Advocates with the Our Forests Aren’t Fuel campaign argue biomass is bad for our forests, air, and climate — and uneconomic on top of that.
The president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association says Illinois could save ratepayers money by supporting efforts to expand solar. All across the country, state legislatures are establishing policies that prioritize the construction of renewable energy projects to replace the aging fossil generation system that has been in operation for decades. The impetus behind that shift is cost and the public’s desire for clean energy. Legislators are hearing the public and, because of recent changes to law, Illinois is projected to be one of our country’s fastest-growing solar markets over the next five years. Solar prices have fallen dramatically — they are now 55 percent lower than they were just five years ago — thanks to innovative technologies and manufacturing methods.
A Georgia utility commissioner says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt understands the important role biomass plays in creating jobs in rural communities.
A retired lieutenant general writes that the U.S. military already has a proven system for assessing energy developments near its operations.
Apartment buildings and other multifamily housing in New York State provide homes to more than 1.7 million low-income households, comprising more than one-fifth of the state’s total homes. Yet most of these New Yorkers reside in the oldest, least efficient housing in the state – a problem that Gov. Andrew Cuomo could help address this month, when he announces a new statewide energy efficiency initiative on Earth Day. The governor has an opportunity to roll out an ambitious proposal to meet the state’s clean energy and climate goals. New Yorkers most in need, and the multi-family rental housing where they live, must be a critical focus for the initiative to be successful. Recent news reports about the New York City Housing Authority provided examples of issues found in low-income rental housing throughout the state, such as inadequate heat, mold and other problems that impact residents’ health and safety.