The Senate has unanimously passed S 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which is projected to yield roughly $4.6 billion in annual energy savings by 2030, with little cost to taxpayers-- and no government mandates.
A bill to make it easier for customers to install solar was passed unanimously by the Georgia Senate last week.
Tucson Electric Power is proposing a new net metering plan that would lower the amount a utility is required to pay to a customer who is selling their solar back to the grid.
Three federal agencies are extending their partnership to advance the development of hydropower for another five years.
Texas has become a renewable energy leader in the last decade, thanks in part to a renewable energy bill that was introduced by Sen. Troy Fraser in 2005. But Sen. Fraser is asking if the legislation has done its work.
As part of DWEA's vision to achieve 30 GW of distributed wind by 2030, the association is advocating for the removal of the 100 kW cap on the small wind Investment Tax Credit (ITC), as well as a long-term extension of the ITC. Further, they are calling for a 40 percent ITC for residential wind system up to 20 kW as part of the extension.
Bipartisan legislation intended to safeguard and permanently dispose of stockpiles of spent nuclear fuel in the United States has been introduced by U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). The fuel has been accumulating at different sites across the country, half of which sits at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this week, President Obama signed an Executive Order to reduce carbon pollution (40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025) from the federal government's operations by encouraging increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Executive Order calls for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets.
The Geothermal Production Expansion Act is meant to prevent price increases on land due to geothermal projects. The bill was introduced by Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has requested $908 million to support nuclear energy priorities. Officials from the DOE spoke before a Congressional panel, and said their plan is in support of President Obama's overall energy strategy.