During a live online chat at the White House last week, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that 24 projects are receiving a total of $21 million in technical assistance to dramatically reduce the energy used in their commercial buildings.
While communities across the nation are increasingly conscious of sustainability issues, many are still at the beginning stages of turning green-focused priorities into concrete actions related to sustainability and energy conservation.
In light of the FHFA's warning against Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, some local governments have suspended their PACE programs, but supporters are rallying to save the green energy funding method.
PACE loans allow cities and counties to finance residents' energy efficiency retrofits and on-site renewable energy generation installations through loans that are repaid with a property tax assessment.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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