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TAG : energy policy

Why We Need the Clean Power Plan

Analysis of our current economic situation yields a gloomy outlook. The U.S. is currently experiencing an economic slowdown, $20 trillion of national debt, and an unnerving unemployment rate. However, a solution may be presenting itself in the form of an initial guideline to cut carbon ...

What the Spike in Solar Users Means for You and Utility Companies

As the price of solar panels drops and homeowners take advantage of government incentives to use solar power, utility companies are taking a stance against the rise of distributed solar energy. The difference between power generation and distributed solar power is that distributed solar ...

2010 Energy-Efficiency Scorecard Released

Last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a nonprofit and independent organization, reported the states with the highest and lowest scores for its 2010 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.The highest ranking state — for the  fourth year in a row — was ...

Senate Starts Hearings For Energy Bill

After a short break for the Fourth of July, Congress is back at work.Shortly before the week-long break, the House passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which included a cap-and-trade system and was the first U.S. bill to regulate greenhouse gases.Today the Senate started working ...

Vermont Law Implements Use of Feed-in Tariffs

Vermont took a big step forward in promoting renewable energy last week by passing a feed-in tariff (FIT) policy. This type of renewable energy incentive guarantees that utility companies will pay owners of renewable energy systems a good price for the energy they produce. Vermont’s FIT ...

What is Your State Doing to Promote Renewable Energy?

   PHOTO BY ISTOCKPHOTO/JOEY CHUNGHere in Kansas we got some unexpected good news this week. There’s new momentum at the state level to pass new regulations to promote renewable energy. (Kansas has lagged behind most other U.S. states on this.) For any fellow Kansans out there, here’s an ...

Tell Obama's Energy Czar to Support Renewable Energy

The recent announcements of President-elect Barack Obama’s new energy policy team provides opportunities for citizens to voice their support for renewable energy before the team even enters the White House in January.The Apollo Alliance wasted little time after Obama announced who would fill ...

Automaker Bailout Sparks Interest from Environmental Groups

This week, Congress debated an auto industry bailout bill of $25 billion. The executives of the Big Three Automakers – Ford, Chrysler and General Motors – testified at congressional hearings (after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars to fly in on their luxury private jets, one of which ...

Obama's Changing Climate Change

In a recent press release, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) announced that it is ready for President-elect Barack Obama — especially after the Bush administration ignoring international progress on climate change for the past eight years. Not only does Obama argue for progress, he ...