Monday, February 18, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 18 February 2013

New Report Shows Clean Energy’s Positive Impact on North Carolina’s Economy and Utility Rates
Since 2007, clean energy investments have created thousands of jobs.

Raleigh– February 18, 2013 - Today, two leading national research institutes, RTI International and La Capra Associates, Inc., released a new study, The Economic, Utility Portfolio, and Rate Impact of Clean Energy Development in North Carolina, which is an economic analysis focused on the impacts of clean energy policy in the state.

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) commissioned the two research groups to conduct an independent and objective analysis focused on key policy drivers and the economic and fiscal impacts of clean energy development, and the ratepayer impacts associated with this development. The study found that the key policy drivers of clean energy development in North Carolina include the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS), renewable energy investment tax credit, and Utility Savings Initiative.

The study’s key findings include:

Tens of Thousands Rally to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline & Urge Obama to Move "Forward on Climate"
February 18, 2013 - We play highlights from the "Forward on Climate" rally that drew tens of thousands to Washington D.C.’s National Mall Sunday. Protesters from across the United States and Canada urged President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would deliver tar sands oil from Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. Organizers described Sunday’s protest as "the largest climate rally in history," and Reverend Lennox Yearwood compared it to Martin Luther King’s 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. We hear from speakers including Van Jones, Obama’s former Green Jobs advisor, Canadian indigeous leader Chief Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation, and Bill McKibben of [Includes rush transcript] read more>>>

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