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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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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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Hilton beach hotel to power up wind energy soon

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August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

A new rooftop attraction is turning heads at one South Florida hotel. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort has installed six wind turbines to plug into the natural breeze blowing from the Atlantic Ocean and help power its facilities. It’s the first Hilton of more than 500 properties to have installed wind turbines, executives said. They also | Read More

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The Cost of Power Outages

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August 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

from Energy.gov This week marks the tenth anniversary of one of the worst power outages in the United States, during which tens of millions of Americans were affected across parts of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey. Severe weather is the number one cause of power outages on the nation’s | Read More

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Why Americans need to care about energy efficiency

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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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Study Shows U.S. Is Becoming More Energy Efficient

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

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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

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Disincentives to Energy Efficiency Can Be Fixed

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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

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

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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

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