- VPR News Vermont Edition: Montpelier & The Wood Chip Debate:
The city of Montpelier hopes to heat and help power 176 buildings, including the State Capitol, with wood chips. The project has been in the works for close to 15 years, but recently got a jumpstart with $8 million in federal stimulus funds.VPR's Jane Lindholm talks with Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser and Chris Recchia, the Executive Director of the Biomass Energy Resource Center based in Montpelier, about the specifics of the project, and whether or not the city could serve as a model for other biomass projects across the country.
- VPR News: Denmark's Renewable Energy Model For VT:
Earlier this week, the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Friis Arne Petersen, was in Vermont to talk about a variety of subjects including those renewable energy projects, and Denmark's education and health care systems. VPR's Steve Zind met up with Petersen Sunday night at the Montpelier Unitarian Church, where the ambassador was set to speak later that night. He talked with him specifically about the country's renewable energy initiatives and what a state like Vermont can learn from the Danes.
- Hill Heat: Markup of Home Star, Smart Grid, and Renewable Energy Legislation:
The Subcommittee on Energy and Environment will consider H.R._, Committee Print on the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, H.R. _, Committee Print on the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense (GRID) Act, and H.R. 4451, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act.
- SFGate: Renewable energy strong despite recession:
A devastating recession slowed but did not stop the clean energy industry's growth in 2009, a report issued Tuesday found.
The Clean Energy Trends 2010 Report concluded that combined global revenue for solar photovoltaics (PV), wind power, and biofuels expanded by 11.4 percent in 2009, reaching $139.1 billion. Wind power (new installation capital costs) is projected to expand from $63.5 billion in 2009 to $114.5 billion in 2019, and solar photovoltaics (including modules, system components, and installation) is expected to will grow from a $30.7 billion industry in 2009 to $98.9 billion by 2019.
- China's investment in clean energy outstrips United States, according to Pew report - chicagotribune.com
China overtook the United States for the first time last year in the race to invest in wind, solar and other sources of so-called clean energy, according to a new report that raises questions of American competitiveness in a booming global market.
The Pew clean energy report is available here
- Ohio Power Siting Board Approves 483 MW of Wind | Renewable Energy World
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) this week approved the construction of three wind projects, which represent 483 megawatts (MW) of capacity. At completion, the plants would vault Ohio into the mix for leading wind states and bring Ohio closer to its RPS target of 25% renewables by 2025.
- E&E News - Insurance regulators seek to stem opposition to climate regulation (note: subscription required)
The nation's first mandatory climate regulation on the insurance industry might become voluntary. Insurance regulators plan to revisit the landmark rule this week requiring some 300 companies to disclose their efforts to prepare for climate change. One potential change to the "climate risk survey" might make the measure voluntary for insurers, according to sources.