Economy

Reno’s Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Initiative Successful

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February 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The City of Reno’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiative has proven to be a tremendous success, creating energy and financial savings along with creating/retaining jobs for Nevadans. The initiative allowed the City to invest more than $19 million in energy projects without impacting the general fund. In addition to the energy and financial savings, | Read More

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Spending on US Utility Efficiency Programs to Double by 2025

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February 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The U.S. is on track for strong growth in utility energy efficiency investments due to an emerging suite of state-level policies. From 2006 to 2010, spending on utility-funded energy efficiency programs doubled from $2 billion to $4.8 billion. While future growth won’t be quite as dramatic, investments in programs to reduce electricity and natural gas | Read More

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MASS leaders approve new energy efficiency plans

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February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Massachusetts State leaders announced today final approval of new utility energy efficiency plans. The state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Thursday gave approved three-year plans that will commit the state’s investor-owned utilities to deliver more savings to customers, improve the economy and protect the environment, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced today. The plans | Read More

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Minneapolis plan aims to let market drive efficiency

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February 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Minneapolis is poised to become the first city in the Midwest to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data. Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the | Read More

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Quick Savings for Landlords—Energy Efficiency

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February 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Ask any city building owner or manager and they’ll likely agree that maximizing efficiency can save money. Energy efficiency can be a quick way for landlords to realize savings through tax breaks or through the added interest from tenants who wish to live in an efficient, responsible building. The problem is that owners don’t make | Read More

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Top 5 Incentives for Energy Efficiency Lighting

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February 4th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Rebates | No Comments

Facilities Managers or supervisors looking for incentives to kick off energy efficient lighting projects in 2013 will have not one but five incentive to consider: Utility Rebates: Most local utility companies offer energy efficient rebate programs that cover the T5 Retrofit Kit. However, they might fall under the custom rebate program, where pre-approval and inspection | Read More

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Energy Saving Companies Reap Government Rewards

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January 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

President Barack Obama’s promise to attack climate change is likely to light a fire under federal agencies slow to comply with a mandate to cut energy use – which could be very good news for companies that specialize in systems that save power. Waiting in the wings are the likes of Honeywell International Inc, Johnson | Read More

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Is there a ‘rebound’ effect for energy efficiency?

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January 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a University of California, Davis, economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the “rebound effect” as | Read More

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