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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 1, 2013

Zichal says Obama to speak soon on climate, skips details on executive action

Evan Lehmann, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-01 12:56:44

White House climate adviser Heather Zichal repeated the president’s warning that Congress must act on climate change yesterday, but she declined to give lawmakers a deadline or say which carbon policy is preferred by the administration. Describing climbing temperatures as “one of the clearest and most urgent challenges of our time,” Zichal also hinted at forthcoming action by President Obama as he faces pressure to spend more time rallying the public around solutions to climate change. He will pick up where his State of the Union address left off, Zichal said, noting that the Feb. 12 speech was “just the beginning of the conversation.” [ read more … ]

Investment in smart grid technology grew steadily last year — report

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-01 12:57:07

Global investment in smart grid technology rose 7 percent in 2012, according to a new report by the Worldwatch Institute, buoyed by the growing presence of renewables in the energy mix and the integration of new technologies into infrastructure upgrades. World markets saw $13.9 billion invested in smart grid technology. The United States remains the lead investor in smart grids, though its investments fell last year to $4.3 billion, from $5.1 billion in 2011. China, in second place, appears to be closing the gap, increasing its smart grid spending 14 percent to $3.2 billion. [ read more … ]

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