Podcast: Discussion of State Policy Supporting Biofueled PHEVs

Date: 7 Jul 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Hear ILSR vice president David Morris talking to Inside Renewable Energy on the successful campaign for a new law in Minnesota that requires the state to give priority to plug-in hybrid vehicles and to take steps toward establishing a flexible fuel vehicle industry.

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November Ballot Initiative Would Tax Oil and Fund Renewables

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

After supporters gathered more than 1.1 million signatures, California voters will see an interesting measure on the November 7, 2006, ballot. The “Clean Alternative Energy Act Initiative” would assess a 1.5-6.0 percent tax on oil companies operating in California to fund alternative fuels and renewable energy development.

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UK Requires Energy Performance Ratings Before Selling Your Home

Date: 15 Jun 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Starting in June 2007, home buyers in England will be able to look at an energy performance certificate [EPC] for the property before they purchase it. The assessment will advise consumers on which energy measures – ranging from insulation to solar panels – could cut carbon emissions from their home and improve their energy rating.

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Minnesota Becomes First State to Endorse an Electric-Alcohol Transportation Strategy

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

A new law puts Minnesota on the path towards reducing its reliance on oil by embracing a transportation strategy based on flexible-fueled, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has signed into law H.F. 3718, the nation’s first law promoting plug-in hybrid, flexible-fueled vehicles.

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Integrating Wind Energy With the Grid – Study Says No Problem

Date: 23 May 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG) has released of an assessment on the impact and issues related to the integration of wind energy into existing utility power systems. The key conclusion from the group is that they don’t see any fundamental technical barriers to wind energy penetrations of up to 20 percent of system peak demand.

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Report: Iowa Schools Investments in On-Site Renewable Energy Paying Off

Date: 10 May 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

According to a recent report by the Iowa Policy Project, ten Iowa schools have renewable energy projects that are supplying a portion of their energy needs. These districts are spending less on electricity and more on students who now have an up-close opportunity to learn about wind energy.

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CT Regulators Order New Incentives for Distributed Generation

Date: 14 Apr 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In two recent decisions (Docket Nos. 05-07-16 and 05-07-17), the Connecticut Department of Utility Control (DPUC) has provided a selection of incentives to encourage electricity customers to install on-site distributed generation projects. Incentives include lower back-up power charges, lower natural gas fuel charges and direct grants and payments to cover installation costs.

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