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Don't Renege on Federal Energy Efficiency Commitments

July 23 -- Special interests are once again pushing proposals that would stifle any progress
being made to reduce fossil fuel use in new and renovated federal buildings. During a mark-
up of energy efficiency legislation that takes place tomorrow, the oil and gas lobby may
seek to prevent the Department of Energy from implementing a provision from the Energy
Independence and Security Act of 2007 known as Section 433, which requires that federal
buildings be designed to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Stakeholders from varying industries have been working with DOE to implement this rule in a
way that is smart, efficient, and effective.

According to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, the building
sector accounts for 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, more than both the
transportation and industry sectors. The EIA found that buildings are responsible for 71
percent of U.S. electricity consumption; they alone account for almost 10 percent of carbon
dioxide emissions worldwide. >>View Article

Veterans: Renewable Fuel Law a National Security Issue

July 23 -- Three retired military officers made the case Wednesday that development and use
of renewable fuels is a key component of national security.

Specifically, the officers argued that Congress should leave in place the current Renewable
Fuel Standard, which requires that increasing amounts of alternative fuels be blended into
the nation’s gasoline supply.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed lowering the amount of ethanol and
biodiesel that must be blended. >>View Article

Limiting Rooftop Solar Stifles Nevadans

July 23 -- Rooftop solar power is a growing success story in Nevada: creating jobs and
economic opportunity, lowering utility bills and democratizing our energy system one roof at
a time. It’s so popular, in fact, that Nevada will bump up against an arbitrary cap on
rooftop solar as early as August. That would stop solar growth in its tracks, leaving 6,000
jobs in the balance. As a national Hispanic organization representing thousands of
politically engaged Nevadans, sees this looming cap as an opportunity for our
state’s leaders to stand up for our clean energy future.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) can take action to
keep rooftop solar growing. They can allow the solar net metering program to continue until
the commission puts a new program in place. Net metering is a critical policy for solar
growth, and the PUC is in the process of developing its new program. Until then, why allow
massive industry disruption and layoffs of thousands of Nevadans?  >>View Article

Scituate: Town Saving a Bundle From Renewable Energy

July 23 -- Scituate is the first community in Massachusetts to generate 100% of its power
for public buildings from green energy sources.

The town installed the solar farm at the former landfill 2 years ago and the wind turbine
was erected 3 years ago on the Driftway.

Vice-chair of the Scituate Board of Selectmen John Danehey said each project has earned the
town over $250,000 annually. >>View Article

Distributed Solar Power Revenues May Triple in Decade

July 22 -- Global revenues from distributed solar photovoltaic power are expected to more than triple in a decade as the technology becomes viable without subsidies, according to the industry analyst Navigant Research.

Revenue from the installations, which are typically small-scale and deliver power to areas near the point of generation, is forecast to rise to $151.6 billion in 2024 from $40.6 billion last year, Navigant said in an e-mailed study. >>View Article

New York Wants to Lead the Renewable Energy Revolution.

July 22 -- Brooklyn’s trendy hipster hangouts may soon offer more than craft beers, artisanal cheese and organic produce: They’ll brag of being powered by locally sourced electricity, from their own solar panels or maybe from batteries down the street.

Instead of a microbrewery tour – how about a tour of local micro power grids?

New York state officials say small-scale power production is the wave of the future. The big power plants will still be there, and the local utility will still run wires to your house. But your power supply will be a mix of what you and your neighbors produce from technology like rooftop solar and what you buy from the electrical grid. >>View Article

John Kasich Halted A Program That Saved Consumers $230 Million

July 22 -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich is the newest entrant to the crowded Republican field for 2016, and his supporters are trying to steer the conversation towards his economic bona fides.

But Kasich’s record on the economy has one major flaw: In 2014 he signed a bill freezing a successful clean energy program. Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) had created 25,000 jobs and spurred at least $1 billion in private sector investment. >>View Article

Why is Hewlett Packard Harnessing Wind Power?

July 22 -- Hewlett Packard is the latest in a string of companies to buy into renewable energy this year.

The IT company announced a 12-year contract on Tuesday to buy 112 megawatts from a wind farm in Texas being developed by SunEdison. The wind energy is enough to operate all five of HP’s Texas-based data centers, and is the equivalent of powering 42,600 homes annually, eliminating the emission of more than 340,000 tons of carbon dioxide each year. >>View Article

Exposing Koch-Funded Groups and Their Dubious Claims About Renewable Portfolio Standards

July 21 -- The Wall Street Journal frequently opens its pages to fossil-fuel-funded front groups and individuals to launch blatantly false attacks on our country's burgeoning clean energy industry. A week ago Friday was no exception, with the paper printing a misleading, anti-clean energy screed by two leaders in the group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP). A bit of background on AFP tells us what we're dealing with here.

First, fossil fuel industry interests, including the American Petroleum Institute and the Koch brothers, heavily fund the group. Second, AFP relentlessly pushes the supposed virtues of fossil fuels and the supposed ills of wind and solar power, twisting the evidence - and spending a great deal of money to spread the resulting propaganda around as widely as possible. >>View Article


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