August 7 -- The burgeoning energy efficiency industry is up to the challenge of helping Pennsylvania meet federal carbon emissions goals, one trade group says. >>View Article
August 7 -- The approval of NextEra Resources' Blythe solar project by the U.S. Department of the Interior is another boost in California's campaign to generate a third of its power from renewable sources by 2020. >>View Article
August 6 -- If you think backing renewable energy might be a good idea for the U.S. economy, then you’re not alone—not by a long shot.
A slew of studies have emerged recently, painting a clear picture of public opinion on renewable energy. Though the positive findings from both the public and business leaders are not surprising to many, the broader conclusions tell a great deal about the growing prominence of the clean energy economy: renewable energy deployment in the U.S. is now drawing overwhelming support. >>View Article
August 6 -- New England is well on its way to a clean energy future. In some parts of the country clean energy is subject to debate, but in New England, it is a clear opportunity. >>View Article
August 6 -- Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. These arguments are not tenable. >>View Article
August 6 -- The toxic politics of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rules on coal plants were on full display last week, with protests at public hearings in Denver and Pittsburgh. Behind those fights is a more interesting policy question: How much more power can the country reasonably hope to get from renewable energy, without making electricity unaffordable? >>View Article
August 6 -- Two of the most pressing issues facing us today are the need to address the economic costs and public health risks associated with climate change and strengthening the middle class.
Over 97 percent of climate scientists agree that our planet is warming, primarily as a result of fossil fuel combustion, and that this warming is already causing more frequent, dangerous, and expensive extreme weather events. At the same time, our middle class is struggling. While the productivity of our economy increased by 75 percent between 1979 and 2012, wage growth for middle class workers increased by only 5 percent during the same period. >>View Article
August 5 -- When the World Wildlife Fund and World Resources Institute approached General Motors, along with 12 other companies, to collaborate on renewable energy, my first thought was: “We’re in.” Even though GM is already halfway to its public goal of using 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020, there are still major roadblocks along the way.
Working with these NGOs and other big corporate buyers, I thought, could help enable us to stop reinventing the wheel every time we try to buy more renewable energy. The opportunity was to frame up the needs and challenges for buyers, then provide solutions to make renewables more affordable and accessible for all companies, not just GM. >>View Article
August 5 -- Going solar is expensive, but a confluence of plummeting equipment prices, rising utility bills, new financing schemes and a raft of federal, state, and local incentives are encouraging homeowners across America to take the plunge and put photovoltaic panels on their roofs, even in rainy Seattle.
In 2013, 792 megawatts of solar capacity was installed on homes. That figure is expected to increase 61 percent in 2014 and another 53 percent in 2015, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a Washington-based trade group. A megawatt of solar capacity is typically enough to power 200 average U.S. homes, though the number varies depending on factors such as available sunlight and panel orientation. >>View Article
August 5 -- Geothermal energy is a growing type of clean energy, and nowhere is that more true than in Nevada. Ormat Technologies has built a geothermal plant every year since 2005. Most of those are in the Silver State. Ormat's Steamboat facility may look like a large mess of pipes and gauges, but it produces enough geothermal energy to power the entire residential load of Reno. Karl Gawell is the Executive Director of the Geothermal Energy Association, visiting Reno for Tuesday's annual National Geothermal Summit.
"This is what the future is going to bring," Gawell said. "You will see more and more of this in years ahead and it is already a boom for Reno." >>View Article
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