Acadian Consulting Group issued a biased study attacking rooftop solar in Louisiana. The author, David Dismukes, is a well-known advocate for the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of renewable energy. The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and several state-based groups are calling on the Public Service Commission to denounce the draft study because of Dismukes' and Acadian's demonstrated bias.
A student from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston, La., was awarded a research fellowship grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA issued fellowship grants to students pursuing environmental science or other related fields of study at universities and colleges across the nation.
Conservatives, Democrats, Consumer Advocates and Thousands of Customers to Participate
Employees and supporters of the solar industry are preparing to launch a multi-pronged public campaign to motivate voters and Louisiana's elected officials to protect as many as 3,500 good jobs, along with small businesses and energy user rights during the upcoming legislative session and the Louisiana Public Service Commission Proceedings.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a consent agreement and final order to Pinnacle Oilfield Services, Inc., in Broussard, La. The company violated the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) related to the storage and handling of hazardous waste. The company will pay a $146,585 civil penalty and is required to take steps to protect the local community from health and environmental risks associated with hazardous waste.
Resolution Supports Policies That Encourage a Robust Local Solar Industry
Last Thursday, the New Orleans City Council unanimously adopted a resolution in support of policies that encourage a robust local solar industry. The resolution expresses the city's leadership in solar, as well as the ability of solar energy to save families money, provide quality employment opportunities, produce clean energy, and grow the local economy.
BYD Motors Inc. has officially unveiled the world's first long range, 100% Battery Electric Over the Road Coach Bus. This first electric coach, named the BYD C9, is a two-axle, 40' coach with the seating capacity to carry 47 people at highway speed for over 190 miles. "The transportation industry is still just warming up to the idea of Battery Electric transit buses," said BYD Coach & Bus Vice President of Sales, Macy Neshati. "It was exciting to walk around last year's APTA Expo in Houstonand see so many reputable names displaying an electrified transit bus. However, I don't think anybody thought they would see a viable electric coach solution for a few more years."