TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 31
Totaling the Damage. Eqecat, a “catastrophe risk modeling firm” used by insurers, stated it believed Superstorm Sandy could have caused between $5 billion and $10 billion in insured losses and $10 billion to $20 billion in economic loss. For comparison, Hurricane Irene resulted in $4.5 billion in insured loss.
Cuomo and Bloomberg Urge Preparation. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated they believe action needs to be taken to prepare for the extreme weather caused by climate change. According to Governor Cuomo, “These are extreme weather patterns. The frequency has been increasing.”
Focusing on the Grid. With power outages affecting more than 8 million people, Superstorm Sandy is bringing considerable attention to the power grid on the East Coast and throughout the United States and the importance of adopting smart grid technology.
National and International Blue-Green
According to CleanTechnica, the United Kingdom is expected to have enough renewable energy to power one in every ten of its homes by 2015.
Solar Power World presents closing arguments from “the two presidential candidates policy on solar energy in their own words.”
To the States
The Mercury News reports “A Sacramento Superior Court judge tentatively sided Tuesday with the [California's] campaign finance watchdog agency in its fight to investigate a shadowy Arizona-based political group's $11 million donation to a California ballot measure campaign.” Americans For Responsible Leadership gave donations to the Small Business Action Committee for campaigns against California Proposition 30 and 32.
Greetech Media says this is a “hot time for California solar power plants.”
A Toledo Blade editorial talks about the importance of including energy conservation in the Ohio’s clean energy law.
The San Diego City Council approved the use of Property Assed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for property owners wanting to finance energy and water upgrades, according to the San Diego Business Journal.
Huffington Post: Hurricane Sandy Spills Sewage, Triggers Toxic Troubles
GreenTech Solar: Experts Debate Net Energy Metering at GTM Solar Event
MyDesert.com (CA): The U.S. solar market: mixed views
Muskegon Chronicle (MI): Endorsement letters: Solar energy user supports Proposal 3
Independent (MN): Entenza speaks on wind energy issues
Great Falls Tribune (MT): Wind tax credit is worth keeping