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Jon Stewart on America's Energy Independence

Sun, 2010-06-20 13:01

Check out the clip below where Jon Stewart reviews the history of our country's declarations of energy independence. I think his analysis is dead on. At the national level, we have made many declarations and have fallen way short of our stated goals. However, I am optimistic that things are changing.

BPI Certification and Accreditation Explained

Fri, 2010-06-18 10:02

Are you looking for a BPI Certification? Are you looking to become a BPI Accredited contractor? To set the record straight, BPI Certification is for individuals, while BPI Accreditation is for companies [NOTE: Please do not confuse this with LEED where the buildings are LEED Certified and individuals are LEED Accredited].

Homestar Energy Retrofit Update

Fri, 2010-06-18 09:57

Here's the latest update from the National Save Energy coalition:

1. Obama Calls for Clean Energy Bill – In an Oval Office address to the nation last night regarding the on-going Gulf Oil spill, President Obama declared the need for a new national energy policy. He acknowledged that such a policy will have costs but stressed that “we can’t afford not to change how we produce and use energy – because the long-term costs to our economy, our national security, and our environment are far greater.” While the President did not present a specific platform for such an energy policy, he did offer numerous options for inclusion. In the coming weeks, the President will meet with leaders of both parties to discuss these options.

The Power of Corporate Guilt

Fri, 2010-06-18 09:53

Duke Energy, the nation's largest power company, announced today that it is asking suppliers to provide separate pricing for mountain-top removal mined coal vs underground mined coal. It will be interesting to see what the suppliers come back with. At issue is the environmentally destructive practice of removing entire mountain tops (and filling the neighboring valley) just to get access to the coal. Streams are covered, eco-systems ruined, and toxic waste is left uncovered to be washed down stream by rain water.

DOE Clean Energy Road Show

Fri, 2010-06-11 15:08

The Department of Energy's Clean Energy Roadshow was in Charlotte this week.  I attended a stakeholder's meeting at the Charlotte Government center as the DOE announced two community block grant awards for energy retrofits in the Charlotte and Greensboro markets.  It was a standing room only event, which was impressive given that almost none of the public attendees knew about it more than a day in advance.

Expectations for Climate Bill

Wed, 2010-06-09 17:59

Here's the latest update from the National SAVE Energy coalition:

Job Creation and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Tue, 2010-06-01 11:49

We all want to create more jobs here in the U.S. One hundred percent of the ARRA funding for the wind sector has gone to projects that are installed and operate here in the U.S., spurring new wind farm development and supporting thousands of local jobs. What’s more, we have made great strides in U.S. wind turbine and turbine component manufacturing production--up 12-fold from 2004. To continue that very positive trend, we need a strong national RES to give businesses confidence to invest in manufacturing here for the long term. * 

What BP Taught Us About Going Green

Sat, 2010-05-29 08:20

I do not believe in "Green." 

In the LEED and BPI classes that I teach, this is one of the first things that I tell students. My students always express looks of utter confusion, and someone usually asks, "But you're a green training company. How can that be?"  

National Impacts of the BP Oil Spill

Sat, 2010-05-29 08:08

Beyond the immediate environmental catastrophe, what will the Gulf of Mexico oil spill mean for America's Energy Policy?

For the foreseeable future, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will simply mean more imported oil, more money to terrorist supporting nations, and more environmental risk in far-away places.

Home Star Update

Thu, 2010-05-27 14:16

Here’s the latest update from the National Save Energy Coalition.  The Home Star bill is now in the Senate and will hopefully be approved soon without major revisions. Once approved it will take a few months for the department of energy to work out the implementation so I am hopefull that we will see the program roll out by early-mid Fall time frame.

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