Senators, Arizona Representative Voice Concern about Senate’s Climate Bill

Now that climate change legislation has passed the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, albeit without any Republican votes, proponents must gather the bipartisan support and 60 votes needed to withstand an expected filibuster. The road to the floor will not be smooth, with senators of both parties expressing reservations and seeking to modify the bill. Particularly contentious …

Non-Profit Pushes for GHG Emission Limits in New Mexico

A proposal submitted by petition for hearing on January 5, 2009 by New Energy Economy (a Santa Fe based nonprofit) is being considered by the state Environmental Improvement Board (NMEIB) and would place strict limits on greenhouse emissions.  The New Energy Economy proposal would apply to oil and gas producers, refineries, manufacturers, power plants, and …

Phoenix Hosts Summit on Green Building

The Greenbuild 2009 International Conference and Expo opened on Wednesday at the Phoenix Convention Center.  An annual event organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the largest convention of its kind, with over 20,000 attendees and exhibitors expected this year.  Greenbuild 2009 runs from November 11 through 13 and offers a wide variety …

New Arizona Law Creates Tax Incentives for Renewable Energy Companies

On Tuesday, Arizona governor Jan Brewer participated in a celebratory signing of SB 1403, entitled “Renewable, High-Wage Industry Incentives.” The bill, which Gov. Brewer signed into law in July, creates income and property tax incentives for renewable energy companies, including those in the wind, biofuel, and solar industries, to locate or expand their operations in Arizona.  The bill …

Spain Produces Over Half its Energy from Wind for 1.5 Hours

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Spain set quite a record: The country got more than half its electricity from wind farms, a first for a country long invested in renewable energy.  Between 4:30 and 6 a.m., Spanish wind turbines took advantage of a particularly windy day to generate 53% of the electricity coursing …

Senate Committee Passes Climate Bill Despite Republican Boycott

On Thursday, Democrats on the Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee approved the Boxer-Kerry cap-and-trade bill without a single Republican present.  The 10-1 vote came after a two-day Republican boycott of the committee’s markup of the bill. The boycott protested the lack of a comprehensive analysis of the measure’s potential effect on jobs and …

Nevada PUC to Open Docket Regarding Feed-in Tariffs

On Tuesday, the Nevada Interim Committee on the Production and Use of Energy heard presentations from the Solar Alliance and the Electric Auto Association of Nevada regarding feed-in tariffs.  After the presentations, Chairman Schneider directed the Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUCN) to open an investigatory docket regarding the plausibility of the feed-in tariffs. Rebecca Wagner, …