American Clean Energy Agenda the “First 100 days”, going beyond business as usual

Posted on October 19th, 2012 by
   

Among the questions: Who would do the most for the coal industry and Who would drill even more for oil and gas on public land, The first-100-days clean energy agenda was released by 100 grassroots organizations, with 1.7 million members nationwide as an effort on reducing reliance on coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power, and supporting rapid expansion of renewable energy.

The agenda for the next President of the United States is part of work of The American Clean Energy Agenda project, which was unveiled in June 2012 and initially supported by 36 U.S. citizen organizations with more than 1.1 million members nationwide. The full text of the agenda and the list of the 100 groups endorsing it so far are available online at http://www.AmericanCleanEnergyAgenda.org.  

The first-100-days clean energy agenda calls on the next U.S. President to:

  • Establish a national water policy
  • Establish sustainability criteria to guide the choice and deployment of new electricity generating technologies
  • Begin to make energy efficiency and non-combustion-based renewable energy technologies the core of the electric power system
  • The next President must make it a priority to ensure that the United States becomes the acknowledged global leader in job-creating clean energy technologies and in confronting the challenge of climate change

Massachusetts ranks first in energy efficiency programs

The 2012 State Scorecard was recently released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). For the second time Massachusetts is the first of the top 10 states, followed by California, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, and Minnesota.

The report examines six of the primary policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency: utility and “public benefits” programs and policies; transportation policies; building energy codes; combined heat and power policies; state government-led initiatives around energy efficiency; and appliance and equipment standards.

The report aims to capture the diversity of efforts related to energy efficiency happening at the state level and to encourage friendly competition among the states to craft innovative policies and programs that deliver the economic, environmental, and energy security benefits of efficiency.

Are there “behavioral” differences between drivers of all-electric models and plug-in hybrids?

A start-up in Italy, ECOtality is studying data on drivers’ use patterns for around 6,000 vehicles, mainly Chevrolet Volts and Nissan Leafs to understand costs for installation, operation and permits across different markets and the demands that electric vehicles place on local electric grids.

The project is half founded by the Department of Energy and buyers of the cars are offered a free home charging station and a credit toward the cost of installation in exchange for giving the company access to information about when, where and how they charge their car batteries.

The multiyear $230 million project  is about two-thirds of the way toward installing 13,000 charging stations in 21 metropolitan areas across the country, in some cases at stores and restaurants like Walmart and Cracker Barrel.

So far, data suggest hybrid drivers are trying to maximize their use of electricity.

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