There is good news for the solar industry this week. It comes at a good time, after several bankruptcies this Spring, expiration of certain US tax credits and a reduction in Germany’s feed-in tariff program. The unexpectedly good news comes from Japan. Industry Minister Yukio Edano announced a new price structure for electricity that pays a premium for solar generated power that is roughly triple the price of conventional electricity. This is essentially a feed-in tariff (FIT) similarly to the one that drove Germany to become the world’s solar leader with roughly 25 gigawatts (GW) or half the world’s total solar capacity.
Category: Policy & Government
Sustainability reporting may be a big winner of this week’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Paragraph 47 of Rio+20’s outcome document outlines the importance of organizations’ commitment to sustainability reporting.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to spend a day at the White House with 29 members of the Obama administration – including Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Hilda Solis, Secretary of the Department of Labor; Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Greg Nelson, Chief of Staff of … Continued
If you were wondering what the next target of conservative groups and the tea party after they’ll get over with agenda 21, we have the answer for you: sea level rise. In North Carolina, the state Senate approved legislation last week that would limit how the state can plan for projected sea-level rise, and in Virginia state lawmakers agreed to commission a study on the phenomenon as long terms like “sea level rise” and “climate change” were removed.
Obama’s recent to-do list of job creation, tax credits for small businesses, cutting government red-tape and putting veterans to work is largely being panned by Republican congressional leaders. Say what?
Ben & Jerry’s founder Ben Cohen will be working with Move to Amend and Occupy activists across the cross country to distribute stamps with anti-corporate personhood slogans to be used for stamping money.
DOE’s SunShot Grand Challenge Summit launches $10 million Afforadable Rooftop Solar Challenge, and $8 million for startups to reduce solar installation costs.
Australia announced a marine reserve covering 1.2 million square miles of ocean – this will offer unique protection to various ecosystems in the region.
Anyone who naively thought that we all wanted to find our way to a future where the air was still breathable, the water still drinkable, and the climate still livable are in for a surprise. The folks in Alabama have just passed a law that says quite clearly, that they don’t want anything to do with sustainability.
DOE awards $7 million in funding for new high efficiency lighting technologies while conservative legislators keep old incandescent lights burning.
Natural capital, which incorporates social and environmental, as well as financial, dimensions into national accounts and corporate balance sheets, provides a much more comprehensive, robust and reliable framework for measuring living standards, the costs and benefits of economic activities and national wealth, argues the WWF and proponents, who are urging national leaders to help develop and adopt a natural capital framework for public and private sector economic analysis and accounting.
By G. Nagesh Rao From my personal experience in the startup scene, I have noted that the three critical types of capital required for success are: Human, Financial, and Political. Thus, being able to minimize time spent hunting down these various important resources to help scale a company up, is crucial in today’s rapidly changing world. … Continued
Submitted to the Thomson Reuters Environmental Media Award competition, this article by Leon Kaye discusses how Korea is the leading model for countries seeking to develop sustainable economic growth.