December 27 -- In his recent column, Ken Braun repeats several myths and distortions about renewable energy that we as conservatives have heard too many times. As a free market conservative, I believe it is important to set the record straight on three key points... >>View Article
December 27 -- Ten years ago many Americans couldn’t afford to buy a solar electric system for their home. Today, many consumers still can’t stomach the steep sticker price, even if it offers the promise of low-cost, clean renewable energy in the long term. But thanks in large part to third-party financing that frequently includes no-money-down options for residential PV systems, that’s changing. >>View Article
December 24 -- U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk. In fact, 2013 will largely be known for energy policy actions that didn’t happen – a sort of 365 day buffer period until bigger decisions are made in years to come.
With that said, while Washington D.C. policymakers chose not to act on anything energy-related, that doesn’t mean under-the-radar policy maneuvering wasn’t taking place, which could have significant impacts in the future. With that, here are my top Washington, D.C. clean energy policy stories of 2013. >>View Article
December 23 -- Six Midwestern governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which his administration has proposed scaling back in 2014.
In a letter to the president, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Gov. Terry Branstad and five other governors argue that the ethanol standard diversifies America’s energy portfolio, gives consumers choices at the pump, supports economic development in rural communities and reduces harmful emissions across the nation. >>View Article
December 23 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to "take another look" at a controversial proposal to reduce consumption mandates for corn-based ethanol and other biofuels next year, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said on Thursday. >>View Article
December 23 -- Six Midwestern governors sent a letter to President Barack Obama expressing their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard, which his administration has proposed scaling back in 2014. >>View Article
December 23 -- Conservative groups may have spent up to $1bn a year on the effort to deny science and oppose action on climate change, according to the first extensive study into the anatomy of the anti-climate effort. >>View Article
December 20 -- Earlier this month ACORE released its new report titled “Renewable Energy In the 50 States: Northeast Region.” The report provides a detailed market and policy overview of states located in the Northeast region of the United States. ACORE was lucky enough to have a select group of its members participate in a December 3rd press conference surrounding the release of the report. During that time, I had the opportunity to talk about renewable energy with five ACORE members including Steve Morgan, CEO of American Clean Energy. >>View Article
December 20 -- Deepwater Wind LLC, the renewable-energy developer planning wind projects off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, expects its Block Island Wind Farm to qualify for a federal tax credit that expires this year.
The company has spent more than a 5 percent threshold on the 30-megawatt project off the coast of Rhode Island, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Grybowski said yesterday in an interview. That will let the $300 million wind farm qualify for the federal investment tax credit. >>View Article