Policy Watch – Page 97

China Introduces Solar Power Project Subsidy

Posted by SI Staff on March 27, 2009

China's Ministry of Finance has announced a subsidy for building-attached solar power projects with a minimum 50 kW peak capacity, according to a Reuters report. Under the terms of the subsidy, non-silicon solar panels must have at least 6% efficiency, [Read More]

Feinstein Seeks To Block RE Development On Catellus Lands

Posted by SI Staff on March 23, 2009

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the author of the 1994 California Desert Protection Act, says she will introduce new legislation to establish a national monument to preserve hundreds of thousands of acres in the Mojave Desert. The former Catellus lands were [Read More]

Los Angeles Measure B Defeated

Posted by SI Staff on March 20, 2009

Measure B, which would have mandated that Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power install 400 MW of solar projects by 2014, did not reach the majority of votes required to pass the legislation. The Los Angeles Times reports that [Read More]

Department Of Interior, FERC Reach Agreement On Offshore RE Development

Posted by SI Staff on March 20, 2009

In a joint statement issued by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Jon Wellinghoff, the agencies confirmed their intent to work together to facilitate the permitting of renewable energy in [Read More]

Secretary Salazar Issues Order To Spur RE Development On U.S. Public Lands

Posted by SI Staff on March 16, 2009

Citing the critical need to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil, build a clean energy economy and create new jobs, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has issued a secretarial order making the production, development and delivery of renewable [Read More]

EPA Proposes First National Reporting On Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted by SI Staff on March 11, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first comprehensive national system for reporting emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases produced by major sources in the U.S. The new reporting requirements would apply to suppliers of fossil [Read More]

Reid Introduces Renewable Energy Legislation

Posted by SI Staff on March 11, 2009

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., has introduced the Clean Renewable Energy and Economic Development Act, which is intended to promote investments in transmission to increase access to renewable power, while also establishing a streamlined planning and siting process for transmission lines. [Read More]

Reid Plans To Introduce Major Transmission Bill

Posted by SI Staff on March 04, 2009

At the National Clean Energy Project at the Newseum in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will soon introduce a bill that will make it easier to carry renewable energy from remote locations to urban centers in need of [Read More]

Obama Signs Economic Stimulus Package Legislation

SI Staff
Written by Jessica Lillian on February 18, 2009

President Obama has signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a $787 billion stimulus package intended to create jobs, jump start growth and transform the U.S. economy to compete in the 21st century. Obama signed the bill at [Read More]

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]