September 14, 2012 |
Former Gov. Rendell on Friday encouraged green-energy advocates to support President Obama, despite the lack of enthusiasm they might have with the president's environmental record. Rendell, the keynote speaker at the PennFuture 2012 Clean Energy Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Center City, said there was "no question" that Obama supports a green-energy agenda. The Democrat said he was concerned about complacency because polls show Obama leading in Pennsylvania. "I want you not to believe for a second the fight here is over," Rendell told the audience of about 200 people, including representatives of nonprofits, government and industry.
September 13, 2012 |
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on Thursday will open the region's latest compressed-natural-gas refueling station in Bucks County, part of a growing infrastructure that natural-gas advocates hope will broaden the market for the fuel. The station at 451 Tyburn Rd. in Fairless Hills will be the first public station in Southeastern Pennsylvania, though Peco Energy Co. has five private locations around Philadelphia and South Jersey has four stations, including a Clean Energy public station in Camden.
July 25, 2012 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday aimed at encouraging the continued growth of New Jersey's solar industry while protecting ratepayers from increased costs. The measure, which had strong bipartisan support in the Legislature, increases the percentage of the total that power utilities must derive from solar energy from about 2 percent a year to more than 4 percent by 2028. The state goal overall is to generate 23.5 percent of New Jersey's energy from solar. Proponents said the law should help increase prices for the solar-subsidy credits, which utilities buy from solar producers and should keep the solar industry healthy by saving thousands of jobs and making it a more attractive venture.
February 5, 2012 |
When Bob Keares proposed building Pennsylvania's largest solar farm in the heart of Chester County, he expected a warm reception, certainly from environmentalists. With 35,000 panels arrayed on a steep slope in Caln Township, the farm would generate 10 megawatts of energy, pollution-free. It could power 2,000 homes, he asserted, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 200,000 tons over 40 years - equivalent to planting eight million trees. Keares' green dream did not end there.
January 27, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS - Declaring the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas," President Obama began pushing Thursday for greater use of the fuel resource under domestic soil as he pitched his economic plan in two battleground states. Speaking to a crowd of United Parcel Service workers, Obama said the government should encourage U.S. shipping companies and other large users to reduce reliance on foreign oil for their fleets. Tapping U.S. natural gas sources could "power our cars and our homes and our factories in a cleaner and cheaper way," Obama said.
January 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama, having watched his Republican adversaries pound him for weeks, got his turn Tuesday, using his State of the Union speech to land the first major counterpunch of the still-forming 2012 election. It came before a prime-time audience of millions that the GOP candidates can only envy, even if their fiery debates are turning heads. Obama didn't mention Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich in his third State of the Union address. But the GOP contenders were never far from mind.
November 9, 2011 |
AS REPORTED by the New York Daily News and other outlets tuned to NBC yesterday morning, the incredible (dare we say, ridiculous) Duggar parents, Michelle and Jim Bob , are expecting their 20th child this spring, the couple revealed on "Today. " "We are so excited," said Michelle, who is roughly a third of the way into this pregnancy, or roughly five months off from the next one. Michelle, 45, clearly has a biological clock that keeps on ticking like a Timex. No word if it also takes a licking.
October 31, 2011 |
Looking back, Swarthmore's leaders are a tad foggy on how the borough came to far outpace other communities in the use of alternative energy. Maybe it stemmed from the borough's long history of environmental activism. Or the nature of a town founded by Quakers that is host to a celebrated liberal-arts college. In any event, Swarthmore has achieved a level of green that most towns would envy. In the last year, more than a quarter of the energy needed to power its homes, buildings, and schools - 27.9 percent - came from renewable sources.
October 14, 2011
A low-wattage LED-light conversion project at Ursinus College in Collegeville is among 13 clean energy projects that received $3.7 million in grants Friday from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Ursinus will receive $120,645 to add to its $41,514 investment to retrofit 214 parking lot and walkway lights with LED lights, reducing annual electricity costs by about $20,000. The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority also received a $500,000 grant to go toward a $31 million biogas project at Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
August 28, 2011
Kevin Brown is cofounder of Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic (cleantechma.org) Philadelphia identifies with underdogs: Rocky, the Eagles, and now energy. When business people or policymakers think of Philly, they naturally jump to the Big Five: pharmaceuticals, higher education, legal, finance, and technology. Clean tech, or renewable energy, rarely makes the list. But that's about to change. We have the potential to be a full-fledged front-runner in one of the hottest growth industries.