Friday, May 09, 2014

America Advancing Toward a Clean Energy Future

Partnerships will more than double the amount of renewable energy to HUD assisted multifamily units

WASHINGTON – 9 May 2014 - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that 27 affordable housing providers and service providers across the nation have committed to installing more than 150 megawatts of on-site renewable energy, more than doubling the amount of renewable energy on HUD-assisted multifamily buildings.

In response to the President’s call to join him in advancing opportunity for all Americans, partners across the private and public sectors are making commitments to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency.

The 27 new renewable energy partnerships will create good jobs while cutting carbon pollution and come in response to the President’s call to action as part of the White House Solar Summit last month and the Better Buildings Initiative the President launched in 2011. Additionally, the new executive actions announced today by President Obama will bolster investment in energy upgrades in homes and federal buildings, strengthen appliance standards and building codes, and build a skilled solar workforce. Together, the President’s executive actions will account for $2 billion in energy efficiency investments in Federal buildings; smarter appliances that will cut carbon pollution by more than 380 million metric tons – equivalent to taking 80 million cars off the road for one year – and will save businesses nearly $26 billion on their energy bills; and training programs at community colleges across the country that will assist 50,000 workers to enter the solar industry by 2020. read more>>>

Progress Report: Advancing Toward a Clean Energy Future, opens thirteen page pdf.

The White House (finally {again}) goes solar
May 9, 2014 - The White House is on the solar grid, President Barack Obama will announce today -- nearly four years after then-Energy Secretary Steven Chu pledged that solar panels and a solar water heater would be installed on the White House roof.

The American-made panels are on the First Family's residence as part of Obama's "commitment to lead by example to increase the use of clean energy in the U.S.," said Matt Lehrich, a spokesman at the White House.

The announcement comes as Obama appears later today at a Wal Mart near San Francisco where he'll tout a raft of administration initiatives aimed at boosting the use of alternative energy.

The push comes as Obama sounds the alert on climate change -- a message that resounds with his liberal base, but faces opposition from congressional Republicans and is unnerving Senate Democrats facing reelection in conservative-leaning states. read more>>>

May 9, 2014 - Obama’s Move On Solar Is Equivalent To A Year Without 80 Million Cars

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