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August 15 -- The annual National Clean Energy Summit on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada, pointed up the promise and pitfalls of such events. >>View Article

August 13 -- Legislation designed to expand hydropower production in the United States by improving and streamlining the licensing process for small hydropower projects is now law. The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Obama. Previously, the Senate unanimously passed the legislation just before it adjourned for August; the House passed each bill with nearly unanimous support earlier in the year. >>View Article

August 13 -- Some people may have done a double take on July 11 when they saw me and fellow members of the Atlanta Tea Party celebrating next to the Sierra Club as it was announced that Georgia’s largest energy provider will invest in a huge increase in solar power. Why was the Tea Party rallying with groups across the aisle like the Sierra Club? >>View Article

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:44

The Promise Of Advanced Biofuels

August 12 -- This week, the EPA announced that it was adjusting the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in order to reflect market realities. As originally proposed earlier this year, the rule called for 14 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol, but the final rule sets a requirement for 6 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol this year. >>View Article

Monday, 12 August 2013 13:23

A Clean-Car Boom

August 12 -- In a welcome development for the planet, the cars on American streets are becoming much more climate-friendly much sooner than many had expected. Consumers are increasingly buying fuel-efficient hybrid and electric vehicles thanks to breakthrough innovations and supportive government policies. >>View Article

August 9 -- With Congress deadlocked, a huge chunk of the action on clean energy in the United States is happening at the state level. Some 29 states and Washington D.C. have renewable standards requiring utilities to get a chunk of their power from sources like wind or solar. >>View Article

August 6 -- When the US Department of the Interior last week awarded a Providence-based firm the right to develop wind-power projects in 257 square miles of federal waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island, the prospect of additional renewable energy wasn’t the only benefit for New England. The plans by Deepwater Wind, which won the US government’s first lease competition for wind energy development rights offshore, to plunge up to 200 turbines into the ocean beginning in 2017 should also establish southern New England as a hub for wind energy equipment and services. Offshore wind energy, in short, isn’t just an environmental boon; it promises to be an economic one as well. >>View Article

Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:41

Less Oil, More Biofuels

August 1 -- Jason Bordoff and Robert McNally make some good points about the challenges facing our biofuels policy in their July 26 column ("Well-intentioned but flawed, U.S. biofuel policy in need of change"), but take a step too far in calling for Congress to change the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA has the flexibility it needs to address the near-term challenges, and legislative changes will delay progress without fixing anything. Fact is, the RFS is working—just this week we got news that two new facilities in Florida and Mississippi are producing commercial quantities of truly advanced, non-food cellulosic biofuel, and more will soon follow. >>View Article

August 1 -- Job creation and economic opportunity (not environmental concerns) are the primary drivers of the big electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing push being taken by many industrialized nations, according to a recent study from Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Environmental Affairs and the University of Kansas. >>View Article

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 14:31

Making Case For Energy Efficiency

July 30 -- For the past three years, we have worked together to develop the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, legislation that will go a long way toward making the United States more energy efficient and more economically competitive. Our bill makes good environmental sense. It makes good energy sense. And it makes good economic sense, too. >>View Article

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