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Clean contracts will support renewable energy developers and the growth of power from clean energy resources. The feed-in rates combined with clean contracts have features of transparency, longevity, and certainty. By adapting feed-in tariffs, It can add consumer protections, local ownership, and grow the local economy. The report also lists examples of different state that apply feed-in rates.
Large amount of energy consumed in Ohio is lost in outdated electric system. CHP technology is important on saving electric power and reducing emissions.
Key elements of feed-in rates and CLEAN contracts include cost-based, standardized contracts that are long term, which allows developers to secure project financing. Incentives for local ownership, hiring of local workers, and use of locally made products can help ensure that these approaches help grow the local economy.
Environmental impact statements (EISs) examine the effect of proposed action- typically a construction project, but sometimes a government policy or other activity- on the environment. However, increasing attention is now devoted to looking in the other direction- at how changes in the environment might affect a project. This article explores the protocols that various government agencies have issued for reverse environmental impact analysis. It then discusses one pending case on the issue involving the California Environmental Quality Act. Then, it reports on a survey that investigated whether and how reverse environmental impact analysis is being performed in recent EISs. And lastly, it summarizes this analysis in a number of EISs.
This publication is a part of a broader project to strengthen legal capacities in Mexico regarding climate mitigation and the transition to a low carbon economy. This publication presents a full English translation of Mexico's General Climate Change Law and sets the stage for deeper discussion on what the law requires and what it means moving forward. In addition to this, this piece provides a series of short legal commentaries that identify both the challenges and opportunities presented through the General Law on Climate Change. Lastly, this publication identifies a wide range of questions, concerns, and risks associated with the still uncertain framework laid out in the General Law on Climate Change, but it also highlights opportunities and optimism, and signifies an opportunity for bi-lateral collaboration around these topics.
Improving energy efficiency is widely acknowledged as the most economical way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the other adverse environmental impacts of fossil use. The United States lacks a comprehensive regulatory program for energy efficiency, although often overlooked are the roles of the state public utility commissions (PUCs). PUCs have long been in charge of setting retail electricity rates and service standards. In recent years, many of them have launched programs and set policies to encourage or require the electric and gas utilities that they regulate to use energy more efficiently or to help their customers do so. This column summarizes the variety of powers and techniques of PUCs to advance energy efficiency, such as the use of energy efficiency targets, utility incentives, shared benefits, on-bill financing, and low-income programs.
Utility-bill financing or repayment allows consumers to upgrade their homes and business to be more energy efficient and pay for the work over time through a monthly upgrade fee on their utility bill. Energy savings on gas and electric bills should outweigh the monthly upgrade fee, depending in part on the length of the payment term and which measures are implemented. Essentially, consumers pay for the upgrade while they save from it.
This chart allows users to compare the United States along a number of economic indicators related to income, employment, and economic security. By selecting between these measurements and offering a geographic view of these statistics, users are better able to visualize trends in economic factors and make comparisons between states.
Small business owners believe that a higher minimum wage would increase consumer purchasing power and reduce employee turnover. Small business's support for raising the federal minimum wage is strong across the United States.
Live-Near-your work programs help employees buy homes in the communities where they work. These programs reduce the high costs of transportation, commuting times, and increases employee morale and productivity. Communities benefit from revitalized neighborhoods, reduced traffic congestion and road repair costs.