Attention to Psychological Aspects of Mitigating Climate Change Increases

An article in London’s “The Guardian” newspaper tackles the touchy subject of human behavior and the role of psychology in addressing climate change. It describes the increased attention to how psychologically informed public awareness campaigns can be used to transform abstract concerns about climate change into concrete behaviors that reduce net energy consumption. While a few upcoming …

500 Expected at Energy Conference in Nevada Next Week

More than 500 researchers, federal contractors and venture capitalists are expected in the Reno-Sparks area next week to attend a business, energy, and technology conference. The convention entitled “Re-Energizing America” runs Monday through Thursday at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks. It will include workshops intended to help businesses access more than $2 billion in federal …

Senate Begins Hearings on Climate Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee began hearings on a climate bill introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chair of the Committee, and Senator John Kerry (D-MA).  Most republicans remain opposed to climate legislation on grounds that it will raise energy prices and cost jobs.  Supporters counter that clean energy technology could be the …

NV Energy Receives $138 Million Grant for Smart Grid Technology

NV Energy will receive a $138 million grant, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), to implement smart grid technologies in Nevada.  The project is part of an $3.9 billion build out of the smart energy grid announced Tuesday by President Obama. The largest investments are divided among three categories.  One category …

Representative Giffords’ “Solar Roadmap” Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support

The Solar Technology Roadmap Bill passed the House of Representatives last Thursday by a 310 to 106 vote.  “Democrats and Republicans alike recognize the need to develop American sources of energy,” Giffords said.  “We know that sending more than $400 billion a year overseas to buy foreign energy weakens our economy, strengthens our enemies and undermines …

New Mexico Withdraws Pending Greenhouse Gas Reporting Regulations

Proposed in July 2009, the regulations would have imposed reporting requirements on sources emitting 10,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually and required third-party verification of emissions reports for sources emitting more than 25,000 metric tons annually. The withdrawn regulations were based on a set of comprehensive reporting requirements developed by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), …

New Mexico Adopts Rules for Negotiating Sales in Languages other than English

The New Mexico Attorney General has issued new rules involving negotiating a sale in a language other than English. Effective September 15, 2009, the new rule states that “it is unfair and deceptive business trade practice for any seller to fail to furnish the buyer with a summary translation of any receipt or contract pertaining to the …