Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Energy-Savings Caucus

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December 13th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Reps. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) launched a bipartisan caucus Wednesday to promote government use of energy-savings contracts with private firms. While Democrats and Republicans have split on ways to implement broader energy-efficiency policy, Gardner and Welch say the energy-savings contracts hit a sweet spot for both parties.  “You can still support this standard | Read More

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Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy On-Bill Repayment Bill Introduced in California

December 12th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

  An innovative and pioneering energy efficiency and renewable energy finance mechanism took a step closer to reality yesterday with the introduction of Senate Bill 37 (SB 37) by Senator Kevin de Leon. The bill would authorize theto establish a first-in-the nation On-Bill Repayment (OBR) program allowing consumers a creative way to save money and | Read More

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Energy Efficiency in RI Heating Up

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December 10th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

The Ocean State has stronger programs for the efficient use of electricity and heating fuels than all but six other states in the nation, according to the latest annual rankings from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group. Those efforts have been so successful that starting in 2015, according | Read More

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Energy Efficiency at the Heart of Michigan’s Energy Future

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made it clear that energy efficiency is a cornerstone of Michigan’s energy future.  He called energy efficiency, “the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have,” describing how his administration is seeking to prioritize energy solutions “that are good for Michigan, not just in one possible future, but in many | Read More

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Energy Incentives in Arizona Can Yield $7B in Savings

November 28th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Arizona households and businesses can cut electricity use by 21 percent and save $7.3 billion by 2020 if utilities ramp up energy-efficiency incentives, a public policy group said Tuesday. A report presented to Arizona energy officials by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) said the state’s utilities already have programs that can be expanded to | Read More

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Is Tax Reform the Path to the US Becoming More Energy-Efficient?

November 26th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Cross Posted from ACEEE As the nation begins to ponder tax reform next year, we have an opportunity to create a new corporate tax structure that encourages investments that benefit society, such as energy efficiency, as well as the businesses that make these investments. In the report Industrial Energy Efficiency and Tax Reform, released by ACEEE, | Read More

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Energy Efficiencies Could Help 6 states save $20B

November 15th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

A new study finds that Colorado and five other western and southwestern states could save $20 billion by 2030 if utilities and residents accelerated the shift toward using energy more efficiently. In homes, this would require more overhauls to improve insulation, seal cracks, replace heaters and coolers, switch lights and swap out water- guzzling toilets | Read More

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Are ‘smart bulbs’ the next bright idea in energy efficiency?

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November 14th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

Zach Supalla had the proverbial light-bulb moment last December while flicking on lamps in a hotel room. Instead of walking to every corner of the room, wouldn’t it be easier if there was an app for this? The former McKinsey & Co. analyst went home and founded Spark, a connected lighting company that’s getting ready | Read More

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TVA: Efficiency Programs Gain in Popularity

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November 8th, 2012 | Posted in Blog | No Comments

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday announced that energy efficiency programs this year saved enough electricity to power 35,000 homes. The efficiency programs reduced power usage by 560 gigawatt-hours for the second straight year, bringing the total saved since 2007 to 1,600 gigawatt-hours, said Bob Balzar, a TVA vice president. “The popularity of our energy efficiency | Read More

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A New Twist on Financing Energy Efficiency Projects

September 21st, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The absence of attractive financing options can put the brakes on commercial property owners’ plans to significantly upgrade the efficiency of their buildings. But 14 California counties and 126 cities have joined forces to launch the country’s largest PACE program to help those owners finance energy and water efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. PACE (also referred | Read More

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