Economy

Could US energy demands rise by 42% by 2040?

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April 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

US electricity demand will likely rise 28% by 2040, but could be as much as 42%, or as low as 8%, with average electricity prices that year ranging from 10.4 cents to 11.2 cents/kWh depending on economic growth, the US Energy Information Administration said in an analysis released Monday. Overall, EIA projects a 0.9% growth | Read More

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Linear LED, is the time now?

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April 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Economy | No Comments

No one doubts that LED is the future of lighting. For the last several years prices have been coming down on many styles and recently a 40w LED replacement has reached the proverbial $10 retail price point.  This is been a boon for homeowners but commercial users have not been eager to take the make | Read More

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Congress Needs to Re-Authorize Sec. 179D

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March 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Commercial buildings consume 36 percent of all U.S. electricity each year. This consumption costs $190 billion and is responsible for 18 percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.  Moreover, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 30 percent of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted, on average. Unfortunately, the market is not aligned to encourage efficiency savings. | Read More

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TN Energy Efficiency Loan Program Interest Rate Lowered

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March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Pathway Lending announced on Wednesday it has lowered the interest rate of the Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program to two percent in order to make the program even more beneficial and accessible to Tennessee businesses. The new interest rate is available on five-year loans to businesses that undertake energy projects that include energy-saving measures. Standalone | Read More

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Policy changes could free $1 trillion in energy savings

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March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Policymakers could free up $1 trillion in energy savings for consumers by modifying policies that would change consumer behavior, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy said in a report. Providing consumers with more information about the energy efficiency of appliances and other products is especially important, the Washington D.C.-based think tank concluded. Currently available | Read More

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EDITORIAL: A little guilt, a lot of energy savings

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March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Bright Ideas, Economy | No Comments

By Mark Joseph Stern via Slate How can I persuade you to conserve energy? I could remind you that using less power saves money and helps the environment, but you won’t listen. Studies have proven that appeals to cost and conservation have no impact on people’s energy consumption. But what if I told you everyone | Read More

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Energy Efficiency Spreading to Jamaica

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March 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

With the high cost of energy affecting their bottom line, small hotel owners across the Caribbean are welcoming the introduction of a project that is aimed at fostering energy efficiency in the industry. The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action Advanced Program (CHENACT AP), is a project geared towards enhancing the competitiveness of | Read More

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Green Building Now Is a Business Opportunity Rather than a Niche Market

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March 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Around the world, the green-building marketplace is accelerating, according to a study released by McGraw-Hill Construction in partnership with United Technologies. The study indicates a shift in the global construction market, now viewing green as a business opportunity rather than a niche market. Overwhelmingly, firms report their top reasons to do green work are client demand (35 percent) | Read More

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America Loves $670B Worth of Energy Efficiency Products

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February 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

It turns out that the U.S. embraces energy efficiency in a big way. According to a new report we released today, ACEEE estimates that in 2010 (the latest year for which data is available) $479–670 billion was spent in the U.S. on energy efficiency goods and services such as energy efficiency program expenditures, sales of ENERGY STAR | Read More

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DOE: USA can double energy productivity by 2030

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February 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have long understood that using energy more efficiently can be just as beneficial as finding new ways to produce energy more efficiently. On Feb. 7, NREL Director Dan Arvizu and a blue-ribbon panel of 20 energy experts drove that message home, declaring that | Read More

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