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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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DOE Invests to Save Energy in Small Buildings

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

The Energy Department on July 17 announced an award of $10 million—matched by at least $14 million in private sector funding—for six projects to help operators of small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants, and grocery stores. | 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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Energy efficiency saves jobs and money in Minnesota

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July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

A major energy resource exists in Minnesota — somewhere you’d least expect. This resource protects the environment and creates jobs. It is Minnesota’s manufacturing sector and the way manufacturers use energy. Energy efficiency is considered the largest source of new energy. With investments in proven energy-efficiency measures, Minnesota’s largest manufacturers could conserve 20 percent to | Read More

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UPDATE: Louisiana Lawmakers Say “YES” to Energy Efficiency

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July 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

UPDATED (07/01/13): On Thursday, June 27 the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) reversed its February decision to abandon energy efficiency programs and reinstated its December plan for utility efficiency plans. The change came at the end of a contentious day-long hearing that saw spirited exchanges among the commissioners and a large contingent of energy efficiency supporters in | 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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Ameren MO invests $62M in rebates and Mississippi Power says “No Rebates for You!”

June 12th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Ameren Missouri plans to invest $62 million from 2013 to 2015 in the BizSavers program, part of the company’s 3-year, $147 million plan to upgrade energy efficiency programs. Of the $62 million, $32 million is being used for cash incentives that encourage non-residential customers to complete energy efficiency projects. The overall cost of the BizSavers | 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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Why is energy so expensive in the New England?

June 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

There are several reasons but it begins with the fact that it does not have its own indigenous power supply like the coal of the south, the oil of Texas or big hydro of the Pacific Northwest. Second, New England’s electricity grid is largely self-contained, with some power lines bringing in electricity from outside. Think | Read More

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Making buildings 30% more energy efficient would save $34 Billion per year

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May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Energy efficiency is a good business decision for businesses, homeowners and the government, said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp. United Technologies Corp., in collaboration with the Rhodium Group, analyzed the impact of a 30 percent improvement in U.S. | Read More

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