A recent announcement by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder puts the state on track to meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants and demonstrates a commitment to Michigan's low-carbon energy future.
President Obama's been busy over the past couple days. In addition to giving the keynote at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, he has blessed more than a billion dollars in initiatives to advance innovative clean energy technologies.
In 2012, Californians voted to raise taxes on corporations in order to fund energy efficiency projects-- adding jobs. But the results of the Clean Energy Jobs Act are back, and are not what voters expected.
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) project funding will have nationwide impacts that are already being felt, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, referring to $63 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects.
Across Maryland, commercial property owners are looking to reduce their energy costs-- and now they can, thanks to a financing structure to ease the lending process for building improvements and energy measures that has been successfully used by other states.
Specific endeavors are building technological bridges that will bring energy from the traditional to the "new and improved." Companies leading the charge are helping to shape the landscape, contributing to energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, and strengthening the bottom line of their balance sheets and of the industry as a whole.
The draft plan released in June 2014 proposed to cut national power sector carbon emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan issued today calls for 32 percent, meaning deeper cuts in greenhouse gases for the power sector. States will have more time to comply thanks to a two-year extension of the initial compliance deadline-- from 2020 to 2022.
A lot has happened in the energy industry in 35 years-- and it's possible even more may happen in the next 35 years. As technology changes, energy efficiency should increase.
TVA's long-range plan to identify resources to meet the energy needs of the Valley region over the next 20 years focuses clean energy, but not in the short term. The 2015 IRP is, however, the first time TVA is looking at energy efficiency as a generation resource, similar to traditional sources like coal and gas, to compare future pricing and availability.
Food production may not come to mind when thinking of energy use, but in the European Union (EU), it accounts for nearly 20 percent of total energy use.