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April 25, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey is lagging in its efforts to promote clean energy and energy efficiency programs because of repeated raids on funding for the projects, according to environmentalists and industry advocates. Those concerns were underscored again Tuesday when the state Board of Public Utilities disclosed that it learned late last week that the Christie administration was planning to divert an additional $10 million in clean-energy funds to plug a gap in next year's state budget. That brings to more than $160 million the amount that may be appropriated from the program in the next fiscal year alone.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Renewable-energy portfolio standards require utilities to assure that a fixed percentage of electricity is generated from clean-energy sources.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2013
In the Region       Pew calls for clean-energy standard   In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
NEWS
September 21, 2012
By Mike Krancer In Pennsylvania, we're seeing how rational and responsible energy policies can transform America into an energy superpower, create high-paying jobs, generate new revenues, and drive the cost of energy down. Best of all, we're applying our state's unique expertise to ensure that our environment is protected whenever and wherever energy development occurs. From experience, we know there is no "choice" that must be made between environmental protection and energy development.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
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.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
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.
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