The Minnesota House Energy Committee voted in favor of a bill that would increase the state's renewable energy target, create a 4% solar energy carve-out by 2025 in the renewable portfolio standard and raise the cap on net metered systems from 40 kilowatts to 1 megawatt. "The bill continues Minnesota's leadership as a center for clean energy and jobs by increasing the Renewable Electricity Standard and establishing a strong solar energy standard," the Minnesota Clean Energy & Jobs campaign said.
Thirteen loan-guarantee bids for several energy projects are still being considered by the Department of Energy, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. Three of the applications are for a nuclear project, which amounts to $8.3 billion, the report found. The rest are for fossil energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
Water has a low nominal cost, but tariffs, disposal charges, and pumping and heating can inflate water's cost as much as a hundredfold, according to a McKinsey analysts. "Companies may be able to identify substantial savings by focusing on the broader economic costs of water," they write.
Green marketing isn't easy, but messaging is more likely to succeed if marketers act like children with new playmates, Jan Lee writes. That means listening, being yourself and showing respect. "Be heartfelt in your actions. ... You can never tell how they'll be perceived," Lee writes.
Workers have finished pouring concrete for the foundation of the Unit 3 reactor's island nuclear structures at Southern Co.'s Plant Vogtle in Georgia. "It has been a great week for the nuclear construction field, and it has all happened in our area," said Jerry Ashmore, president of Ashmore Concrete Pumping, which conducted the concrete pour.