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Job Growth, Environmental Well-Being Tied to Biotechnology Advancement

Job Growth, Environmental Well-Being Tied to Biotechnology Advancement

Prospects for adoption of a national Renewable Portfolio Standard appear to have dimmed for the foreseeable future. That is at least the prevailing opinion among respondents to the recent BIO/Biofuels Digest “11 Hot Trends for 2011” survey. Fully 41 percent of respondents predicted that Congress would not bring up a … Read more »

Climate Change Talks Backslide at Bonn

U.N. climate talks have moved backward rather than moving toward an accord later this year as some nations have balked at pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The US envoy said some countries have “walked away” from commitments made at Copenhagen last year to limit emissions. But the top U.N. … Read more »

Wind Power Installations Drop to 2007 levels

Wind Power Installations Drop to 2007 levels

The U.S. wind industry added only 700 megawatts (MW) in the second quarter of 2010 for a total of 1,230 MW during the first half of 2010, according to a mid-year 2010 market report from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). This translates into a drop to date of 57 … Read more »

No Renewable Electricity Standard in Reid Energy Bill

Even as several Democratic senators questioned Majority Leader Harry Reid’s assertion that a renewable electricity standard (RES) lacks support, the $15 billion energy bill does not include a provision to require utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources, reports The New York Times. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) … Read more »

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard

Senators Push for a Renewable Energy Standard

Although Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wouldn’t include a renewable energy standard (RES) in his energy bill, which mandates that a certain percentage of the nation’s electricity come from renewable energy sources, some Democrats and a Republic senator said they are open to including a RES, reports Time’s … Read more »

Reid to Unveil Energy Bill Sans Carbon Caps, Renewable Energy Mandates

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to introduce a watered-down energy bill today (July 26), which eliminates targets for carbon caps and mandates that would require utilities to generate some of their power from renewable energy, reports Reuters. Instead, the bill will make offshore drilling safer and convert … Read more »

More Compromises Ahead for Senate Energy Bill

Senate Democrats are expected to work on an energy bill this week (June 29) that could include a cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from utility companies instead of regulating GHG emissions from all sources as initially proposed, reports The Chicago Tribune. The bill is not expected to be an economy-wide climate … Read more »

Fate of Connecticut’s Energy Bill on Governor’s Desk

A new energy bill passed by lawmakers in the state of Connecticut that promises to lower electricity costs, promote green energy and reorganize the Department of Public Utilities Control (DPUC) to focus on energy issues is waiting for the signature Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who may veto the bill, reports … Read more »

White House Taking Crack at ‘Hybrid’ Energy, Climate Legislation

The White House is trying to gather momentum for a “last-ditch” effort to put together what it considers the most essential elements of existing energy and climate legislation, reports the New York Times. Observers say that President Obama may seek a compromise that involves greenhouse gas reductions and at the … Read more »

For Brewery, Solar Water Heater Means Twice as Much Beer for Same Energy Cost

Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisc., has been able to double its beer production without spending any more on natural gas after installing a solar water heater, reports Central Wisconsin Hub. The solar water heating system is projected to meet 18 percent of the brewery’s hot water needs and save … Read more »

Lighting Retrofits Help Hotels and Data Centers Cut Energy Costs

Lighting and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) retrofits are some of the easiest ways businesses including luxury hotels and data centers can cut their energy costs. Hotel lighting, for example, can account for up to 35 percent of a hotel’s energy bill, reports Hotel Interactive. Energy-efficient lighting by itself can reduce … Read more »

Sierra Club: Senate Waters Down Energy Bill

A Senate panel approved an energy bill that would give utilities more flexibility to meet renewable energy requirements than under the House bill, and allow oil and gas companies to drill in large parts of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, highlighting the challenges Congress faces in trying to pass legislation … Read more »