Energy Efficiency

2012 Utility Efficiency Savings Goals Met by TVA, Georgia Power and Duke Energy

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April 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

written by Natalie Mins The Southeast utilities are starting to step up their game in energy efficiency. Three of the major utilities here in the Southeast not only met their 2012 energy efficiency goals, they exceeded them by 22%! The idea of energy efficiency goals in the South was just a glimmer in the eye | Read More

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Colorado Co-ops Spotlight Efficiency

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April 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

The Colorado Rural Electric Association is working on a new program to help electric cooperative members use energy more efficiently throughout their homes, schools and businesses. The Colorado EnergyWise Project, a joint effort between CREA and its member co-ops, is in the initial planning stage, but the association intends to include several components that will be implemented | Read More

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TN Energy Efficiency Loan Program Interest Rate Lowered

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March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Pathway Lending announced on Wednesday it has lowered the interest rate of the Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program to two percent in order to make the program even more beneficial and accessible to Tennessee businesses. The new interest rate is available on five-year loans to businesses that undertake energy projects that include energy-saving measures. Standalone | Read More

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MO Dept. of Natural Resources offering $5M in loans

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March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is making $5 million in low-interest loans available to schools, governments and not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. The department is accepting loan applications for projects costing between $5,000 and $500,000 through August 31. Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and | Read More

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Policy changes could free $1 trillion in energy savings

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March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Policymakers could free up $1 trillion in energy savings for consumers by modifying policies that would change consumer behavior, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy said in a report. Providing consumers with more information about the energy efficiency of appliances and other products is especially important, the Washington D.C.-based think tank concluded. Currently available | Read More

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Chelmsford (MA) School Committee projects energy savings

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March 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Schools | No Comments

The School Committee has been updated about the district’s 20-year service contract with Johnson Controls, an energy company expected to generate Chelmsford $483,317 in total cost savings. Introducing the presentation Tuesday night was Department of Public Works Director Gary Persichetti, who informed committee members that Johnson Controls was able to address all capital items, as | Read More

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Consumers Energy (MI) Awarded $7.3M In Energy Efficiency Incentives 4Q ’12

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March 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Consumers Energy’s Business Solutions program awarded $7.3 million in incentives in the fourth quarter of 2012 to help Michigan commercial and industrial customers become more energy efficient. Statewide, these projects are saving the 1,695 participating customers an estimated $9.5 million in energy costs each year.  The annual energy savings are:  71.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of | Read More

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TX Legislature Providing Loans for Energy Efficiency

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March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Lawmakers are looking at ways to help Texans make their homes and businesses more energy and water efficient by introducing new structures for financing such investments. Legislation up for consideration is a financing program called the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which would let businesses get long-term loans to improve buildings using property assessments. Banks | 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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Green Building Now Is a Business Opportunity Rather than a Niche Market

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March 8th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Around the world, the green-building marketplace is accelerating, according to a study released by McGraw-Hill Construction in partnership with United Technologies. The study indicates a shift in the global construction market, now viewing green as a business opportunity rather than a niche market. Overwhelmingly, firms report their top reasons to do green work are client demand (35 percent) | Read More

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