| ||2012 E2 DC Advocacy Delegation at the Darlington House 4/17/12|
E2’s annual advocacy trip to Washington DC this year charted new territory, even as we confront the reality of a Congress in gridlock, where measures that previously enjoyed bipartisan support are caught in a political logjam.
As the Administration looks for non-legislative ways to advance clean energy solutions, it has become increasingly important for E2 to meet with the agencies, learn about their energy initiatives and identify opportunities to bring the business voice into the design and implementation processes of these programs. We therefore expanded our agenda to include the General Services Administration and the Council on Environmental Quality, in addition to the Department of Defense and EPA.
Nonetheless, it remains important for E2 to continue building relationships in Congress on both sides of the aisle. Key issues are being pushed back to... read more >
| ||L to R: E2 Directors Dave Miller,& Berl Hartman; Senator Ben Downing, Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; E2 Directors Dianne Callan, Jay Baldwin and Don Reed|
On April 5, the Massachusetts State Senate passed S2214, An Act relative to competitively priced electricity in the Commonwealth that revises the state’s landmark energy law, the Green Communities Act. The Senate bill contains some major improvements, including provisions that will:
-Preserve a framework that has made Massachusetts #1 in the nation for energy efficiency policy
-Expand net metering opportunities, providing energy users with an incentive to install renewable generation and the ability to save on their energy costs
-Open net metering to anaerobic digestion, a renewable technology that reduces waste going to landfills, provides local economic development and reduces greenhouse gases;
-Extend and expand long term contracting for renewable energy, reducing financing costs to developers and thereby reducing costs to... read more >
| ||Richard Lester, Berl Hartman, and Dave Miller|
The US has always been at the forefront of innovation—from Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs. But today’s energy and environmental challenges far exceed any we’ve faced. E2 New England and the New England Clean Energy Council presented a joint program on April 17, 2012 to consider how America can accelerate innovation to fundamentally transform our energy production, delivery and use on a global scale.Dan Goldman
, E2 Director, President and CFO of GreatPoint Energy
and co-founder and Managing Partner of Clean Energy Venture Group
, organized and facilitated the panel discussion, challenging the participants and the audience to focus on energy transformation through affordable, high impact, market driven innovation.
The first speaker on the panel was Dr. Richard Lester
, Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
(NSE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology... read more >
| ||E2 Chapter Director Tony Bernhardt|
At the Ecosalon of March 28 Ray Kopp of Resources for the Future told us that a tax of $25 per ton of CO2 would raise about $125 billion in annual revenues and that, if spent wisely, these revenues would benefit the economy far more than the cost of higher energy prices.
The purpose of this article is to illustrate the impact that a CO2 tax of $25 per ton would have on primary energy prices that we all experience - natural gas, electricity and gasoline - without reference to economic benefits that might accrue from the revenue it generates.
The point that I hope to make is that this price, in and of itself, has only a small impact on the economy compared to the changes that we have seen in energy prices in the recent past. This will be illustrated graphically for each energy source in... read more >
| ||3/28 E2 Ecosalon in San Francisco|
On March 28, E2 and Resources for the Future co-sponsored an Ecosalon at PG&E in San Francisco to delve into the prospects for a carbon tax in the context of budget reform. Bob Epstein led off the presentations with a discussion of public attitudes on pricing carbon. His in-depth analysis appears in a separate article in this issue of the E2 Newsletter.
Phil Sharp, President of Resources for the Future
, presented his assessment of the political landscape going into the elections. He began by reviewing recent Congressional actions on energy: phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, expiration of ethanol tax credit and the failure, so far, to extend the production tax credit for wind.
He also briefly discussed regulatory actions on energy: EPA regulations on existing power plant emissions (mercury but not yet CO2), new power plant... read more >
| ||LA sends 3 million tons of waste to landfills annually.|
E2 Southern California, in alliance with the Los Angeles Leadership Council, is working to help Los Angeles become a zero waste city by 2030. Specifically, NRDC is part of the Don’t Waste LA coalition, a group of organizations working to establish standards in the commercial and multi-family waste and recycling industry. The City of Los Angeles sends approximately 3 million tons of trash per year to landfills. LA’s commercial and multi-family sectors are responsible for approximately 70% of the waste we send to landfills, thus these sectors are currently underperforming in terms of recycling. For example, the commercial sector only sends 19% of its waste to diversion facilities. Currently, the City has an open permit system with few standards for participants to meet. The Don’t Waste LA coalition is currently... read more >
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