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Who Are the “Green,” “Orange” and “Red” Governors on Climate, Energy?

Posted By Lowell F. on January 26th, 2015

Over at the Center for American Progress (CAP), they do a lot of great work, including on energy and the environment. For instance, this morning they came out with their “2015 Climate Guide To Governors,” which ranks the 50 governors into three categories:

Green governors not only accept climate change science but are proactively implementing policies to fight climate change and prepare their states for the impacts of extreme weather. Orange governors either accept climate science or have not openly denied it but also either have mixed climate and energy records or have not yet taken serious action to help their state prepare for its impacts. If a governor has made no public statement on climate science, has not taken action, or has openly objected to federal safeguards that help blunt the impacts of climate change, they are placed in the red category. Governors who deny the reality of mainstream climate science are added to the red “Climate Deniers” category, further marked by striped lines.

So who are the “greenest” governors when it comes to promoting climate action and clean energy? According to CAP, the honors go to California Gov. Jerry Brown, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, Delaware Gov. Jack Martel, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee.  Congratulations to all of them, and keep up the great work! Also check out the “orange”-rated governors, who have a mixed record, with definite room for improvement in promoting energy efficiency, wind and solar power.

Some of the worst governors in the country when it comes to clean energy and climate, not surprisingly, tend to come from major fossil fuel-producing states like West Virginia and North Dakota. However, a few of the lowest-ranked governors actually come from states, such as Florida, South Carolina and Arizona, with few fossil fuel resources but abundant sun and wind. Clearly, those governors are missing out on a major business opportunity for their states, not to mention one that’s overwhelmingly popular. It seems to us that those governors might want to figure out how to move from “red” to “green” – and quickly!

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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/26/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 26th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/26/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Sunday that the two countries will work together to fight global climate change, laying out a set of goals that the two countries hope ‘will expand policy dialogues and technical work on clean energy and low greenhouse gas emissions technologies.’”
  2. Barron’s explains “Why China’s Solar Industry Will Shine.”
  3. The New York Times reports, “Although the subsidy, known as the Investment Tax Credit, is to remain in place until the end of 2016, when it will drop to 10 percent, that does not give developers enough time to get through the long process of securing land, permits, financing and power-purchase agreements, executives and analysts say.”
  4. According to the Boston Globe, “The developer of Cape Wind has terminated contracts to buy land and facilities in Falmouth and Rhode Island, the latest sign that the $2.5 billion effort to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm may never produce a kilowatt of energy.”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, did not mince words when talking about the potential outcome if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to review FERC Order 745, which was vacated last May by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. ‘If the Supreme Court takes this case, we’re going to win,’ he said during a webinar hosted by the Advanced Energy Economy, an association of businesses that support clean energy. ‘We will win this hands down.’
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/23/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 23rd, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/23/15).

  1. Renews reports, “The US will next week auction development rights to the 5GW Massachusetts offshore wind lease area in what will be the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s fourth and largest sale to date.”
  2. According to PV Magazine: “U.S. CIGS manufacturing aspirant Siva Power has picked up a cooperative award from SunShot to continue to develop its technology. Siva has set the bold goal of manufacturing its thin film modules in the U.S. with a cost of US$0.40/W in its first year of operations and $0.28/W two years after that.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “Almost 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier this month, a spill that’s now being called the state’s largest since the North Dakota oil boom began.”
  4. Greentech Media presents the “most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing covering pricing, installations, financing, policy and business models.”
  5. DeSmogBlog reports, “Fracking Boom Expands Near Chaco Canyon, Threatens Navajo Ancestral Lands and People.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/21/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 21st, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/21/15).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “Nebraska landowners have launched two separate lawsuits that, if successful, could serve to delay or even stop the construction of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.”
  2. Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media reviews President Obama’s State of the Union speech last night, stating that  he “avoided specifics…and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.”
  3. Climate Progress reports, “The estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a pipeline into Montana’s Yellowstone River Saturday has forced truckloads of water to be shipped in to one Montana city, after traces of the oil were found in the city’s water supplies.”
  4. According to RenewEconomy, “The US developer of liquid metal batteries – a potentially cheap alternative to the current technologies being deployed in energy markets – says that Australia could become a leading manufacturing base for battery storage.”
  5. Greentech Media reports, “America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (1/20/15)

Posted By Lowell F. on January 20th, 2015

Here are five recommended reads for today (1/20/15).

  1. Greentech Media reports, “Japan’s energy storage market looks set for a boost in 2015 thanks to a planned cash injection of 81 billion yen ($700 million).”
  2. Katie Fehrenbacher of GigaOm discusses “Where the clean energy money flowed last year.”
  3. RenewEconomy reports: “An ambitious project to “do the impossible” – and fly a plane around the world without a single drop of fuel will begin in late February. The flight route for the Solar Impulse 2 was unveiled today in Abu Dhabi, where the circumnavigation will begin in just over a month, and all going well, finish at the same place in June or July.”
  4. At Renewable Energy World, Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza argues, “Instead of throwing more money at digital ads that convert a fraction of viewers, solar marketers need to spend more time and effort on solar economics education and inspiring more Trust Agents in the form of customer referrals.”
  5. Bloomberg reports, “Flaws found in some Chinese solar panels can drastically eat into their efficiency, reducing how much power the panels will produce as the country races to meet aggressive goals to hold the line on fossil fuel emissions.”
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