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 The withdrawn regulations were based on a set of comprehensive reporting requirements developed by the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), …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 …

In Absence of Federal Legislation or EPA Rules, Courts may Address Climate Change

Two federal circuit courts recently allowed mass tort cases based on damages from climate change to proceed. In these two cases, the Second and Fifth Circuits agreed that public nuisance claims based on the effects of climate change could be considered by courts in the absence of federal legislation or rules from EPA. In Connecticut v. American Electric Power (September 21), …

CBO Chief Addresses Congress on the Costs of Cap-and-Trade

On Wednesday, the head of the Congressional Budget Office, Douglas Elmendorf, answered questions from a Senate energy panel regarding the costs of the cap-and-trade bill passed by the House of Representatives in June (known as Waxman-Markey).  CBO estimates the bill would slow US GDP by 0.25 to 0.75 in 2020 but Mr. Elmendorf noted that costs of climate change were not …

European Union Adopts Strategic Energy Technology Plan

The European Commission announced plans to spend $73 billion on renewable energy technologies over the next ten years.  Europe has clearly decided to go all out in the white-hot competition to lead the world in solar, wind, nuclear, and other non-carbon based energy technologies. According to one EU official: “We know that low-carbon technology will one day …

US Chamber Responds to Climate Change Defectors

Chamber President Tom Donohue claims the majority of the Chamber’s members support its position on climate change and that businesses leaving the organization over this issue do not understand its position.  Apple Inc., the latest business to withdraw from the Chamber over this issue, wrote that it “would prefer the Chamber take a more progressive stance on this critical issue …