California

Santa Monica Soon Requiring Zero-Net Energy New Constructions

Santa Monica City Council Votes in the World’s First Zero-Net Energy Building Requirement; Implementation Begins in 2017 City of Santa Monica Newsroom, October 27, 2016 The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the City of Santa Monica to be zero-net energy (ZNE), the first […]

Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act

Shaheen Introduces the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BILL TO ENHANCE INNOVATION, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS OF NATION’S MANUFACTURERS Press Release, April 22, 2015. Image credit: Unsplash U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act, legislation that would assist small- and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers in adopting what’s known as “smart manufacturing technologies.” Smart manufacturing combines information, technology […]

USDA

USDA Announces Plans to Fund the Modernization of the Rural Grid

USDA Announces Funding for Rural Electric Infrastructure Projects U. S. Department of Agriculture, April 21, 2015. Image credit: stux. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for six rural electric infrastructure projects, including three in North Carolina that will use solar energy to generate electricity for rural communities. “These solar projects represent an ongoing commitment […]

Ending Michigan’s Coal Dependency

Michigan’s crisis: Can the coal-heavy state embrace renewables and efficiency? Utility Dive, March 17, 2015 Michigan officials and electric utilities are rushing to solve the state’s power difficulties ahead of significant expected capacity shortfalls. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled a broad strategy that calls for significantly more renewables and energy conservation programs in a state traditionally […]