TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 1
“New Transportation Era.” Several key provisions of the transportation bill passed during session take effect today. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stated these provisions will "really change the transportation status quo.”
1 Million Homes. One million homes have been weatherized using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Our Save American Jobs tour wrapped up last week. Media coverage, editorials and letters to the editor about the important Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:
- Huffington Post: Mighty Wind
- Des Moines Register (IA): Another View: Thousands of jobs at risk: Which cost for wind is worse?
- Forum (ND): Candidates split on tax credit
- St. Augustine (FL): Letter: Wind energy tax credit is worth keeping
- Sioux City Journal (IA): LETTER: Congress should support wind industry
- RGJ.com (NV): Wind-energy credit critical for Nevada
- Corpus Christi Caller (TX): South Texas wind farm developers cautious as tax credit expires
National and International Blue-Green
President Obama Friday “barred a Chinese-held company from owning or building four wind projects that security officials called uncomfortably close to a Navy facility in Oregon.” Politico has more.
Reuters reports a investment tax credit for solar energy “may be saved by Washington gridlock.”
Manufacturing is down in Europe and Asia. Reuters has more.
The Washington Post looks at why ocean acidification is emerging as a “new climate threat.”
Ikea has pledged to sell only LED lamps and bulbs in 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
According to CTV News, “even BPA-free bottles might leach worrisome chemicals.”
To the States
Michigan’s Detroit Edison is seeking to purchase one more large solar photovoltaic installations ranging from 500 kilowatts to two megawatts. CBS Detroit has more.
MidAmerican Energy is set to buy two wind projects located 120 miles north of Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.
The New York Times discusses measures passed in several California cities in order to encourage consumers to bring their own reusable bags instead of using plastic or paper.
Forbes looks at why the Property Assed Clean Energy (PACE) program is “thriving” in California.
C&EN: Teaching Green
New York Times: Romney Shifted Right on Energy as Presidential Politics Beckoned
Lansing State Journal (MI): Michigan renewable energy proposal sparks cost debate
Toledo Blade (OH): Michigan's energy plan