Solar Heats Up:Accelerating Widespread Deployment


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Today, I’d like to back track a bit and take us through some historical background on the trials and tribulations of clean energy policy in USA. With sales growing 40% annually and costs falling rapidly, solar energy technology has emerged as a core technology in America’s transition into the clean energy economy.  Solar energy brings opportunities in the form of new jobs, rapid technological development, and new challenges in land use, infrastructure, and the way we distribute and store energy.

Before I will show you a video clip provided by the U.S. House of Representatives, on the hearing entitled, “Solar Heats Up: Accelerating Widespread Deployment,” chaired by Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, with Witness List: Dr. Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Corning;Frank De Rosa, Chief Executive Officer, NextLight Renewable Power;Steve Kline, Vice President for Corporate Environmental and Federal Affairs, Pacific Gas and Electric;Ms. Nada Culver, Esq., Senior Counsel, The Wilderness Society;Dr. Gabriel Calzada, Economics Professor, King Juan Carlos University, I want you to be aware of an energy bill in the 111th United States Congress, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) (<–click for more details) that would have established a variant of an emissions trading plan similar to the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. This bill was approved by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 by a vote of 219-212, but was defeated in the Senate.  This vote was the “first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change.”  It was also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, after its authors, Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts;Waxman is the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Markey is the Chairman of that committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee.  Hearings on the draft of the legislation took place the week of April 20, 2009 and the bill was passed by the house on June 26, 2009. In July of 2010 it was reported that the Senate would not consider climate change legislation before the end of the legislative term.  Without further ado, please allow me to present to you, “Solar Heats Up: Accelerating Widespread Deployment” below:

Fellow solar enthusiasts, there’s much work awaiting us !

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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