Policy News

 

  • January 26, 2012
  • Energy Tax Breaks Proposed, Despite Waning Support for Subsidies
  • New York Times, Diane Cardwell
  • Assisted by technological innovation and years of subsidies, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen sharply — so much so that the two industries say that they can sometimes deliver cleaner electricity at prices competitive with power made from fossil fuels. At the same time, ... more ›
  • January 19, 2012
  • California Expects $1 Billion From Carbon Trading
  • KQED, Katrina Schwartz
  • And that’s just for starters — but how that money will be spent is still up in the air There might be more money in the first year of California’s cap-and-trade program than expected. Governor Brown’s 2012-2013 budget includes $1 billion in revenue from the state’scap-and-trade program, ramping up this ... more ›
  • January 19, 2012
  • The Global Energy Supply Is Getting Greener. It’s Just Not Happening Fast Enough
  • Time, Bryan Walsh
  • With President Obama’s rejection (for now) of the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline fresh in everyone’s mind—and conservatives and the oil industry already hammering him, even as greens sing his praises—you can be sure that energy issues will play a bigger role than usual in the 2012 election. So it’s worth taking a ... more ›
  • January 18, 2012
  • Transmission for Renewables: Opportunity in FERC Order 1000
  • NREL, Claire Kreycik
  • In the coming years, new long distance transmission capabilities will be needed to deliver increasing amounts of renewable power across the country. In July 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a pivotal new ruling that reforms transmission policy in efforts to address the aging national transmission system and ... more ›