"One of the issues with the draft Clean Power Plan (CPP) was its lack of recognition that there are new options, both on the demand side and within the grid itself, for reducing emissions through reduced energy generation, transmission, and consumption.
Reducing carbon emissions to meet the requirements of EPA's Clean Power Plan will literally bring a breath of fresh air to minority and low-income communities that are plagued with higher rates of cancer, respiratory diseases such as asthma and other pollution-related illness. And as states increase their use of energy efficiency and renewable energy, the resulting clean energy economy will deliver jobs and economic development to frontline communities.
The Energy Department released a new report showing strong progress for the U.S. offshore wind market—including the start of construction of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, one of 21 projects totaling 15,650 megawatts (MW) in the planning and development pipeline. Of these 21 U.S. projects, 13 projects totaling nearly 6,000 MW—enough to power 1.8 million homes—are in the more advanced stages of development, while 12 projects with more than 3,300 MW planned have announced a commercial operation date by 2020. With 80% of the nation’s electricity demand coming from coastal states, offshore wind could play a crucial role in meeting our energy needs.
House Subcommittee To Consider "The Potential Implications Of Pending Marine National Monument Designations"
The House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans will convene Tuesday, September 29, to consider "The Potential Implications of Pending Marine National Monument Designations." This hearing comes in the wake of a campaign from environmental organizations seeking to enact a marine national monument off the coast of New England via direct Executive order from President Obama. The campaign has been sharply criticized by industry members and prominent elected officials as overstepping transparent, public management processes and existing protections for the areas in questions. Included below is an excerpt from the Hearing Memo released by the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.
Thousands of Volunteers Across the Globe Participate in USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service, School Enhancements Benefit Millions of Students
More than 4,600 projects, events and commitments with hundreds of thousands of volunteers globally, make environmental improvements in schools and communities
Volunteers came together in schools and communities across the globe on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the Green Apple Day of Service, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Students, teachers, parents, elected officials, organizations and companies participated in 4,682 projects across all 50 states and in 31 countries throughout the world to enhance the environments of their local schools.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of approximately $7 million in funding for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. Replacing these buses that have older engines will reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality.