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Even Your Parking Structure Violates Prop 65

The Prop 65 “Clear and Reasonable Warnings” updates that became effective in August 2018 contain lots of traps for the unwary, including one that you might not have noticed: tailored Prop 65 warnings are required at each of the public entrances to your enclosed parking facilities. To avail your regulated...

Guaranteeing California’s Renewable Energy Small Business Future

In late February, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) (in collaboration with State Controller John Chiang) introduced California Senate Bill 1465.  The legislation would seek to provide credit support for small renewable energy and agricultural businesses in the form of loan guarantees.  By doing so, the bill hopes to “facilitate export expansion” and promote...

Life in the Green Lane – Carpool Privileges to be Given to Qualifying Cars

At the start of the year, California began offering green clean air vehicle decals to purchasers or lessees of cars meeting California’s Enhanced Advanced Partial Zero Emission Vehicle requirements.  These decals enable a single driver to drive in the carpool lane. California is limiting the number of stickers to 40,000.  The...

Heavy Duty Greening: Obama Administration Announces New Fuel Efficiency and Pollution Standards

On Tuesday, the Obama administration, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) announced new standards aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increasing fuel efficiency for buses, big rig trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles. This comes on the heels of last week’s similar announcement for cars and light-duty trucks. The program covers vehicles built...

We’ll All Be Driving Cleaner By 2025

President Obama announced today an agreement with thirteen major automakers to commence the next phase of the Administration’s program to increase fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. EPA and the Department of Transportation worked with auto manufacturers, the state of...

No Longer Running On Fumes: Air Board Approves $40 Million in Additional Funding for Clean Vehicles

As my colleague posted last month, California’s popular Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) was in jeopardy of running out of funds by this month. The program, funded by California’s Air Resources Board (ARB), provides vouchers or rebates on a first-come, first-served basis toward the purchase of zero-emission or plug-in hybrid cars, and zero-emission or...

Taking Drinking and Driving To a Whole New Level:

Four Loko and Other Alcoholic Energy Drinks To Be Recycled Into Ethanol What do you get when you mix an energy drink with enough caffeine to keep you awake for three days and a hefty amount of alcohol? Stumped? Then you clearly aren’t in college or underage. If you...

As Solar Power Projects Soar How Can Energy Consumers Take Advantage?

In keeping with his commitment to create jobs by funding clean technology, President Obama announced last month that the Department of Energy was awarding nearly $2 billion in conditional commitments from the Recovery Act to two solar companies. One recipient of the funds, Abound Solar Manufacturing, is building two...

Kerry to Settle For Clean Energy Bill?

With the collapse of the Senate’s intention to consider even a scaled-down cap and trade bill before its August recess, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) has re-entered the fray. Kerry, along with Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), earlier introduced the American Power Act, a major component of which was a multi-sector cap and trade requirement. When...

SKIPSO: New Online Resource for Cleantech Companies and Investors Alike

For companies, investors, executives and service providers looking to make their mark in the cleantech and sustainable energy arena, there is a new website, which serves to connect fellow green-minded thinkers in the same way that LinkedIn has connected millions of users since its launch in 2003. The site not...

Government Sends Mixed Messages Regarding Cleantech Agenda

With the Gulf oil spill crisis growing by the day, the quest for alternative energy sources is front and center in policy debates and the news, but it is unclear whether the United States government is ready to fully embrace clean technology. President Barack Obama spent time addressing the...