Distributed Solar Power, Analyzed

Date: 14 Dec 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Yesterday we discussed the spread of solar carports in California, highlighting the Milpitas School District’s 14 distributed solar PV arrays.  According to a news story, the district anticipates savings of $12 million over 25 years from the projects, which were … Read More

PACE Lawsuits Up for Decision on December 2nd

Date: 23 Nov 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In mid-October, yet another municipality joined the growing list of lawsuits against the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac over the popular Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.  Arguments in the court case will be heard next week.

A federal judge will consider next week whether to dismiss lawsuits questioning the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s decision to effectively shut down a White House-supported home energy efficiency program.

In a closely watched case, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of the Northern District of California will hear arguments Dec. 2 over whether to dismiss several lawsuits against the agency, including one filed by the state of California.

I’m hopeful that the plaintiffs can win – PACE could really open the door to major improvements in home energy efficiency and expansion of distributed renewable energy.

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While Many Wait for Stimulus, One City Borrows to Save Money

Date: 29 Oct 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Unlike many cities, Portland, Maine, has forged ahead with a significant energy efficiency plan without federal stimulus dollars.  Simply borrowing money through bonding to investing in energy saving improvements, the city will – over 20 years – reduce operating costs by $700,000 per year and shrink its carbon footprint by 30 percent.

PORTLAND — The City Council agreed Monday night to borrow as much as $11 million for energy improvement projects in 30 municipal and 15 school buildings throughout Portland…Councilor David Marshall said the energy conservation measures will enable the city to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 30 percent.

…Ameresco [a Massachusetts-based consulting firm] has said that the projects will save about $700,000 a year in utility costs, and by the end of the 20-year bond period will pay back the cost of the work and interest on the bond.

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): on life support

Date: 13 Oct 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In mid October, Leon County, FL, joined Babylon, NY, Palm Desert, CA, and Sonoma County, CA, as well as the California Attorney General, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council in suing the Federal Housing Finance Agency over their opposition … Read More

PACE Presentation: Overview, Update, and Future

Date: 8 Oct 2010 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

PACE provides one of the most promising municipal energy financing tools and it’s been adopted by 22 states.  But resistance from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has put the brakes on new programs.  This presentation explores the rationale, the process, and the promise of PACE.… Read More

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