The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) believes Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emissions regulations present a significant opportunity to improve energy, economic and environmental security by utilizing a greater portion of biofuels in the transportation sector.
Plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Spark EV use electricity stored in a battery from the grid to move down the road. They also seem to generate as much “electricity” around dinner tables these days with interest and opinions. And while we encourage you to become educated before you form your opinions on electric vehicles, we believe it is important to offer insight on what it takes to put the pieces together to form a new transportation future. On one level, it is a simple lesson in the way we think about our automobiles. On another level, it is about investing, organizing, and implementing a transportation makeover on a grand scale.
The City of Houston has signed an agreement with Reliant Energy to purchase 140MW of renewable power for the next two years. The 140MW power purchase represents approximately 50 percent of the city’s required power and is the equivalent of power required for over 55,000 homes each year. Reliant is a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., which has headquarters in both New Jersey and Houston.
Earlier today in the early morning hours, pilots Betrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg safely landed the solar-powered airplane, the Solar Impulse, at Dulles International Airport outside Washington D.C. The successful journey to Dulles marks the plane’s arrival on the East Coast after its departure from San Francisco in early May. As more people learn about the Solar Impulse, more people are realizing the incredible potential of solar-powered aviation.
For companies of all sizes, and especially for those who utilize a great deal of energy such as large manufacturers, reducing costs is crucial to achieving the business “bottom line” and increasing profits to stakeholders.
ACORE hosted a Twitter Q&A with Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) on the topic of renewable energy. Senator Mark Udall is a champion of smart, business oriented renewable energy policies that create jobs and economic growth all over the country.
Ohio’s alternative energy mandate has been placed back on the table for possible termination, while its defenders question how anyone could ignore the benefits this legislation has provided Ohio in job creation, energy security and cost savings.
Last week in Phoenix, I watched the very conservative governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, deliver a brief keynote speech to open the second day of the CleanTech Future conference put on by CleanTech Connections and the Arizona Commerce Authority. Nineteen floors above the impressive solar PV arrays at Arizona State University’s downtown campus across the street, Brewer extolled the virtues of solar and other clean energy as a business boon for her state.
The crux of renewable energy isn’t in its retrospective, but rather in its future outlook. Sustainable practices have come a long, long way, but it’s not even a fraction of the distance they’re pegged to travel in order to really reinvent the worldwide energy supply chain. But hey – that’s something to be excited about; the best is yet to come. And here’s a little preview of what you can expect by 2030:
Repealing Renewable Portfolio Standards a Raw Deal for North Carolina
North Carolina has become the central front in a national offensive aimed at rolling back renewable portfolio standards (RPSs), the state laws that require utilities to obtain a certain percentage of the electricity they distribute from technologies that use renewable fuel sources like our rivers, woods, and wind. While RPS adversaries argue that these standards hurt the economy by increasing consumer costs, they ignore the many jobs created by the renewable energy industry as well as the benefits conferred by energy diversification.