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The President?s Climate Change Executive Order: Wrong Pretense
30 Mar 2017 at 9:53am

The President announced on Tuesday, March 28th at the Environmental Protection Agency his new Executive Order based on protecting 75,000 US coal jobs by threatening over 3 million US clean energy jobs.

Some context:

According to MorningConsult

The order directs officials to review the Environmental Protection Agency regulations on new and existing power plants, withdraw the Obama administration?s ?social cost of carbon,? which puts a price on greenhouse gas emissions, end a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land, review regulations on methane emissions from natural gas systems, end a guidance for agencies to consider climate change, and end Bureau of Land Management restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

The Trump administration has not yet released the text of the order  which is based solely on saving coal and other fossil jobs, but a senior White House official shared details with reporters in a call on March 27th.

UPDATE: Perry Confirmed as DOE Secretary
2 Mar 2017 at 11:46am

Update: On March 2, 2017, U.S. Senators confirmed Rick Perry as the new Secretary of Energy of the United States. The vote was 62-37 with nine democratic senators casting "yes" votes. 

Sustainable Women Series: Building & Powering an Award-Winning Net Zero Energ...
28 Sep 2016 at 6:39am

Can a home be beautiful, powered entirely by solar energy, use sustainable heating and cooling systems and save it?s owners roughly $3,500 a year? Why, yes it can. Just ask Joanne Coons, who built her award winning, single-family, Net Zero Energy Home in 2010. Sustainable Woman Joanne talks Net Zero standards, efficient appliances and goods, her 10kW solar panels and more.

Sustainable Women Series: 62 Million People (& Counting!) for 100 percent Ren...
10 Aug 2016 at 10:38am

The idea of communities, cities, states, or countries being powered by 100 percent renewable energy used to be perceived as fantasy. Enter the Go 100% Renewable Energy Project, which aims to perpetuate the clean energy movement by creating a revolutionary online platform that showcases real-time 100 percent renewable energy progress. So far, the project has mapped 8 countries, 59 Cities, and 61 Regions/States, representing more than 62 million people who have set, reached, or surpassed official 100 percent renewable targets in at least one sector (electricity, transportation, heating/cooling). Discover what?s driving the shift to 100% RE, the common trends emerging, and learn more about the Go 100% project with Founding Director of the Renewables 100 Policy Institute Diane Moss!

Sustainable Women Series: Setting a National Net Zero Energy and Green Buildi...
11 Jul 2016 at 11:31am

Almost ten years ago, Built Green, an environmentally-friendly residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, began a project to develop the first net energy townhome complex in the United States. The project was created to revolutionize green housing and prove that green building could be done affordably.

Sustainable Women Series: Green Innovation in Electrical Design & Perfecting ...
30 Jun 2016 at 10:28am

Care Technology provides technological solutions to the needs of customers through innovations like energy-efficient LED lighting and transportable heat sources that operate without power racks or induction heaters. We spoke to co-founder Belinda Wong about the production of their sustainable offerings and the benefits of green technology.

Sustainable Women Series: How to Build a 75 Percent Net Zero Community
7 Jun 2016 at 1:29pm

What does it take to build a 75 percent net zero community and the ?largest Emerald-rated community? in the world? Tabitha Crawford explains how her team combined solar, HVAC, and sustainable building practices to build 250 net zero homes while keeping construction costs at a 3 percent premium.

Inspiring Young Women To Pursue Careers in Energy
8 Dec 2015 at 12:00am

At last night?s PennWell Awards Ceremony, Kim Greene, a 24-year veteran of the power industry, was named the POWER-GEN 2015 Woman of the Year.

Greene began her career as an engineer with Southern Company in 1991 and ascended to leadership roles at Mirant and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), before returning to Southern Company Services in 2013 to become President and CEO. She was a keynote speaker at POWER-GEN International in 2014.

Today, she serves as chief operating officer of Southern Company and is responsible for overseeing system operations, which include generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning, and research and environmental affairs, as well as the company?s competitive wholesale generation businesses.

Off Grid Electric Raises $25M to Help Power a ?Solar Revolution? in Africa
22 Oct 2015 at 6:14am

DBL Partners, the same venture capital fund that supported SolarCity for many years, has led the largest venture capital funding for distributed energy in Africa. Off Grid Electric announced today that it raised $25 million in a Series C investment.

Off Grid Electric, based in California and Tanzania, is installing solar in over 10,000 homes and businesses per month with what it calls ?its radically affordable solar leasing platform.? The company designs, manufactures, sells, installs and services solar home units in Tanzania and is announcing today that it will be entering

DOE Releases Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Hawaii
21 Sep 2015 at 8:08am

DOE released a final programmatic environmental impact statement for Hawaii to provide federal, state and county governments as well as the public and developers with a reference document for project-specific environmental reviews.

Record-Breaking Conference Reveals Excitement Surrounding Hydropower
16 Sep 2015 at 10:06am

HydroVision International is the world?s largest hydropower industry event. 2015 attendance shattered all the conference?s records with nearly 3,800 registered attendees from 60 countries.

ORPC Ireland receives funding for marine hydrokinetic feasibility study
26 Aug 2015 at 1:33pm

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is funding the Ireland division of U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal. 

Don?t Like Obama?s Clean Power Plan? Fine, Here?s Cap and Trade
6 Aug 2015 at 7:46am

Republican governors who boycott the Obama administration?s new power-plant regulations may instead get an offer they can?t refuse: a cap-and-trade system many of them also oppose.

Five years after Republicans in Congress shot down President Barack Obama?s plan for carbon trading, his administration unveiled rules to combat climate change. They include a provision for carbon trading, which Republicans had criticized as a government intrusion in the workings of the free market.

?It?s clear that what they?re trying to do ? without establishing a federal cap-and-trade program ? is set up a plan that has a very strong likelihood of becoming a de facto federal cap-and-trade program,? said Andre Templeman, managing director of the carbon-markets consultancy Alpha Inception LLC.

Renewable Energy Gains Greater Opportunity in US Clean Power Plan
4 Aug 2015 at 10:43am

After a year of being pummeled by opponents, Obama?s final carbon reduction plan emerged this week with an even stronger push for renewable energy.

Wind and solar energy are centerpieces of the Clean Power Plan, the United States? first ever rule to reduce carbon dioxide from power plants.

The rule not only makes renewables one of the plan?s three central building blocks, but also creates special incentives to spur communities to build renewables more quickly than required.

The revised version of the rule comes after a year of review, hundreds of meetings and 4.3 million public comments delivered to EPA.  It requires that states come up with plans to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 870 million tons, or 32 percent below 2005 levels, in 2030.

US Clean Power Plan Could Include Carbon Trading
29 Jul 2015 at 10:00pm

Some businesses that back President Barack Obama?s plan to curb greenhouse gases are making a late lobbying push to add an element similar to a cap-and-trade program.

With the administration set this week or next to unveil its final rules to cut emissions from coal and natural gas plants, groups for companies such as Johnson Controls Inc., Alstom SA and AES Corp. have pressed officials to include a carbon market so that costs don?t surge.

Those programs ? a slimmed-down version of a plan Congress debated and failed to pass early in Obama?s tenure ? would apply to states that balk at putting rules in place.

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