Energy Efficiency

Why do they hate the bulbs?

Senator Michelle Bachmann
January 15th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Once again, some members of the House are trying to turn back a train that has already left the station. They have inserted a light bulb rider in the 2014 omnibus spending bill which would prohibit the Department of Energy (DOE) from enforcing the light bulb standards enacted in 2007 and signed into law by | Read More

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DOE Offers $10 Million for Energy-Saving Lighting Technologies

December 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The Energy Department on December 6 announced nearly $10 million to support U.S. research, development, and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies. This funding will help accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the potential to reduce lighting energy use. Based on the Energy Department’s report on | Read More

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DOE Awards $4 Million for State Energy Efficiency

December 9th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

  The Energy Department on November 26 awarded nearly $4 million to 13 states to increase statewide energy savings and boost the energy efficiency of public institutions, local governments, and industrial sectors. The awards were through the Energy Department’s State Energy Program, which assists states in saving energy and deploying new clean energy technologies. The | 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

LED bulbs
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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House GOP prepares wish list for debt-limit legislation that includes ideas on energy policy

September 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In exchange for preventing a catastrophic default on the nation’s debt, House Republicans plan to ask for a long list of concessions on energy policy, ranging from giving Congress veto authority over major environmental regulations to expanding oil and natural gas drilling offshore and on federal land to spewing as much noxious gases into the | 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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Energy efficiency legislation creeps forward

August 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

from ACEEE Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members’ return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful | Read More

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First it was Light Bulbs, now it is Fans

July 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Rep. Marsha Blackburn is not a fan. The Tennessee Republican says new regulations on energy efficiency will overly burden businesses in her district. (Have we not heard this before?) At the center of Blackburn’s concerns is the inclusion of ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits in a list of appliances for which the Department | Read More

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