Ocean State Attorney will lead The Rhode Island Energy Challenge
Providence, RI: SmartPower, the nation’s leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean energy and energy efficiency today announced the hire of Matthew Ray, Esq as their Rhode Island Outreach Coordinator.
“We’re excited to have Matt join the SmartPower team,” said Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower. “Matt brings local knowledge, community organizing expertise, strong problem solving and negotiating skills, as well as event planning and volunteer recruitment experience to the SmartPower team. Plus he’s just a great guy to work with! We’re lucky to have him!”
Matt began his campaign experience while in college at UNLV, where he worked on the U.S. Senate campaign for President Jimmy Carter’s son Jack. Upon graduation, Matt returned to Rhode Island and enrolled at Roger Williams University School of Law. While in law school, Matt worked for the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office as well as several Providence law firms.
During this past election cycle, Matt was Deputy Organizer for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s re-election campaign where he was instrumental in community outreach and event planning.
Matt is an attorney licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Federal Court. Matt is truly happiest bringing his skills to the clean energy sector where he is committed to making a positive impact as SmartPower’s Community Outreach Manager for the Rhode Island Energy Challenge. This campaign is a partnership with National Grid to help Rhode Islanders reduce energy use.
“Rhode Island residents have a chance to lead the nation in energy efficiency,” said Ray. “I consider myself lucky to be a part of this exciting campaign for Rhode Island and our energy future!”
Solar becomes single largest source of new grid capacity in the USA -
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 16, 2013 - For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) Mar
Very often there are complaints that wind power negatively effects the health of those living around the wind power plants. According to EcoWatch, this viewpoint could be fabricated by opponents of wind power.
“With the costs of renewable energy coming down, and the technology improving, more and more research shows that switching from fossil fuels to clean energy is feasible.”
-David Suzuki of EcoWatch
Congratulations to American University for making the Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll! American University is living up to it’s motto, “the American dream is green!” by carrying out the implementation of zero waste, sustainable purchasing, and green building policies. More than 25 buildings on campus are participating in a LEED Volume Existing Building certification project. On top of that, AU installed more than 2,150 solar photovoltaic panels on six American University buildings, resulting in the largest solar power system in the District of Columbia. Way to go AU!
Iceland produces 100 percent of its electricity from renewables compared to the U.S. at 13 percent. Check out the graphic comparison on the New York Times website: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/24/sunday-review/how-much-electricity-comes-from-renewable-sources.html?smid=fb-share&_r=4&?cid=social-facebook-ww14&
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Stay up to date on your Earth Month activities with the Cherry Blossom Festival! This year, Union Station in Washington, D.C. is hosting Earth Month 2013 from April 1 through April 30. Earth Month will feature a film festival, a farmers’ market, alternative energy demonstrations, a green fashion show and a science fair with local schools!
Check out Brian Keane's new site! -
Check out the new website of Brian Keane, President of SmartPower, for the latest information about his work and what he is doing!
Northeast States Prove Renewables Work in Reducing Carbon Emissions While Growing the Economy
The success that these states are having in limiting pollution, promoting energy efficiency and shifting to renewables should give us the confidence that they can continue to show the nation and the world that it can be done.
In 2006, SmartPower and TRF Sustainable Development Fund offered 10 communities in southeast Pennsylvania a free 1kW solar energy system if they could meet specific, and ambitious, clean energy purchasing goals. As of today, 20 communities have met that challenge, and are purchasing at least 20 percent of their municipal energy from clean, renewable sources.
SmartPower helped these communities reach their goals by building a strong coalition of local stakeholders from municipal environmental advisory councils, schools, faith-based groups and the business community. Meanwhile, a partnership among several key clean energy stakeholders, including PECO Energy, Community Energy, the Clean Air Council, Solardelphia and Native Energy, lent valuable resources to this program and helped see it to fruition.
To learn more about the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Communities Campaign contact Jonathan Edwards.