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Obama Talks Energy: Cut Imports, Use Alternatives, Boost Production at Home

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, March 30 2011 under: Obama, Natural Gas, oil, Nuclear Power, Energy Policy

Wrestling the energy boogieman has become a perennial rite of passage for U.S. presidents, dating at least as far back as Nixon.

Fittingly, President Obama today was at Georgetown University, where he outlined a broad initiative to cut oil imports, boost domestic production of oil and gas, and increase the use of cellulosic ethanol and natural gas to power vehicles.

With gas prices topping $4 a gallon in some parts of the country, like southern California, and the summer driving season not that far off, the president's comments couldn't come a moment too soon.

"In an economy that relies so heavily on oil, rising prices at the pump affect everybody," the Obama said in what the White House billed as a significant energy address.

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Don't Get Too Excited About Solar Shingles... At Least Not Yet

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, January 26 2011 under: Solar Shingles, Obama, Solar Power Info, SOTU, State of the Union

You may have noticed that President Obama gave solar shingles a shout out in his State of the Union Address last night:

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White House Unveils Plans for Solar Energy in the West

The Obama Administration on Thursday released a much anticipated draft of the federal government's plan to build solar energy projects on public land throughout the western United States.

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White House Rethinks, Will Install Solar Panels Again

A little over a month ago, a group of students started lugging a Jimmy Carter-era solar hot water panel from Unity College in Maine to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The aim of their 630-mile journey? Convince the Obama administration to install solar panels on the White House. At the time, their idea -- which was shared by a host of other individuals and organizations -- was rebuffed.

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U.S. to Invest $2 Billion in Solar Energy Projects

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, July 6 2010 under: Obama, Solar Industry News, Abengoa Solar, DOE, Energy Policy, Abound Solar

President Obama topped headlines over the weekend by announcing a $2 billion in federal loan guarantees that will allow two solar companies to build three solar energy projects in three different states, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

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China Follows United States, Announces Reductions in Carbon Intensity

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Monday, November 30 2009 under: Copenhagen, Obama, Solar Power Info, china, Climate Change

The future of the renewable energy industry is directly tied to the upcoming climate change negotiations at Copenhagen. If binding emission targets from big emitters are achieved, producers and installers of solar and wind technologies are looking to see a big growth in business. Although a binding international treaty appears unlikely, the heaviest emitters from both the industrialized and developing worlds (the U.S. and China, respectively) recently placed their opening bids.

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The Leadership We Need: Obama to Pledge U.S. Emission Cuts at Copenhagen

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, November 25 2009 under: Copenhagen, Obama, Sustainability, international solar, china, Climate Change

President Obama is slated to speak in Copenhagen on December 9th. Many hope that his address to representatives from around the world will set a positive tone for the negotiations. For the first time in over a decade, an American administration will be proposing emission caps. According to the New York Times, the President will pledge the United States to an emissions cut "in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050."

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China & the U.S.: Big Emitters Take Significant Steps to Scale Renewable Energy

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, November 18 2009 under: Green Building, Obama, Sustainability, Politics, international solar, china, Climate Change

Yesterday was a big day for renewable energy and climate change, as the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases paved the path of cooperation with regard to scaling renewable power. U.S. President Obama and the People’s Republic of China President Hu released a joint statement on a variety of economic, social, and political issues.

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California First State to Sign Smart Grid Legislation into Law

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, October 28 2009 under: Obama, Solar Energy Incentives, utility, smart grid, Energy Policy, California Solar

What a week for smart grid! Not only did President Obama announce the lucky recipients of over $3.4 billion of stimulus funding for electrical grid upgrades, but news began to trickle out of California that the state’s first smart grid legislation (Senate Bill 17) was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger.

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Obama Pledges $3.4B in Smart Grid Grants

Posted by Adam Sewall In Tuesday, October 27 2009 under: Obama, Smart meter, smart grid, Utility Solar

The Obama administration today announced 100 utility projects that will collectively receive $3.4 billion in federal stimulus money to promote the development and deployment of advanced electricity grid technologies. The Department of Energy said that the grants, ranging from $400,00 to $200 million in size, will spawn the installation of nearly 20 million advanced digital meters, nationwide. By enabling utilities and regulators to improve demand-side management, these so-called "smart meters" are viewed as an a key component to modernizing the country's electric grid. They also let owners of solar panels -- and other distributed renewable energy generation systems -- track and manage their electricity use.

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