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

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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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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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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A New Twist on Financing Energy Efficiency Projects

September 21st, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The absence of attractive financing options can put the brakes on commercial property owners’ plans to significantly upgrade the efficiency of their buildings. But 14 California counties and 126 cities have joined forces to launch the country’s largest PACE program to help those owners finance energy and water efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. PACE (also referred | Read More

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Energy Efficiency as a Utility Resource?

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments

Energy efficiency programs aren’t new. They have been around for 30 years or more in many states, since the energy crises of the 1970s. But according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), energy efficiency programs have grown and developed to become “a low-cost, high-value energy resource for electric utilities and | Read More

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