Every week, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.
Here’s what we’ve been reading.
America Goes Green
- Today, President Obama emphasized the benefits– and the importance of– solar power. He spoke at a Wal-Mart, which has pledged to add thousands of panels. Obama wants to produce enough new solar energy to power 130,000+ households. He added that that amount of renewable energy roughly equal to taking 80 million carbon-emitting automobiles off the road for one year. (USA Today)
- The Obama Administration has proposed supporting offshore wind power development in Oregon, Virginia, and New Jersey. (Clean Technica)
- This week, the White House released the 3rd National Climate Assessment. (Community Renewable Energy)
- In an admittedly small gesture, solar panels installed on the White House are now up and running. President Carter installed solar panels in 1979, and President Reagan removed them 7 years later. (McClatchy DC)
Renewable energy in the Midwest
- The Ohio Senate (and anti-renewables lobbyists) have frozen the state’s renewable energy and energy efficient standards for at least two years. Samantha Williams of the Natural Resources Defense Council reacted to the midnight vote:
We’re very disappointed by this turn of events and had hoped that the scores of businesses, advocates and constituents who had spoken out against the freeze would have made a difference to the Senate. We now ask the governor to continue his excellent record of supporting clean energy in Ohio by continuing to intervene in this matter and protect the standards and all the benefits they’ve provided to Ohioans. (Think Progress)
- Meanwhile, Iowa continues its push to becomes a solar leader, boosting tax-credits for rooftop installations. (Midwest Energy News)
- Vibe Ghana reminds us how important solar power is to the growth of the nation. Yaa O. Asare-Peasah and E. Agbenyega note: While many have speculated that high costs associated with sustainable solutions and the need for sophisticated technology to support them make such options prohibitive, the truth is that our current technological and financial capacities are quite sufficient.
- Renewable energy isn’t just good for the environment– it’s also good for local economies. Nigeria could gain over 30,000 new green careers as it continues to improve its energy infrastructure. (Treehugger)
- Chile has ok’d plans for Latin America’s first-ever concentrating solar power plant. It will be able to produce power 24-hours a day through its thermal energy system. (Solar Server)
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