Author Archives: Silvio Marcacci

North American West Coast Governments Sign Climate Change Pact

October 28th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington just formally joined forces to reduce emissions and transition toward renewables by signing the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, committing to link and maintain their respective climate and renewable energy policies.


1966: Back To The Future Of Fuel Cell And Electric Vehicles (CT Exclusive)

September 21st, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Hydrogen fuel cell and electric vehicles are widely considered the future of clean transportation. We’re all familiar with the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, but did you know a major automaker built EV and fuel cell vehicles back in 1966? I got a chance to go back to the future and check out the ancestors of today’s cutting-edge alternative fueled vehicles in person during a tour of the General Motors Heritage Center


2014 Chevy Spark EV Test Drive (CT Exclusive)

September 19th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Can an electric vehicle be powerful, cheap, and fun to drive? The answer to all three questions is yes in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. I took a test drive of Chevy’s all-electric mini car and let me say one thing – I was surprised by this EV.


California Passes 600MW Shared Renewables Program

September 12th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California's state legislature has passed the landmark 600MW "shared renewables" bill that will open up access to clean energy to millions of residents who can't install their own renewables - with no state subsidy and no extra ratepayer costs


A $1.6 Million Win In America’s Second Offshore Wind Lease Auction

September 5th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

American offshore wind took another major step forward yesterday with the second-ever competitive lease sale to develop renewable energy in federal waters. A subsidiary of Dominion Virginia Power won the Interior Department's auction to develop 112,800 acres about 23 miles from Virginia Beach with a bid of $1.6 billion.


Nearly 40,000 New Green Jobs Created Across America During 2Q 2013

August 30th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

Clean energy and sustainable transportation projects launched this year created nearly 40,000 new green jobs in America during the second quarter of 2013. From renewables to energy efficiency and public transportation, America’s transition to a clean energy economy is well underway, reports the latest green jobs report from Environmental Entrepreneurs


DOE and New Jersey Developing First US Transit System Microgrid

August 28th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

DOE will partner with New Jersey to develop the first-ever transit system microgrid as part of Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. NJ TransitGrid will cover rail lines and facilities across New Jersey Transit’s (NJT) busy northeastern corridor between Newark and New York City, and ensure trains keep running even if the centralized grid goes off the rails


California Cap And Trade Comes To A Crossroads As Carbon Prices Fall

August 27th, 2013 | by Silvio Marcacci

California’s carbon prices fell in its fourth cap-and-trade auction on news the state may increase the amount of free allocations it provides in 2014. But even though permit sales dropped 13% from May 2013’s record-setting auction, long-term indicators hint the state's emissions reduction market could wind up stronger than ever



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