Eugene Becomes America’s First Neonicotinoid Free City

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMEugene, Oregon,  just became the first city in North America to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which many believe are responsible for the decline honey bee populations. “
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Metro Vancouver Will have Canada’s Longest Transit System

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PM“You know that  it is a tradition in the tunnel boring industry to name the machine after woman,” British Columbia’s Premier, Christy Clark, began. “We are here today to christen this machine Alice, after  Alice Wilson who was the very first woman they ever hired in the Geological Survey of Canada.” Once the tunnel it bores is operational, Metro Vancouver will have Canada’s longest transit system.
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The Loan Programs Office’s Accomplishment

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAmerica’s solar industry is celebrating its most stellar year. The amount of capacity number of installations have grown from a mere 45 MW, in 2003, to 4,751 MW in 2013. As Rhone Resch, President and CEO of Solar Energy Industrieys  Association (SEIA) puts it, solar energy is now mainstream. More than half of those installations was from ere utility scale solar projects that probably would not have come into being were not for the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO).
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BC Hydro Files Application To Increase Nameplate Net Metering Capacity to 100 kW

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMOn February 28, 2014, BC Hydro filed an application to the BC Utilities Commission to increase the nameplate capacity limit under Net Metering from 50 to 100 kW.
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