Our Neighborhood
Site Title
Earth


Keeping It Green

(There's No Planet B)

Back Arrow

GOVERNMENTAL DIRECTORY



Site Map
Magnifying Glass

Page Updated:
Feb. 19, 2023


• Government. Agencies     • Environmental Action
• The Fading Solar Tax Credit  

Governmental News (Latest Stories First) - In the Last Six Months

  • • Slowing the Shift to Electric Vehicles
    The Biden Administration
    is Considering It

    WAPO

    Feb. 18, 2024 -The Environmental Protection Agency is considering relaxing one of its most significant climate change rules — tailpipe emissions limits for cars and trucks — by giving automakers more time to boost sales of electric vehicles, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Click now for the complete story.

  • • Reigning In Air Pollution in Western Pennsylvania
    New EPA Rule Could Do Just That

    AF Logo

    Feb. 8, 2024 -The EPA is cutting the allowable level of soot pollution in the air by 25%: The finalized rule means that air quality in parts of Allegheny County, including the Mon Valley, would be out of compliance, based on 2021 data from the Allegheny County Health Department.

    Exposure to fine particles in the air has long-term health implications, including lung cancer and heart disease. The Biden administration said the new standard will prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths and 290,000 lost workdays, yielding up to $46 billion in net health benefits by 2032.

  • • States Leading In Grid Modernization
    A Total of 774 Grid Modernization Actions Were Taken During 2023

    PGI

    Feb. 2, 2024 -All 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico, took actions related to grid modernization during 2023, with the greatest number of actions relating to energy storage deployment, utility business model reforms, distribution system planning, energy storage interconnection rules, and performance-based regulation, according to a new report.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • Solar In the Western U.S.
    It Could Get A Whole
    Lot Easier to Build

    ICN

    Jan. 26, 2024 -The Biden administration has outlined a plan to streamline the development of solar projects on 22 million acres of land managed by the federal government. It’s part of a series of reforms of BLM management of public lands.

    Click now for more.

  • • U.S. Navy's Staggering Pollution in the Potomac
    Advocates Celebrate
    a Legal Win Against It

    ICN

    Jan. 25, 2024 -Petitioners want strong regulatory safeguards built into the pollution discharge permit, which the Navy has agreed to obtain after more than a century of unchecked weapons testing in the Potomac River, in violation of the Clean Water Act.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • White House Said Delays Decision
    on Enormous Natural Gas Export Terminal
    It Needs to Be
    Fully Analyzed First

    NYT

    Jan. 24, 2024 -The Biden administration is pausing a decision on whether to approve what would be the largest natural gas export terminal in the United States, a delay that could stretch past the November election and spell trouble for that project and 16 other proposed terminals, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.

    Click now for more on this story.

  • • FEMA Administrator Announces Sweeping
    Changes to Disaster Assistance Program
    Making it Easier for Survivors to Receive Assistance

    Jan. 22, 2024, (FEMA) -Last week, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced the most comprehensive updates to FEMA's Individual Assistance Program in the past 20 years. After seeing how the limitations of federal assistance have delayed disaster recovery for too many, especially for those who are disproportionately affected by disasters, the Biden-Harris Administration was determined to make changes to help reach more people.

  • • The Pentagon Will Install Rooftop Solar Panels
    This, as Biden Pushes
    Clean Energy in Federal Buildings

    REW

    Jan. 19, 2024 -The Defense Department will install solar panels on the Pentagon, part of the Biden administration’s plan to promote clean energy and “reestablish the federal government as a sustainability leader.”

    The Pentagon is one of 31 government sites that are receiving $104 million in Energy Department grants that are expected to double the amount of carbon-free electricity at federal facilities and create 27 megawatts of clean-energy capacity while leveraging more than $361 million in private investment, the Energy Department said.

  • • Northern Ireland ‘Dirty Corner of Europe’
    Due to a Lack of Governance

    TGL

    Jan. 19, 2024 -Northern Ireland’s environment is unlikely to benefit from higher EU standards because the country already flouts the existing rules, leaving it in a “grossly degraded” state, experts have said.

    The region may escape a post-Brexit erosion of UK environmental law but still suffer grave environmental damage because of governance failures, they warned.

  • • New EPA Rule Could Save 4,200 Lives a Year
    Industry Warns it Could Cost Biden His Reelection

    WAPO

    Jan. 19, 2024 -The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to significantly strengthen limits on fine particle matter, one of the nation’s most widespread deadly air pollutants, even as industry groups warn that the standard could erase manufacturing jobs across the country.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • Petro Chemicals and Supreme Court Actions
    It Could Sharply Curtail the Government’s Regulatory Authority

    Anthrop

    Jan. 16, 2024 -The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Wednesday that, on paper, are about a group of commercial fishermen who oppose a government fee that they consider unreasonable. But the lawyers who have helped to propel their case to the nation’s highest court have a far more powerful backer: the petrochemicals billionaire Charles Koch.

    Click now all about it.

  • • Appalachian Manufacturers Sought for Clean Energy Economy
    A Grant Will
    Aid With the Recruitment

    REW

    Jan. 4, 2024 -As federal incentives spur a wave of new domestic clean energy manufacturing, economic boosters in Ohio and neighboring states see an opportunity to “Make it in Appalachia.”

    A virtual summit this month will serve as part of public kickoff efforts to identify and support small and medium manufacturers in the region so they can play a role in the growing clean energy economy.

  • • The Void in Federal Regulation of Hazardous Chemicals
    Washington Law Attempts to Fill It

    ICN

    Jan. 1, 2024 -With a years-long backlog in the U.S. government’s risk assessments of thousands of potentially hazardous chemicals, the new law requires companies to disclose what chemicals are used in their products.

    A new act implemented earlier this year in Washington has banned five chemical classes in 10 product categories throughout the state, making it the nation’s strongest law regulating toxic chemicals in products.

  • • Grants For Solid-State Power Modules Research
    University of Arkansas Receives One

    PGI

    Dec. 29, 2023 -Researchers at the University of Arkansas will receive $2.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy(ARPA-E) to develop solid-state power modules for the electric power grid and electrified transportation.

    The funding is part of ARPA-E’s Unlocking Lasting Transformative Resiliency Advances by Faster Actuation of Power Semiconductor Technologies program, which aims to improve control and protection of the domestic power grid.

  • • Utah's Management of the Great Salt Lake
    Lawsuits Looking to Be Dropped

    Dec. 22, 2023, [Standard-Examiner] -Three Utah agencies are seeking to drop a lawsuit filed against them earlier this year over their management of the Great Salt Lake, arguing that the lawsuit “lacks subject matter jurisdiction,” among other things.

    Lawyers for the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Utah Division of Water Rights and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands filed separate motions to dismiss the lawsuit in 3rd District Court on Wednesday. Multiple environmental organizations filed the litigation in September, asserting the agencies aren’t doing enough to get water to the struggling Great Salt Lake, which may have future environmental ramifications.

  • • Threats to Property, Groundwater,
    Wildlife and Livestock Across Texas
    Thousands of Oil and Gas Wastewater Spills Are the Cause

    ICN

    Dec. 22, 2023 -From the Texon Scar to the Sabine River, produced water spills have impacted soil, contaminated water resources and killed wildlife. But the Railroad Commission of Texas has resisted new regulations.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • An Alabama Landfill Has Repeatedly
    Violated State Environmental Laws
    State Regulators Waited Almost 20 Years to Crack Down

    ICN

    Dec. 21, 2023 -Only after an underground landfill fire did regulators begin stepping up environmental enforcement. Will it be enough to stop the next disaster?

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • • Will the Supreme Court Place Biden's Pollution Plans on Hold?
    Meant to Protect Downwind States from Harmful Emissions, Faces a Legal Challenge

    NYT

    Dec. 20, 2023 -The Supreme Court announced on Wednesday that it would hear arguments in February on whether it should temporarily stop the Biden administration from requiring factories and power plants in Western and Midwestern states to cut air pollution that drifts into Eastern states.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • Regulators to Revise Basel III Tax Equity Provisions
    More than 100 Lawmakers
    Urge Fed to Do Just That

    REW

    Dec. 19, 2023 -Led by U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), 106 lawmakers sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Federal Deposit Insurance Commission Chairman Martin Gruenberg, and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu, urging the agencies to revise tax equity provisions in the proposed Basel III rules that they say could imperil the clean energy transition.

  • • UK's Import Carbon Tax Plans
    High Carbon Materials Are the Focus

    AP Logo

    Dec. 18, 2023 -The British government announced plans Monday to charge a carbon levy on imported raw materials such as aluminum, iron, steel and cement from 2027, in an attempt to prevent firms being undercut by overseas producers.

    However, the plan has come under criticism from the body representing British steel as being too sluggish, as it will come into effect one year after similar proposals from the EU are implemented.

  • • U.S. Spending on Clean Energy Spurs Allies to Compete
    Other Governments, Particularly in Europe, are Trying to Counter Biden's Industrial Policies With Their Own Incentives.

    NYT

    Dec. 7, 2023 -The United States has embarked on the biggest industrial policy push in generations, dangling tax breaks, grants and other financial incentives to attract new factories making solar panels, semiconductors and electric vehicles.

    That spending is aimed at jump-starting the domestic market for crucial products, but it has implications far outside the United States.

  • • Former Ohio Public Utilities Chairman
    Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Bribery, Embezzlement
    Bribing the Legislature
    is Not Always Appreciated

    PGI

    Dec. 5, 2023 -The former chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has been indicted by a federal grand jury on bribery and embezzlement charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio announced in a news release Monday.

    Sam Randazzo, 74, of Columbus, self-surrendered at U.S. District Court in Cincinnati Monday morning, the release said. Randazzo is charged in an 11-count indictment that was returned on Nov. 29 and he was scheduled for an initial appearance later Monday.

  • • Composting’s ‘True Believers’ are Jilted
    N.Y.C. Curbside Program Grows

    WAPO

    Dec. 1, 2023 -A rally at City Hall on Wednesday against the proposed cuts to New York’s composting programs. Advocates say the abrupt removal of funding could take away options that provide a much-needed safety net for waste removal.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • • The Government Money For Energy Upgrades
    What to Buy Now?

    WAPO

    Dec. 1, 2023 -Since the beginning of this year, Americans hoping to switch to more climate-friendly heating systems, cars or stoves have been able to claim thousands of dollars from the U.S. government. Buy an electric car, and that’s $7,500 off your taxes — provided the car’s minerals and battery come from the right places. A heat pump, and that’s $2,000 off.

    But in 2024, rebates for clean appliances will start coming down the pipe for lower-income individuals — meaning immediate cash back, with no need to wait until April to file taxes.

  • • Overcoming Clean Energy Permitting Roadblocks
    How Solar Developers
    Can Get That Done

    REW

    Nov. 27, 2023 - The Inflation Reduction Act’s impact is already evident: Between the time the act was signed into law on Aug. 16, 2022, and the end of the year, plans for 47 utility-scale clean energy manufacturing facilities and $150 billion of capital investment were announced, according to American Clean Power.

    But the outlook could be sunnier. Without any national or state-level oversight, local governments have been left to decide whether they want to pursue clean energy projects — and, increasingly, they’re passing short-sighted ordinances that limit those projects from receiving permits.

  • • States Must Target Transportation Carbon Emission Cuts
    Linking Infrastructure Spending to Biden's Environmental Goals

    WAPO

    Nov. 22, 2023 -States and urban areas will be required to set goals to reduce carbon emissions from cars and trucks on their roads under a new federal rule issued Wednesday, part of the Biden administration’s efforts to link tens of billions of dollars in highway funding from the infrastructure law to its environmental priorities.

    Click now for more.

  • • DOE Wants to Lighten Environmental Rules
    Goal: Speed Up Transmission,
    Solar & Storage Projects

    REW

    Nov. 17, 2023 -The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted a proposal that, if approved, would help speed up certain transmission, solar, and storage projects built on federal land, while clogged interconnection queues are causing headaches in the industry.

    The proposed changes would affect how the DOE complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), adding a “categorical exclusion” for certain energy storage systems and revising categorical exclusions for upgrading and rebuilding transmission lines and for solar photovoltaic systems. These exclusions would remove the requirement for environmental assessments or environmental impact statements for specific types of projects.

  • • Biden Administration Announces $6B for Climate Resilience
    There Are Grid
    Advancements, As Well

    PGI

    Nov. 14, 2023 -In coordination with the release of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) report, President Biden is announcing more than $6 billion in investments meant to make communities across the country more resilient to the impacts of climate change, including by strengthening America’s aging electric grid infrastructure, reducing flood risk to communities, supporting conservation efforts, and advancing environmental justice.

    The NCA5 report, which assesses changes in the climate, its national and regional impacts, and options for reducing present and future risk, indicates that not only is every region of the country already experiencing the impacts of climate change, but ambitious climate action is underway in every region as well.

  • • Climate Challenges For California Cities
    Understaffed and Unprepared to Mobilize Climate Funds

    TH

    Nov. 9, 2023 -While California cities and counties now have an unprecedented chance to harness historic funding to combat climate change, many of them lack the workforce necessary to capitalize on this investment, a new report has found.

    Local governments across California have the opportunity to expedite this fight by accessing millions of dedicated state and federal dollars, including through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

  • • Maryland's Lawsuits Over City-
    Operated Sewage Treatment Plants
    The Plaintives:Baltimore City, Maryland Department of the Environment

    ICN

    Nov. 7, 2023 -Environmental advocates hope an agreement negotiated earlier this month by Baltimore City, the state Department of the Environment and the nonprofit Blue Water Baltimore to upgrade the city’s two wastewater treatment plants will help meet the state’s Chesapeake Bay restoration goals.

    Finalized on Nov. 2, the settlement includes a civil penalty of $4.75 million on the city and requires city officials to adopt a timeline for improvements at the Back River and Patapsco wastewater treatment plants.

  • • Luring Solar Firms to the U.S.
    Lavish Tax Credits and Trade Protections Could Help Get it Done

    NYT

    Nov. 7, 2023 -Six years ago, an executive from Suniva, a bankrupt solar panel manufacturer, warned a packed hearing room in Washington that competition from companies in China and Southeast Asia was causing a “blood bath” in his industry. More than 30 U.S.-based solar companies had been forced to shut down in the previous five years alone, he said, and others would soon follow unless the government supported them.

    But things are changing!

  • • Low Income Residents of Puerto Rico Will Get Solar Panels
    Good for the Environment,
    and Good for the Grid

    REW

    Nov. 3, 2023 -The U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will disburse $440 million to install solar panels on low-income homes in Puerto Rico as the U.S. territory struggles with ongoing power outages and a crumbling electric grid.

    Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who is visiting Puerto Rico for the sixth time this year, said the department has selected a group of nonprofits and solar companies for the project, which will target up to 40,000 homes. Eligible households would be located in impoverished communities that experience frequent power outages or have a person with a disability that depends on power, such as a dialysis patient.

  • • Soda Additive Linked to Thyroid
    Toxicity May Finally Get Banned by FDA
    BVO Has Largely Been Phased Out of Big-Name Sodas and was Recently Banned in CA.

    AT Logo

    Nov. 3, 2023 -The Food and Drug Administration may finally ban a food additive used in citrusy drinks that the agency determined over 50 years ago could not be considered generally safe. The agency proposed a ban on the additive Thursday.

    The additive is brominated vegetable oil (BVO), which is a flavoring emulsifier and stabilizer that has been used to keep citrus flavoring from separating and floating to the top of soft drinks since the 1920s. It was previously used in big brand-name beverages such as Mountain Dew and Gatorade but has been removed amid toxicity concerns in recent years.

  • • Pittsburgh in ‘Extreme Embrace’ With Fossil Fuel Lobbyists
    Several of the City’s Governmental, Environmental and Cultural Institutions Share Lobbyists With Fossil Fuel Companies

    TGL

    Oct. 31, 2023 -Dozens of governmental, educational, cultural and environmental organizations across the city of Pittsburgh have hired lobbying firms who work with planet-heating fossil fuel companies, new research shows.

    Click now more info.

  • • What Led to Libya's Deadly Floods
    Government Neglect, Misguided
    Policies Doomed the Country

    WAPO

    Oct. 5, 2023 -The rains lashing Derna gave residents a sense of comfort as night fell on Sept. 10. Windows steamed up as dinners warmed on stovetops. Children curled up with their parents and watched cartoons long past their bedtimes.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • • Europe Just Launched the World’s First Carbon Tariff
    Will the U.S. Follow Suit?

    ICN

    Oct. 3, 2023 -Companies that want to do business in the European Union will soon have to pay extra if the carbon footprints of their products are too high.

    The EU on Sunday officially began phase one of its carbon tariff. The first-of-its-kind tax scheme could help reduce the climate-warming emissions of industries that are notoriously hard to decarbonize, including cement and steel manufacturing.

  • Back Arrow
  • • Climate Change Will Play
    a Big Role In Government Purchases
    With Vast Implications
    For the US Economy

    The Conversation

    Oct. 3, 2023 -Each year, the federal government purchases about 50,000 new vehicles. Until recently, almost all of them ran on diesel or gasoline, contributing to U.S. demand for fossil fuels and encouraging automakers to continue focusing on fossil-fueled vehicles.

    >

    That’s starting to change, and a new directive that the Biden Administration quietly issued in September 2023 will accelerate the shift.

  • • The Dutch Call to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
    Spain and the IEA
    Back the Idea

    REUTERS

    Oct. 2, 2023 -Spain's energy minister and the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday backed the Netherlands' call for an international coalition to phase out fossil subsidies.

    Such subsidies "are a major incentive to increase fossil fuel use," IEA chief Fatih Birol told a news conference after an international summit of energy ministers and climate leaders in Madrid, adding that "eliminating them is an absolute must".

  • • Protecting a Dike From Climate Change
    Houston Wants Feds To
    Waste Billions On It

    CT

    Oct. 2, 2023 -What if you built a massive dike and it was a complete waste of money? That’s what Texas wants the US government to do for Houston. Ike’s Dike’s already massive budget projection of $34 billion just ballooned to $57 billion. If it gets approved and built, it will be the biggest civil engineering project in American history. Does it make any sense?

    Click to learn more.

  • • Pennsylvanians Who Live Near Fracking Suffer
    Governments Fail to Buffer Homes

    ICN

    Sep. 19, 2023 -A Pennsylvania bill that would limit fracking near homes and schools was shelved this summer right before a scheduled committee vote. In a small town in shale country, accounts of misery and discord show the stakes.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • • California Sues Giant Oil Companies
    Citing Decades of Deception

    NYT

    Sep. 17, 2023 -The state of California sued several of the world’s biggest oil companies on Friday, claiming their actions have caused tens of billions of dollars in damage and that they deceived the public by downplaying the risks posed by fossil fuels.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • • California’s Climate Disclosure Bill
    Could Have Nationwide Impacts

    ICN

    Sep. 15, 2023 -The legislation, passed by the state lawmakers this week, still needs the governor's signature. But it could be the first to require companies to report carbon emissions from supply chains.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • • Biden’s Climate Law Plusses
    It's Reshaping Private
    Investment in the US

    NYT

    Sep. 13, 2023 -Private investment in clean energy projects like solar panels, hydrogen power and electric vehicles surged after President Biden signed an expansive climate bill into law last year, a development that shows how tax incentives and federal subsidies have helped reshape some consumer and corporate spending in the United States.

    New data being released on Wednesday suggest the climate law and other parts of Mr. Biden’s economic agenda have helped speed the development of automotive supply chains in the American Southwest, buttressing traditional auto manufacturing centers in the industrial Midwest and the Southeast.

  • • Australia's Act on Climate
    Has it Been Cleaned Up?

    BBC Logo

    Sep. 10, 2023 - Long considered a laggard, Australia would now cut emissions, become a renewable energy powerhouse and force the biggest polluters to clean up their act, the new leader declared.

    "I want to join the global effort," Mr Albanese told the BBC, minutes after his victory speech.

    It is now a year since he legislated Australia's first ever emissions reduction target - so, has he delivered?

  • • Improving Grid-Resitance in Washington State
    $23M From the DOE Will Help

    PGI

    Aug. 31, 2023 -The Department of Energy will provide more than $23 million in grant funding to Washington state to improve its resilience against wildfires, extreme weather, and natural disasters, Senator Patty Murray’s office announced.

    The DOE’s Energy’s Grid Deployment Office issued the grants to the Washington State Department of Commerce through the Grid Resilience State, Tribal Formula Grants Program and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  • • Washington State Grid Resilience
    It Will Receive $23M From the DOE

    NYT

    Aug. 31, 2023 -The Department of Energy will provide more than $23 million in grant funding to Washington state to improve its resilience against wildfires, extreme weather, and natural disasters, Senator Patty Murray’s office announced.

    The DOE’s Energy’s Grid Deployment Office issued the grants to the Washington State Department of Commerce through the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants Program and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  • • Carbon Taxes Need to Be Based on Emissions
    This Would Replace the
    Rule Now Based on Consumption

    Anthrop

    Aug. 29, 2023 -Income generated from investments is responsible for more than half of the very hefty carbon footprints of the wealthiest Americans, according to a new analysis. The finding in turn suggests a way to redesign carbon taxes to make them fairer and more effective at spurring decarbonization of the economy.

    The U.S. has dramatic and increasing levels of economic inequality, with a growing fraction of national income flowing to those at the top, and especially the tippy top, of the income distribution. Past studies have also shown that the super-rich have absolutely massive carbon footprints compared to regular folks.

  • • New Top Cop at the E.P.A.
    Aims to Get
    Enforcement Back on Track

    NYT

    Aug. 17, 2023 - Under President Biden, the Environmental Protection Agency has closed fewer civil cases against polluters than any administration in the last two decades and has overseen a drop in criminal investigations of environmental crimes.

    David M. Uhlmann hopes to change that.



Noteworthy

  • • History of the Clean Water Act
    History of the Clean Water Act

    Sep. 12, 2019  (EPA)- The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major U.S. law to address water pollution. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).

    The 1972 amendments:

    Established basic structure for regulating discharges into the waters of the U.S.
    Gave EPA the authority including setting wastewater standards for industry
    Maintained requirements for water quality standards
    Illegalized discharge any pollutant into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions
    Funded the construction of sewage treatment plants
    Recognized the need for planning to address the critical source pollution problems

  • • Is Ethanol Really a Good Idea?
    Food Vs. Fuel: What
    Trump's Ethanol Policy
    Means For The Food System

    Forbes Magazine -The EPA moved forward with President Trump’s directive to lift a federal ban on high ethanol blended gas during the summer months, though not quickly enough for Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who Reuters reports is urging the EPA to lift the ban on a much quicker timeline.

    Lifting the ban is a policy shift that’s being celebrated by large-scale corn growers and decried by biofuel opponents. But the policy has implications for the food system too, as many food system reformers say the last thing U.S. farmers should be growing is more corn.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • Trump Imposed 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.

  • • Fed. Compromise on Anti-PACE Law
    Industry, Lawmakers Compromise
    on Anti-Property Assessed
    Clean 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.

  • • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    Summary of the National
    Environmental Policy Act

    Originally Passed in 1968 (EPA) — NEPA was one of the first laws ever written that establishes the broad national framework for protecting our environment. NEPA's basic policy is to assure that all branches of government give proper consideration to the environment prior to undertaking any major federal action that significantly affects the environment.

    NEPA requirements are invoked when airports, buildings, military complexes, highways, parkland purchases, and other federal activities are proposed. Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), which are assessments of the likelihood of impacts from alternative courses of action, are required from all Federal agencies and are the most visible NEPA requirements.

    Click now for more,
    including a history of this act.

  • • Shouldn’t We Abolish Fossil Fuel Subsidies?
    America Spends Over $20Bn Per
    Year On Fossil Fuel Subsidies.

    July 30, 2018 (The Guardian) -Imagine that instead of taxing cigarettes, America subsidized the tobacco industry in order to make each pack of smokes cheaper.

    A report from Oil Change International (OCI) investigated American energy industry subsidies and found that in 2015–2016, the federal government provided $14.7bn per year to the oil, gas, and coal industries, on top of $5.8bn of state-level incentives (globally, the figure is around $500bn). And the report only accounted for production subsidies, excluding consumption subsidies (support to consumers to lower the cost of fossil fuel use – another $14.5bn annually) as well as the costs of carbon and other fossil fuel pollutants.

  • • 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.

Back Arrow



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

(Scroll Down to See the Whole List)


Governmental Agencies

Federal Agencies

 


The Bureau of Ocean
Energy Management


BOEM Logo
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


 CHP Logo
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.

Energy Resources Program

Geothermal Energy

 USGS Logo
Geothermal energy is a significant source of renewable electric power in the western United States and, with advances in exploration and development technologies, a potential source of a large fraction of baseload electric power for the entire country. The USGS Geothermal Resource Investigations Project is focused on advancing geothermal research through a better understanding of geothermal resources and the impacts of geothermal development. This is achieved by applying a wide range of research methods to characterize resource occurrences, perform monitoring, and develop resource assessments. The project team works closely with a number of external collaborators from federal and state agencies, academia and industry on projects throughout the US and internationally (provide link to map of field study areas).

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

 
 NOAA Logo
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


 NREL Logo
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 had employed 17,000 people across the country, including headquarters offices in Washington, DC, 10 regional offices, and more than a dozen labs.

Staff were technically trained; more than half were engineers, scientists, and policy analysts. In addition, a large number of employees are legal, public affairs,financial, information management and computer specialists.

Michael S. Regan was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency on March 11, 2021, becoming the first Black man and second person of color to lead the U.S. EPA.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States.

Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.
 
 

 

State Agencies

The California Solar Initiative - CSI


 Go Solar Logo
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


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

 

 

 


 

 

State Agencies (continued)

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.
 

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


Illinois EPA Logo
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


Maine Dept of Env Protection Logo
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.

Up Arrow

 

Massachusetts Department
of Environmental Protection


Massacheusetts EPA Logo
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

NJ Dept Env. Protection Logo
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.

Up Arrow

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


State of Ohio Logo
Their mission is to protect the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and demonstrating leadership in environmental stewardship.


Oregon Department
of Environmental Quality


Oregon Government Logo
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


PA Dept of Env Protection Logo
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.

Up Arrow