A cliche normally reserved for the fashion industry has seeped into the thinking of business owners, politicians, bureaucrats, media pundits, advertisers, and everyday people: Green is the new black. It goes with everything.
On October 3, 2008, the US House of Representatives passed legislation that extends the 30 percent federal investment tax credit for both residential and commercial solar installations for eight years. This legislation passed as part of H.R.
According the MSNBC, a team led by former NASA executive and physicist John Mankins captured solar energy from a mountaintop in Maui and beamed it 92 miles to the main island of Hawaii. The long-range energy transmission experiment opens the possibility of sending solar energy from space to earth.
A state with a long maritime history has tapped into an unlikely offshore resource. R.I. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri has announced that the offshore wind power developer, Deepwater Wind, has been chosen to construct a wind energy project off the shores of Rhode Island.
As the Summer came to a close, and concerns about power to stay cool were replaced by similar worries over the costs of keeping warm, the US Department of Energy announced it would provide more than $40 million in funding for projects exploring alternative energy.
Duke Energy announced A long-term agreement for the sale of 99 megawatts (MW) of electricity from its new Wyoming wind farm as well as the purchase of 100 wind turbines from General Electric that will produce 150 MW of power at multiple U.S. sites.
The US wind industry has passed the 20,000-megawatt (MW) installed capacity milestone, achieving in two years what had previously taken more than two decades, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) said, increasing 10,000 MW since 2006.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced it will install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of several schools. This initiative will make MCPS the first school system in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to launch a large-scale solar PV program.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently reported a couple of developments that may help solar power enter the mainstream market. In one project, MIT reported new photovoltaic cells could be placed on windows without inhibiting views or light passage.
According to The Voice of America News, former Vice President Al Gore is challenging the United States to produce all of its electricity through wind power, solar power and other environmentally friendly sources within 10 years.
While US policymakers at all levels of government talk about the importance of ending our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, at least one group of lawmakers can boast to having actually put their money where their mouths are.
In related developments, two western states have become positioned to take advantage of one of their most plentiful, free resources. This summer, officials in South Dakota and Colorado adopted significant policies to increase wind power development in their states.