A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.White House stops pending Bush regulations for review - ReutersSignificant climate change-related regulations will be reconsidered, including CAFE fuel efficiency standards and whether the EPA can regulate greenhouse gases on public-health grounds. Obama's Big Speech: Yes We Can Include Energy - Wall Street JournalEnergy and environment play a prominent role in Obama's inaugural speech and is one of the top two agenda items on the whitehouse.gov Web site. (No. 1 is the economy.) Inaugural Balls Take On a Green Tinge - Wall Street JournalThe details on … Read more
If you ask Andy Kruse, the CEO of wind turbine maker Southwest Windpower, about technology, he's more likely to talk about software and WiMax than turbine blades or inverters.
Kruse is in Washington this week lobbying to improve the subsidies for installing small wind turbines, one of the fastest growing segments in wind energy. Southwest Windpower makes a line of small wind turbines including the Skystream, which is sized for individual homes.
Changes in the stimulus package will lift the $4,000 cap on the federal tax credit for small wind purchases and other forms of clean-energy generation, according … Read more
House Democrats on Thursday revealed details of a massive legislative effort they said would inject new life into a flagging U.S. economy, thanks to a combination of $825 billion in tax cuts and new government spending.
The sprawling, 258-page draft bill includes $32 billion in electric power upgrades, sometimes known as "smart grid" technology, $6 billion for expanded broadband Internet access, and $20 billion for health care information technology.
"The economy is in a crisis not seen since the Great Depression," said letter published Thursday by Rep. David Obey, a Wisconsin Democrat who heads the … Read more
The industry association of U.S. electric utilities on Wednesday published what its members say are the most promising technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The primary purpose of the paper, put out by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), was to establish the industry's position on U.S. climate change legislation, which many people expect could be passed in the next few years.
In the Edison Electric Institute's "points of agreement," its members agreed on a target of reducing greenhouse gas concentrations by 80 percent compared to current levels by 2050.
To get to that long-term … Read more
Shortly after President-elect Barack Obama set a goal of doubling the country's renewable energy in three years, the jockeying over the energy portions of his administration's stimulus plan began.
At a speech at George Mason University on Thursday, Obama repeated his intention to promote the development of clean-technologies such as solar and wind energy, and to upgrade the electricity distribution system to enable smart-grid technologies. Obama said:
To finally spark the creation of a clean-energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings … Read more
WASHINGTON--When politicians are doling out trillions of tax dollars in bailouts and so-called stimulus spending, nobody should be surprised if the line of businesses queuing for cash snakes all the way around the Capitol building. The latest idea: more spending on smart grids.
The idea of a smart grid is an alluring one: A far more intelligent electric power system that takes advantage of technological developments to deliver power in a more optimal, energy-efficient way. A household dishwasher could decide to turn on when prices are low at off-peak times, and plug-in electric cars could feed power back into the grid … Read more
The federal government will make billions of dollars worth of loans available to U.S. automakers to enable them to restructure and invest in fuel-efficient auto technologies like electric vehicles.
At a press briefing on Friday, President Bush announced the outlines of the plan which he said was meant to avoid a "disorderly bankruptcy."
Auto companies will have access to $13.4 billion from the $700 billion that was authorized to shore up the country's financial institutions. Another $4 billion would become available for the carmakers in February. The companies have until March 31 to demonstrate that … Read more
President-elect Barack Obama on Monday formally announced the top members of his energy and environment team and pledged to move aggressively on energy security and climate change.
As expected, Obama nominated Nobel Prize-winning scientist Steven Chu, now the head of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as secretary of energy at a press conference in Chicago.
Lisa P. Jackson, the head of New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection, is Obama's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Nancy Sutley, the deputy mayor for energy and environment for Los Angeles, was picked as chair of the White House Council … Read more
A federal assistance package to forestall a deeper financial crisis at U.S. auto giants ran out of gas in the Senate late on Thursday, giving the stock market a downward shock.
After passing the House and getting White House agreement, the Senate failed to get the 60 necessary votes to continue debate on the auto rescue bill.
General Motors and Chrysler, which have said they need billions of dollars in federal aid to continue operations, released statements saying they were disappointed with the Senate's vote. Ford lobbied for the aid because it said it would suffer damage from … Read more
President-elect Barack Obama's reported choices for the top energy and environment officials set the stage for a dramatic change in policy on energy and climate change.
Carol M. Browner, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, is expected to get a position overseeing energy, environmental, and climate policies. And Lisa P. Jackson, who is chief of staff for New Jersey's governor, is said to be the leading candidate for the head of the EPA.
These positions will be at the … Read more