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