Andrew Burger

NV Energy Puts Off Coal Plant, Looks to Renewables, Natural Gas

Nevada's NV Energy is the latest in a growing number of utilities putting off plans to build coal-fired plants and instead looking to natural gas and renewable resources to meet demand. Uncertainty over regulatory approvals, carbon emissions and environmental regulations, and the relative costs and security of alternative fuel sources is being compounded by the financial crisis and recession.

Read More »

Mayors’ Pledge to Make “Drastic” CO2 Emissions Cuts Highlight of EU Sustainable Energy Week

Around 400 EU mayors have pledged to take actions that will result in "drastic" reductions in their cities CO2 emissions, one of the highlights of the third annual EU Sustainable Energy Week. Awards are being handed out to outstanding and innovative programs and associated events are taking place across the 27-nation European Union.

Read More »

National Renewable Electricity Standard Introduced in the House

Looking to energy policy to address climate change and the recession, Reps. Markey and Platts have introduced bi-partisan legislation in the US House of Representatives that would establish a national renewable electricity standard along the lines of those established by 27 US states and the District of Columbia. Rep. Markey also introduced a bill that aims to cut electricity demand and create jobs by establishing energy efficiency standards for homes and buildings.

Read More »

Marine Scientists Call for Sharper CO2 Emissions Cuts to Slow Ocean Acidification

Governments around the world need to take immediate actions to keep atmospheric CO2 levels below 450 ppm in order to slow ocean acidification and avoid potentially drastic effects on marine ecosystems, shellfish and fish populations, according to a group of leading marine scientists.

Read More »

Salt Lake City Looks to Geothermal, Obama Stimulus to Keep “Green” Momentum Going

If passed, Pres. Obama’s stimulus plan would provide an added boost to local and state government efforts to address climate change by more proactively developing renewable energy resources. Having achieved significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from its municipal operations, Salt Lake City recently announced a plan to study the feasibility of tapping low temperature geothermal resources to generate electricity on a cost-effective, long-term basis.

Read More »