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Proposed Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards to Lead to $12.5 Billion in Annual Consumer Savings

February 16, 2016

New light bulb energy efficiency standards proposed by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) today will complete the gradual phase-out of inefficient everyday incandescent bulbs required under a 2007 law passed by a bipartisan Congress with industry support. And once all of America's approximately 4 billion lighting sockets contain energy-saving bulbs that meet the standards, U.S. consumers and businesses will save about $12.5 billion every year--and gain cleaner air and a healthier environment. >>View Article

University of Montana orders Proterra electric buses

February 10, 2016

Proterra’s zero-emission battery-electric buses are serving in city transit systems around North America, and the company is now setting its sights on the university market (read our interview with CEO Ryan Popple in the May/June 2015 issue of Charged). 

The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation, one of a handful of student-led transit agencies, has ordered two 40-foot Catalyst Fast Charge buses and one semi-autonomous fast charger for its UDASH routes. >>View Article


Obama's Clean Power Plan May Be on Hold, Coal's Fate Is Not

February 10 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision putting on hold President Barack Obama’s most aggressive plan to curb power-plant emissions won’t save coal from a shrinking market, or stop some states and utilities from moving forward with their own measures. >>View Article


A Renewables Revolution Is Toppling the Dominance of Fossil Fuels in U.S. Power

February 4, 2016

Renewable energy was the biggest source of new power added to U.S. electricity grids last year as falling prices and government incentives made wind and solar increasingly viable alternatives to fossil fuels.

Developers installed 16 gigawatts of clean energy in 2015, or 68 percent of all new capacity, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in its Sustainable Energy in America Factbook released Thursday with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. That was the second straight year that clean power eclipsed fossil fuels. The biggest growth came from wind farms, with 8.5 gigawatts of new turbines installed as developers sought to take advantage of a federal tax credit that was due to expire at the end of 2016; Congress extended it in December. >>View Article


Gregory Wetstone to be New President and CEO at the American Council On Renewable Energy

Brings long history of leadership promoting renewable energy

For Immediate Release – December 14, 2015

Washington D.C. – The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously selected Gregory Wetstone to become the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2016. “Greg’s experience, vision and history of leadership promoting renewable energy equip him well to take ACORE to new levels,” commented Dan Reicher, chairman of ACORE’s Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance at Stanford University. 

Big Oil, Make Way for Big Solar. The Winners and Losers in Paris

December 14-- Saving the world isn’t going to be cheap. If you sell oil, coal or old-fashioned cars, that threatens disaster. For makers of stuff like solar panels, high-tech home insulation, and efficient lighting, it’s a potential miracle.

That’s the bottom line from this weekend’s climate deal in Paris, which commits 195 countries to reducing pollution in order to head off dangerous climate change.

Global governments and companies are counting the costs and benefits from the agreement, which calls for wholesale transformations of energy, transportation, and dozens of other lines of business. Fossil-fuel producers and countries that depend on them face massive, costly disruption. Players in up-and-coming industries like renewable power and energy efficiency are looking at an unprecedented opportunity. >>View Article 

Howard A. Learner: Clean Power Plan Makes Good Economic Sense for Illinois

December 14 -- Illinois is an economic winner under the new Clean Power Plan because of our state's robust clean wind power, solar energy and energy efficiency resources and nuclear plants. The Clean Power Plans sets flexible standards for Illinois and other states to reduce carbon pollution.

Building new wind farms in central Illinois creates jobs, boosts property tax revenues for schools and local governments, and provides new income for farmers who can continue to grow corn and soybeans while gaining wind turbine lease payments. Wind power produces clean energy that grows Illinois' economy while reducing pollution for everyone. >>View Article 

Renewable Energy Set to 'Far Exceed' Current Levels: Moniz

December 14 -- Oil, coal and natural gas have powered the U.S. energy demand for generations. Yet now that the U.N. Climate Change Conference appears to have set a landmark agreement, can clean energy replace carbon-intensive sources going forward?

On Saturday, officials from 195 countries in Paris unveiled what France's Foreign Minister called an 'historic' agreement to curb carbon emissions. The deal—a culmination of 2 weeks of marathon talks—still requires the approval of delegates from around the world. In an interview with CNBC this week, one top U.S. official hailed the talks as a major achievement.

"We recognize fossil fuels will continue to be a part of the portfolio for quite a long time," U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told CNBC's "On the Money" in an interview. Moniz, who was in Paris recently for climate talks, said he is seeing progress and a "strong commitment" to reduce carbon emissions.

"Almost every country in the world...declared their targets to cut down on (greenhouse gas) emissions, pretty substantially." >>View Article 

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