Monthly Archives: May 2012

California State Energy Grants Yield Big Savings in Megawatts, and Dollars

While media outlets often publicize government missteps, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s loans to the now bankrupt company Solyndra,[1] they typically underreport quiet successes. One such example at the state level is the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program, which leverages public and private investments to develop and deploy innovative technologies that benefit both the environment and economic growth. Continue reading

NREL Releases Roadmap for State, Local Bulk Purchasing Programs for Solar PV

Following the success of a solar bulk purchasing program pioneered by residents of Portland, Oregon and spreading to communities across the country, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a roadmap for state and local leaders who wish to launch their own campaigns. Continue reading

New York State, City Move Forward on Recycling

New Yorkers discard 310,000 thermostats containing hazardous mercury each year, but only 1% is recycled, meaning that 1,800 pounds of mercury end up in landfills or combustion facilities. If these products are improperly disposed of, they can be released into the environment, with harmful effects on humans and wildlife. Continue reading