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Regional Energy Organizations Lean into the Future and Long-term Goals

Green Alliance table in Portsmouth, NH at the 2017 Earth Day Party. Pictured (L-R): GA intern Diana Sarni, GA Co-owner Chad Butson (middle) and GA loyalty card holder on the right. Photo: Green Alliance

By Hope O’Shaughnessy

A number of regional New England organizations formed to address urgent environmental issues are expanding their mission […]

Vermont Leads Nation in Solar Jobs Per Capita, Again

A new report by The Solar Foundation cites Vermont as a national leader in the solar industry, ranking third for the number of solar jobs per capita. Between 2015 to 2016, solar jobs in Vermont grew by 29 percent, with an additional 400 solar jobs created in the state last year.

“Each solar job means […]

Too Big to Fail – Too Big to Save

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By George Harvey

For those who are interested, two books that describe economic bubbles are Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay (Richard Bentley, London, in 1841, currently in print from various publishers and at Project Gutenberg, gutenberg.org/ebooks/24518), and The Big Short, by Michael Lewis (W. […]

What’s the MPG on your house?

By Jeffrey Gephart

If you’re under 54, every new car you’ve ever bought has had a miles-per-gallon (MPG) rating on it. Maybe the vehicle purchased didn’t get great mileage, but at least you knew what you were getting into.

If you are building, buying, or even refinancing, what about your “MPG” for the house? For […]

Appraising High Performance Homes To Meet Today’s Energy Codes

Chicago area Realtor® Laura Reedy Stukel, delivers an inspiring Keynote presentation to 225 realtors, lenders, appraisers, builders, and home performance contractors from VT and NH at the Green Real Estate Symposium at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT last October.

By Jeffrey Gephart

Appraising High Performance Homes. I speak daily with Vermont builders, […]

Renewables Saw More Money Invested and More Capacity Added in 2015 than Ever Before

By Cole Mellino

Reposted with permission from EcoWatch.

As oil prices continue to drop, renewable energy1 brought in a record $329.3 billion of investment last year, according to data2 released today from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Spending on clean energy technology increased 4% from 2014, due to tumbling prices for photovoltaics […]

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Is “Cap and Trade” Helping to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

“Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities […]