Through a community-wide investment in wind power, a rural county in Oregon is earning millions of dollars to build their economy, cutting carbon and demonstrating that clean energy is both practical and profitable.
To say that transportation is a headache for city leaders, businesses, residents, and employees in Hillsboro, OR would be an understatement. These challenges are partly the result of good economic fortune: Hillsboro has grown from a sleepy town to an employment center over the past decade to over 90,000 residents—with two consecutive expansions of a large Intel campus in the past year, hundreds of residential housing units coming online in the span of months, and new companies locating in the city on a regular basis. Read more
On February 15, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division announced the first six grantees of the Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program, a $500,000 state program to help local communities identify and implement strategies in energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet their local energy needs. Read more
There’s an old joke that explains the difference between being “involved” and being “committed.” Think of a ham and eggs breakfast. The hen is involved, the pig is committed. Recent developments make clear that Cloud Peak Energy is fully committed to coal exports from Washington terminals.
Working with numerous Northwest cities over the past four years, the New Energy Cities team has learned many lessons about how cities can accelerate the adoption of climate-smart, clean energy solutions. However, none was more instructive than the need for setting a clear, aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction with metrics. I know how process-heavy this sounds, but stay with me because this is really important. Read more
Cities account for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which means that helping cities tackle GHG reduction is mission critical.
At the New Energy Cities program, we work with small- to medium-sized Northwest cities to reduce carbon emissions by accelerating climate-smart, clean energy solutions in eco-mobility, renewable energy, highly efficient and intelligent buildings, and smart grid technology. Here’s our approach: Read more