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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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Hilton beach hotel to power up wind energy soon

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August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new rooftop attraction is turning heads at one South Florida hotel. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has installed six wind turbines to plug into the natural breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean and help power its facilities. It’s the first Hilton of more than 500 properties to have installed wind turbines, executives said. They also | 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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Reaching the Underserved Multi-Tenant Market Through Energy Efficiency Financing

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August 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Stephanie Sienkowski Over the past several years, financing for energy efficiency investments has been widely viewed as a promising solution to reducing upfront cost barriers to investment in energy efficiency. However, several markets, including multi-tenant commercial office and multi-family, remain stubbornly hard to reach. Commercial buildings currently represent about 18% of the total primary energy consumption in | 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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DOE Invests to Save Energy in Small Buildings

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July 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

The Energy Department on July 17 announced an award of $10 million—matched by at least $14 million in private sector funding—for six projects to help operators of small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants, and grocery stores. | Read More

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