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Companies Pay $20 Billion for Pollution Control Equipment

The EPA has obtained commitments from industry, governments and other regulated entities to reduce pollution by nearly 900 million pounds in fiscal year 2006. Today’s report reflects a sustained three-year record of pollution reduction, totaling almost 3 billion pounds, and requiring companies to invest almost $20 billion in pollution control equipment. … Read more »

NJ Doubles Solar Capacity in 9 Months

New Jersey has more than doubled its solar capacity in the first nine months of 2006 and now has more than 1840 solar electric systems across the State with over 26 MW of installed solar capacity, according to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. BPU says a combination of state … Read more »

Boulder’s Municipal Carbon Tax Passes

Ultra-liberal Boulder, Colorado has passed the country’s first municipal carbon tax, MSNBC reports. The Boulder tax will raise average home bills $1.33 per month and businesses will pay an extra $3.80 per month, according to the town. The tax will generate about $1 million for the city annually. Utility Xcel … Read more »

Spain Makes Solar Power Mandatory

All new and renovated buildings in Spain must now have solar panels, Reuters reports.  The code will come into force fully next March but the energy saving element was implemented on Sept. 29. New homes have to be equipped with solar panels to provide between 30 and 70 percent of … Read more »

Special Inspection Planned for Largest Nuclear Plant in U.S.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials will begin a special inspection of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station’s core safety injection valves next week. NRC officials have scheduled a Nov. 20 meeting with the executives of the triple-reactor plant west of Phoenix to discuss ongoing repair issues, the Houston Chronicle reports. The … Read more »

Post-Election Energy Legislation Predictions

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington D.C.-based energy think tank, has put together a list of efficiency-related items that it thinks could move forward in Congress next year due to Tuesday’s election. 1. A “Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard” and an “Energy-Efficiency Resource Standard”: Both are gradually growing … Read more »

Democrat Committee Head Lays Out Energy Priorities

Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who will head the House Energy and Commerce Committee next year, said that cleaner cars powered by diesel and electricity, storing waste from U.S. nuclear reactors and probing offshore federal lease deals are top priorites for next year, Reuters reports.   He does not plan … Read more »

Microsoft Positions Business Management Software as Green Planning Tool

Microsoft is positioning its business management software, Microsoft Dynamics, as a tool for companies to use for managing environmental initiatives. In a post on a Microsoft Dynamics’ Forum (via Green Wobat), James Utzschneider, General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, said that “companies will need systems to track and mitigate the impact … Read more »

Tool Gives Colleges Environmental Compliance Edge

Colleges and universities nationwide are getting a new learning tool in the form of a compliance assistance center that will help them understand and comply with environmental laws. The center, which will also benefit grade schools, will be the 15th in a network of EPA-supported centers for various economic sectors, … Read more »

Pepco Wins Baltimore City Public Schools Contract

Pepco Energy Services will provide a comprehensive energy efficiency and guaranteed savings program for the Baltimore City Public School System. Pepco Energy Services has served as the electricity supplier to the Baltimore City Public School System since June, 2006. Pepco says the contract is worth $55 million and will provide … Read more »

Dept. of Energy Hints at Rolling Back Goals

The 1992 energy bill set an ambitious goal for alternative fuel use in America: By 2010, thirty percent of all motor fuel used would be alternative. With that date racing toward us, the Department of Energy now makes it look like that ambitious goal will be erased from the books, … Read more »

energyStudy Looks at Rate Impact of a Renewable Electricity Standard

The Indiana Coalition for Renewable Energy and Economic Development (ICREED), a coalition of businesses, elected officials, and clean energy groups, recently released (via RenewableEnergyAccess) a rate impact study that describes estimated rate impacts of a Renewable Electricity Standard on Hoosier electric utility ratepayers. That study, authored by Pete Boerger, a … Read more »

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