Small Biz Energy Efficiency Bill Introduced

May 24, 2011

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) recently introduced legislation that would create a national energy-efficiency strategy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000) contains several initiatives aimed at reducing barriers for businesses, homeowners and consumers looking to adopt off-the-shelf energy-efficiency technologies. The bill focuses on deploying already mature...

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GE Hosts Electric Vehicle Events in NY and DC

May 9, 2011

GE has launched the national Electric Vehicle (EV) Experience Tour with the goal of bringing together local businesses, industry leaders, policymakers, and GE experts for educational workshops, test drives, and a detailed dialogue on the business case for EV ecosystems. Having already committed to purchasing 25,000 EVs for their own...

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DOE Announces New Funding Opportunities

May 3, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that it is accepting concept papers for five new technology research areas. The ARPA-E program was created, in 2009, to identify clean-energy research projects deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract private financing. It initially received $400...

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Commerce Announces Clean-Energy Challenge

March 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced its plan to launch a program aimed at helping entrepreneurs bring new clean energy and “green” technologies to the market by accelerating the transformation of an idea into a viable business. EDA plans to launch the $12 million i6 Green...

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Manufacturing Energy Tax Credit Extension

March 1, 2011

Although it was left unfunded during the waning days of the 111th Congress, the Section 48C Advanced Energy Manufacturing tax credit could be extended during the new Congress. In its Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal, the administration of President Barack Obama requested an additional $5 billion in funding for the Advanced...

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Budget: Energy

February 16, 2011

In its 2012 budget proposal, the Obama Administration sought $8 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives, including spending to expand wind and solar power, boost the development of electric cars and the necessary infrastructure, expand clean-energy manufacturing, and the development of nuclear reactors. It is highly unlikely, however, that...

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DOE Investments Pay Off

February 15, 2011

In 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) received $400 million, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) program. The goal of the program was to identify clean-energy research projects deemed too radical or too preliminary to attract private financing ARPA-E initially awarded a...

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EPA National Building Competition

January 17, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking small-business contestants for its 2011 Energy Star National Building Competition for energy efficiency. For the competition, buildings will be judged on the percent energy reduction (adjusted for weather and building size) demonstrated between a baseline period (Sept. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010) and a...

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