Crains New York Business reports that two bills related to recovery from Superstorm Sandy were passed unanimously by the New York City Council on March 13, 2013. One bill creates additional City oversight over the physical elevation of homes, in an effort to prevent home collapse or construction accidents associated with subpar construction work. According … Read Post
The US Environmental Protection Agency today announced that it has decided to add the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY to the National Priorities List, which will render the canal a Superfund site under the federal Superfund statute, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”). Read more at the New York Times and in … Read Post
Yale Environment 360 features a piece on why New York City is greener than Vermont, which was recently ranked as the greenest place in the U.S. by Forbes magazine. David Owen, writer for the New Yorker, argues that Forbes got it wrong, and that New York City is in fact a greener location. Owen … Read Post
Dot Earth highlights a new study out in MIT’s Sloan Management Review, from its First Annual Business of Sustainability Survey. The MIT report finds that 92% of respondents say their company is taking action to address sustainability, but most companies are not doing more than required to meet regulatory requirements. Read more at the links … Read Post
The Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital examines the implications of a national electrical transmission grid. Some have argued that a national power grid is a necessary facilitator for developing more renewable energy sources. However, a report released by the Duke Climate Change Policy Partnership points out that a national electricity grid could also facilitate transmission … Read Post
Todd Woody at Green Inc. takes a look at the financing and Power Purchase Agreement arrangements between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and BrightSource Energy, a solar plant developer from Oakland, CA. The transaction also included a technology royalty agreement, the first of its kind that PG&E has entered into. Read the full account at the link … Read Post
The federal governments is now taking applications in support of “bio-mass, solar, wind, and other types of renewable energy production facilities.” Environmental Capital takes a look at how the $3B in funding will be divvied up.
CNN reports that the “Cash for Clunkers” initiative, which allowed consumers a rebate for trading in a car of lower gas mileage, may already have run through its allotment of $1B due to high demand. UPDATE: The New York Times reports the House has authorized an additional $2B for the program. Read more at CNN
The Times’ Andy Revkin posts an interesting take on the Obama Administration’s pledge to invest $150B to stimulate energy innovation–and how much of that money is slated for traditional “research & development,” and how much may go towards deployment of existing technologies. Read more at Revkin’s Dot Earth blog, below. Dot Earth: How Many D’s … Read Post
The Wall Street Journal writes that the pace of installations of wind-powered megawatts, while down from the first quarter, is nonetheless at a record midyear level in 2009 compared to the prior year, according to data released by the American Wind Energy Association. Read the full story at Environmental Capital.