Policy Watch – Page 100

House Approves Economic Recovery Plan With Renewable Energy Provisions

Posted by SI Staff on January 29, 2009

By a vote of 244-188, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, an economic relief package that includes several measures designed to promote the production of solar energy and other forms of renewable energy, [Read More]

Applied Materials CEO Discusses Clean Technology With Obama

Posted by SI Staff on January 29, 2009

Applied Materials president and CEO Mike Splinter met with President Obama and CEOs of several of America's largest companies – including IBM, Jet Blue and Honeywell – at the White House to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In [Read More]

International Renewable Energy Agency Established

Posted by SI Staff on January 26, 2009

Officials from participating countries are expected to sign a treaty to officially create the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), an international organization created to promote renewable energy options on a global scale. The founding conference for IRENA is being held [Read More]

BLM To Establish Offices For Expediting Renewable Energy Development

Posted by SI Staff on January 26, 2009

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne has issued a Secretarial Order that authorizes the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish coordination offices that will expedite the permitting of wind, solar, biomass and geothermal projects, along with needed electrical [Read More]

VA Governor Proposes RE Incentives

Posted by SI Staff on January 13, 2009

As part of his Renew Virginia initiative, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., has introduced several pieces of legislation designed to promote green jobs and renewable energy. The proposed clean-energy manufacturing incentive would expand the existing incentive grant available to solar [Read More]

Obama Calls For Renewable Energy Scale-Up To Boost U.S. Economy

Posted by SI Staff on January 09, 2009

As part of his economic stimulus plan, President-elect Barack Obama intends to double production of solar energy and other forms of renewable power, according to a speech he recently delivered at George Mason University. ‘To finally spark the creation of [Read More]

Ohio Unveils New Grants For Solar Hot Water Systems

Posted by SI Staff on January 08, 2009

Ohio Lieutenant Gov. Lee Fisher has introduced $3.5 million in new grants for solar hot water systems and wind technologies to benefit residential users. The grants, made available through the Advanced Energy Fund, will be administered by the Ohio Energy [Read More]

U.S. House Passes Solar ITC, Bush Signs Bill

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on October 03, 2008

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the revised Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which contains measures to extend the solar investment tax credit (ITC) by eight years and provide other critical incentives to the renewable energy marketplace. The [Read More]

Fingers Crossed: Solar ITC Wrapped Into Upcoming Bailout Votes

Michael Bates
Written by Michael Bates on October 01, 2008

Tonight, the U.S. Senate is poised to vote on revisions to the recently failed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The new $700 billion bailout bill suspends the FDIC's borrowing cap from the Treasury and, in turn, includes an increase [Read More]

Renewables Associations’ Leadership Urges Congressional Effort

Posted by SI Staff on September 29, 2008

Today, Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, joined with leaders of the American Wind Energy Association, National Hydropower Association and Geothermal Energy Association to issue the following joint statement urging Congress to remain steadfast in its efforts [Read More]