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Energy efficiency legislation creeps forward

August 15th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

from ACEEE Congress is now on its summer recess, but just before leaving, the Senate made the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) the official order of business on the Senate floor upon the members’ return on September 9th. The bill was drafted by Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) and contains useful | 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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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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17% of the World population still does not have electricity

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June 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Governments and businesses must double or even triple investments in new clean sources of energy, according to a new World Bank report that warns over a billion people still lack access to reliable electricity supplies. The report, is the first to explore how to meet goals set by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that aim to | Read More

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Ohio business owners can borrow up to $1M for energy efficiency projects

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May 30th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Manufacturers, schools, churches, and clinics throughout the Buckeye State could cut tens of millions of dollars a year on their energy bills, thanks to a new pioneering financial tool launching today by the Council of Smaller Enterprises, efficiency-services financer Metrus Energy, and CalCEF, an organization focused on accelerating clean energy technologies. The new Ohio Efficiency Resource Fund provides | Read More

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DOE Sec. Moniz says that energy efficiency is going to be #1 priority

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May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | 1 Comment

Ernest Moniz delivered his first remarks as energy secretary at the EE Global Forum last Tuesday. In his first official remarks as Energy Secretary, Mr. Moniz focused on an aspect of energy policy that lends itself to consensus perhaps a bit more easily than others: the need for greater efficiency. After his swearing in just | Read More

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Bipartisan energy efficiency bill introduced in House

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May 28th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

U.S. Reps. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at spurring energy efficiency investments in residential and commercial buildings and creating construction jobs. “These are common-sense ideas that will create jobs, save money for consumers and conserve energy,” McKinley said. “This issue transcends political ideology.” The Home Owner Managing | Read More

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NC residents to get more rebate incentives

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May 20th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

Greensboro, North Carolina residents have one last chance to get help making their homes energy efficient under a $5 million grant. The federal government recently gave the city four more months to work on the Better Buildings program, which offers grants and other incentives to building owners who want to make upgrades to their homes | Read More

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Why is the Obama administration not using enough energy savings performance contracts?

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May 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wants President Obama to expedite use of a tool that encourages energy efficiency within the federal government. Wyden said the administration should contract for the remaining $1.5 billion of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) by the end of the year. “ESPCs are a good deal | Read More

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