Blog

DOE: $675M saved with LED, could top $1B in 2013

LED-Light-Bulbs-Save-Money
June 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a report analyzing markets where light-emitting diodes (LEDs) compete with traditional lighting sources (e.g., incandescent and fluorescent). The report, Adoption of Light-Emitting Diodes in Common Lighting Applications, provides estimates of current energy savings, plus potential savings if these markets switched to LEDs overnight. Nine markets were analyzed: Four | Read More

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Ameren MO invests $62M in rebates and Mississippi Power says “No Rebates for You!”

June 12th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to invest $62 million from 2013 to 2015 in the BizSavers program, part of the company’s 3-year, $147 million plan to upgrade energy efficiency programs. Of the $62 million, $32 million is being used for cash incentives that encourage non-residential customers to complete energy efficiency projects. The overall cost of the BizSavers | Read More

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Disincentives to Energy Efficiency Can Be Fixed

osu-tag
June 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Rebates | No Comments

 A new study finds that utilities aren’t rewarded for adopting energy efficiency programs, and that reforms are needed to make energy efficiency as attractive as renewables. The article, just published in the current issue of Environmental Law, examines key differences between energy efficiency projects and renewable resources. Author Inara Scott, an assistant professor at Oregon State University, | Read More

Tags: , , ,

DOE to facilitate new investment in energy efficiency lighting

doe-logo
June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

The newly appointed Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz announced  five manufacturing research and development projects to support energy efficient lighting products. The projects will focus on reducing manufacturing costs, while continuing to improve the quality and performance of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Today’s LED lighting is six or seven times more efficient than conventional | Read More

Tags: , , , , , ,

Why is energy so expensive in the New England?

June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

There are several reasons but it begins with the fact that it does not have its own indigenous power supply like the coal of the south, the oil of Texas or big hydro of the Pacific Northwest. Second, New England’s electricity grid is largely self-contained, with some power lines bringing in electricity from outside. Think | Read More

Tags: , , , , , ,

17% of the World population still does not have electricity

green plug
June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Governments and businesses must double or even triple investments in new clean sources of energy, according to a new World Bank report that warns over a billion people still lack access to reliable electricity supplies. The report, is the first to explore how to meet goals set by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that aim to | Read More

Tags: , ,

Making buildings 30% more energy efficient would save $34 Billion per year

energy-costs-reduction
May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Energy efficiency is a good business decision for businesses, homeowners and the government, said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp., in collaboration with the Rhodium Group, analyzed the impact of a 30 percent improvement in U.S. | Read More

Tags: , , ,

Ohio business owners can borrow up to $1M for energy efficiency projects

Ohio Road Sign
May 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Manufacturers, schools, churches, and clinics throughout the Buckeye State could cut tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, thanks to a new pioneering financial tool launching today by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, efficiency-services financer Metrus Energy, and CalCEF, an organization focused on accelerating clean energy technologies. The new Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund provides | Read More

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

DOE Sec. Moniz says that energy efficiency is going to be #1 priority

moniz-590x392
May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Ernest Moniz delivered his first remarks as energy secretary at the EE Global Forum last Tuesday. In his first official remarks as Energy Secretary, Mr. Moniz focused on an aspect of energy policy that lends itself to consensus perhaps a bit more easily than others: the need for greater efficiency. After his swearing in just | Read More

Tags: , , , , ,

Bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in House

AEI
May 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

U.S. Reps. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential and commercial buildings and creating construction jobs. “These are common-sense ideas that will create jobs, save money for consumers and conserve energy,” McKinley said. “This issue transcends political ideology.” The Home Owner Managing | Read More

Tags: , , , , , , , ,