Kyle McGuiness is a Communications Associate with ACORE.
It’s no secret that the renewable energy industry is on fire. U.S. solar generation is set to double for the 7th straight year; the country has started pumping out cellulosic ethanol, a fuel made from non-food farm waste; there are 14 offshore wind projects nearing development; clean energy jobs doubled this quarter. So there’s no doubt that this renewable energy boom is yielding economic, environmental, and national security benefits across the U.S. But there’s also no doubt that the West is leading the way.
On July 29th, ACORE hosted a leadership meeting on the financing of third-party-owned renewable energy systems at military installations. The meeting featured the Assistant Secretary for Energy with the U.S. Army, Katherine Hammack, and the Assistant Secretary for Energy with the U.S. Navy (and former ACORE CEO!), Dennis McGinn.
Wherever there are people, there is waste. That’s just a fact. However, what humanity has chosen to do with that waste has changed throughout the years. First, of course, we didn’t do anything. But that wasn’t sanitary, so we started to bury it. Now, advances in technology have made burying waste inefficient.
“If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” Fossil fuel interests must have taken Aaliyah’s message to heart, because they continue to try to roll back pro-renewable energy policies in state legislatures, despite repeated failures over the past few years.
IKEA is known for many things: Its huge, foreboding blue stores; Its understated style of furniture and upholstery; And of course, its commitment to clean, renewable energy.
Renewable energy. The very concept itself is undeniably awesome. So awesome, in fact, that sometimes we can’t help but proclaim our love for renewables. Luckily, Earth Day is fast approaching, April 22, so this seems like an appropriate time for us to proclaim our enthusiasm for clean energy.
Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence refused to veto a bill that effectively eliminated the state’s “Energizing Indiana” energy efficiency program. The governor has expressed an interest in working with the legislature to enact a different energy efficiency program, but this entire process was unnecessary. Energizing Indiana was working as intended, creating jobs and saving energy, all at a monthly cost to ratepayers of less than a cup of coffee.
March 18 -- Austin Energy in Texas is set to sign a deal expected to result in one of the lowest-priced solar power arrangements in the world. >>View Article
March 18 -- Two hundred top-level investors, developers, consultants and other professionals are slated to attend the Renewable Energy Latin American & Caribbean Conference and Exhibition (RELACCX 2014) in Puerto Rico from April 24-25, when the regional prospects for clean, renewable energy come under the spotlight. >>View Article
March 18 -- Clean energy and energy efficiency can save wear and tear on the environment and climate, but sometimes it takes money to take action. And in a time of tight government budgets, where will that money come from?
A new and growing solution to this energy finance problem is called the “green bank” or “clean energy bank” -- government-created institutions that help facilitate private sector financing for clean technology projects. States have used a variety of tools and incentives over the years to promote technology deployment. Green banks put many of the tools used to encourage private investment in one place. >>View Article