Environmental Blog

10 09, 2014

Municipal Franchise Agreements Offer Local Energy Options

By | 2014-09-10T17:42:30+00:00 September 10th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We often discuss the need for a comprehensive approach in order to achieve a functional clean energy economy. In the case of cities with private utilities, one important tool is the Municipal Franchise Agreement (MFA), an often underutilized means to diversifying energy resources on a local level. Originally created to spur municipal economic development, Municipal Franchise [...]

3 09, 2014

The Story of a New Sector

By | 2014-09-03T15:09:38+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Homeowners take note: unprecedented access to the benefits of wind energy is just around the corner. Just as we’ve seen with the incredible success of the residential solar market, the distributed wind community is making a consolidated effort to provide an accessible financing structure that utilizes third party financing to eliminate up front costs and [...]

27 08, 2014

UBS Report Suggests Renewable Focus for U.S.

By | 2014-08-27T16:14:49+00:00 August 27th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

A recent report released by leading investment bank UBS suggests that the convergence of three unsubsidized factors will soon bring renewables to the forefront of energy demand. These three resources are electric vehicles, solar energy, and energy storage battery technologies, and though the study focused on the forecast of this convergence in Europe, it also [...]

26 08, 2014

Duplicate of Coal Plant Regulations to Affect Renewable Energy Sector

By | 2014-08-26T18:28:45+00:00 August 26th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency published its proposal for a regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by 30% from 2005 levels by the year 2030. The existing 523 coal plants across the U.S. currently account for 38% of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions, making it the largest emitter of carbon dioxide [...]

14 08, 2014

The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

By | 2014-08-14T00:41:10+00:00 August 14th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Last week we discussed various clean energy economies around the world, placing a specific focus on recent governmental initiatives and their effects on the clean energy landscape. This week, we’d like to discuss a key tool for the American clean energy landscape. A serious debate within the U.S. government surrounds the fate of the production [...]

13 08, 2014

International Landscape Series Part III: India

By | 2014-08-13T17:44:19+00:00 August 13th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

India is a country at the tipping point of a renewable energy transformation, thanks in large part to the recently elected government. The recent reinstatement of pro-renewable initiatives within the Indian government signals serious things for the industry, and could very well represent the groundwork for development of a “National Wind Mission. “ In the [...]

12 08, 2014

International Landscape Series Part II: Australia

By | 2014-08-12T16:30:05+00:00 August 12th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

In the case of Australia, a recent change in government has been destructive for the renewable energy industry. The 2013 repeal of the carbon tax – a regulation mandating the top 500 polluters in Australia to cut emissions by 5% from 2000 levels – was the beginning of a trend to withdraw support for environmental initiatives. Australia [...]

6 08, 2014

Hotels Find Valuable Option in Carbon Offsets

By | 2014-08-06T16:58:36+00:00 August 6th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

We all stay in hotels. We use them for business, we use them for pleasure, and sometimes we use them for entirely different reasons. And when we travel to hotels, most of us are aware of the significant environmental impact of these establishments and our use of them. The emissions associated with hotels stretch far [...]

30 07, 2014

EPA Green Power Partnership Updates Top Rankings

By | 2014-07-30T17:19:26+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Environmental Blog|

Each quarter, the EPA updates its Top Partner Rankings within its Green Power Partnership. The Green Power Partnership (GPP) is a voluntary program run by the EPA that recognizes companies across industries and institutions that invest in green power in order to reduce environmental impact. Participation in the GPP program is an important marker for [...]