On August 5th the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hosted two public hearings regarding the relicensing of PG&E’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The Diablo Canyon plant was built in 1985 and will be 40 years old by the time its current license expires in 2024 and 2025 respectively. This is the original lifespan of a nuclear…Read More
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a new, comprehensive state energy plan. The reaction it received has been, well, not exactly one of universal enthusiasm, but not of widespread rejection either. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reacted this way in an editorial: On one level, it’s ridiculous for the commonwealth to have a comprehensive energy plan in the…Read More
EnergyTrends.org’s latest renewable energy trends grades are in and Vermont has earned the highest state score for the first time. Vermont has been a consistent leader over the last several years, but with gains in cost-effective energy efficiency programs and policies, it has surpassed the previous year’s leader, California.
Even as the nation’s leader in renewable energy polices and use, Vermont was still only assigned a grade of B+, an indication that all states still have much room for improvement where renewables are concerned.
EnergyTrends.org’s renewable energy grades are based on the following factors: renewable energy generation, growth in renewable energy generation, incremental electric savings, major state incentive programs, and third-party expert evaluations all for a possible value of 90 points. Moreover, each state can earn a maximum of 20 bonus points from: government sector renewable use, electric vehicles, net metering, grid connected installations (including storage), renewable friendly smart grid initiatives, and renewables incentives.Read More