Government

179D Tax Deductions Extended until 2015

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April 8th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Senate Finance Committee recently voted to approve a two-year extension of the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction, also known as Section 179D, as part of the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act. The provision allows a taxpayer to take a deduction equal to commercial building energy-efficiency expenditures made by the taxpayer | Read More

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Why do they hate the bulbs?

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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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Can we stop with the repeal of the bulb ban…PLEASE?

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January 10th, 2014 | Posted in Blog, Government | 6 Comments

Even though the bill was passed in 2007, signed by President George W. Bush, has widespread support by the lighting industry and will save consumers millions on energy costs,  there are still some members of the GOP who think that energy efficient bulbs are bad for Americans. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) on Wednesday proposed legislation | 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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Military & Energy Efficiency

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November 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Today, Veteran’s Day, offers a specific opportunity to express our gratitude for the sacrifices military men and women make every day across the country. As one of our country’s most vital valuable assets, the military and its missions and tactics are frequently discussed and praised. But often left unnoticed is the military’s growing leadership on | Read More

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Report: Green energy investment drops as ‘political will’ on climate falters

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October 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Global investment in renewable energy and efficiency is likely to decline for the second consecutive year amid a “weakening of political will” on climate change, according to a new tally of deals and projects. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said Monday that investment in the third quarter of 2013 was $45.9 billion, which is 14% below the second | 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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No Energy Savings For You!

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September 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that has stalled on the Senate floor will be shoved aside completely next week by debate on a funding bill, leaving the fate of the energy measure highly uncertain. A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the bill will “likely be delayed” until after debate on the continuing resolution. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen | Read More

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Energy efficiency on the Farm

September 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | 2 Comments

With all the attention that the Farm Bill have been getting lately, it’s easy for those of us of living in suburbia to forget that there’s more to the bill than just crop subsidies and food stamps. An important part of USDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in rural areas, and one | Read More

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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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