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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Cal-State students organize for energy efficiency

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | No Comments

Cal State Fullerton’s energy-efficiency group PowerSave Green Campus is currently working with organizations across campus to encourage energy conservation cut down energy usage. The organization is hoping to promote this through techniques that include replacing incandescent light bulbs throughout campus and monitoring the amount of energy used. The group is organized by the Alliance to Save Energy, | Read More

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SF Biz Owners Can Receive Financing Energy Efficiency Upgrades

March 21st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Two Bay Area organizations announced a new energy efficiency program based on investing in small and medium-sized businesses nationwide looking to upgrade their current energy systems. Businesses accepted will split initial energy cost-savings with the investors paying up-front costs for design and installation of energy-saving technology. Manufacturers, schools, churches and clinics looking to retrofit existing | Read More

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California Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency

March 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

A new bipartisan report citing energy efficiency’s continuing and huge potential as a major U.S. resource underscores once again that saving energy need not be a political issue, which Californians well know after enjoying enormous economic and environmental benefits thanks to both Democratic and Republican leadership. Efficiency efforts since the 1970s have saved Californians over $65 billion, helped | Read More

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Energy Efficiency Rebates To Top $9.5B by 2025

January 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Spending on energy efficiency programs funded by electric and natural gas utility customers will double by 2025 to about $9.5 billion per year, according to projections published January 17 by researchers at Berkeley Lab. These funds, which come from a charge on utility bills, historically constitute the nation’s largest source of spending on programs to | Read More

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Gov Brown’s budget expected to aid schools’ energy efficiency

January 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates, Schools | No Comments

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his budget proposal, it included plans for $500 million in new spending on energy efficiency and related programs. Much of that money is expected to be earmarked for retrofitting schools to help lower utility bills, according to Capitol staffers. They say Brown’s plan will largely mirror a proposal put forward | Read More

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Editorial: Energy Retrofits for Schools Will Pay Off Big Time

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January 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | No Comments

From the Sacramento Bee In this new year, voters should pat themselves on the back for delivering some stability to public schools. Voter support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s increase in sales and income taxes (Proposition 30) stopped the precipitous decline in state funding for public schools over the last five years. But 2013 also brings | Read More

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CA Schools to Receive Energy-Efficiency Upgrade Funding from Prop. 39

December 17th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

With California still deep in the red, school officials want to make sure they get their proper funding to upgrade older facilities and make them more energy-efficient. Currently the energy bill for the Los Angeles Unified School District is $105 million per year. Principal Greg Thomas is pleading his case to lawmakers to give his campus | Read More

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Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy On-Bill Repayment Bill Introduced in California

December 12th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

  An innovative and pioneering energy efficiency and renewable energy finance mechanism took a step closer to reality yesterday with the introduction of Senate Bill 37 (SB 37) by Senator Kevin de Leon. The bill would authorize theto establish a first-in-the nation On-Bill Repayment (OBR) program allowing consumers a creative way to save money and | Read More

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Real Estate Management Goes Green

February 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | 9 Comments

Those are some of the top-level findings of a profile of the real estate management industry published this week in Pension & Investments magazine. The article, by Arleen Jacobius, finds — perhaps not surprisingly, given the outlet — that at least part of the growth in green in the real estate management industry comes from a | Read More

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