Tag: energy policy

Energy policy is the manner in which a given entity (often governmental) has decided to address issues of energy development including energy production, distribution and consumption. The attributes of energy policy may include legislation, international treaties, incentives to investment, guidelines for energy conservation, taxation and other public policy techniques.

Reader Profile: Margie Harris

Reader Profile: Margie Harris

When Margie Harris, Energy Trust of Oregon’s executive director, was named the 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings for her “outstanding achievement and leadership in the energy efficiency field” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), it was a fitting culmination to her years of achievement in

Predicting the Effects of Trump’s Executive Orders

Predicting the Effects of Trump’s Executive Orders

Since President Trump’s inauguration in January, the energy industry has awaited a series of executive orders to review the Clean Power Plan and loosen restrictions on coal production. Those orders are expected to take place this week.

The President will most likely begin the process of eliminating the Clean Power Plan

Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

Lancaster, California, Aims for Net-Zero Energy

What would it mean if every newly constructed California home was energy independent? In 2014, the City of Lancaster, California, was the first city to require solar panels on new homes. In doing so, it pioneered a policy that has since been adopted by several other California cities, including San

Efficiency Is En Vogue

Efficiency Is En Vogue

It takes about three years’ worth of drinking water—about 713 gallons—to make your favorite cotton T-shirt according to Kirsten James of Ceres. James recently toured New Fashion Products, a Los Angeles textile supplier, and discovered just how essential water is to the apparel industry’s supply chain—from growing plant fibers like

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

When Energy from Waste Makes Economic Sense

Quantum Biopower, a waste-to-energy company in Southington, Connecticut, is prepared to make energy and environmental history. Last spring, the company received approval from the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to build a food-waste, anaerobic digestion plant. In June, the Southington Planning & Zoning committee gave its approval for construction. When completed—scheduled for

Connectivity And Resilience

Connectivity And Resilience

The great northeast power blackout of 2003 was a reminder that reliance on large grids has widespread implications. The power outage—lasting several days in some areas—affected millions in the US and Canada. Nearly a decade later, Hurricane Sandy left the area without power for weeks. Many in the energy industry

Why Solar, Why Now?

Why Solar, Why Now?

It became undeniable last year that renewable energy in general, and solar energy in particular, had reached its tipping point. After decades of promise and struggle through adverse market conditions, while incrementally improving its tech­nological performance, solar energy was poised to take off. And take off it did.

It is no longer

Energy Storage Inertia

Energy Storage Inertia

To study inertia in the early 1500s, Galileo Galilei rolled spheres across inclined boards. On downward-sloping planes, he observed a gain in speed as the force of gravity took affect. On upward slopes, the same force decreased the ball’s speed. Galileo determined that a ball moving horizontally without the influence

Of Fish and Farmers: California’s Drought-Fueled Debate

Of Fish and Farmers: California’s Drought-Fueled Debate

For years, a tug-of-war between Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and California’s two Democratic senators over the state’s limited water supply has prevented Congress from resolving critical water allocation issues. But on Wednesday, May 25th,  the House endorsed a plan (H.R. 2898) to divert more water from northern California

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