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Binghamton U building earns a platinum green building rating

October 1st, 2013

Campuses continue to show it can be done. The latest to take home a top LEED rating? Binghamton University’s Science and Engineering building.

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CEOs plead with Congress to save clean energy jobs

March 29th, 2011

As Congress threatens to punch holes in domestic spending with its latest budget resolution, 34 clean tech and clean energy CEOs have come together to fight for the federal loan guarantees their projects depend upon.

Without the loan guarantees from the Department of Energy, many pending clean energy projects will stall or be shuttered, creating huge job losses in several states and pushing back American progress on developing new, domestic sources of power, the CEOs wrote to Congressional leaders today.

Their letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi:

Dear Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, Leader McConnell and Leader Pelosi:

As the Senate considers a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government for the remainder
of the 2011 fiscal year, we urge you to continue funding the Department of Energy?s (DOE)
renewable energy loan guarantee programs (Sec. 1705 and Sec. 1703). In addition, we request
your support for program changes that would allow viable Sec. 1705 project applications to
transfer into the Sec. 1703 program. As chief executive officers of 34 companies, we are
investing in projects with pending loan guarantee applications based on the good faith notion
that the DOE programs would function as stipulated in law and as Congress intended.

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Obama’s green State of the Union address

January 26th, 2011

Climate action is so far off the agenda in Washington it may as well be floating on an island of melting sea ice. With dozens of lawmakers expressing doubts about whether climate change is real or is some zany idea cooked up by 10,000 scientists, issues like cap-and-trade have been iced. Even environmentalists now speak about amorphous “pollution” instead of those off-putting greenhouse gases.

Thankfully, though, clean energy, electric cars and high-speed rail – the nuts-and-bolts improvements that could help America build muscle in manufacturing and technology sectors, salvage its remaining natural spaces and reduce “pollution” (wink, wink) — remain firmly on the table.

At least that’s where the president has placed them.

In what may have been his most pointedly green national speech, President Barak Obama called out ambitious, explicit green energy goals in last night’s State of the Union Address. Obama wants a transformed America to be:

  • The first nation to put 1 million electric cars on the ground

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A green holiday gift for solar, wind and geothermal producers

December 17th, 2010

Congress finally dealt with that looming Bush-Era Tax Cuts bill this week, passing it with solid bipartisan support (it also had rare bipartisan opposition). While the bill was reportedly light on special attachments, green energy advocates were able to squeak in an extension for a grant program that they say has fueled growth in the wind, solar and geothermal fields.

Detractors have argued that the nation cannot afford such stimulus money. But this victory for clean energy helps new industries that must compete with already-subsidized established energy sources, like coal and nuclear power.

Forget even that many of the entrenched energy providers, like coal especially, get a pass on their air pollution, having successfully beaten back carbon taxes and penalties. Consider just that they get tax perks and have much of their capital investment in place. Wind, solar and geothermal providers, face steep capital costs, and need ways to lure investors. They need a level playing field, especially in the absence of clear messages from Congress on climate action or greenhouse gas penalties.

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California slays Prop. 23, and remains the promised land for clean energy

November 3rd, 2010

California voters — at least 61 percent of them — appear convinced that working to cleanse the air, fight climate change and ramp up clean energy sources will propel the economy forward.

In squashing Prop 23, an attempt by Texas oil companies to overturn the state’s landmark climate legislation, Californians signaled by that clear majority that they weren’t going to be swindled by Big Oil’s argument that Americans “can’t afford” clean air and clean energy during these shaky economic times.

Voters may even be saying that the opposite is true – that developing clean energy makes sense environmentally, and provides a way out of the recession.

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Björk to Icelanders: It’s in Our Hands

August 23rd, 2010

(Photo: Ohashi Jin)

Environmentalist and singer Björk Gudmundsdottir is leading a grass-roots effort to keep Iceland’s power generation industry from becoming privatized. Björk has been spearheading a push, which one poll shows is backed by 85 percent of Icelanders, to put foreign energy takeovers to referenda if enough people oppose the deals.

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Wind Energy Association dissatisfied with Senate energy bill

July 28th, 2010

Wind, solar, geothermal and other alternative energy industry groups have been lined up in support of a Renewable Electricity Standard or RES in which the U.S. would pledge to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. The RES, they maintain, would provide an incentive for utilities, providers and cities and states to find ways to increase renewable electricity sources, even in the absence of a carbon cap-and-trade system, which seems to be a non-starter in Congress.

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Nevada hits the jackpot with geothermal power

July 19th, 2010

As renewable energy goes, geothermal power often takes a backseat, publicity-wise, to the fast-growing wind and solar industries.
But geothermal power is poised for a phenomenal expansion, according to a report compiled for the Geothermal Energy Association and released today.
Just in Nevada, a state with rich geothermal potential, the industry could be worth up to $22.5 billion over the next 30 years, according to the GEA report, released in anticipation of a GEA Geothermal Energy and Utilities, Co-ops and Public Power Workshop July 22 in Las Vegas with utility and power companies.

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Clean energy groups band together to push for energy bill

June 17th, 2010

Leaders of the wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, ethanol and energy efficiency industries have banded together to call for an American energy bill to drive the nation toward a clean energy future. The coalition of renewable energy groups wants Congress to move quickly to pass an energy bill, with or without carbon pricing, to help create and secure new jobs, stabilize the U.S. economy and develop the domestic industries that will replace fossil fuels.

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Greenpeace says clean energy future is possible with the right policy

June 8th, 2010

Wind farm (Photo: GreenRightNow)

More fossil fuel heartache or a clean energy future? That question on many minds as the the BP oil spill spirals out of control in the Gulf of Mexico.

And the answer is easy, according to a newly revised Greenpeace International report. It has concluded that moving aggressively toward clean energy would add jobs to the energy sector overall, make energy more affordable, not more costly, stop the pollution and insulate local communities from wild fuel price fluctuations.

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Geothermal projects grow in 2009

April 16th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Solar and wind dominate the clean energy headlines, but the nascent geothermal industry also continues to grow. The U.S. geothermal power sector reported a 26 percent growth in new projects in 2009.

In its April 2010 report, the US Geothermal Power Production and Development Update listed 188 projects underway in 15 states.

The Leathers Geothermal Plant in Calipatria, Calif. (Photo: DOE)

The Leathers Geothermal Plant in Calipatria, Calif. (Photo: DOE)

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RFK Jr. explains why nuclear power isn’t green and coal isn’t cheap

February 25th, 2010

By Harriet Blake
Green Right Now

As passionate as his father was about civil rights, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is equally so about the environment.

In a lecture in Fort Worth on Wednesday, the 56-year-old son of the late Senator, advocated for moving the nation to green energy, which he doesn’t see as encompassing nuclear power.

Coal is not the only power-producing industry that needs scrubbing, said the longtime environmentalist, nuclear energy is simply not safe. “Nuclear energy is the most catastrophic form of energy. No bank will finance it…[and] no insurance company will insure it,” he said.

“It’s not just a bunch of hippies saying it’s unsafe. There are spills all the time into the Hudson,” says Kennedy, who serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, whose mission is the restoration of that waterway. Three Mile Island was not the last accident despite what nuclear advocates say.

He made it clear that lobbyists for fossil fuel and polluting energy industries are powerful and dangerous. The nuclear industry, for example, managed to find a way to get a Congressional exemption that leaves them free from damage. “All homeowners’ policies in the U.S. exclude radiation from the nuclear industry,” he said.

Kennedy believes greed has taken over the utility companies as well. “Utility companies make money by selling more energy – even if the energy is green. We need to change the rules,” he says. “Don’t reward bad behavior.”

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