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Updated: Nov.16, 2018

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Noteworthy

  • EPA to Halt Fuel Economy Standards
    California Getting Ready to Fight Back

    Mar. 29, 2018 - The Trump administration is poised to abandon America's pioneering fuel economy targets for cars and SUVs, a move that would undermine one of the world's most aggressive programs to confront climate change and invite another major confrontation with California.

    The EPA is expected to announce in the coming days that it will scrap mileage targets the Obama administration drafted in tandem with California that aim to boost average fuel economy for passenger cars and SUVs to 55 miles per gallon by 2025, according to people familiar with the plans.

    Click now for the LA Times story.

  • The E.P.A is a Sinking Ship
    E.P.A. Officials, Disheartened by
    Agency’s Direction, Are Leaving in Droves

    Dec. 22, 2018 - More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

    Click now for the New York Times/ProPublica story.

  • How Low Can the EPA Go?
    EPA Reverses Policy on
    'Major Sources' of Pollution

    Jan. 25, 2018 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday it was withdrawing a provision of the Clean Air Act that requires a major source of pollution like a power plant to always be treated as a major source, even if it makes changes to reduce emissions.

    The decision to withdraw the "once-in always-in" policy is part of President Donald Trump's effort to roll back federal regulations and was sought by utilities, the petroleum industry and others. Never mind about the health of the American people.

    Click now for the story.

  • Trump Imposes Tariffs on PV Imports
    30% Tariff Disappoints Trade Industry

    Jan. 22, 2018 - Trump has agreed to a recommendation by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to grant U.S. solar manufacturers relief from unfair trade practices in the form of tariffs on solar cells and modules imported to the U.S.

    This will hurt the solar industry which currently employs over 250,000 workers.

    Click now for the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Fed. Compromise on Anti-PACE Law
    Industry, Lawmakers Compromise on Anti-Property
    AssessedClean Energy Legislation

    Dec. 27, 2017 - A financing program that’s let more than 180,000 homeowners pay for solar panels and clean-energy appliances through their local tax bills is poised to survive an effort by Republicans to add regulations that would have effectively shut it down.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

Federal*, state and local agencies
that can assist with your questions
aboutrenewableenergy, environmental
protection,tax credits, rebate
incentives and more.

Note: Since the change to the Trump
Regime, Federal agencies might
not be as helpful as they
have been in the past.


Click on an agency logo
below to go to that website.

Noteworthy

  • The D.O.E. Solar Decathlon
    How To Shine In The Solar Village

    October 6, 2017 - At noon Eastern Standard Time today — the second day of competition for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon in Denver — the Northwestern University team was sitting in first place, according to scores released on the competition website.

    The Solar Village, where all 13 teams’ houses are standing for the competition, is now open to the public.

    With scoring under way on three of the 10 competition categories — Heath & Comfort, Appliances, and Home Life — Northwestern was tied with Swiss Team and UC Berkeley/U of Denver on the three segments in Health & Comfort — temperature, humidity and indoor air quality.

  • Budget Slashed for Clean Energy
    Trump’s Budget Expected to Massively
    Slash Research On Renewable Energy
    — And ‘Clean Coal’

    May 18, 2017 -The Trump administration is expected to propose massive cuts to federal government research on wind and solar energy next week, according to current and former Energy Department officials familiar with budget discussions.

    The department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), which funds research on advanced vehicles as well as other aspects of clean energy, would face a roughly 70 percent cut in 2018, carving about $ 1.45 billion from its $2.09 billion 2017 budget.

  • The SunShot Initiative
    What is the SunShot Initiative?

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office focuses on achieving the goals of the SunShot Initiative, which seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade.

  • The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
    Notes from the Solar Underground:
    US Solar’s Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act

    The global solar industry relies on mandate. Let's hope it doesn't go away.

  • Carbon Tax Center
    What is the Carbon Tax Center?

    Why revenue-neutral carbon taxes are essential, what’s happening now, and how you can help. In a carbon-constrained world, a permanent U.S. carbon tax is essential to reduce emissions that drive global warming.

 

 

Federal Agencies

Note: During the current
administration, services and
staff have been cut significantly

The Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management


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BOEM offshore leasing and operations are governed by a wide variety of laws, regulations, and other communications with the offshore industry.

The Bureau enforces compliance with these regulations and periodically updates rules to reflect advancements in technology and new information. This section provides access to BOEM rules, regulations, and guidance to the offshore industry.

Combined Heat and Power Partnership


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The CHP Partnership is a voluntary program seeking to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the use of CHP. The Partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

The Solar Energy
Technologies Program

(Dept. of Energy)

The Solar Energy Technologies Program focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation. See also the SunShot Initiative which strives to make solar competitive with fossil fuels by 2020.

National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration

 

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is a scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve understanding and stewardship of the environment.

 

National Renewable
Energy Laboratory


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Focusing on creative answers to today's energy challenges.
From fundamental science and energy analysis to validating new products for the commercial market, NREL researchers are dedicated to transforming the way the world uses energy.
With more than 35 years of successful innovation in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today our discoveries provide sustainable alternatives for powering our homes, businesses, and our transportation system.

 

U.S. Dept. of Environmental Protection


EPA employs 17,000 people across the country, including headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs.
Staff are technically trained; more than half are engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs,financial, information management and computer specialists.
EPA is now led by the Administrator, Scott Pruitt, a Trump appointee, who has a record of poor performance on the environment.
 
 

 

State Agencies

The California Solar Initiative - CSI


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The California Solar Initiative offers cash back for installing solar on your home or business. The state strives to create megawatts of new solar-generated electricity, moving it towards a clean energy future.
And you can help! Join the thousands of home and business owners who have earned cash back rebates by installing solar energy systems through the California Solar Initiative. Customers earn cash rebates for every watt of solar energy installed on homes, businesses, farms, schools, and government and non-profit organizations.


Connecticut Energy and
Environmental Protection


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In charge of conserving, improving and protecting the state's natural resources and environment. Promotes the supply of clean, affordable and reliable energy.

 

 

Database of State Incentives
for Renewable and Efficiency


Overview of Florida's state rebate program. Applies to Commercial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Institutional. Also covers other states' similar incentive programs.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Recent News

  • Canadian Carbon Tax is Good for the world, and Its Taxpayers
    Canada Passed a Carbon Tax
    that Will Give Most Canadians More Money

    Oct. 25, 2018 -Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Canada will implement a revenue-neutral carbon tax starting in 2019, fulfilling a campaign pledge he made in 2015.

    The federal carbon pollution price will start low at $20 per ton in 2019, rising at $10 per ton per year until reaching $50 per ton in 2022. The carbon tax will stay at that level unless the legislation is revisited and revised.

    Click now to read more from the Guardian.

  • House Bill Introduced to Address Sea Level Rise
    H.Res.1087 - Deals With Sea Level Rise & Flooding
    Impacting Florida that Require Proactive Measures

    Sep. 26, 2018 -Introduced in House (09/26/2018, acknowledges the significance of sea-level rise and flooding throughout communities across the country and in Florida.

    Affirms the need for greater adaptation funding and the incorporation of historical flooding and sea-level rise projections into planning.

    Click now to read more from U.S. Congress.

  • California Says Bye Bye to Plastic Straws
    California Is the First State
    to Declare War on Plastic Straws

    Sept. 21, 2018 -Governor Jerry Brown does not shy away from making his state first when it comes to environmental actions. That’s why he signed A.B. 1884, a bill that stops automatic service of straws at restaurants, on Thursday. It’s the kind of thing more states need to get serious about if they want to save the planet.

    Click now to read more from Earther Gizmodo.

  • Bye Bye, Land and Water Conservation
    Is the United States About
    to Lose Its Best Conservation Program?

    Sept. 14, 2018 -Time is running out for one of the United States’ most successful — and least-known — conservation programs.

    For 50 years the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped support thousands of projects across the country, but its funding may be gone by the end of the month.

    Virtually every county in the United States has benefited from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, signed into law in 1964 with the goal of protecting natural areas and cultural resources and increasing recreational opportunities. In its more than 50-year history, the fund has helped 42,000 projects across the country, ranging from wilderness areas and historic battlefields to local tennis courts and trails.

    Click to read the complete
    article from The Revelator.

  • Mass. Courts Assert Their Right to Regulate Carbon Emissions
    Mass Court Says State Can Order
    Electricity Plants to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Sept. 5 - 2018 — The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Massachusetts has a right to make in-state electricity generators cut their carbon emissions dramatically over the next 30 years. It's the second time in two years that the state's highest court has recognized the science of climate change.

    The state Supreme Court ruled this week that utilities must comply with the state's carbon emission rules, which were passed in 2008 as part of the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA). As written, the GWSA sets all economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals for Massachusetts that will achieve reductions of 10-25 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2020 and 80 percent below statewide 1990 GHG emission levels by 2050.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • What the New E.P.A. Coal Rules Will Cost in Human Health
    Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules:
    Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year

    Aug. 21, 2018 -The Trump administration has hailed its overhaul of federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning power plants as creating new jobs, eliminating burdensome government regulations and ending what President Trump has long described as a “war on coal.”

    The administration’s own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that the new rules could also lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter that is linked to heart and lung disease, up to 15,000 new cases of upper respiratory problems, a rise in bronchitis, and tens of thousands of missed school days.

    Click now to read the article
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Who’s Protecting the Environment? The Courts or the E.P.A,?
    U.S. Court Orders Trump Administration
    to Enforce Chemical Safety Rule

    Aug. 17, 2018 -A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people.

    The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months.

    Click now for more from Reuters.

  • Court Ruling Favors NRDC over EPA
    Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide that
    Causes Learning Disabilities in Children

    Aug. 10, 2018 -After over a decade of fighting, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has finally scored a victory in securing the ban of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a court order to the EPA requiring it to ban the chemical agent, which has harmful neurodevelopmental effects. Longstanding studies have indicated that exposure to chlorpyrifos can lead to increased risk of learning disabilities such as ADHD, developmental delays, and a lower IQ.

    The NRDC and a coalition of labor and health organizations were represented by EarthJustice in the court case. The court found that the EPA broke the law by ignoring proven scientific evidence – including some evidence discovered by the agency itself – that chlorpyrifos could harm children who consumed produce treated with the chemical. Even small quantities of ingestion can cause developmental issues for some children, and so the long-overdue ban has left many parents relieved.

    Click now to read more from inhabitant.

  • Does the Acting E.P.A. Chief Bring Some Hope for the Environment?
    Acting E.P.A. Chief Closes Dirty-
    Truck Loophole Left by Scott Pruitt

    July 27, 2018 -Andrew R. Wheeler, the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has reversed the final policy act of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt: granting a loophole that would have allowed more highly polluting trucks on the nation’s roads.

    Wheeler’s decision, outlined in a memo to his top air policy staff, formally vacates the move Pruitt made on his last day in office, earlier this month, before resigning amid a host of ethics investigations. Pruitt had told manufacturers that the agency would not enforce a cap on what are known as “glider” trucks — vehicles with older and less efficient engines installed.

    Click now to read an encouraging
    article from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Wow! A Bi-partisan Act to Fight Marine Debris
    Save Our Seas Act Passes the House of Representatives

    July 25, 2018 -If you’re reading this, chances are you already know that our oceans are being overwhelmed by marine debris, particularly an ever-increasing amount of mismanaged plastic waste. This is a global problem that affects all of us, polluting otherwise beautiful beaches, entangling and suffocating hundreds of species of ocean wildlife, and disrupting the ocean’s delicate food chain from top to bottom. Here at Ocean Conservancy, we also believe it’s a problem that can be solved.

    That’s why the Ocean Conservancy is excited to report the House of Representatives has just passed the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act.

    Click now to see the article
    from The Ocean Conservancy.

  • Federal Judge Rejects NYC Climate Change Lawsuit
    Judge Dismisses New York City
    Climate Lawsuit Against 5 Oil Giants

    July 19, 2018 -A federal judge on Thursday dismissed New York City's lawsuit against five of the world's largest oil companies, dealing a setback to local governments that are trying to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for climate change.

    The city had sought damages, expected to run into the billions of dollars, for the costs of adapting to rising seas and worsening heat waves as the planet warms.

    Click now to read the article
    from  Inside Climate News.

  • Would You Enjoy a Little Coal Ash in Your Drinking Water?
    U.S. EPA Eases Obama-era
    Standards on Toxic Coal Ash

    July 18, 2018 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it has eased Obama-era standards on the disposal of toxic coal ash, a move expected to be the agency’s first revision of the standards and one that was slammed by environmentalists.

    The 2015 rule established minimum national standards for the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains materials such as arsenic and lead.

    The EPA said the revision would give flexibility to utility companies and states, which had fought against the standards calling them unduly burdensome, and save $28 million to $31 million per year in regulatory costs.

    Click now to read more from Reuters.

  • The Court is Coming to Take Away Your Environmental Protection
    How Brett Kavanaugh Could Reshape
    Environmental Law From the Supreme Court

    July 10, 2018 -Long before President Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court on Monday, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh had already made a name for himself as an influential conservative critic of sweeping environmental regulations.

    During his 12 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often regarded as the nation’s second-most powerful court, Judge Kavanaugh voted in a number of high-profile cases to limit Environmental Protection Agency rules involving issues like climate change and air pollution. In two key instances, his arguments were later embraced by the Supreme Court.

    Click now for more from
    The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • The Trump Administration’s Environmental Rollbacks
    76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

    July 6, 2018 -Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

    To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 70 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.

    These include: Air pollution and emissions, Drilling and extraction, Infrastructure and planning, Animals, Toxic substances and safety, Water pollution, and "Other."

    Click now for the the story
    from The NY Times Climate Forward.

  • Washington State Fights Back Against Washington D.C.
    I-1631: Washington State’s Latest Carbon Fee Proposal

    July 2, 2018 -After repeated, and failed, attempts to add a fee to carbon pollution in Washington state, the people behind a grassroots effort believe they have a plan everyone can get behind — except the oil industry.

    “Our initiative is a pollution fee on the largest polluters in Washington state,” said Nick Abraham with Yes on 1631. “We are investing in cleaning up pollution across the state, investing in clean energy, and putting that money back into our natural resources so that communities across the state can transition into a clean energy economy.”

    Click now to read more from MyNorthwest.

  • Public Lands and Protected Spaces- Or Are They?
    The Budget Crunch at America’s National Parks

    July 2, 2018 -Crowded visitor centers, crumbling roads and aging buildings — those are the sights at some of America’s national parks lately, caused by years of chronic underfunding. Will the situation soon get even worse? The Trump administration has proposed stripping national parks’ funding even further, despite the fact that people are visiting our public lands more and more often.

    John Garder, senior director of budget and appropriations at the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association, says the majority of national parks have been short on cash for years.

    Click now for more from The Revelator.

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State Agencies (continued)

 

 

Florida Dept. of
Environmental Protection


The lead agency for environmental management and stewardship and is one of the more diverse agencies in state government, protecting air, water, and land. It is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and Recreation and Planning and Management.

 

Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency


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This site covers all aspects of the environment in the state.
Use the link to report violations of air and water quality rules and regulations.

Maine Department of
Environmental Protection


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The DEP is responsible for protecting and restoring Maine's natural resources and enforcing the state's environmental laws.
The agency can trace its roots back to the Sanitary Water Board that was created in 1941. The purpose of that Board was to study, investigate, recommend means of eliminating and preventing pollution in waters used for recreational purposes.
The Board was renamed the Water Improvement Commission in 1951. In 1969, the Commission's title was abbreviated to the Environmental Improvement Commission.

 

Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection


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The Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxins and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

NJ Board of Public Utilities


A regulatory authority with a statutory mandate to ensure safe, adequate, and proper utility services at reasonable rates for customers in New Jersey.



NJ Department of
Environmental Protection


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On America's first official "Earth Day" — April 22, 1970, the NJ DEP was born. It became the third state to consolidate its past programs into a unified major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts.
Since then it began a role to manage natural resources and solve pollution problems. In what started with about 1,400 employees in five divisions, NJDEP now has a staff of approximately 2,900 and is a leader in the country for its pollution prevention efforts and innovative environmental management strategies.

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NY: NYSERDA


NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. Subsequent research and development projects focused on topics including environmental effects of energy consumption, development of renewable resources, and advancement of innovative technologies. Check the website for funding opportunities and other incentives to go green.

 

 

Ohio EPA


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Their mission is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.
 
 
 
 
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Oregon Department
of Environmental Quality


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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment. Well, YEAH!

 

 

PA Department of
Environmental Protection


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Responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. They work to reduce air pollution, insure water quality, and more.

 

Sarasota County (Fla.) Government

Roadmap to Sustainability.


Sarasota County government is committed to environmental, cultural and economic sustainability. This means:
  • Replenish the resources we use or consume.
  • Ensuring our values guide us into the future.
  • Investing in our community to ensure future prosperity.
To achieve the balance necessary for a sustainable community, our programs and services must be economically viable, environmentally sound and socially equitable.

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