As I See It: State energy policy proposal puts more resilient path within reach
Throughout summer, Massachusetts residents are expecting heat, maybe even welcoming it after a long winter. However, the heat that residents have experienced across the state this June and July has gone beyond expected summer temperatures and veered into dangerous levels.
New Initiative, "Cape Ann Saves Energy"
Ken Riehl, CEO of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, talks with Tarra Rowe about a new initiative "Cape Ann Saves Energy"!
Doug Luciani: Saving up energy by powering down
Energy is the lifeblood of business and communities. The Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce had this in mind when it created its comprehensive energy policy, drawing on an eclectic mix of contributors in 2008.
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WIND HAS POWERED Massachusetts’ economic prosperity before, and it is poised to do so again.
Two hundred years ago, whalers harnessed wind off the coasts of New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Cape Ann, charting a course for whale oil to light up our region and economy. Today, our communities are again racing into the wind as we compete with neighboring states to ensure the Commonwealth is at the forefront of a fast-growing clean energy industry.
Reliable energy sources are critical to any community’s sustainability and economic growth. For regions like northwest Michigan where a healthy environment is a linchpin to success, the source of that power is equally important.
Mass. Chamber of Commerce chiefs press for more renewable energy
“Not only will an increase in renewable energy diversify our energy mix which will help make our businesses more resilient to extreme weather and less vulnerable to electricity price hikes, but it will also send the right market signal to clean energy industries, such as solar, energy storage, and offshore wind, that the commonwealth is the place to invest,” the letter said.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Viewpoint: Clean-energy financing bill good for business
As the voice of the businesses in 34 communities across the Pittsburgh airport region, I know the value of innovation in this great area. I also know that it makes sense to seize every good, forward-thinking opportunity in front of us, including the one now awaiting signature on the Governor’s desk.
"It is critical for Massachusetts to show its seriousness by supporting the nascent industry’s growth, so it does not become overshadowed by development activity under way in New York and other states on the Eastern Seaboard. Selecting multiple projects from the start, and then taking additional bids every year thereafter would send this message, support continued industry growth, and ensure competition and best prices for everyone."
Omaha World Herald: Facebook's Papillion data center expansion sends good message to other companies
“When Facebook makes a decision like that, that tells a lot of other companies that Omaha is a place they should be considering, too,” the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s CEO. David Brown said. “It makes a big difference in our ability to promote this community.”
Baltimore Post Examiner: Letter to the Editor: Reduce pollution and launch a new clean energy chapter for America
"[We] want to express our strong commitment to capturing the immense wind energy resource off our shores. To protect our health, wildlife, and economy – and the quality of life of future generations, we must reduce pollution and launch a new clean energy chapter for America."
DecaturDaily: Athens theater operates with help of solar energy
"It’s exciting to see businesses in our community making innovative changes that are good for the environment."
NewsOK: Renewable energy investment helps Oklahoma attract businesses and create jobs
"[Investment in renewables] helps us to attract companies as it shows how progressive our state really is. It gives us a leg up on other states.”
The Salem News: In Polarized Times, Clean Energy is What Unites Us
"Residents, business leaders and civic leaders on the North Shore are uniting to call for a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Let’s work together to build a more healthy, prosperous, and pollution-free future. Salem is leading, and the Statehouse should, too."
Roanoke Times: Clean energy drives business growth in Virginia
"The clean energy economy is thriving in the southeast, especially in Virginia. As a resident of this community for more than 20 years, and President of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce for the past 11 years, I can say with confidence that clean energy projects are creating a positive impact."
SouthCoast Today: Let’s make New Bedford the U.S. center for offshore wind
"The commonwealth should signal its long-term commitment to renewable energy to win this race for the offshore wind industry and take full advantage of the job creation and investment opportunities it provides. We urge the Massachusetts Legislature to use policy tools like the RPS and continue to embrace legislation to spur new offshore wind development to preserve Massachusetts’ reputation as a national clean energy leader.
Loudoun Tribune: Loudoun County Chamber Hosts Advanced Energy Roundtable
“The Loudoun County Chamber was proud to host today’s discussion involving a diverse group of business leaders and stakeholders to discuss the opportunities of growing advanced energy opportunities for the benefit of businesses throughout Northern Virginia. Our members have led on sustainability efforts through investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we remain committed to providing our members access to the latest information and resources that improve their operations in ways that help them ‘save green by going green.'”
Worcester Business Journal: State's industrial areas move towards renewables
"It's a growing trend. We have towns that are looking to put in some wind farms, and it's very important that in our area, where we pay some of the highest rates for for energy in the entire world, that we can become diverse in our energy sources and to work with legislators so they can understand and we as chambers can educate their constituents on the importance of these types of energy resources."
WBSM Radio: New Bedford Lighting the Way for Renewable Energy
"Investing in clean energy will also create new jobs in the industry, particularly in New Bedford, which could see “good, high-paying, on-land jobs as well as those that venture out from New Bedford to the wind farms itself."
Ricmond.com: Sigora Solar expanding in Charlottesville and Waynesboro, creating 50 new jobs
“We are no longer in the business of convincing people that solar makes sense. We are now in the business of building the solar-related businesses that make sense.”
St. Peter's Blog: Florida Power & Light’s sunny future, major solar expansion on track
"These new solar power plants are about more than just affordable clean energy. They're also delivering economic benefits right here, right now."
Amarillo Globe News: Xcel announces $1.6 billion investment in wind energy
"We think wind energy is a long-term supply for us because it's not something we're ever going to run out of."
Electric Light and Power: Entergy, NextEra break ground on Arkansas solar energy project
"We are thrilled to host the state's largest solar facility and help realize the benefits it can bring to our community."
Cleveland.com: Ohio wind law crippling wind development, $4.2 billion boost to Ohio economy
"We represent both the promise of clean energy achieved and denied, since we have the largest wind farm built but others stalled."
Tahoe Daily Tribune: Tahoe Chamber supports city’s renewable energy
"The Tahoe Chamber is committed to supporting policies and advocating for programs that promote economic, environmental and community sustainability. Business plays a key role in community leadership and encouraging and practicing a stewardship ethic that aligns with our natural environment."
Record Eagle: Luciani co-chair of CICE advisory council
"We're in a good position to take advantage of opportunities to provide reliable, clean energy in Traverse City at an affordable price. It's great stuff. To us, it's the way it should happen. It's market driven instead of government mandated."
Toledo Blade: Let Ohio’s businesses benefit from clean energy
"Clean energy has already delivered more than $1.4 billion worth of investments, 9,000 jobs, and $4.6 million in payments to landowners and local governments in Ohio. But much more is possible."
Roanoke Times: Roanoke Regional Chamber: Virginia can grow clean energy business, cut energy costs and create jobs
“The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes that clean energy delivers real economic benefits to the businesses and communities of Southwest Virginia."
Columbus Dispatch: Amazon to build second wind farm in Ohio
"We're waking up absolutely excited Amazon will be indirectly a part of Hardin County."
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“Paulding Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to celebrate all of the renewable energy projects that we have going on. These are great ways for us to develop the economic benefits locally, and not only in our county, but the counties around us as well.”
E&E News: Salt Lake Chamber says businesses moving toward clean energy despite Utah's rule litigation
"We're looking at how energy efficiency and smarter energy use could be good for businesses, as well as the economy, and really what that means for their bottom line."
Southeast Energy News: North Myrtle Beach Chamber: Offshore wind makes good economic sense for Carolinas
"Here’s why I support [wind development]: Offshore wind development would have the largest positive impact on our community by producing clean energy—and deliver approximately $17 million annually in economic impact and hundreds of local jobs."
GreenBiz: Where small businesses are a secret weapon in clean energy
"Sustainable business practices are something that every business would like to have, at least without having to write a big check."
Telegram: Blackstone Valley Chamber Joins Solar Chamber Challenge
“The Chamber Solar Challenge provides a great opportunity to help our members cut costs and take advantage of the growing economic opportunities of solar energy.”
Columbus Dispatch: Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce in Ohio supports local wind energy legislation to give more local control
“For us, it’s all about the pursuit of economic development and economic prosperity."
Worcester Regional Chamber Interview: Rick Galipeau, President at World Energy Efficiency Services LLC
In this segment from the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Exchange President and CEO Tim Murray welcomes Rick Galipeau, President at World Energy Efficiency Services LLC.
DenverGov: Denver Chamber Saves Money, Wins High Praise for Energy Efficient Leadership
“The Chamber is proud of the energy efficiency improvements that we’ve made as part of our building renovation. We’re saving money, have increased the value of our building, and are exemplifying the commitment that the business community has toward energy efficiency.”
Orlando Sentinel: Orlando Chamber Co-hosts Summit, Highlights Bottom Line Impact of Energy Efficiency
“When you really look at [sustainability], it's good for the bottom line for the businesses in our city.”
Huron Daily Tribune: Harbor Beach Chamber of Commerce VP writes LTE to shine light on Michigan's renewable portfolio standard
"Local chambers of commerce and business owners should be focused on the financial and economic opportunities associated with Gov. Snyder’s plan to revamp and modernize Michigan’s energy policy to supply affordable, reliable, clean energy. "
Environmental Leader: Despite Clean Power Plan Lawsuit, Local Chambers Say Clean Energy Good for Business
“Businesses of all sizes are finding opportunities for growth in the clean energy field. Chambers all over the country are working with their cities and states to attract clean energy investments to their communities.”
Newton Needham Chamber initiative targets energy, cost savings
"Reducing our carbon footprint is not just good for our planet, it can be good for the bottom line. We’re excited to partner with Mayor Warren and his team, and with Eversource and World Energy to bring this program to area businesses and non-profits."
Detroit News: Dearborn Chamber backs energy-efficiency standards
"As president of the Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce, I am so proud of our many pioneering companies that are advancing energy efficiency — while also improving their bottom line."
Kansas City Star: Greater Kansas City Chamber along with other local chambers supports renewable energy as part of Clean Power Plan
"CICE's leaders praised the economic benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures and said the plan could can act as a catalyst for economic development."
Triangle Business Journal: Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce appreciates flexibility for state development of a Clean Power Plan
“We like that there is flexibility [in the Clean Power Plan] for states to develop a [compliance] plan that works for their individual needs."
MiBiz: A2Y Regional Chamber of Commerce sees commercial and economic benefits of renewable energy
"We view (the renewable standard) as going beyond the environmental and social benefits. There are commercial and economic benefits for our members that need to be taken advantage of."