Ohio residents saving $5.6B with energy efficiency

May 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

by Adam James It’s not that surprising that energy efficiency initiatives reduce customer demand for electricity. But it may come as news to some that energy efficiency appears to decrease the cost of the energy that is used. That’s one interesting conclusion of a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy looking at | Read More

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Why is the Obama administration not using enough energy savings performance contracts?

May 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wants President Obama to expedite use of a tool that encourages energy efficiency within the federal government. Wyden said the administration should contract for the remaining $1.5 billion of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) by the end of the year. “ESPCs are a good deal | Read More

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Can Congress pass an energy efficiency bill?

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

Can a seemingly innocuous efficiency bill get through Congress? The Shaheen-Portman bill was just reintroduced to the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will review the bill, which is sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act is tweaked from the last iteration, removing some | Read More

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Should clean energy tax incentives be phased out?

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

A coalition of “advanced energy organizations” wants the House Ways and Means Committee to phase out existing energy tax incentives awarded to industries such as oil, gas and coal. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) sent a Monday letter to the tax-writing committee urging lawmakers to replace those permanent subsidies with “self-regulating” benefits that push clean-energy technology. “On the | Read More

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City of Talladega gets 0% loan from state for energy efficiency

April 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

The city of Talladega has been awarded a zero percent loan to improve energy efficiency. According to a letter from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, the state will be getting $274,303 “to install energy-efficient retrofits to buildings owned by the city…I congratulate you on your commitment to energy efficiency and the fine example you are setting | Read More

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Oregon’s 2012 Success Proves Energy Efficiency Is Effective

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April 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In early February, the Energy Trust of Oregon released preliminary results from its annual energy savings report. Results hinted that 2012 had been a record-breaking year for energy conservation efforts in the state, and now that hunch has been confirmed. The organization’s full 4th quarter report reveals that annual results exceeded even the stretch goals for electric and natural gas efficiency savings. Oregon’s success is | Read More

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Boulder considers boosting energy efficiency rules in new construction

April 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

As Boulder looks for ways to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, some city leaders are looking to the building code for at least one of the answers. Boulder’s current building code was well ahead of national conservation standards back in 2006 when it was adopted. However, international building code standards have evolved since. The 2012 | Read More

Congress Needs to Re-Authorize Sec. 179D

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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Can WV get some energy efficiency love?

March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

What can be done to get electric bills under control in West Virginia? West Virginia’s residential electric rates have risen more than 50 percent in the past five years. The burden of high electric bills often falls on the households that can least afford it. West Virginia still has the seventh lowest residential electric rates | Read More

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MO Dept. of Natural Resources offering $5M in loans

March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is making $5 million in low-interest loans available to schools, governments and not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. The department is accepting loan applications for projects costing between $5,000 and $500,000 through August 31. Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and | Read More

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