Congress to Decide on Renewable Energy Provision in Tax Bill

14 Dec

ACORE is pumping out the PR now that Congress is poised to either let die or renew a provision created by the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee in January 2009. The provision being considered in the pending tax bill will potentially support or inhibit renewable energy projects in 2011. It appears California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most based on an analysis prepared by the US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF)..

Here’s the full press release provided by ACORE:

Congress Poised to Save $25 Billion of Renewable Energy Projects in 17 States;
Key Vote Due on the “1603” Incentive for American Entrepreneurs;

California, Arizona and Wyoming to Stand to Benefit the Most

December 14, 2010 – Washington, DC: The US Partnership For Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) introduced an analysis that a provision being considered in the pending tax bill stands to save at least $25 billion of renewable energy projects in 17 states in 2011, among which California, Arizona, and Wyoming stand to gain the most. Read more

ACORE Calls for Global Renewable Energy Standard

07 Dec

American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) Calls for a Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) at COP-16. The resolution seeks global agreement on 25% of energy supplies from renewable energy by 2025.

OilObit.com News: SOURCE – ACORE/December 4, 2010 – Cancun, Mexico:  In a bold move to get the UN climate talks moving towards a positive and concrete outcome, Michael Eckhart, President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) called for a global agreement on the adoption of 25% renewable energy by the year 2025, to be called the Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) and furthermore called on the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)to be designated the lead agency to support implementation of the agreement.

“The world seeks leadership and guidance on the best path to a cleaner, safer environment and stable atmospheric ecosystem.  But it is clear to most of us that there is no single path – that this is a matter of many paths that together get the world to where it needs to be,” said Eckhart.  “We know today that three of the cornerstone paths to climate protection are the adoption of renewable energy, investment in greater energy efficiency, and protection of the rainforests as the Earth’s lungs.  It is time to have concerted action on each of those three paths, getting started on what we know will work.  I believe we can agree on the adoption of renewable energy here this week at COP-16, and we hereby call on the conference to introduce the measure and test it with a vote.  We believe it can pass, and call on other associations and NGOs to encourage their governments to agree.”

ACORE put forward the following draft resolution:

RESOLVED, that the undersigned nations commit to a Global Renewable Energy Standard (G-RES) in the amount of 25% by the year 2025.  That is, that each signatory nation shall hereby be committed to a goal of supplying not less than 25% of its national energy supply from renewable energy sources, herein defined as wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal and biomass sources of electricity, fuels, heat and other end-use forms of energy; and to a process of international collaboration through the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as the designated lead agency for implementation.  The G-RES shall provide for two implementing mechanisms: direct installation of renewable energy systems sufficient to meet the goal, and the sale/purchase of Global Renewable Energy Certificates (G-RECs) between nations.

“Most countries can meet this goal while also increasing economic growth and employment, insulating themselves from intense energy price swings, and protecting the ecosystems of our planet.” said ACORE Advisory Board member Scott Sklar.

Previously, worldwide renewable energy groups signed a memorandum of understanding on the 25% by 2025 goal, including ACORE and the Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES) chaired by Shi Dinghuan, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA) headed by Li Junfeng, the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) chaired by Arthorous Zervos, and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) chaired by Wolfgang Palz.  Other groups around the world have promoted a “25×2025” goal including the Energy Future Coalition in the U.S.

“Agreeing on a global renewable energy target would be a positive signal for the world that countries are really serious and take concrete action against climate change. Renewable energy technologies together with energy efficiency are the key solution to abating climate change and at the same time promoting these creates millions of sustainable jobs and economic welfare. It is high-time to deliver a concrete outcome of the UN climate talks, the agreement on a global renewable energy target would send a signal of hope to the world”, said Zervos.

About the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC):
The Convention on Climate Change sets an overall framework for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the challenge posed by climate change.  It recognizes that the climate system is a shared resource whose stability can be affected by industrial and other emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

About the Cop-16 Climate Summit:

The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December, 2010.

About International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA):
Mandated by governments worldwide, IRENA’s mission is to promote the widespread and increased adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy. IRENA’s Member States pledge to advance renewables in their own national policies and programs, and to promote, both domestically and through international cooperation, the transition to a sustainable and secure energy supply.

About EREC:
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), is the umbrella organization of the major European renewable energy industry, trade and research associations active in the field of photovoltaics, small hydropower, solar thermal, bio-energy, ocean & marine, geothermal, wind energy and solar thermal electricity. It represents an industry with an annual turnover of more than €70 billion and more than 550,000 employees. Additional information is available on www.erec.org

About ACORE

ACORE, a 501(c)(3) membership non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is dedicated to bringing renewable energy into the mainstream of the US economy and lifestyle through research and communications programs and membership committees. ACORE’S membership works in all sectors of the renewable energy industries including wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, biomass, biofuels, and waste energy. ACORE provides a common platform for the wide range of interests in the renewable energy community including end users, technology companies, manufacturers, utilities, professional service firms, financial institutions, colleges and universities, associations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. ACORE serves as a thought leadership forum through which these parties work together on common interests. ACORE co-organizes the REFF-Wall Street and REFF-West Finance Conferences, the RETECH All-Renewables Energy Conference and Exhibition, the Phase II National Policy Forum in Washington, DC, and hosts both domestic and global policy events furthering the mission of renewable energy. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.

Press Contact: Turner Houston
American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE)
Ph: +1-202-393-0001



Networked Solar Conference 2011

02 Dec

Networked Solar Conference 2011Organized by Greentech Media, the upcoming Networked Solar Conference will highlight the convergence of renewable energy and the smart grid. Industry experts from both fields will be on hand to answer questions such as:

  • How is the Smart Grid evolving, and what values will it bring to utilities and consumers?
  • How are innovations in solar tech and systems enabling the convergence of solar and smart grid?
  • What impact does renewable energy have on the utility grid today, and tomorrow?
  • How is solar a critical part of utility renewables portfolio?
  • How will this convergence of solar and smart grid enable jobs growth?

The conference will be held on January 25-26, 2011, in Jersey City, NJ. What can you expect? Insights from Wall Street financial experts, policy makers of New Jersey, and leading industry research analysis of GTM Research.

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Energy Star Revised Specs Recommit Deadline Nov. 30

29 Nov

Energy StarRevised Specifications for January 2011 Recommitment: On October 26, 2010, EPA finalized the revisions to the Product Manufacturer Partner Commitments to include participation in third-party certification for the ENERGY STAR program. All existing manufacturer/private labeler partners must recommit in order to continue their partnership with EPA to manufacture/label products eligible for ENERGY STAR qualification. The deadline for recommitting is November 30, 2010 to avoid partnership interruption. These new Program Requirements will be active January 1, 2011.

For more info, visit the Energy Star website here or contact the ENERGY STAR Hotline at 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Final ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments and Product Specifications

EPA has finalized the new ENERGY STAR Partner Commitments and Product Specifications (i.e., Eligibility Criteria, Test Methods) in support of upcoming testing and verification requirements that will take effect on January 1, 2011. EPA reviewed, carefully considered, and in many cases accepted stakeholder comments on the Draft Partner Commitments and Product Specifications, which are posted below. EPA shares its rationale for the edits made to these final documents in the EPA cover memo and supporting documentation also provided below.

Existing ENERGY STAR partners will need to recommit to the new Partner Commitments and Product Specifications by November 30, 2010 to continue their ENERGY STAR partnership without interruption. More information on the steps that existing partners will need to take under these new requirements is provided in the EPA cover memo. An FAQ document can also be viewed here PDF .

In other energy and environment news…

Here are a few energy & environment blogs that are getting attention on the National Journal’s website, “Energy & Environment” Expert Blogs (good or bad we’re not sure yet):

Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion – $10 a Barrel

23 Sep

image Is reducing the price per barrel of oil a step in the right direction? If so, Envion Inc. claims they are leading the charge towards a green future with the introduction of a plastic-to-oil conversion technology. According to the manufacturer, the Envion Oil Generator is a first-of-its-kind technology that converts plastic waste into synthetic light medium oil for less than $10 per barrel.

GreenCar Magazine has a story (press release) here: Waste Plastic to Oil Conversion Process Produces Oil for Less than $10 barrel.

The Company’s principal activities focus on production, as well as ongoing R&D dedicated to advancing the efficiency and range of applications of the Envion technology. More information can be found at www.envion.com.

Solar: Federal Incentives Grow Local Businesses

12 Jun

Will Federal incentive programs help change the agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems? Reports suggest they will for some firms in Virginia.

A federal incentive program could forever change the face of Virginia’s agriculture industry by encouraging more farms to install solar energy systems.

That’s the hope of Blue Crump, owner of Fan-based Cityspace Construction and Cityspace Solar. Crump recently started pitching solar installations to local farms using government grants and credits as a tasty carrot.

Cityspace’s first agricultural project is the new wine-tasting room at Cooper Vineyards in Louisa County. Fifty-five percent of the cost for the facility’s 5.8 kilowatt solar array will be covered by federal incentives.

That’s because the federal stimulus bill extended a renewable energy incentive program to businesses and provides a 30 percent grant or tax credit toward the cost of wind, solar or other systems. In addition, a grant offered by the USDA through the Rural Energy for America Program offers agriculture-based business a 25 percent credit.

“The idea of renewable energy and sustainable agriculture just go hand in hand,” Crump said, adding that the investment pays off in seven to 10 years. (Read Al Harris’ full article at Richmond Biz Sense here)

The U.S. Dept. of Energy is another resource for funds and the Virginia Department of Mines Minerals and Energy is seeking $15 million plus in stimulus funds for renewable energy grants and rebates for both households and businesses.

Electric Benz – Daimler 10 Percent Stake in Tesla Motors

19 May

Electric Benz - Daimler Takes 10 Percent Stake in Tesla MotorsDaimler’s interest in battery systems, electric drive systems and related vehicle projects leads to the automaker acquiring nearly 10 percent of one of the leading electric vehicle companies, Tesla Motors Inc. Read the full story and MB press release at AMG Market | Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts here.

Green Winners Paper By A.T. Kearney

15 May

While updating my alumni info on the A.T. Kearney website, I surfed around and found, “Green Winners” – a white paper explaining why firms are wise to continue their sustainability efforts.

As companies cut costs to get through the current global economic slowdown, there is often a temptation to abandon recent forays into sustainability. Yet a new A.T. Kearney analysis finds that companies committed to corporate sustainability practices during this slowdown are achieving above-average performance in the financial markets during this slowdown. So before tossing out those sustainability practices and initiatives, it might be wise to first determine the real value of the efforts—especially the possible rewards for staying the course.
[You can download the PDF white paper by A.T. Kearney here, The performance of sustainability-focused companies during the financial crisis.]

Biden’s Middle Class Task Force Meeting Focus Green Jobs

02 Mar

Task Force Focuses on Green Jobs as a Pathway to a Strong Middle Class

The White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, led by Vice President Joe Biden, held its inaugural meeting on February 27 in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. The Task Force has a simple mandate: to find, highlight and implement solutions to the economic challenges facing the American middle class. With President Obama announcing last week more than $20 billion for investment in a cleaner, greener economy – including $500 million for green job training – the Task Force’s first order of business is to evaluate what investing in green jobs will mean for middle class families.

After VP Joe Biden presented at the Middle Class Task Force Meeting and discussed the $19 billion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment act that is dedicated to renewable energy. Solpower Jobs, a green web recruiter, believes Biden’s plan lacks foresight (Source: PRWEB and Solpower jobs).

Vice President Biden said,

“We all know that the existing electrical grid today is inadequate, insufficient and outdated. For example, of all the wind power that we’re talking about being able to create in the Midwest and North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and other plain states, (has) significant potential. But it cannot carry that energy right now to population centers that need the electricity most without a new transmission superhighway.”

Solpower jobs remarked on Biden’s meeting the next day saying,

“there is no doubt that smart grid technology is an improvement over the current electrical grid but… The current administration has not recognized the self sufficient decentralized energy sector.” Solpower jobs continued to bash the plan and proposed that building self powered homes was a better use of the budgeted funds.

Vice President Biden’s proposal would spend $11 billion of the $19 billion to build “The Transmission Superhighway” which the US Energy Department believes could provide the US with 20% wind energy. Additional information is available at the U.S. Department of energy website.

Additional Background on the Task Force

The Middle Class Task Force, chaired by Vice President Biden, is working with a wide array of federal agencies that have responsibility for key issues facing the middle class to expedite administrative reforms, propose Executive orders, and develop legislative and policy proposals that can be of special importance to working families. One of the things that makes this task force distinctive is it brings together – in one place – those agencies that have the most impact on the well-being of the middle class in our country. For more information, visit www.AStrongMiddleClass.gov.

Who’s right?

Is VP Biden’s focus on the transmission superhighway a wise use of the money? Or, is more critical thinking and brain power needed to address our nation’s power dilemma?

60 Minutes Ponders Pickens Plan on Sunday

25 Oct

2008_60_mins CBS is taking a close look at the Pickens Energy Plan this Sunday; Charlie Rose profiles Pickens on 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Is it politics or truly an attempt to help us better understand how to end our dependence on foreign oil once and for all?  Although I consider 60-minutes a pseudo news program, often too one-sided for my journalistic tastes, a lot of people will be introduced to the rising tide of interest in alternative energy. I wonder how they’ll spin it.

One thing they already have posted on the CBS website, is a short video of Sen. John Kerry looking past his nemesis, Swiftboat ad backer T. Boone Pickens, at this year’s DNC.

To enhance the promotion of this event as well as the overall marketing campaign for the Picken’s Plan, Picken’s marketing arm is launching a new way to reward those that are working the hardest to bring in new recruits to join the Picken’s Army.  Team Pickens announced they will be sending out an email this weekend that explains all the details. And, claiming, “this is going to be good.” Stay tuned.

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