Kyle McGuiness is a Communications Associate with ACORE.
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
March 18 -- For decades, the Pentagon has been the world’s largest oil consumer, and as global petroleum prices continue to rise, the military has been searching for feasible energy alternatives. Now they’re looking in space. >>View Article
March 18 -- Tesla Motors success so far has been down to rich buyers making irrational choices, a report says, but its cost claims are forcing sceptics to wonder if long-term, the upstart Californian battery-only car maker might indeed have the inside track. >>View Article
March 17 -- A Republican from an exurban district in the red state of Missouri, Rep. T.J. Berry is also a self-described “green champion.” >>View Article
Cora Dickson & Ryan Mulholland, International Trade Administration (ITA)
As demand for clean energy grows throughout the world, how does a renewable energy company develop its export strategy?