Here's what we're reading and watching today:
- Up-Coming Local Renewable Energy Vermont Event - REV Distributed Generation Conference, May 18-19 in Manchester, VT
Renewable Energy Vermont's next conference will focus on distributed generation issues; the agenda covers both Vermont's new feed-in-tariff program and the development and implementation of smart grid technology. Don't miss it - we'll see you there.
- The Smart Grid Industry – Connecting with Consumers (via The Energy Collective)
The Smart Grid industry took an important first step in addressing a major disconnect in consumer communications strategies. Last week at a major utility industry show, Distributech, the launch of a non-profit organization to understand consumer needs in the Smart Grid universe was announced. It will be called the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC).
- Governors Urge President Obama To Expand Cleantech Tax Credit (via Green Energy Reporter)
Governors are pressing President Obama to extend the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, the fiscal incentive funded by the stimulus to boost cleantech jobs in the U.S., which is set to expire at the end of the year. In a letter, 19 state governors — Republicans and Democrats — propose that the tax credits be extended as part of a “jobs bill or another appropriate vehicle.”
- DOI Announces Eight Regional Climate Science Centers to Research Climate Adaption (via E&ETV)
The Department of the Interior recently announced it will open eight Regional Climate Science Centers for climate adaptation research, the first of which will be based out of the University of Alaska. David Hayes, deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior, speaks with E&ETV about the need for these regional centers and discusses Interior's budget request for the research facilities.
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- Climate Change Imperils the State of the Planet--Will the World Act?: Scientific American
This new Scientific American article looks at the climate change challenges facing the world and emphasizes the need for government action at all levels.