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Boston to Require LEED Standards

Boston plans to amend its building code to require that all new private construction of at least 50,000 square feet must meet the minimum criteria of the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, The New York Times reports. Other cities and states have taken … Read more »

EU Rethinks Airline Emissions Trading, Throws U.S. a Bone

The European Commission is scaling back its aviation emissions plan and considering a two-year grace period, until 2013, for foreign airlines before they’re required to participate in its carbon reduction scheme, EUobserver reports (via Business Week). Intra-European flights will be covered by the scheme from the beginning of 2011. The move could … Read more »

Mass. to Retrofit 8400 Diesel Buses by 2010

Massachusetts will spend (PDF) $22.5 million to retrofit 8400 public school and regional transit buses by 2010. The deal is designed to offset pollution from the Big Dig, The Boston Globe reports. Some 7,800 diesel-powered school buses and 600 regional transit buses will be retrofitted with filters that are expected … Read more »

Duke’s Anderson: Tax Carbon Emissions

Taxing carbon emissions will produce immediate, economywide gains in energy efficiency and new, carbon-free energy production, Duke Energy Chairman Paul Anderson said last week at a Sierra Club workshop in San Francisco on what to do about global warming. “All the other approaches will take decades,” Anderson said, Inside Bay Area reports. “A … Read more »

Colorado Democrats Plan Renewable Energy Bills

Colorado, with Democrats in control of the governor’s office as well as the state Senate and House, has a good chance of signing a dozen or so renewable energy bills – three times the number introduced last year – into law, Rocky Mountain News reports. According to the article, the following … Read more »

Automakers Seek Dismissal for Global Warming Suit

Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda and Nissan are asking a federal judge in U.S. District Court in Oakland to dismiss a lawsuit by California that accuses them of harming human health and the environment by producing vehicles that contribute to global warming, Associated Press reports. The current suit against the big six … Read more »

Melbourne Joins CCX

The City of Melbourne is joining the Chicago Climate Exchange. Under the program, Melbourne will make a commitment to reduce its baseline greenhouse gas emissions. Melbourne is the first city outside the U.S. to join. Melbourne officials say that establishing a city-based emissions trading scheme is a key recommendation of its Zero Net … Read more »

EPA Proposes Onboard Diagnostic Systems for New Large Trucks and Buses

The EPA is proposing to require the emissions control systems of large diesel and gasoline highway trucks and buses to be monitored similarly to passenger cars. EPA says that the proposed regulation for onboard diagnostic systems would help ensure that emissions control systems work properly for the useful life of … Read more »

Energy Security Leadership Council Meets with Lawmakers, WH Officials

Executives of shippers, chemical companies and other big users of petroleum products want the new Congress to tighten fuel-efficiency standards and open new offshore areas for oil and gas drilling, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription needed). The group, the Energy Security Leadership Council, is co-chaired by Frederick Smith, chairman and … Read more »

AES Westover Gets $50 Million in Clean-Coal Emissions Technology

AES is investing $50 million in clean-coal emissions control technology at AES Westover, its 126 MW coal-fired facility near Binghamton, New York . The project will increase AES Westover’s removal rates for NOX emissions from 60 percent today to 90 percent once the project is complete, through the use of a … Read more »

Congress Extends Solar Energy Tax Credits

Congress passed legislation extending the 30 percent solar energy investment tax credit for homeowners and businesses through the end of 2008, Solar Energy Industries Association reports (via CleanTech Blog). The industry sought an eight-year extension. Residential Solar Tax Credit: Extends a 30-percent tax credit, created in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, … Read more »

Energy-Efficient Server Bill Passed by Senate

The U.S. Senate has approved H.R. 5646, a bill that proclaims it is “in the best interest of the United States for purchasers of computer servers to give high priority to energy efficiency as a factor in determining best value and performance for purchases of computer servers,” CNET reports. President … Read more »

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