Degrees and Concentrations in Renewable Energy Programs Grow at US Universities.

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The Wall Street journal reports that American universities are increasingly offering college degree programs in renewable energy technologies to meet growing industry demand for renewable energy skills. Across the U.S., universities that have long offered degrees related to the fossil-fuels industry are starting to offer degrees and concentrations in wind and solar technologies. Companies such as Tesla Inc. are seeking …

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Energy efficiency now employs 2.25 million Americans

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Looking for a job or smart investment? The energy efficiency field is an increasingly good bet for workers and financiers. Here’s why: new data show it employed 2.25 million Americans last year — more than the combined total of jobs to produce coal, oil, gas, and electricity (including renewables). These data are contained in the 2018 U.S. Energy & Employment …

US Wholesale Energy Prices Could Fall 25% or More If Solar and Wind Hit 50% of Generation

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In a world where wind and solar resources make up 40 to 50 percent of generation, wholesale energy prices will drop by as much as $16 per megawatt-hour, according to a study released Wednesday from a group of researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Modeling 2030 scenarios in which CAISO, NYISO, SPP and ERCOT reach combined wind and solar penetration …

HUD Expands the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

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HUD’s fiscal year 2018 appropriation made significant positive changes to RAD, which include: 1. More than doubling the cap of public housing units that can convert under RAD to 455,000 units, an increase of 240,000 units over the previous cap, and extending the application date to September 30, 2024. The unit cap increase will allow HUD to offer awards to …

Pentagon Continues Decade-Long Effort to Prepare for Consequences of Climate Change

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Nearly 50% of U.S. military installations across the globe face increased risk of numerous climate change-related threats including extreme temperature, flooding and drought, according to a Pentagon report. The report continues the Pentagon’s decades-long effort to prepare for the inevitable threat and comes as the Trump Administration has sought to discredit the science of climate change including by removing the …

RFP – Green Construction Certification Program for Youth

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As part of ICAST’s mission to expand economic development, ICAST trains youth (16-24) on green building construction skills and then hires them to work on our multifamily green retrofit projects. ICAST is interested in developing a certification program for ‘green building’ for at least 120 youth. We are looking for an education partner who can help us develop a custom …

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Top 5 Utility Companies Providing Energy Efficient Services to Their Customers

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Utility companies are not created equal. Some innovate and continually improve their programs, while others remain stuck in the past. One key indicator of how a utility company stacks up is its energy efficiency performance. To help compare utilities’ energy efficiency efforts, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy recently released a first-of-its-kind scorecard analyzing the 51 top utility companies’ …