Tag: clean energy

New Report Ranks Power Utilities by Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Performance

In a first-of-its-kind report announced this morning, Ceres and Clean Edge ranked the nation’s largest electric utilities and local subsidiaries on their renewable energy sales and energy efficiency savings. The report focused on three clean energy indicators: renewable energy sales; cumulative annual energy efficiency; and incremental annual energy efficiency.… Continue Reading

Australia passes 20% renewable energy target by 2020

From my colleague Adam Walters: On August 20 the Australian government announced the passage of a bill quadrupling its Renewable Energy Target (RET) to ensure that 20% (approximately 45,000 GWh) of Australia’s electricity is generated from renewable energy sources by 2020.   How does Australia’s RET Scheme Work?   The RET scheme is an expansion … Continue Reading

United States Joins the International Renewable Energy Agency

  The United States officially joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (“IRENA”) last week, increasing the number of countries participating in the organization to 136, including several African countries, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Greenland, India, Japan, and parts of South America. The new agency will engage governments in making a rapid transition toward using … Continue Reading

Show Me the Money: Renewable Energy Financing in the Farm Bill

In an earlier blog, my colleague, Debra Frimerman reported about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems. REAP is a program under the Food, Conservation, and Energy … Continue Reading

$37 mn US for Clean Energy in New Mexico

Governor Bill Richardson and the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment have announced $37 million US funding from the U.S. DOE through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for New Mexico’s State Energy Program, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.  The initial Request for Application … Continue Reading