Raser Technologies, Inc., a leader in geothermal power generation, inaugurated late yesterday its first commercial-scale power plant, in Beaver County, Utah, demonstrating the viability of advanced technology that can make geothermal a major price-competitive resource for this country’s energy supply. The plant’s output has already been committed to supply electricity to Anaheim. The company noted that the Beaver County plant, called Thermo, was... Read more..
Applied Materials and SunPower Corporation announced completion of two SunPower solar power systems totaling 2.1 megawatts at Applied Materials’ corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. The systems represent the largest solar power deployment at a corporate facility in the United States. “This is another exciting milestone in the adoption of solar power in California,” said Mike Splinter, president and chief executive officer of... Read more..
Robert McCullough of McCullough Research (Portland, OR) will speak to members of the Subcommittee on Energy of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on September 16 at 2:30 pm in Hearing Room SD-366. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on recent analyses of the role of speculative investment in energy markets. Robert McCullough will call for more transparency in data reported to and published by federal agencies. “The... Read more..
SEMI urges Congress to immediately reinstate the R&D tax credit and to pass a long-term extension of the investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy. The R&D tax credit expired on December 31, 2007 and the solar energy ITC is set to expire at the end of the year. These and other tax issues were the focus of a hearing held by the Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives on September 11. Leo Berlinghieri, CEO and president... Read more..
In testimony before the U.S. Senate Energy Committee on Sept. 12, Exelon Chairman, President and CEO John Rowe will call on Congress to develop a 21st century Marshall Plan for energy, as part of a three-part plan to address the nation’s energy challenges. “I believe nothing less than a comprehensive national effort for energy will put us on the right track,” said Rowe. “Just as the Marshall Plan successfully rebuilt Europe after World War... Read more..
Sunrise Solar Corp. introduces new carbon offset strategies for investors. With 40% of carbon dioxide emissions coming from electricity generation, solar energy solutions deliver a very high carbon offset to solar energy investors. The need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions has become so severe that in some states, such as Hawaii, legislatures have begun to mandate solar installations in new home construction. State Senate Bill 644 would require... Read more..
In its first official step to implement the Green Communities Act, NSTAR Electric & Gas has filed a plan to expand its energy efficiency programs that are aimed at helping residential heating customers in time for the upcoming winter season. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, NSTAR is proposing increased funding for programs that help customers take control... Read more..
Today, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture), joined by business leaders, people of faith, elected officials and representatives of the more than 50 organizations in Pennsylvania supporting strong energy savings legislation, launched a new statewide campaign, “How do you spell relief? HB 2200,” challenging all members of the Pennsylvania Senate to pledge to pass HB 2200 before they leave for their election recess. “Pennsylvania’s... Read more..
ACEC President David A. Raymond is urging the Senate to adopt a comprehensive approach to addressing rising energy prices that includes all options—expanded production of U.S. oil and gas and nuclear, along with wind and solar, as well as other renewable sources. “This piecemeal approach to solving our national energy problem is ridiculous,” Raymond said. “The U.S. is no longer in a position to say this option is okay, but that option is not... Read more..
On August 1, area legislators, elected officials, volunteers, and many area citizens gathered at Drake Well Museum to announce the recent passage of multiple resolutions and to recognize the kick-off of “Oil 150″ and “Oil Heritage Month.” ADVERTISEMENT Mr. Will Wingo, Oil 150 Director at the Oil Region Alliance, welcomed guests and encouraged one and all to participate in the 17-month celebration of the anniversary of the August,... Read more..