Green Housing Bill Moves Forward on Earth Day
The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act passed the House Financial Services Committee as part of HR 2336, the GREEN Act, and will next move to the floor of the full House of Representatives. (Real Estate Rama)

Collapse of Climate Bill a Blow to Green Sector’s Hopes
The much-anticipated announcement of a bipartisan climate bill has been indefinitely postponed after its lone Republican sponsor abandoned the effort in late April. (

House Introduces Legislation to Consider Smart Electronics Potential
The act would require the DOE and the EPA to take a harder look at the sometimes flawed Energy Star program and how it rates energy efficient electronics. (EarthTechling)

Regulators Approve First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S.
After nine years of regulatory review, the federal government gave the green light to the nation's first offshore wind farm, a sprawling project off the coast of Cape Cod. (The New York Times)

Fact or Fiction: You Need an EPA License to Sell Your Home
A misleading chain e-mail claims that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would require homeowners to retrofit their houses to meet new energy standards, and obtain a license from the EPA before selling a home. (The Daily Green)

Home Star One Step Closer to Reality
Proposed legislation to provide rebates for home efficiency upgrades, now moving forward in both the House and Senate, aims to put thousands of contractors back to work. (EcoHome)

North Carolina Counties Pitch Green Home Loans
Asheville and Buncombe county officials are considering low-interest loan programs that would let home and business owners leverage the value of their property and use the money to make energy-efficiency upgrades. (The Citizen-Times)

Missouri PACE Program in the Works
Legislation that has already passed the Missouri House could soon change the way home and business owners finance energy-efficient and renewable-energy improvements in the future. (

New Jersey Bill Exempts Solar Panels From Land-Use Restrictions
Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill exempting solar panels from restrictions, which had classified them as "impervious surfaces" under municipal land use law and waterfront and coastal development laws. ( 

Measure to Accelerate Solar Power in Maryland Rankles Some Lawmakers
The state is moving to require utility companies to accelerate their use of solar power, an idea rankling some lawmakers who are concerned that an impractical quota would needlessly raise the price consumers pay for electricity. (The Baltimore Sun)

Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Promote California's Green Economy       
The bill will establish the PACE Reserve Program that will lower financing costs for businesses and residences in California to make energy improvements through retrofits on existing properties. (Imperial Valley News)

Legislation Will Bolster Sacramento's Clean Tech Industry
Congresswoman Doris Matsui has introduced an act to boost the competitiveness of the U.S. clean technology industry, which will help further the Sacramento region’s progress toward becoming a clean-tech capital. (

Menlo Park, Calif., Water Conservation Ordinance Clears Hurdle
The law is aimed at curbing water consumption in backyards and other landscaped areas and follows an earlier, less-restrictive version that made national headlines for its proposed limitations on lawn size and watering. (Silicon Valley Mercury News)

Boulder, Colo., Council to Discuss Energy-Efficient Rental Codes
The draft ordinance that would force local landlords to each make thousands of dollars of energy-efficient upgrades in order to receive a residential rental license from the city. (Boulder County Business Report)

Minnesota Community Looks to Outlaw Coal-Tar Sealants
White Bear Lake's proposed ban on some driveway sealants is a first step in keeping contaminants out of stormwater ponds. (The Star-Tribune)