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No Energy Savings For You!

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September 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that has stalled on the Senate floor will be shoved aside completely next week by debate on a funding bill, leaving the fate of the energy measure highly uncertain. A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the bill will “likely be delayed” until after debate on the continuing resolution. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Read More

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Energy efficiency on the Farm

September 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | 2 Comments

With all the attention that the Farm Bill have been getting lately, it’s easy for those of us of living in suburbia to forget that there’s more to the bill than just crop subsidies and food stamps. An important part of USDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, and one | Read More

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Calif. gives utilities new financial incentives to push energy efficiency

September 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Uncategorized | No Comments

Utilities in California will be able to earn money when they persuade residents and businesses to add building upgrades that cut energy use, state regulators ruled yesterday. The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved up to $178 million for new incentives to promote energy efficiency in 2013-2014. The state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) will win the | Read More

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Surprise! Heritage Foundation says “reject energy efficiency bill”

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September 12th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Even though the energy efficiency legislation has bipartisan support and backing of the business community, the political arm of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative group that’s influential among Republicans, is urging lawmakers to reject it after the Senate resumed debating Wednesday. The “key vote” bulletin” Wednesday creates fresh hurdles for the bill sponsored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen | Read More

Shaheen-Portman bill would create jobs, save money — study

September 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

An energy efficiency bill awaiting Senate action would create tens of thousands of jobs and reduce utility bills by tens of billions of dollars over the next two decades, according to a study conducted by supporters of the legislation. The bill from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), S. 1392, could be debated as | Read More

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Solar panels back at the White House

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August 16th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

With White House officials fanning out around the country this week to promote President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, a highly symbolic effort is also underway at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C. After nearly three decades, solar panels are returning to the roof of the White House. A White House official didn’t provide the name | Read More

Energy efficiency legislation creeps forward

August 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

from ACEEE Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members’ return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful | Read More

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The Cost of Power Outages

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August 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

from Energy.gov This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Severe weather is the number one cause of power outages on the nation’s | Read More

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Can 179D Energy Efficiency Tax Deductions Be Saved?

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August 6th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

by Larry Clarke Although climate change may be somewhat controversial, nearly all of us agree that saving energy only makes good sense. Whether or not you believe that it helps the planet, it does save money. So reducing energy consumption is a reason able goal for all facilities management professionals. BOMA — the Building Owners | Read More

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First it was Light Bulbs, now it is Fans

July 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is not a fan. The Tennessee Republican says new regulations on energy efficiency will overly burden businesses in her district. (Have we not heard this before?) At the center of Blackburn’s concerns is the inclusion of ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits in a list of appliances for which the Department | Read More

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