CGI America Launches Feed-Out Program

Joanna Schroeder

The world is about to see the first market-based, fixed-price funding program for solar and renewable technologies through a Feed-Out Program. The program, the brain-child of the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) and Demeter Power Group, has a goal of helping modernize the nation’s power grid with distributed energy. “The Feed-Out Program will bring together independent power producers and …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Environment, Solar

U.S. Mayors Expand Climate Protection Agreement

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Mayors have signed a revised climate protection agreement that for the first time focuses on local actions to adapt cities to changing climate conditions. The agreement is also aims to build grassroots support for local conversation efforts. The action took place during the 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting where one area of focus was climate change …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Education, energy efficiency, Environment

Las Vegas & Gresham OR Win Climate Protection Award

Joanna Schroeder

The 82nd annual United States Conference of Mayors is underway in Dallas, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada (NV) Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Gresham, Oregon (OR) Mayor Shane Bemis were awarded the 2014 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. The climate protection award is an initiative sponsored by The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and Walmart, and recognizes mayors for innovative programs that …

Clean Energy, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Environment

UC Riverside Named an Energy Frontier Research Center

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $100 million in new funding for 32 new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). The EFRCs are designed to accerlerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st century energy economy in the U.S. One of the new research centers will live at University of California- Riverside (UC Riverside). …

Alternative energy, Clean Energy, energy efficiency

Mosaic Launches New National Solar Tech Platform

Joanna Schroeder

Mosiac is going national. The first solar company to ever use crowdsourcing investments to finance solar projects has just launched another first of its kind technology platform: Mosaic Places. The technology will enable the nation to go solar one location at a time. So how does it work? The public can nominate community centers, schools, libraries and places of worship …

Alternative energy, Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar

EPA Officially Releases Clean Power Plan Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

In what could be an unprecedented move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency has released a proposed plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by 2030. The Clean Power Plan is the first proposed policy that would cut CO2 from existing power plants – the single largest source …

Alternative energy, bioenergy, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, energy efficiency, Environment

USDA Announces REAP Funding

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the agency is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems. The funding announced today is being provided through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). “Developing renewable energy presents an enormous economic opportunity for …

Agribusiness, energy efficiency, Renewable Energy

Mayors Leading Way in Energy Efficiency

Joanna Schroeder

This week the mayors from across the U.S. released results of a new survey pointing to successes of cities using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to improve energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions. Unveiled by Gresham, Oregon Mayor Shane Bemis, Bridgeport, Connecticut Mayor Bill Finch, and Carmel, Indiana …

Climate Change, energy efficiency

Green Charge Networks Help Save Green

Joanna Schroeder

Green Charge Networks can help retail chain customers and city municipalities save some green. The company, which specializes in intelligent energy storage, has signed agreements for 1 MW of energy storage with several organizations that are looking to reduce their electricity bills via smart grid technologies. For example, it is common in California and New York City for business to …

Electricity, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Smart Grid

Senator Max Baucus Unveils Tax Reform Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have launched a process for the committee to begin developing a proposal to reform America’s tax code. Over the next several months, the committee will convene weekly to discuss a series of topics and collect feedback from members on a wide range of options for taking on …

Clean Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, Legislation, Renewable Energy