Pennsylvania Insurance Department Approves Green Discounts for Homeowners
The Travelers green building discount will provide coverage for costs and expenses associated with green building alternatives, personal property green alternatives, and green methods to dispose of covered debris, and will provide a 5% discount for residences with LEED certification. (PR Newswire)

New Home Trends for a Recovering Economy
What trends can we expect to see in 2010 in green new homes? (International Business Times)

Gov. Schwarzenegger Unveils Solar Panel Partnership
Nearly 100 new jobs targeting Milpitas, Calif., residents are being promised with the opening of a solar panel manufacturing plant in the city in coming months. (San Jose Mercury News)

House Committee Approves Green Building Bill
AIA report says GREEN Act could create or save as many as 140,000 design and construction jobs (Builder)

LEED for Neighborhood Development Launches
The USGBC has kicked off its initiative for green community planning, LEED for Neighborhood Development. (EcoHome)

New Certification Programs Position Remodeling Companies as Key Players in the Home-Performance Chain
At the ACI Home Performance Conference in Austin last week, leading building performance training organizations announced certification programs for the hands-on contractors who install the products, seal the penetrations, and otherwise carry out the recommendations of the home-performance auditors and analysts. (Remodeling)

Stimulus Aid Slow to Reach Energy Savers
Money being doled out by government agencies has been delayed by problems like insufficient staff in the Energy Department and pay requirements for contractors in the stimulus law. (The New York Times)

DOE Releases Funds for Solar and Water Power
The department will invest more than $200 million over five years to expand and accelerate the development, commercialization, and use of solar and water power technologies throughout the United States. (Renewable Energy World)

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)