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, …

“Carbon Exposure”: Who are the Winners and Losers in Cap-and-Trade?

PointCarbon, a market research firm, has just released a study projecting that ExxonMobil would need to spend nearly $6 billion for carbon allowances under the terms of the Kerry-Boxer cap-and-trade bill. While that seems unsurprising, it is less intuitive to see that electricity giants like Exelon and Pacific Gas and Electric would emerge as financial winners, because …

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 …