Energize America's scientific, technical, and entrepreneurial sense of national purpose so as to mitigate and manage the impact of climate change, while advancing energy independence via increased efficiencies and clean, renewable energy sources.
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Welcome to the Energize Now Initiative!
Energize Now is a social responsibility initiative consisting of a growing number of forward-thinking private and corporate citizens.
Through our initiative, ENI leverages the power and potential in each individual to make a difference; in doing so, creating a cohesive nation-wide movement to compel effective legislation and heighten public awareness regarding the environmental, national security, and economic benefits of advancing energy efficiencies and clean, domestic renewable energy sources.
Latest Host Announcement: No more handouts for the oil and gas industry!
Mar 6, 2008
Hi all -- I just wanted to let you know that right now, in the Senate, debate is underway to decide if government subsidies to the oil and gas industry should be diverted to where it is needed - renewable energy sources.
Last quarter ExxonMobil posted the largest quarterly profit for any corporation in American history. These companies do not need government handouts.
The House just passed a bill that would give these government subsidies to renewable...
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 NY Times — The House passed a wide-ranging energy bill on Saturday that will require most utilities to produce 15 percent of their electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar power. President Bush has vowed to veto the bill...
“It’s a big, big deal,” said Representative Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts and a longtime member of the energy committee. “There has been no legislation like this for a generation.”
The energy measure passed by a vote of 241-172, with 26 Republicans voting in favor and 9 Democrats opposed. Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made the bill one of her top legislative priorities for her first year as leader of the House Democrats.
The bill allots money for the development of alternative fuels and for increased efficiency of appliances and buildings. It is also meant to spur research on methods to capture the carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say are largely responsible for global warming.
The House also passed a bill to repeal roughly $16 billion in tax breaks for the oil industry enacted in 2005. Some of the money would be used to pay for the research grants and renewable-fuel projects in the energy bill.
The utilities provision, or the so-called renewable electricity standard amendment, was among the most contested measures in the energy bill. Sponsored by Representative Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico, and several others, it will force utilities to make a significant share of their electricity from solar, wind, geothermal, water and other nonfossil fuel sources, although they can meet part of the requirement through conservation measures....
WASHINGTON, DC, July 26, 2007 - Nevada Power's Reid Gardner coal-fired power plant has a higher emission rate of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than any other power plant in the United States, according to a new ranking issued today by the Environmental Integrity Project.
The Project is a nonprofit group created by former U.S. EPA enforcement attorneys. Their report ranks the 378 largest power plants in the country based on company-reported data.
When it comes to total tons of carbon dioxide emitted, Georgia's Scherer power plant tops the list, owned and operated by Southern Company's Georgia Power. When it comes to total tons of carbon dioxide emitted, the Scherer power plant, owned by Southern Company's Georgia Power, tops the list.
The 12 states with the heaviest concentrations of the dirtiest power plants, in terms of total tons of carbon dioxide emitted, are - Texas, which has five, including two of the top 10 dirtiest plants; Pennsylvania with four; Indiana with four, including two of the top 10 dirtiest plants; Alabama with three; Georgia with three, including two of the top three dirtiest plants; North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia have three apiece; while Wyoming, Florida, Kentucky and New Mexico each have two.
Nitrogen oxides are precursors of smog, and the power plant with the worst emissions rate in the country is Indiana's Bailly power plant, owned by Northern Indiana Public Service. By total tons of nitrogen oxides emitted, the worst offender is New Mexico's Four Corners power plant, owned by Arizona Public Service. Read more...
Instructs the Secretary of Energy to issue regulations prohibiting the sale of light bulbs that emit less than: (1) 60 lumens per watt, effective January 1, 2012; (2) 90 lumens per watt, effective January 1, 2016; and (3) 120 lumens per watt, effective January 1, 2020. Directs the Secretary to transmit to Congress a plan for encouraging and providing incentives for the use of more efficient light bulbs by consumers and businesses.
Authorizes the Secretary to provide exemptions to the prohibition only in cases where it is found, after a hearing and opportunity for public comment, that it is not technically feasible to serve a specialized lighting application, such as a military, medical, or public safety application.
Detailed, up-to-date bill status information on H.R.1547.
Energize Now Initiative has teamed up with Energy Star to encourage 5,000 individuals to replace at least one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR labeled CFL bulb – as a first step to preserve our energy resources and environment. 5,000 pledges prevents 2,230,000 lbs of greenhouse gases.
For decades unpredictable Federal Policies (here 1 year gone the next tax credits) have hindered our nation's adoption and development of alternate energy technologies, and has led to our increased dependence on foreign oil, all to often from countries that do not have our best interest in mind!
Thanks to clean energy supporters like you, we have sent 45,000 letters to members of Congress, urging them to pass long-term federal tax credits that will jump-start solar energy and fuel cell markets in the United States.
Unfortunately, some senators -- perhaps including yours! -- did not support the solar tax credits in a critical vote a few weeks ago. The “Baucus Amendment”, which contained all the energy tax provisions, including a long-term extension of the solar and fuel cell investment tax credit (ITC), fell just three votes shy of passage.
We're urgently asking you to write your senator and ask him or her to support this vital legislation. Currently, Senate leadership is working to revive the tax package. The support of a few more senators can help push this measure through. Now is the time for your senator to show he or she is committed to a 21st century energy policy that rapidly grows the use of solar in this country.