Energy Efficiency

Minneapolis plan aims to let market drive efficiency

February 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Minneapolis is poised to become the first city in the Midwest to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data. Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the | Read More

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PA Give Small Biz Owners Rebates for Upgrades

February 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $239,809 in grants to help 32 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. “Becoming energy-efficient can involve an initial up-front investment that will be proportionally higher for small businesses,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The investment will pay for itself and more over time, but this program | Read More

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Top 5 Incentives for Energy Efficiency Lighting

February 4th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Rebates | No Comments

Facilities Managers or supervisors looking for incentives to kick off energy efficient lighting projects in 2013 will have not one but five incentive to consider: Utility Rebates: Most local utility companies offer energy efficient rebate programs that cover the T5 Retrofit Kit. However, they might fall under the custom rebate program, where pre-approval and inspection | Read More

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NYSERDA Announces Energy Efficiency Projects at Binghamton University

January 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates, Schools | No Comments

From NYSERDA: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced energy efficiency projects at the State University of New York at Binghamton that are projected to save the university $355,000 in energy costs every year and will result in the avoidance of over 2,190 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. These projects | Read More

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Energy Saving Companies Reap Government Rewards

January 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

President Barack Obama’s promise to attack climate change is likely to light a fire under federal agencies slow to comply with a mandate to cut energy use – which could be very good news for companies that specialize in systems that save power. Waiting in the wings are the likes of Honeywell International Inc, Johnson | Read More

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Is there a ‘rebound’ effect for energy efficiency?

January 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The argument that those who have fuel-efficient cars drive them more and hence use more energy is overplayed and inaccurate, a University of California, Davis, economist and his co-authors say in a comment article published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Critics of energy efficiency programs in public policy debates have cited the “rebound effect” as | Read More

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CA Senator Wants More Energy Efficiency for Govt

January 24th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer is moving bills to improve building energy efficiency as one means of mitigating climate change. “There doesn’t have to be ‘a bill’ on climate,” Boxer told reporters Tuesday morning, one day after President Barack Obama gave climate change a prominent place in his second inaugural address. “There | 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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Americans Could Save Over Half-Billion with Energy Efficiency Products

January 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

The global energy efficiency market totaled a hefty $595.45 billion in 2012. Although growth slipped a bit during the global recession of 2008-2009, business has picked back up and many market segments are now thriving. The future of the global energy efficiency market remains bright, as some segments enjoy especially prosperous growth.Smart meters are projected to experience a | Read More

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New England States Avert Grid Upgrades Thanks to Energy Efficiency

January 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Need more evidence of the value of energy efficiency initiatives? Consider this recent regional revelation from New England. Recent energy efficiency measures taken across six states have been so effective that there’s no longer a need to spend $260 million in planned upgrades to transmission towers and power lines, reports ISO-New England, the agency that runs the region’s | Read More

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