Weekend Reads: - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Regulation, Solar  -  March 9, 2024

Weekend Reads: Making Sense of the New SEC Rule; Solar Shakespeare

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web:

5 takeaways from the SEC’s new climate-related disclosure rule (Forbes)  After two years of drafting and delays, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the Climate-Related Disclosure Rule on March 6. The final rule will require large publicly traded companies to disclose climate action, greenhouse gas emissions, and the financial impacts of severe weather events. While the rule is significantly reduced from the original proposal in 2021, it will inevitably face legal challenges and political pushback from the House of Representatives and Republican controlled states. The rule will be phased in, beginning in 2026.

Understanding UF Student Senate’s Green New Deal (The Independent Florida Alligator)  The UF Student Senate made national headlines for passing the first public university Green New Deal by unanimous vote Feb. 21. The resolution is written in five volumes and tackles a list of demands to address climate change. The resolutions underscore the belief that UF's high-ranking status, being a “leader in climate science,” should incite action in getting UF to join other universities that have adopted green new deals.

WEBINAR: Better Bill Data: Using technology to streamline utility bill management (EnergyCAP)  Get ready for a dynamic discussion about navigating the complexities of utility bill data! Tune in as an expert panel of energy and utility professionals delve into the power of technology for better bill management, energy cost savings, and more sustainable operations. REGISTER HERE 

Getting off fossil fuels is hard, but this city is doing it — building by building (NPR)  A liberal college town in upstate New York, Ithaca pulled together widespread support for an ambitious plan to eliminate its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 — 20 years earlier than the target date the White House set for the rest of the country. But half-way through its 10-year plan to address climate change, Ithaca has seen how difficult it is to move off fossil fuels.

Appalachian organizations are working to make the region a hub for green manufacturing and clean energy (Sierra Club)  A Pittsburgh-based coalition is launching a new project to put Appalachia at the front and center of the clean energy transition. The goal of the $10 million Manufacturing the New Energy Economy in Appalachia project—​funded by grant money awarded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law—is to remake the region into a national hub for green manufacturing and clean energy. The grant will work to minimize barriers facing small to medium-size traditional manufacturers (defined as those with 500 employees or less) while providing a route for local manufacturers to plug into the burgeoning clean energy supply chain.

Solar Shakespeare: Agecroft Hall has been using solar panels for a year now, so how is it going? (Style Weekly)  Shakespeare and solar panels are two seemingly unrelated topics. But the Tudor period and modern solar energy have more in common than one might think – something Richmond’s Agecroft Hall hopes to enlighten visitors about. The museum’s solar panels are a contemporary tool that uniquely speaks to the spirit of the time. 

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