“Clean Green Policy Changes in a New Administration” is Topic of FountainBlue Clean Energy Entrepreneurs’ Forum on March 2nd

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Clean Green Policy Changes in a New Administration is the topic of the next FountainBlue Clean Energy Entrepreneurs' Forum.  This program will take place on March 2nd and feature the following panelists:

  • Craig Lobdell – Director, KPMG (facilitator)
  • David Arfin – VP of Customer Financing, Solar City
  • Peter Williams, Chief Technology Officer, Big Green Innovations, IBM
  • Marianne Wu – Partner, Mohr Davidow
  • Elise Zoli – Partner and Chair, Clean Energy Practice, Goodwin Procter LLC

This event will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the the Kellogg Auditorium at Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA.  Additional program information, including registration pricing, is available via this link.

President Obama Signs Economic Stimulus Bill; Recovery.gov Launched

Today, President Barack Obama signed economic stimulus legislation — the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), in a ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  As described previously, this legislation contains investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  A post on Green Collar Blog contains additional information on today's signing, access to the complete text of the legislation, and news on the launch of Recovery.gov.

U.S. Senate Approves Conference Committee Version of Economic Stimulus Legislation

Today, the U.S. Senate approved the compromise version of economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1). This version was created by a House-Senate conference committee that met earlier this week to resolve differences between the different versions of the bill that had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. 

As this legislation has already been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives it will now be sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign it by Monday, February 16.

As described in this post on Green Collar Blog, this legislation contains investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  The following links provide access to the complete bill text and related documents:

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Conference Committee Version of Economic Stimulus Legislation

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the compromise version of economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1). This version was created by a House-Senate conference committee that met earlier this week to resolve differences between the different versions of the bill that had been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

This legislation contain investments and tax credits to support clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  For complete information, please view this post on Green Collar Blog.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves Economic Stimulus Bill; Includes Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved economic stimulus legislation (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, H.R. 1).  This legislation, which still needs to be considered by the U.S. Senate, includes investments in clean energy, energy efficiency, and green jobs.  Complete details are available in this post on Green Collar Blog.

US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to Hold Hearing on Investments in Clean Energy and Green Jobs on December 10

United States Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

The United States Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources will hold a hearing on Wednesday, December 10th regarding investments in clean energy and natural resources projects and programs to create green jobs and to stimulate the economy.  The individuals providing testimony at this hearing will be:

Panel 1

  • Mr. Bracken Hendricks – Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Mr. Kevin Book – Senior Analyst and Senior Vice President, Friedman Billings Ramsey & Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Malcolm Woolf - Director, Maryland Energy Association
  • Mr. Joe Loper – Vice President of Policy and Research, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Mr. Steve Hauser – Vice President, GridPoint

Panel 2

  • Dr. Cassandra Moseley – Director of the Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon
  • Mr. Mark Limbaugh – Former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Mr. Denis Galvin – Former Deputy Director, National Park Service

The hearing will begin at 9:30 am in room SD-366 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

— cross-posted from Green Collar Blog

Financial Rescue Package Approved by U.S. Senate and House of Representatives; Incudes Renewable Energy Incentives

A brief update to this prior post — the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a financial rescue package today, which includes a package of renewable energy tax incentives.  This legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate on October 1st.  A copy of the bill can be found here (PDF). The language pertaining to  renewable energy tax incentives begins on page 110. 

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Renewable Energy Incentives to be Included in U.S. Senate Version of Financial Rescue Plan

A brief update — according to media reports (including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Associated Press) the financial rescue package that will be voted on today by the U.S. Senate will include a package of renewable energy tax incentives. Although the U.S. Senate (H.R. 6049, passed by the U.S. Senate 93-2 on September 23) and U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 7060, passed by the House 257 – 166 on September 26) each approved packages of renewable energy incentives, it had been viewed as unlikely that any final package would be enacted before Congress adjorned prior to the November election.

Update: This legislation was passed by the U.S. Senate on October 1st.  A copy of the bill can be found here (PDF). The language pertaining to  renewable energy tax incentives begins on page 110.

California Public Utilities Commission Establishes California Institute for Climate Solutions and Provides $600 Million in Funding Over 10 Years

On April 10, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted (5-0) to create and fund a new California Institute for Climate Solutions (CICS).  As described in the CICS charter, its mission is:

To administer grants for mission-oriented, applied and directed research that results in practical technological solutions and supports development of policies likely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or help California’s electricity and natural gas sectors adapt to the impacts of climate change.

To speed the transfer, deployment, and commercialization of technologies that have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or otherwise mitigate the impacts of climate change in California.

To facilitate coordination and cooperation among relevant institutions, including private, state, and federal entities, in order to most efficiently achieve mission-oriented, applied and directed research.

The CICS will receive $60 million per year in funding for 10 years via a new surcharge on ratepayer bills. In addition, the CPUC required that 100% of the $600 million ratepayer investment be matched with non-ratepayer funds over the 10-year period.   The CPUC also mandated that a minimum of 85% of the total CICS funding be allocated to competitively awarded grants for applied and directed research and development.

The CICS will have a Governing Board co-chaired by the CPUC President and the University of California President, with seats reserved for the State Senate and Assembly, and the Director of the CPUC’s Division of Ratepayer Advocates. Other members of the board will be come from other state agencies, universities, utilities, private firms, underserved communities, and consumer/environmental advocacy groups.

In commenting on the creation of the CICS California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said:

California leads the nation in aggressively battling global warming with our policies to reduce greenhouse gases and our ambitious energy efficiency and renewable energy goals.  I applaud the CPUC for taking another important step by creating the California Institute for Climate Solutions, which will bring together the state’s preeminent colleges, universities, and laboratories to fight climate change.

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