Powering Forward: The Report

At the suggestion of the White House, the Center for the New Energy Economy convened more than 100 of America’s thought leaders to identify additional steps the President and his Administration could take to address climate change and the nation’s transition to clean energy. The result was Powering Forward, a report containing more than 200 new ideas for presidential action on five specific topics: energy efficiency, renewable energy, alternative transportation fuels, responsible natural gas production, and 21st century business models for electric utilities. http://cnee.colostate.edu/publications

DOE Releases New Data and Resources on Energy Efficiency Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy has recently released a new series of materials sharing the energy efficiency potential of six major pathways to energy and carbon savings that states and local governments can use to meet their clean energy goals. These materials show that energy efficiency could save consumers and businesses more than 1 billion MWh of electricity between 2013 and 2030, providing cost savings, air quality improvements, economic development, increased energy system reliability, and other benefits across the United States. In addition, DOE has released information that speaks to diverse audiences about the ways to achieve these benefits, along with opportunities for state and local governments to access technical assistance for incorporating energy efficiency into their clean energy plans. The full set of resources is available at:www.energy.gov/eere/slsc/EEopportunities. Also downloadable from the hub above is SEE Action’s new Guide for States: Energy Efficiency as a Least-Cost Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution, and Meet Energy Needs in the Power Sector.

Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker

Search Advanced Energy Legislation by state, policy type, bill status, keywords, year, or any combination. Advanced energy encompasses a broad range of products and services that constitute the best available technologies for meeting energy needs today and tomorrow. Among these are energy efficiency, demand response, natural gas electric generation, solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, electric vehicles, biofuels and smart grid. It's all the innovations that make the energy we use more secure, clean, and affordable. The AEL Tracker database contains advanced energy legislation across all 50 states. The database also includes other legislation that would either reduce or increase the market share for advanced energy. AEL Tracker organizes legislation into the following policy categories: Electricity Generation; Energy Efficiency; Financing; Regulatory; Natural Gas; Emissions; Transportation; Infrastructure; Economic Development; Other Energy. In total, the Tracker database provides current legislative language, recent actions, bill sponsor information, and policy trend analyses. Learn more: Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker

NRDC Interactive Map and State Profiles

From the National Resources Defense Council website: Every state in America can produce its own energy from clean, renewable sources, keeping millions of energy dollars in-state, reducing pollution, and creating new jobs and new sources of income. With the right policies in place, states and localities can harness their own natural resources -- from farmland and sunshine to wind and skilled labor -- to develop a local renewable energy industry. See the interactive map here: NRDC Renewable Energy Interactive Map See state profiles here: NRDC Renewable Energy State Profiles

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Services – Renewable Energy

From Bloomberg New Energy Finance website: The rapid adoption of wind, solar and other renewable technologies is transforming markets and business models around the world, while creating both opportunities and challenges in the supply chain. Our global service covers the entire value chain from technology components to project development and operations, giving an end-to-end view of these fast-growing sectors. Proprietary indices give up-to-date views into changing equipment prices, backed up by fundamental analysis on supply and demand. Policy and regulatory developments are tracked and analysed to provide immediate forward-looking clarity, and our models and analytical tools provide insights to support asset valuation, market size forecasting and business strategy decisions. Read more here: Bloomberg New Energy Finance - Renewable Energy Services

Climate.gov: Science & information for a climate-smart nation

Website managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Climate.gov provides science and information for a climate-smart nation.  Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather.  People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage climate-related risks and opportunities they face. NOAA Climate.gov is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate.  Our goals are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make our data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions. Learn more: Climate.gov: Science & information for a climate-smart nation

Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science

March 2009 - Resource and guide for climate educators by GlobalChange.gov. Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science presents information that is deemed important for individuals and communities to know and understand about Earth’s climate, impacts of climate change, and approaches to adaptation or mitigation.  Principles in the guide can serve as discussion starters or launching points for scientific inquiry. The guide aims to promote greater climate science literacy by providing this educational framework of principles and concepts. The guide can also serve educators who teach climate science as a way to meet content standards in their science curricula. Learn more: Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science