Update: December 15, 2005
At today’s PUC meeting, the Commission directed the final version of the report “Achieving a 33% Renewable Energy Target”, as well as a summary of comments [see complete listing of comments] received on the report, to the Governor’s Climate Action Team. Continue reading
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Update: December 15, 2005
On November 10th, several Senators from midwestern states introduced the Fuel Security and Consumer Choice Act. The bill would require all U.S. marketed vehicles to be manufactured as Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) within ten years. FFVs can use both regular gasoline and varying blends of renewable fuels like E-85 (motor fuel with 85 percent ethanol content).
A leaked memo shows Wal-Mart plans to open or expand 484 stores in the U.S. this year, about 100 more stores than previously disclosed. Earlier this year CEO Lee Scott ordered employees to speed up the siting and construction of new stores in anticipation of more communities adopting zoning ordinances that restrict big-box development. Continue reading
More than 300 locally owned businesses in Utah kicked off a Buy Local First campaign this week with nine days of special discounts and events. Continue reading
Many future customers of the municipally-owned utility in Roseville, CA, will have super efficient homes and on-site photovoltaic systems installed on their roofs under a proposal approved recently by the Roseville City Council. The program could result in up to 4,000 new solar-powered homes built in Roseville over the next ten years. The nuts and bolts details of the utility’s Blueprint for Energy Efficiency and Solar Technology or BEST Homes proposal will be developed over the next six months with program implementation on July 1, 2006.
“The practice of competing to see who will kick-back the most taxpayer money to certain mega-businesses has gotten obscene,” declared Arizona State Representative Rick Murphy, one of several lawmakers pushing for a ban on retail subsidies. Continue reading
A look at the results of several ballot questions on big-box retail. Continue reading
Held on November 2nd, a national call-in briefing provided information on the new Clean Renewable Energy Bond (CREB) program that was included in the recently enacted Federal energy bill. The program allows eligible nonprofit entities to issue bonds to finance renewable energy projects.
Despite an expensive PR campaign, residents of Wayland, Massachusetts, rejected a developer’s plans to build a large "town center" retail development during a special town meeting. Continue reading
Great River Energy (GRE), a Minnesota-based generation and transmission electric cooperative, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a total of 120 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy resources. At least 20 MW and up to 120 MW may come from Community-Based Energy Development (C-BED) proposals if the cost of the C-BED projects are not more than 10 percent above the cost of non C-BED projects.