Massachusetts’ Clean Energy Resources Bill Aims for Long-Term Clean Energy Contracts

The Clean Energy Resources Bill would require minimum annual clean energy contracts of 18.9 million megawatt-hours of electricity for 20-25 years. Massachusetts’ H.3968, An Act Relative to Clean Energy Resources, introduced by Rep. Mark J. Cusack (D-MA) and Sen. Barry R. Finegold (D-MA) on June 18, would require electricity distribution companies to solicit proposals for...

California and Mexico Sign Climate and Energy Agreements

During a Trade and Investment Mission to Mexico, California Governor Brown signed agreements with Mexico to enhance cooperation on environmental issues and encourage cross-border clean energy investments. On July 28, 2014, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy, and Mexican National Forestry Commission Director General Jorge Rescala...

New Initiative to Promote Efficient Wood-Heating Technologies

Renewable Heat NY will facilitate a sustainable, high-efficiency, and low-emissions wood heating sector across New York. On July 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched Renewable Heat NY, a $27M initiative aimed to build market for high-efficiency, low-emissions wood-fired heating systems across state.  The initiative will offer incentives to replace highly polluting outdoor and indoor...

DOE Initiatives to Modernize Natural Gas Infrastructure

DOE has announced natural gas infrastructure modernization initiatives to reduce methane emissions. On July 29, 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced measures to modernize the natural gas transmission and distribution systems as part of the Administration’s “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.”  The announcements came after the fifth and final Capstone Roundtable on reducing methane...