IRS Approves 610 Clean Renewable Energy Bond Applications

Date: 27 Nov 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that 610 projects have been given the authority to issue Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to help finance renewable energy development across the country. State and local governments and municipal and cooperative utilities were eligible to apply.

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Update: Voters Decide State and Local Energy Initiatives

Date: 8 Nov 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last night, across the county, citizens’ cast their votes on ballot initiatives ranging from renewable energy portfolio requirements to increasing taxes to fund global warming programs. The results were mixed. Note: Most of the vote totals below are those that I found on the morning after the election on the respective Secretary of State web sites. The vote totals could change but the results are not expected to change.

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Arizona Finalizes Renewable Energy Rules – Distributed Generation Will Meet 30 Percent

Date: 1 Nov 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Arizona Corporation Commission voted yesterday on the final rules for implementing a 15 percent renewable energy standard by 2025. The rules state that 30 percent of the renewable standard is to be derived from distributed energy resources â€" small-scale technologies located close to where energy is used, such as roof-top photovoltaic projects or solar hot water projects.

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Selection of Energy Ballot Initiatives Will Greet Voters Next Tuesday

Date: 1 Nov 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Citizens in cities and states across the country will be casting their votes on some interesting energy issues on November 7th. Ballot initiatives ranging from a renewable energy portfolio requirement in Grand Forks, ND to increasing taxes to fund global warming programs in Seattle, WA will give citizens an opportunity to decide directly which path their communities will take. Democratic energy in action!

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ND Cooperative’s Green Pricing Premium Drops to Zero

Date: 6 Sep 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Finding that wind power provides their customers and business with financial benefits rather than increased costs, Nodak Electric Cooperative announced that they have dropped their green pricing premium altogether for the 650 customers who signed up to purchase renewable energy.

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California Dream: Solar and Climate Legislation Aplenty

Date: 1 Sep 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California has moved renewable energy and environmental responsibility to new levels with the passage of a solar power bill and two pieces of greenhouse gas emissions legislation. The solar power law raises net metering ceilings for utilities by five times from their previous levels. One climate bill will establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in California and could lead other states to take a similar step.… Read More

California Solar Initiative Adds Performance Based Incentive in 2007

Date: 30 Aug 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Beginning January 1, 2007, a ruling by the California PUC establishes performance-based incentives (PBI) of up to 50 cents/kilowatt-hour over five years for solar energy systems greater than 100 kilowatts in size installed in businesses and other large facilities. For systems smaller than 100 kilowatts, incentives will be based on each system’s estimated future performance although projects can opt-in for PBI payments.

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SF Development Project Aims to use 100 Percent Green Power

Date: 22 Aug 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has announced a plan to create San Francisco’s first neighborhood powered entirely by clean, renewable energy. The community would be on a 93-acre parcel at a site of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, where Lennar/BVHP is about to begin construction of more than 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space.

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