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New standards for metal halide fixtures

February 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The Department of Energy (DOE) said the new requirements for metal halide lamp fixtures and external power supplies will cut energy waste, save families money on their utility bills and reduce pollution. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (OEERE) — a branch of the Energy Department that is behind the rules, which strengthen existing standards | Read More

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Hurry up and get those old bulbs!

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December 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

America will conclude its three-year farewell to inefficient general-purpose incandescent light bulbs on December 31, 2013, the National Lighting Bureau advises. On the following day – January 1, 2014 – it will be a violation of law to manufacture in or import into the United States 60-watt and 40-watt general-purpose “A-line” incandescent light bulbs. The | Read More

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Research Shows That Many Retailers Are Unhappy with Their Lighting

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October 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

via ecmag.com Retailers are considering upgrading to directional light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps; however, lacking relevant education, they are making these decisions primarily based on initial cost and payback, according to a survey of retailers conducted by Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC). Survey respondents included 87 retailers based in | Read More

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How We Learned Not to Guzzle

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September 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

by Ralph Cavanagh via New York Times FOR as long as most of us can remember, the nation’s energy news has trended from bad to worse, starting with the oil crises of the 1970s. But today, the good news is that our energy productivity and security are better than they have been in decades. You’d | 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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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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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

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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

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Help businesses in Maine cut costs with energy efficiency

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

By Ray Levesque, Dan Brooks and Matt Damon We represent three of the 252 Maine businesses that wrote to the Legislature’s energy and utilities committee, to urge it to adopt policies to increase Maine’s use of cost-effective energy efficiency. Doing so will lower energy costs, protect and create jobs, and improve Maine’s economy by keeping | Read More

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NC residents to get more rebate incentives

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May 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Greensboro, North Carolina residents have one last chance to get help making their homes energy efficient under a $5 million grant. The federal government recently gave the city four more months to work on the Better Buildings program, which offers grants and other incentives to building owners who want to make upgrades to their homes | Read More

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