Insights from our Editorial Team
Gov. Cuomo signs package of bills
Solar energy will be more affordable for homes and businesses in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a series of bills that extend tax credits, exempt sales taxes and offer tax abatements, state officials say.
Oil and Gas Developers Seek Same Fast Track Preferences
Solar energy projects will be blazing through the regulatory process now that the Obama administration has put the finishing touches on a plan to fast track those deals on public lands. As such, 17 sites in six southwestern states may become home to new green energy plants.
The latest quarterly Clean Energy Jobs Roundup from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), a national group of environmental business leaders, said as many as 37,409 jobs could be created from the more than 70 major clean energy projects announced across the United States from April through June.
Nearly one-third of the announcements were in Midwest states, including Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.
RFP issued for power purchase agreements
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for $7 bn in locally generated renewable energy through power purchase agreements.
Says tax credit uncertainty undermines momentum
The U.S. wind industry was responsible for 32% of all new generation last year but momentum for the sector would be lost without continuation of a key subsidy, a Department of Energy report says.
Effects of trade case felt
For the third straight month, imports of Chinese solar cells and panels into the United States decreased year-over-year, according to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM).
Capacity has doubled in four years
Wind capacity has passed the 50 GW mark in recent weeks, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) says, doubling the amount of generation on online in only four years.
Ceres provides benchmarks for 2010 and 2011
Renewable energy use is increasing. Natural gas is quickly expanding its influence and coal is in retreat as emissions decline. None of this is surprising, but a new report spells out to what extent.
Obama administration speeds wind and solar in the West
Seven wind and solar energy projects totaling 5,000 MW in the West on public lands will be expedited for approval through the federal permitting process, the Obama administration announced.
An interview with Rick Needham
When Google speaks - or acts - it commands attention across the American economy. What the iconic company thinks about the future of energy is important to utilities, energy companies, diverse energy users and policymakers. EnergyBiz recently interviewed Rick Needham, director of energy and sustainability at Google. His comments, edited for style and length, follow.