Recent blog posts

More Affordable Wind Power for Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot reported on April 24, 2015 that Dominion Virginia Power is putting its offshore wind power plans for Virginia Beach on hold due to unexpectedly high costs.

 

Desert Agriculture in the Navajo Nation

As of April 1, 2015, the Navajo Nation Council instituted an extra 2-cent sales tax on junk food and sugary drinks within the borders of its sovereign territory, the largest reservation in the U.S., which extends across parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.  The tax, put in place as the Healthy Diné Nation Act, is intended to discourage consumption of foods without nutritional value and in turn make healthy foods like whole fruits and vegetables more affordable.  The Council plans to spend the revenue raised from the new tax on health and wellness programs.

 

Clean Energy Alternatives for the Caribbean

On April 9, 2015, President Obama met with the leaders of several Caribbean nations in Jamaica, where he announced the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA), a new $20 million funding initiative for green energy production in the region.  As a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S.