In what is billed as the largest green power purchase yet by a state government, Pennsylvania has announced a minimum two-year commitment to buy enough renewable energy credits to cover 20 percent of the state’s internal government’s electric use.
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California has moved renewable energy and environmental responsibility to new levels with the passage of a solar power bill and two pieces of greenhouse gas emissions legislation. The solar power law raises net metering ceilings for utilities by five times from their previous levels. One climate bill will establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in California and could lead other states to take a similar step. Continue reading
Beginning January 1, 2007, a ruling by the California PUC establishes performance-based incentives (PBI) of up to 50 cents/kilowatt-hour over five years for solar energy systems greater than 100 kilowatts in size installed in businesses and other large facilities. For systems smaller than 100 kilowatts, incentives will be based on each system’s estimated future performance although projects can opt-in for PBI payments.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has announced a plan to create San Francisco’s first neighborhood powered entirely by clean, renewable energy. The community would be on a 93-acre parcel at a site of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, where Lennar/BVHP is about to begin construction of more than 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has issued guidelines for vendors to obtain funding under the New York State Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Initiative. The goal of the program is to accelerate the conversion of the state’s hybrid vehicle fleet (500-600 vehicles) into plug-in hybrids.
London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, wants there to be at least one carbon neutral development project in each of the city’s 32 boroughs by 2010. Continue reading
After passing referendums, six small communities in Iowa have filed regulatory petitions with the Iowa Utilities Board to drop their current electric supplier and form municipally-owned electric utilities.
Hear ILSR vice president David Morris talking to Inside Renewable Energy on the successful campaign for a new law in Minnesota that requires the state to give priority to plug-in hybrid vehicles and to take steps toward establishing a flexible fuel vehicle industry.
After supporters gathered more than 1.1 million signatures, California voters will see an interesting measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot. The “Clean Alternative Energy Act Initiative” would assess a 1.5-6.0 percent tax on oil companies operating in California to fund alternative fuels and renewable energy development.
All UK central government departments and their agencies will be carbon neutral within six years in an attempt to model environmentally sustainable behavior to business and consumers. Once carbon neutrality is reached, the government has set an additional target to reduce carbon emissions from government offices by 30 percent by the year 2020.