June 2010

A Cell Phone EMF Ordinance in San Francisco - Bad Precedent for the Smart Grid

June 16, 2010 17:43
by J. Wylie Donald
In a setback for cell phone providers, San Francisco is likely to become the first city in America to require cell phone companies to provide information on how much RF (radiofrequency) radiation their devices emit.  Yesterday San Francisco's board of supervisors voted 10-1 to approve this requirement and it is expected that the mayor will sign the ordinance into law.  Opponents of the measure point out that all cell phones emit at levels far below federal standards.  The new law is likely to create expectations in consumers that cell phones with lower emissions are sa...

Climate Change

TransCanada renewable lawsuit scores a win in MA

June 11, 2010 09:33
It’s only been about three months since TransCanada Power Marketing Ltd. sued the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), its commissioners, and several other Commonwealth agencies, claiming that Section 83 of the Green Communities Act discriminates against out-of-state renewable energy projects in violation of the U.S. Constitution, but the case has already scored a win for TransCanada. This week, the DPU issued an emergency rule eliminating the in-state requirement from the regulation that mandates electric utilities buy their renewable energy from projects installed in Ma...

Climate Change | Legislation | Regulation | Renewable Energy

MIRANT Sues in Challenge to Montgomery County Carbon Tax

June 3, 2010 05:22
by J. Wylie Donald
"First in the nation" touts one website. Another speaks of the "kickstart ... to a low-carbon future." Montgomery County, Maryland has leaped over the gridlock in Washington and passed a tax of $5 per ton from any stationary source emitting more than a million tons of carbon dioxide per year. One web site quotes the bill's sponsor: "This is a chance for us to lay claim to a revenue stream and clean up after a polluter at a time when we are under financial constraints." (click here) There is no dissembling here. Two points come through loud and clear: 1) carbon dioxide is being lumped in ...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change


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