The Green Guide to the State of the Union Address
President Obama made many promises about clean energy and the environment. Here's what he said--and what he left out. (Fast Company)

DOE’s Chu Outlines Energy Spending Plan
A day after President Obama pitched a clean-energy agenda in his State of the Union speech, Energy Secretary Steven Chu outlined the administration’s strategy for producing 80% of the nation’s electricity from clean sources by 2035—and how much it might cost. (Politico)

300,000 Homes Weatherized Under Recovery Act
Energy-upgrade assistance program estimated to save low-income households $161 million per year. (EcoHome)

2011 Will Bring New Sustainability and Building Standards
A new year means new green building standards are on the horizon. Is your project affected? (Construction Digital)

CALGreen Takes Effect
New buildings in California must now be more environmentally responsible under provisions of the state's Green Building Standards Code that took effect with the new year. (Reuters)

California Incandescent Ban Begins
The state implemented its law one year ahead of a federal standard that will ban the traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb. (Environmental Leader)

Idaho Energy Rebate Could Be Victim of Own Success
State officials say the success of the program is undermining efforts to balance the budget. (Bloomberg)

Builders in Ohio Resist Stricter Building Codes
The enforcement of tougher energy codes that would make new houses more expensive is fast becoming a battlefield for builders in several states that are still reeling from a housing recession in which home values continue to fall. (Builder)

Maine Regulators Look at Smart Meter Concerns
The state’s Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to open a formal investigation into smart meter safety after allegations of fire risk. (WMTW)

Mendocino County Smart Meter Moratorium Likely Symbolic
The Board of Supervisors’ vote to impose a moratorium on PG&E's installation of smart meters will likely serve as only a symbolic gesture because the utility is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. (The Willits News)
 
In Maryland Town, Trees Triumph Over Solar Panels
The Takoma Park City Council opposed changing the town’s tree ordinance to make exceptions for those looking to install solar panels. (The Gazette)

Idaho City Considers Mandatory Green Codes
Ketchum officials will soon decide if their new sustainable building code will be voluntary or mandatory. (The Idaho Mountain Express)

New Orleans City Council Approves Solar Panel for French Quarter Home
The vote marks the first such effort in the historic neighborhood, long considered the final frontier for solar and other energy-efficient technologies to take hold in the rebuilding city. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)