Archive for March 27th, 2013

This week, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell helped unveil a research facility at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The facility, based in Prince George County, will house research projects in surface engineering and manufacturing systems, and help grow high-skilled jobs in the state. Read more

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Research indicates that American companies and entrepreneurs still benefit from one of the most favorable business climates in the world, but government regulation and oversight may be eroding the country’s advantages. Read more

The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle, would be one of the automobiles affected by Oregon HB 2453, a law requiring a tax on high mileage vehicles or EV's.

The Nissan Leaf, an all-electric vehicle, would be one of the automobiles affected by Oregon HB 2453, a law requiring a tax on high mileage vehicles or EV’s.

For several years now, a handful of states in the U.S. have encountered and tried to solve a vexing problem: Gasoline taxes have traditionally be a major source of funding to help repair roads and other needed infrastructure.

But with high-mileage vehicles and electric cars starting to show up more and more on roads, the money raised by gas taxes is dwindling. And as more major auto manufacturers join Nissan, Tesla, Fisker, and others in making all-electric cars, you have to figure the gas tax money will continue to shrink.

The latest state to try to tackle this problem is Oregon. In that state gas taxes account for approximately 60 percent of the funding used to repair city, county, and state road projects, and clearly, legislators there are concerned about the future. Read more

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Credit: Renjith Krishnan.

For manufacturers of green energy products and related components that are interested in exporting their goods outside of the U.S., there is a group of people eager to help. And they want little or no money for these services.

Edward Kowalewski is one of them. He is the director of international trade programs, international division for the New York State Dept. of Economic Development. Kowalewski spoke to a group of cleantech advocates and manufacturers at the World Green Energy Symposium at Hunter College in New York City on Tuesday, March 26. There, he told attendees that New York and other economic development organizations (EDOs) are “desparate to get the word out” about their programs and offerings. Read more

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