With high electricity prices, a reliance on imported energy, and ongoing retirements of fossil fuel power plants, the Northeast has a strong incentive to develop local, renewable sources of energy. Aided by a well-established, supportive portfolio of policies in nearly every Northeastern state, the region ranks second in the nation for both solar power capacity and biomass power capacity. However, renewable energy capacity overall is lower than in the Midwest, Southeast, and West, with fewer large-scale renewable energy facilities like wind farms.
Three simple reasons why bashing the tax code won’t slow the roll of renewable energy
Nothing says “December in D.C.” like the mad dash to haggle over end-of-year tax extenders – and the energy sectors are no exception. Since this ritual opens the door to plenty of misinformation and special interest lobbying from renewable energy opponents, this post will help hammer out the facts.
Dave Belote 11/13/13
Ensuring our military prioritizes how it spends its money is an admirable goal. However, an article that appeared in the Washington Times last week written by Cheryl Chumley’s (Pentagon pushes 680 green projects, despite money woes, 11/6) misses several key points that explain why the Department of Defense views renewable energy and energy efficiency as warfighting priorities. Besides the fact that our military is vulnerable to the price volatility of overseas energy sources, the number of American lives lost protecting fuel convoys in Iraq and Afghanistan numbers is well above 3,000. This is a cost that obviously cannot be calculated.
It’s no secret that in order to achieve energy independence, America needs a diverse, reliable, and balanced energy portfolio. Algal biofuels in particular could prove to be an important part of that portfolio. Algae have been extensively pursued for many years as a source for renewable fuel due to their high oil content, efficient growth rates, and potential to be cultivated on non-arable land with non-potable water all while recycling CO2 and promoting a cleaner environment. More recent advancements in research and development in the algae industry have foreshadowed that turning algae into sustainable fuel at commercial scale could become reality in the near future. It’s no wonder Congress has taken an avid interest in these developments.
Safety is arguably the most important thing when you are driving on the road. So it wouldn’t be a surprise that safety-conscious drivers would want their car to a have top crash-score rating – preferably a 5-star safety rating. And you surely do not want your car to simultaneously burst into flames, unless you are a Boston Red Sox fan rioting after your team wins the World Series. But a recent editorial from the Washington Times pointing to a Tesla Model S fire on October 3rd makes it seem that Tesla drivers -- or drivers of any type of electric vehicle (EV) are taking huge risks, driving dangerous, killing machines.
By Dan Frakes and Alex Keros 10/28/13
With resounding bipartisan support, the United States finalized the details of a comprehensive energy policy that leverages our nation’s technological prowess to meet our economic, environmental, and social goals. In a broad commitment to accelerate the market development of clean energy and advanced transportation, the United States has finally established a global framework for developing jobs, ensuring national security, and meeting the needs and health of future generations. What a momentous occasion!
Wake up, Dan! Wake up, Alex!