Policy Watch – Page 97

Obama’s 2010 Budget Includes RE Initiatives

Posted by SI Staff on May 20, 2009

The Obama administration has released its fiscal-year 2010 budget, including requests for various programs and agencies related to renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The budget request for the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs is [Read More]

Cabinet Members Note ‘Significant’ Progress Toward Smart Grid

Posted by SI Staff on May 19, 2009

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu have announced what they believe is significant progress that will help expedite development of a nationwide smart electric power grid. After co-chairing a meeting of industry leaders at the [Read More]

Pennsylvania Governor Kicks Off Solar Rebate Program

Posted by SI Staff on May 19, 2009

Gov. Edward G. Rendell, D-Pa., has officially opened the PA Sunshine Solar Program, a new initiative designed to allow homeowners and small-business owners in the commonwealth to install solar technologies at a discount of up to 45%. The PA Sunshine [Read More]

Colorado Governor Signs Three RE Bills

Posted by SI Staff on May 18, 2009

Gov. Bill Ritter, D-Colo., has signed into law three energy bills. H.B.1312 creates the Renewables for Schools loan program to help schools afford renewable energy projects and electric or hybrid buses. H.B.1126 targets job creation in the solar thermal sector. [Read More]

Texas Senate Approves RPS Expansion

Posted by SI Staff on May 18, 2009

The Texas Senate has approved S.B.541, which would required an additional 1,500 MW of renewable energy (from solar, geothermal and biomass) in the state by 2020. The bill was introduced by State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin. ‘Texas has the sun, [Read More]

House Committee Unveils Plans For Revised RES

Posted by SI Staff on May 14, 2009

Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee have released the details of an agreement on a combined energy efficiency standard and renewable electricity standard. The agreement provides for a combined 20% renewable energy and energy efficiency [Read More]

Tennessee Governor Proposes Volunteer State Solar Initiative

Posted by SI Staff on May 14, 2009

Gov. Phil Bredesen, D-Tenn., has proposed the Volunteer State Solar Initiative, a comprehensive solar-energy and economic-development program that will use up to $62.5 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to advance job creation, education, research and renewable [Read More]

Maryland Governor Signs Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act

Posted by SI Staff on May 08, 2009

Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., has signed the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, a process he began almost two years ago, when he convened the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The commission involved more than 100 diverse stakeholders from around the state [Read More]

SEIA Seeks Solar Carve-out In Energy Bill

Posted by SI Staff on April 30, 2009

As energy legislation circulates in the U.S. Congress, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging lawmakers to include a carve-out for solar energy if a national renewable portfolio standard (RPS) is approved. The desired carve-out is said to be [Read More]

Obama Announces New Clean Energy Research Programs

Posted by SI Staff on April 29, 2009

As part of an initiative designed to promote scientific research in the U.S., President Obama and the Department of Energy (DOE) have launched a $400 million Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). In addition, the DOE is expected to announce grants [Read More]