California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed California Assembly Bill 2581, which would have improved the process by which the California Energy Commission (CEC) considers energy-efficiency requirements for electronics and other products and equipment by requiring it to take into consideration the most current data prior to rulemaking, among other things. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and others have advocated for the bill and are disappointed by the veto.
Initially, Cove Point helped the United States overcome what was then an energy shortage. Now that our nation is developing a burgeoning surplus of natural gas, Cove Point can help send a small portion of that surplus to allied nation's looking for stable supplies of clean energy, supporting economic development and replacing coal as a fuel.
To meet proposed carbon emissions reduction targets, Illinois must preserve its existing nuclear energy facilities. That is according to Exelon Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory Affairs and Wholesale Market Policy Kathleen Barrón speaking at a policy session convened by the Illinois Commerce Commission to solicit expert perspectives on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule (Clean Power Plan) for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants.
On the heels of Google's chairman announcing that the organization no longer supports the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), more technology companies are following suit. Yahoo, Facebook and Yelp are the latest to report that they are leaving the council. Microsoft left the group in late August this year, citing concerns with the Council's position on renewable energy.
Small communities often have difficulty financing the construction and maintenance of traditional long-pipe drinking water systems as the cost per resident can be prohibitively expensive. New legislation has been introduced in Congress to provide small communities nationwide with critical information on the use of water wells and water well systems for high-quality drinking water has been introduced that is aimed at reducing the costs to federal, state, and local governments in providing quality drinking water to millions living in rural and isolated communities by promoting cost-effective community well water systems.
Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESC) are cost-effective financing tools that federal agencies use to reduce energy consumption and associated costs, but changes in the CBO scoring process in 2002 deterred attempts by Congress to encourage, support or require the use of ESPCs and UESCs by law as such measures will receive a cost "score" notwithstanding the fact that such contracts actually save money, according to the Alliance to Save Energy.
"The very successful rapid development and growth of renewable energy generation in Vermont today would simply not have happened without the creation of Vermont's SPEED program by the Vermont Legislature in 2005," said Rep. Tony Klein Chair, House Natural Resources and Energy Committee. "Our Vermont utilities are doing exactly what the Vermont Legislature has required them to do. And as a result, it has created jobs, tax revenue and clean energy without raising our utility rates."
The Senate Finance Committee last week held a hearing looking at energy provisions in the tax code, specifically titled, "Reforming America's Outdated Energy Tax Code." Many in the industry are applauding the efforts of the Committee and calling this hearing a step in the right direction.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a series of executive actions to expand the deployment of renewable energy and cut greenhouse gas emissions in a combined effort to bring the U.S. closer to its clean energy future. The actions include new energy-efficiency standards and a final determination strengthening commercial building codes.
"Many of our customers are being negatively impacted because they use more energy based on the geographic area in which they live or the size of their families. Our goal is to 'level the playing field' and to move rates for all customers closer to what it actually costs the utility to provide electric service," said Caroline Winn, SDG&E's vice president-- customer services. "Unfortunately, below-cost rates have undermined the incentive to conserve, while punishing others who use more electricity with rates that are significantly higher than the cost to serve them."