Thursday, April 22, 2010

Renewable Energy News, April 22, 2010

The new environmentalists wear hard hats; an interview with Van Jones | Climate Progress
“It’s going to be a different kind of environmentalism. Sleeves rolled up, hard hat, lunch bucket, that’s going to become the image of the environmentalist rather than just our beloved tree huggers.”
By Fits and Starts, an Arduous Clean-Up - Green Blog - NYTimes.com
Judging from this 70-year timeline, the history of environmental awareness and action in the United States is one of lonely voices and local crises growing into potent national concerns.
MapOurEnergy Collects Home Energy Data Simply, Town By Town | Energy Circle
If you knew how your energy use compared to your neighbors', would you be a little more motivated to conserve? Many have tried, but no group has succeeded, no matter how big. Utilities, companies like Microsoft and Google, even the U.S. Department of Energy, can't really give you a good picture—no matter how much data they collect. The guys behind MapOurEnergy have a great idea: Collect as little data as possible, instead.
Fossil-fuel subsidies hurting global environment, security, study finds
A comprehensive assessment of global fossil-fuel subsidies has found that governments are spending $500 billion annually on policies that undermine energy security and worsen the environment.
Senate climate bill to be unveiled April 26 | Reuters
A long-awaited compromise bill to reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases blamed for global warming will be unveiled by a group of senators on April 26, sources said on Thursday.
Straight Up: What to look for in the bipartisan climate and clean energy jobs bill | Climate Progress
On Monday, Senators Graham (R-SC), Kerry (D-MA), and Lieberman (I-CT) will launch the bipartisan climate and clean energy jobs bill. I’m quite certain there will be something in it to dissatisfy everyone.
EERE News: DOE and EPA Announce Changes to Bolster the Energy Star Program
DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) jointly announced changes to the Energy Star product certification process on April 14 to ensure that only products meeting Energy Star energy efficiency requirements can receive the label.
Stimulus money coming for energy projects | Times Argus Online
Small-scale renewable energy projects in Vermont will get a $5.5 million boost from the federal stimulus law.

The Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund announced Wednesday that the money is available to help residents and small business owners pay to install small solar or wind projects. Since the program began in 2003, more than 1,300 projects have come on line.


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