Policy News

 

  • November 8, 2011
  • A time to shine
  • The Hill - Congress Blog, Jon Foster
  • U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced a new comprehensive plan to develop solar energy on federal public lands in the West. Interior’s approach to guide solar development to appropriate low-conflict areas, or “energy zones,” will help reduce time and costs for permitting, providing greater certainty for project success and ... more ›
  • November 7, 2011
  • Alternative Energy Companies Form United Front
  • San Francisco Chronicle, David R. Baker
  • In the debate over our energy future, solar, wind and electric car companies don’t speak in a single, unified voice. Tom Steyer and Hemant Taneja want to change that. They have formed an organization, called Advanced Energy Economy, that the two hope will grow into a nationwide chamber of commerce ... more ›
  • November 6, 2011
  • Obama, Suntech, and SolarWorld on the Solar Trade Rift
  • Greentech Media, Eric Wesoff
  • Obama: “We have seen a lot of questionable competitive practices coming out of China when it comes to the clean energy space.” Last week, Tracy Barry, news anchor for Portland-based NBC affiliate KGW, talked to President Obama about the recently filed trade petitions by the SolarWorld consortium and its allegations ... more ›
  • October 28, 2011
  • The Reality of a Successful US Wind Industry in 2011
  • Greentech Media, Herman Trabis
  • “This is what a successful business looks like with stable tax policy.” The U.S. wind industry’s third quarter report shows the sector continuing to build and adapt topolitical and economic turmoil — and something more. Cumulatively, the most mature of the renewable industries has built 43,461 megawatts of installed capacity, ... more ›
  • October 20, 2011
  • How Energy Efficient Is Your State?
  • Greentech Media, Katherine Tweed
  • Guess which state is now in first place. Although the national economy is still slumping, energy efficiency spending continues to increase. Nationwide, states spent $5.5 billion in electricity and natural gas efficiency programs in 2010, compared to $3.4 billion the year before, according to the 2011 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard ... more ›