Tag Archives: Energy Policy

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Congress Finance committee approves a bill to extend the renewable energy tax credit.

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The bill now goes to the floor of the Senate for debate. If the bill becomes law it will allow wind energy …

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Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West, enduring untold hardships from …

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Record Number of Wind Energy Projects Under Construction

Despite yet another expiration of the Production Tax Credit in Congress, there are a record number of wind energy projects under constrution

Record growth in wind energy construction after an uncertain 2013 For American wind power, 2013 was the best of times, and the worst of times. On one hand, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that 1.084 gigawatts (GW) of wind power came online in 2013, down fully 92 percent from the 13.131 GW of new capacity brought online in 2012. Not surprisingly, we …

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Review of U.S. Energy Efficiency in 2013

U.S. energy efficiency continued to improve in 2013 - this map show efficiency state-by-state

Energy efficiency has played a pivotal role in American productivity improvements. In 2013, energy efficiency continued to move forward in the U.S. Driven by cost savings, energy efficiency is good for business and the economy. Improving efficiency increases production and can even lead to a higher quality of material life. Energy efficiency improves the nation’s GDP for each national energy dollar. Perhaps most importantly, …

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Video Friday: Alliance to Save Energy – Doubling Energy Productivity by 2030

Energy 2030 from the Alliance to Save Energy lays out key steps to doubling energy productivity by 2030

One of the most effective ways to create jobs, improve the overall economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is simply improving energy efficiency, or what many call “energy productivity.” In the U.S. 57 percent of the energy flowing into the economy is wasted. Of the 12 leading industrial economies the United States ranks 9th in energy productivity. We can and must do better. The …

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Video Friday: NRDC Press Conference on Climate Impacts of Proposed Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

A video of a June 23, 2013 press conference hosted by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC outlining new economic and environmental analysis by NRDC on the consequences of approving the Keystone XL Tar Sands pipeline. Speakers include Bill McKibben, Brigadier General (Ret.) Steven Anderson, Anthony Swift, and Kate Colarulli. Featured image credit: NWFblogs, courtesy flickr

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Renewables can Power the World

Renewable can power the world: Gemasolar is a baseload solar thermal plant, using molten salt storage to run 24 hours per day.

We already see strong evidence to support the contention that renewable energy can supply the world’s power needs. As explained in Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2013, we need to move beyond fossil fuels before its too late. “Renewable technologies broke all growth records in recent years,” said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy program, and contributing author of State of …

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