Thursday, June 07, 2007

Clean Energy Quick Clicks

Continental Airlines is offering passengers the option to buy carbon credits to offset the pollution from their air travel. The nonprofit organization Sustainable Travel will manage the credits and invest in projects like reforestation, renewable energy, and efficiency programs. Costs for offsetting a domestic flight range from $10-$30 per flight. via the Consumerist
  • The Economist just published a piece discussing businesses' awakening to the realities of global warming: "Attitudes have shifted sharply over the past six years, most importantly among businesspeople...But companies are not driven purely by fear of regulation. Cleaner energy means new technologies, and new money to be made." However, the drive to be green could be derailed. A sustained fall in oil prices could undermine investment in clean technologies, as well as failure by the government to regulate emissions. The best way to keep up this move to cleaner, more efficiency energy, the article concludes, is for "governments to encourage investment in cleaner energy is to make the polluter pay by putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions. A carbon price can be established through a tax or through a cap-and-trade system, such as the one Europe adopted after signing up to Kyoto."
  • Macy's announced this week that it will install solar power systems and cut energy use in 26 of its California stores. The department store will partner with SunPower Corporation, which will install systems. Macy's expects a 40 percent reduction in their need for utility-produced energy from its efficiency measures and solar power. via Cleanergy.org
  • Watthead reports that Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law a measure that requires the state to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. Utilities that contribute less than three percent to the state's energy load are exempt from meeting the 25 percent requirement. Instead, they must meet a five percent or 10 percent target, depending on their size.

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