been eligible (i.e., generally
30% of the qualified cost of the project).
Releases Eagerly Awaited Loan Guarantee Solicitations
Jul 30, 2009
- Stoel Rives
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced yesterday that
the Department of Energy will provide up to $30 billion in loan guarantees for
renewable energy projects. The announcement corresponded with the release of two
new loan guarantee solicitations funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009 (ARRA) and through 2009 appropriations. The long-awaited solicitations
provide crucial details regarding the application process for both the legacy
loan guarantee program for innovative projects (referred to as the section 1703
program) and a newly established program for projects using proven technologies
(referred to as the section 1705 program).
Energy Law Alert: FERC Policy Statement Seeks to Accelerate Deployment of Smart
Jul 20, 2009 - Stoel Rives
16, 2009, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") issued its Policy
Statement on smart grid technologies, directing the development of key operational
standards and implementing an interim incentive rate policy that will allow for
cost recovery of deployed smart grid technologies and certain legacy systems made
obsolete by such deployment. The Policy Statement also establishes an important
jurisdictional line by providing that, although FERC's rate recovery authority
is limited by section 205 of the Federal Power Act, FERC is vested with the authority
to adopt smart grid standards applicable to all electric power facilities—even
those at the local distribution level and those directly used by retail consumers.
Issues Guidance on Applications for Grants in Lieu of the ITC and the PTC
Jul 9, 2009 - Stoel Rives
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
of 2009 (ARRA), which was enacted in February, permits an applicant to receive
a grant from Treasury in lieu of claiming investment tax credits (ITCs) or production
tax credits (PTCs).
Energy Law Alert: IRS Guidance on Electing ITC
Jun 5, 2009
- Stoel Rives
On Friday, June 5, the Internal Revenue Service issued
Notice 2009-52, which provides guidance informing taxpayers how to elect to claim
the Investment Tax Credit ("ITC") under IRC § 48 in lieu of the Production
Tax Credit ("PTC") under IRC § 45 with respect to qualifying projects. This
election was provided for as part of the federal economic stimulus bill, the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA").
New Transmission For Renewables
June 2, 2009 - Ralph Izzo - The Energy
The governors of 10 eastern states, many with strong records
on environmental policy, recently sent a message to Congress that turned some
heads. It focused on proposed legislation to create an electric transmission superhighway
to bring wind power from the Midwest to cities on the East Coast. Who could be
Seeks Funding Cuts for Wave, Tidal Energy Research
May 31, 2009 -
McClatchy Washington Bureau
The Obama administration
has proposed a 25 percent cut in the research and development budget for one of
the most promising renewable energy sources in the Northwest - wave and tidal
mining approach leaves industry wondering
May 23, 2009 - Tim Huber
- The Associated Press
Charleston, W.Va -No one's particularly pleased
with the Obama administration's early approach to regulating the U.S. coal industry.
Clean Car Standards Deliver Massive Oil Savings
May 19, 2009 - Union
of Concerned Scientists
The White House today released details of a plan
to develop groundbreaking regulations that would require the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) to work together to dramatically
reduce heat-trapping emissions from the nation's cars and trucks.
balance between local power and big transmission
May 8, 2009 - Bill
Powers, P.E. - University of San Diego
This PowerPoint argues for distributed
energy vs. the Sunrise Powerlink for the San Diego region.
Salazar Pledges to Open Four Renewable Energy Permitting Offices, Create Renewable
May 06, 2009 - Interior Department Documents and Publications/ContentWorks
To expedite production of renewable energy on public lands while protecting
land, water, and wildlife, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today pledged
to create four Renewable Energy Coordination Offices, one each in California,
Nevada, Wyoming, and Arizona, along with smaller renewable energy teams in New
Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Oregon.
Legislature Passes Bill to Expand the Energy Freedom Program
2009 - Renewable Energy Law Alert - Stoel Rives, LLP
On May 4, 2009,
Governor Christine Gregoire signed two bills into law. Bill 5921 creates a new
Clean Energy Leadership Council for the State of Washington. Bill 2289 expands
the Energy Freedom Program from a biofuels-focused program to include energy efficiency,
renewable energy and pioneering renewables technologies. It also allows private
entities to participate, permits the use of federal funds (including funding opportunities
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA")) and creates additional
accounts to fund renewable projects. Both acts take effect immediately.
expected to issue support plan for renewable energy development
5, 2009 -Xinhua
The Chinese government is working on a support plan for
the renewable energy industry aimed at raising the country's wind power capacity
to 100-150 million KWh by 2020, sources close to the plan making told Xinhua on
chairman wants electric grid spending
May 5, 2009 - The
The country's top energy regulator says the federal
government needs to spend much more money on improving the country's electrical
ambitious energy policy
Apr , 2009 - Patrick E. Meyer - IEEE
Energy is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. The issue dominates political,
economic and social debate, garnering the kind of attention not seen since the
energy crises of the 1970s. Unfortunately, the circumstances driving the interest
— record gas prices, national security concerns, environmental concerns
— are no more palatable than they were 30 years ago. The emergence of China,
Brazil, Russia and other large players in world economic markets has pushed energy
prices to unprecedented levels, having widespread impact on global economies,
and forcing governments to take action.
court rejects attempt to halt power line
Apr 29, 2009 - Brian
farkas - The Associated Press
The state Supreme
Court decided Wednesday not to interfere with plans to construct a high voltage
power line across northern West Virginia despite arguments that the line would
inflict environmental harm and higher utility rates on state residents.
Electricity Association releases North American policy paper, "Enhancing our Integrated
Electricity System: An Opportunity to Build on Success"
Apr 22, 2009
- Canada NewsWire
The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA)
today released its annual North American policy paper in Washington DC. Entitled:
"Enhancing our Integrated Electricity System: An Opportunity to Build on Success,"
the paper presents the Canadian industry's views on opportunities for bilateral
engagement between Canada and the US to meet head-on the challenges facing the
electricity sector. It can be found on the CEA website at www.canelect.ca.
Program Creates Green Jobs
Apr 23, 2009 - Doug Struck - Scientific
American - sciam.com
The cap-and-trade program created by 11 Northeastern
states has begun to deliver revenues that are being used to pay the salaries of
new "green collar" workers
May Never Need More Nuclear, Coal Plants, FERC Head Says
2009 - Tina Seeley - Bloomberg
The U.S. may never need to build new nuclear
or coal-fired power plants because renewable energy and improved efficiency can
meet future power demand, the head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Funding Opportunity Announcements for Smart Grid
Apr 21, 2009 - Stoel
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("ARRA") provides
$4.5 billion to the Department of Energy's ("DOE") Office of Electricity Delivery
and Energy Reliability ("OED") to be used in upgrading and modernizing the nation's
electricity grid. The funds are intended to be used in, among other things, research
and development of technologies that improve the delivery of electricity, including
distributed energy (small-scale and modular devices designed to provide electricity
to locations close to consumers), energy storage to help balance electricity output
with demand (important to the integration of inconsistent energy sources such
as wind and solar) and other smart grid technologies.
Role in the Smart Grid
Apr 20, 2009 - Ken Silverstein - Energy Biz
Ken Silverstein EnergyBiz Insider Editor-in-Chief Read Ken's
Blog Respond to the editor. The energy sector could spark the rejuvenation of
America. It's all about the production of alternative energy and green jobs and
it is being spearheaded by the president of the United States.
gets to work on energy independence
Apr 18, 2009 - Mark Niesse - Associated
HONOLULU (The Associated Press) - Writer Printer Friendly Wind
and solar power pioneers spent this week seeking their Holy Grail: the ability
to easily sell renewable electricity for use on Hawaii's power grids.
Mellon Experts Say Cap and Trade Policies Are Not Enough To Reduce Emissions by
Apr 13, 2009 - ASCRIBE NEWS
A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University report in a new policy brief
that cap and trade climate policies alone will not be sufficient to put the nation
on track to achieve a 50 to 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of
carbon dioxide by mid-century.
Ruling Advances Green Power Express
Apr 13, 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall
In a decision that supports renewable wind resources becoming an important
part of supplying the nation's electric energy needs, the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) approved Green Power Express LP's request for favorable transmission
investment incentives. It also authorized the establishment of a regulatory asset
for development and pre-construction costs. These approvals will enable the partnership
to pursue the development of its proposed, multi-state Green Power Express Project.
Africa Introduces Aggressive Feed-in Tariffs
Apr 9, 2009 - Paul Gipe
South Africa's National Energy Regulator (NERSA) announced March 31, 2009
the introduction of a system of feed-in tariffs designed to produce 10 TWh of
electricity per year by 2013.
Dept. Counsel Confirms Recovery Act Section 1603 Energy Property Grants Not Subject
Apr 8, 2009 - Stoel Rives LLP
Earlier this year Congress passed
and the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the "Recovery
Act"). The Recovery Act includes a number of provisions intended to promote renewable
energy. For example, Section 1603 establishes grants for specified energy property
in lieu of tax credits ("Section 1603 Grants"). Because the recession has had
a significant impact on taxable income, fewer tax equity investors are available
to "monetize" the production tax credits and investment tax credits traditionally
used to finance renewable energy projects. Section 1603 Grants are intended to
address this problem by providing a substitute for renewable energy tax credits.
Clean Energy Upside from G20
Apr 3, 2009 - Sam Hopkins - The Green
"We have today therefore pledged to do whatever is necessary
to build an inclusive, green, and sustainable recovery." That's all the Group
of Twenty said about renewable energy in its communiqué this week.
Public Utilities Commission Issues New Proposed Decision on Tradable Renewable
Apr 3, 2009 - Stoel Rives LLP
29 of last year, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed
decision that, if approved, would have allowed California's investor-owned utilities
to meet their obligation to procure renewable generation by purchasing tradable
or unbundled renewable energy credits ("Tradable RECs").1 Tradable RECs are the
environmental or "green" attributes of renewable power separated from the underlying
energy, allowing the utility to purchase the Tradable RECs from a renewable generator
without buying the energy.
links budget to environment
Mar 23, 2009 - Philip
Elliot - The Associated Press
President Barack Obama said Monday
the nation must move quickly to develop clean and innovative sources of energy
after years of delay.
Seeks US Support to Meet Climate Change Challenge
Mar 25, 2009 - BBC
Monitoring South Asia
With the Obama Administration focussing
on clean and renewable energy, India has sought partnership with the US in the
field to meet the growing challenge of climate change.
LBNL/NREL report analyzes choice of PTC, ITC, or cash grant
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are pleased to announce the release of a joint
LBNL/NREL report titled “PTC, ITC, or Cash Grant? An Analysis of the Choice
Facing Renewable Power Projects in the United States.” This report was funded
by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Salazar Issues Order to Spur Renewable Energy Development on U.S. Public Lands
Mar 11, 2009 - Bureau of Land Management
Energy Zones a Key to New Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Citing the critical need to reduce the nation's dependence
on foreign oil, build a clean energy economy and create new jobs, Secretary of
the Interior Ken Salazar today issued a secretarial order making the production,
development, and delivery of renewable energy top priorities for the department.
reconsider Navajo power line decision
Mar 7, 2009 - Felicia
Fonseca - The Associated Press
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management
is reconsidering a decision on a right-of-way easement for an electrical transmission
line that is expected to carry energy from the Navajo Nation to areas across the
Study Critiques Corn Ethanol
Mar 6, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
To mitigate the release of greenhouse gases, it makes more sense using today's
technology to leave land unfarmed in conservation reserves than to plow it for
corn to make biofuel, according to a new Duke University-led study.
Leader Reid Introduces Renewables-Focused Transmission Bill
2009 - AWEA -Wind Energy Weekly
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
introduced the first of what may be several transmission bills aimed at harnessing
leader introduces national clean energy transmission system bill
5, 2009 - Kate Rowland - Energy Central
The opening notes of a clean, green electric transmission symphony were heard
Thursday in Congress as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced proposed
legislation that will require the President to designate renewable energy zones
in areas with significant clean energy generating potential.
Barack Obama's Address to Congress Features GENI's Ideas and Ideals
Feb 24, 2009 - Address to Copngress
"We know the country that harnesses
the power of clean, renewable energy will lead the 21st century. And yet, it is
China that has launched the largest effort in history to make their economy energy
efficient. We invented solar technology, but we've fallen behind countries like
Germany and Japan in producing it. New plug-in hybrids roll off our assembly lines,
but they will run on batteries made in Korea."
Energy Secretary: Should Invest Heavily In Pumped Hydro Elec Storage
Feb 23, 2009 - Dow jones & Company, Inc.
The federal government
and markets should invest " heavily" into pumped hydro electricity and compressed
air storage, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Monday.
eyes renewable energy projects
Feb 23, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - James Monteleone - The Daily Times
stimulus bill is anticipated to steer $43 billion in nationwide investments into
a yearling renewable energy industry, but the slumped oil and gas industry likely
will be left out.
OKs Rates For 2 TransCanada Transmission Lines In US
Feb 19, 2009
- Dow Jones
Federal regulators approved power shipping rates Thursday
for two high-voltage electric transmission lines that TransCanada Corp. (TRP)
plans to build in the western U.S.
plays big role in stimulus plan
Feb 17, 2009 -
A smart electric grid and the development of clean, renewable
energy to power a 21st century U.S. economy are part of the stimulus plan, the
White House said.
could be coal-free by 2010 with a truly bold Green Energy Act
9, 2009 - Michael Oliveira - The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Ontario's energy
mix could be virtually 100 per cent coal-free by next year, especially if the
government boosted conservation by residents and acted boldly with its upcoming
Green Energy Act, suggests a new report.
New RPS Proposals Under Consideration by Congress
Feb 9, 2009 - Stoel
Enactment of a renewable portfolio standard ("RPS") has been
under consideration in Congress and elsewhere for several years. In a nutshell,
an RPS would require that a certain percentage of electricity sold to retail consumers
must be obtained from renewable sources, such as wind, biomass, solar, and geothermal.
Several states have enacted their own RPS, but to date no action has been taken
at the federal level.
gives its approval to feed-in tariff for solar power
Feb 6, 2009 -
Megan Rolland - Gainesville.com
Beginning March 1, those in Gainesville
with new solar photovoltaic systems will be eligible to receive 32 cents per kilowatt
hour of electricity produced by the system over the next 20 years.
Show Renewable Energy Taking Off, but Federal Policies Needed to Keep Momentum,
Science Group Says
House Voting Today on Stimulus Package Including
January 28, 2009- Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, D.C. – Two recent reports documenting the rapid growth of renewable
energy development in the United States show that state renewable electricity
standards and federal tax incentives are effective policies. New federal initiatives,
however, are necessary to ensure continued expansion, according to the Union of
Concerned Scientists (UCS).
Energy, Bright Future (pdf) (4.26 MB)
January, 2009 - Environment
California Research & Policy Center
This report provides specific
recommendations in support of the president-elect’s efforts to ensure a green
economic recovery and estimates the environmental benefits of those recommendations.
These proposals, when fully implemented over the next decade, would reduce annual
global warming pollution by nearly 10 percent below current levels and reduce
oil consumption equivalent to taking one million cars off the road each year.
These proposals would begin to transition America to a clean energy economy and
put more than three million people to work quickly in ready-to-go projects. This
is nearly as many jobs as Obama has called for creating with the entire stimulus
press for tribe-friendly renewable energy policies
Jan 7, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune
Regional News - Rob Capriccioso - Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y.
As more tribes explore and get involved in the renewable energy field, a network
of tribal groups is asking President-elect Barack Obama to support tribally owned
and operated renewable energy projects, along with economic development initiatives
that could reduce dependence on fossil fuels
start to new year: Laws that broaden 'net metering' take effect today
Jan 1, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Larry Rulison - Albany Times Union
New York - New state laws that allow businesses to sell renewable energy
they generate back to their utility take effect today.
agency for renewable energy to be established
Dec. 26, 2008 - The
More than 50 countries are expected to establish an
international organization in January to expand the use of and promote research
and development on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power.
energy law comes into force
Dec 17, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional
News - Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo - The Manila Times
Philippines - The President
said the new legislation is the "first and most comprehensive renewable energy
law in Southeast Asia" that would enable the Philippines to capture a part of
the soaring investments in renewable energy development worldwide pegged at $71
billion last year.
downturn, Calif. adopts tough climate plan
Dec 12, 2008 - Samantha
Young - The Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California on Thursday
adopted the nation's most sweeping plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, issuing
rules that could transform everything from the way factories operate to the appliances
people buy and the fuel they put in their cars.
Policy Priorities for the New Administration
December, 2008 - Solar
Energy Industries Association SEIA
Solar Energy Fuels Domestic Job Growth:
A Blueprint for Job Creation and Economic Security
The current economic
crisis requires the United States government to make strategic investments in
industries that will improve our economy. At the same time, our nation has an
opportunity to invest in industries that foster our energy independence, improve
our security and reduce our greatest environmental risk – global warming. Increasing
the use of solar energy will provide a clean, reliable and domestic source of
energy while creating millions of new jobs. Solar is not only the cleanest technology,
but solar produces more jobs per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity than any
other source of energy.
Dorgan Says He’ll Introduce Transmission Piece of Pickens Plan
17, 2008 - Wind Energy Weekly
U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), a senior
member of the Senate Energy Committee, said he intends to introduce legislation
containing the portion of T. Boone Pickens’s energy plan calling for creation
of a national electric transmission grid and a major expansion of wind and solar
panel suggests plan to reduce global warming
Oct 23, 2008 - By Peggy
Harris - The Associated Press
The Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global
Warming has completed the state's first study on greenhouse gas emissions and
arrived at 54 recommendations the panel says will help reverse global warming
if everyone does their share.
Dems To Push Climate Bill As Recovery Tool For Econ Crisis
2008 - Dow Jones & Company
U.S. Democratic leaders say they plan
to push a climate-change bill in the new year as a central tool for economic recovery,
but the financial crisis may have arrested the political momentum necessary to
pass such legislation.
Grid: Dream or Reality?
Oct 16, 2008 - Ucilia Wang - greentechmedia.com
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell told a solar conference crowd that she will tackle
the complex issue of regulating utilities and building new transmission lines
at a time when money is tough to come by.
PTC Extension and Eight-Year ITC to Become Law
Oct 3, 2008 - Wind
After more than a year of debate, both chambers of the
U.S. Congress approved a bill to extend the renewable energy production tax credit
(PTC) through December 31, 2009. President Bush swiftly signed the “financial
bailout” bill, to which the PTC extension was attached, after the House passed
York formally adopts carbon cap-and-trade program
Aug, 2008 - Power
New York State's Environmental Board last week unanimously approved
regulations to implement the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based,
mandatory cap-and-trade scheme to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants
within 10 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states.
Carbon-free electricity in 10 years doable
Jul 17, 2008 - Dina Cappiello
- The Associated Press
Former Vice President Al Gore called Thursday
for a "man on the moon" effort to switch all of the nation's electricity production
to wind, solar and other carbon-free sources within 10 years, a goal that he said
would solve global warming as well as economic and natural security crises caused
by dependence on fossil fuels.
deadline for renewable power in peril
Jul 12, 2008 - Xinhua
California's big electrical utilities may miss the state's deadline for increasing
their use of renewable power if Congress doesn't extend tax credits for new solar
plants and wind farms, it was reported on Saturday.
saves US$1 billion with 'energy revolution' and eliminates blackouts
Apr 15, 2008 - The Associated Press
Cuba says it saved more than US$1
billion (euro632 million) over two years and eliminated blackouts with its "energy
revolution" that focuses on conservation and new power sources.
of Renewables Going to States with Standards - Study
Apr 15, 2008
- Wind Energy Weekly
Over 50% of non-hydro renewable capacity additions
in the U.S. from 1998 through 2007 occurred in states with renewable electricity
standards (RESs), and 93% of those additions came from wind power, according to
a report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Resources Are Rising Stars
Mar 7, 2008 -- STATE DEPARTMENT RELEASE/ContentWorks
At the three-day Washington International Conference on Renewable Energy
(WIREC), participants from public, corporate and private sectors repeatedly stressed
the importance of quickly harnessing the earth's sustainable natural resources
CEO bullish on renewables
Feb 9, 2008 - The Associated Press
Some utilities are fighting mandates for renewable energy. Xcel Energy Inc. has
embraced the trend and would like to see some national standards on renewables
approves incentive rates to accommodate renewable energy projects
Feb 8, 2008 - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Documents and Publications/ContentWorks
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today granted Xcel Energy
Services, Inc.'s request for incentive transmission rates as part of its plan
for six transmission upgrades to meet state renewable energy generation standards
and serve increased power demand in the Upper Midwest.
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