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 …

New “Solar Shingles” May Make Solar Energy Cheaper, More Accessible

Dow Chemical recently introduced its “Powerhouse” line of solar shingles. The solar shingles use thin-film solar technology but can be installed by roofers without any specialized tools or training.  Dow believes the shingles compare favorably to mounted solar panels in terms of aesthetics and will be considerably cheaper than existing solar shingle products. According to Reuters, Powerhouse shingles will cost 10-15% less per …

Renewable Energy Projects Running Into Water Problems

Renewable energy developers using technologies that consume large amounts of water are finding it more difficult to obtain the necessary water rights and approvals for their projects. This article in the NY Times discusses this issue and quotes one expert predicting that “water could become the real throttle on renewable energy.”

Proposed Rule Would Require BACT for Greenhouse Gases

On Wednesday, EPA proposed a rule that would subject GHG-emitting facilities to its NSR program, including the requirement of best available control technology.  The applicability threshold in the new rule is 25,000 tons/year of CO2 equivalent. Here is EPA’s press release and here is a helpful fact sheet.

Representative Giffords Introduces “Solar Roadmap” Bill

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona’s 8th District, recently introduced legislation that would require the Department of Energy to develop a long-term plan for the research and implementation of solar energy technology.  Today, the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology passed the bill with bipartisan support.

Businesses Leaving U.S. Chamber of Commerce Over its Position on Climate Change

Three energy-sector businesses have recently left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to carbon legislation and its general stance on the issue of global climate change. The three businesses are Exelon Corp., the largest nuclear operator in the United States; PG&E Corp., a California utility; and PNM Resources Inc, an energy holding company …

Village Green Commerce Center Receives Land Use Approvals

Alfredo Alonso, lobbyist, and Garrett Gordon, land use attorney, in the Lewis and Roca office in Reno, Nevada, recently obtained final land use approvals for an 80-acre environmentally conscious business and industrial park called the “Village Green Commerce Center”. The commerce center is designed to be energy efficient and potentially self-sufficient with roof-mounted photovoltaic solar …