Climate Change 101

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

For the climate change deniers, this video explains it so a 5th grader can understand Tweet


Why Americans need to care about energy efficiency

July 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Most people don’t realize it, but their relationship with electricity is odd. Ed White, vice president of customer and business strategy for National Grid US, summed it up in a recent interview by relating a vignette from a colleague with a 13-year-old son. The boy ran from the house one day shouting, “We don’t have Internet. | Read More

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House blocks enforcement of light bulb standards

July 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Last Wednesday the House voted to block the enforcement of light bulb standards that many say would effectively force people to buy more expensive compact fluorescent bulbs. As this blog described in a post last year, we promote energy efficiency in every way. As a refresher, the bill was signed into law by President Bush | Read More

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Could the GOP embrace a carbon tax?

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July 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 2 Comments

We try to stay out of politics at the GSC blog, our goal is energy efficiency no matter who is promoting it. But when we read this article in The Hill, it made our heads turn. A conservative House GOP aide, writing under a pen name, says Republicans are screwing up on climate change but | Read More

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Energy efficiency saves jobs and money in Minnesota

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

A major energy resource exists in Minnesota — somewhere you’d least expect. This resource protects the environment and creates jobs. It is Minnesota’s manufacturing sector and the way manufacturers use energy. Energy efficiency is considered the largest source of new energy. With investments in proven energy-efficiency measures, Minnesota’s largest manufacturers could conserve 20 percent to | Read More

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How Policy Can Drive Progress In The Energy Efficiency Market

July 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

By Kate Zerrenner via EDF Energy efficiency is one of the fastest and most affordable ways to reduce harmful pollution.  Why, then, aren’t we financing more energy efficiency upgrades? Well, simply put, there are quite a few barriers that must be addressed and broken down before energy efficiency skyrockets.  Yes, there are already many buildings that have set | Read More

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UPDATE: Louisiana Lawmakers Say “YES” to Energy Efficiency

July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

UPDATED (07/01/13): On Thursday, June 27 the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reversed its February decision to abandon energy efficiency programs and reinstated its December plan for utility efficiency plans. The change came at the end of a contentious day-long hearing that saw spirited exchanges among the commissioners and a large contingent of energy efficiency supporters in | Read More

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Poll: 40 percent see climate change as ‘major threat’ to US

June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

from The Hill A new poll finds that Americans are among the least concerned globally about climate change, with less than half seeing it as a threat to their country. A Pew Research Center study released Monday found that 40 percent of Americans said global warming was a major threat, compared to 54 percent of | Read More

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Are CFL Safety Issues an Urban Myth?

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June 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

“Absolutely, categorically untrue. An urban myth.” That’s how National Lighting Bureau (NLB) Chair Howard P. Lewisdescribes claims that compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs) pose a fire hazard when they reach the end of their lives. Mr. Lewis, who represents the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) on the Bureau’s board of directors, dismissed the claim as | Read More

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Study Shows U.S. Is Becoming More Energy Efficient

June 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new study from the Rexel Foundation has uncovered that the United States has made great strides in becoming more energy efficient and is well positioned for future growth in the sector. Published last week, the Rexel Foundation study looks at the state of energy efficiency, and found that 94% of US electrical contractors feel | Read More

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