Ecology, Energy, Economy

$1.4 Billion in Loan Guarantees to BrightSource Energy

DOE announced on February 22 its conditional commitments for more than $1.37 billion in loan guarantees to BrightSource Energy, Inc. in support of the construction and start-up of three utility-scale concentrated solar power plants (CSP) in the Mojave Desert of southeastern California. The loan guarantee is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and [...]

Deployment of Solar Energy on Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management Bob Abbey testified on “The deployment of solar technology on the public lands” before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The text of Secretary Salazar’s prepared testimony is below:
Chairmen Boxer and Sanders, Ranking Members Inhofe and [...]

Preserving World’s Biodiversity Vital for the Economy

United Nations, New York, NY — Saving the world’s myriad diverse species, which are being lost to human activity at an unprecedented rate that some experts put at 1,000 times the natural progression, is vital not just for environmental reasons but for the economic well-being of humankind, a senior United Nations official said today.
“Without preserving [...]

Too Dependent On Electricity

Inspired by my friend and colleague’s blog post, Snowed Under in our Green House, I decided to focus this blog on the main event of the larger Washington metropolitan area this week—the massive snowstorms and blizzards. Due to the inclement weather, the area was virtually paralyzed for days. Many schools systems, businesses, and government agencies [...]

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