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Electrical Grid Is Called Vulnerable to Power Shutdown

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October 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

via NY Times Over the past few months, there has been a steady trickle of alarms from the Department of Homeland Security concerning a threat to the nation’s power grid, and hardly anyone has noticed. The advisories concern vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by power and water utilities to remotely monitor control stations around the country. | Read More

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Report: Green energy investment drops as ‘political will’ on climate falters

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October 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Global investment in renewable energy and efficiency is likely to decline for the second consecutive year amid a “weakening of political will” on climate change, according to a new tally of deals and projects. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday that investment in the third quarter of 2013 was $45.9 billion, which is 14% below the second | Read More

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New Efficiency Standards Would Tackle the Energy Hog Lurking in your Basement

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

via ACEEE blog The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposed strong new energy efficiency standards today that would address a major energy hog that may be lurking in your basement. The new standards would reduce the energy consumption of furnace fans, which are the fans that circulate heated and cooled air supplied by furnaces, air | Read More

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Research Shows That Many Retailers Are Unhappy with Their Lighting

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October 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via ecmag.com Retailers are considering upgrading to directional light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps; however, lacking relevant education, they are making these decisions primarily based on initial cost and payback, according to a survey of retailers conducted by Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC). Survey respondents included 87 retailers based in | Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments Wane During Q2 ’13

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October 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via LightNow Shipments of traditional A-line incandescent lamps, as measured by NEMA’s lamp shipment index, decreased for the third consecutive quarter in Q2 2013, reaching a low point for the series. Second quarter activity showed a decline of 8.6% from the previous quarter. Moreover, the index fell by 20.6% on a year-over-year basis. Compact fluorescent | Read More

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How We Learned Not to Guzzle

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September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Ralph Cavanagh via New York Times FOR as long as most of us can remember, the nation’s energy news has trended from bad to worse, starting with the oil crises of the 1970s. But today, the good news is that our energy productivity and security are better than they have been in decades. You’d | Read More

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House GOP prepares wish list for debt-limit legislation that includes ideas on energy policy

September 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In exchange for preventing a catastrophic default on the nation’s debt, House Republicans plan to ask for a long list of concessions on energy policy, ranging from giving Congress veto authority over major environmental regulations to expanding oil and natural gas drilling offshore and on federal land to spewing as much noxious gases into the | Read More

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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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