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Can Congress pass an energy efficiency bill?

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April 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Can a seemingly innocuous efficiency bill get through Congress? The Shaheen-Portman bill was just reintroduced to the Senate. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will review the bill, which is sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act is tweaked from the last iteration, removing some | Read More

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Could US energy demands rise by 42% by 2040?

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April 17th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

US electricity demand will likely rise 28% by 2040, but could be as much as 42%, or as low as 8%, with average electricity prices that year ranging from 10.4 cents to 11.2 cents/kWh depending on economic growth, the US Energy Information Administration said in an analysis released Monday. Overall, EIA projects a 0.9% growth | Read More

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Should clean energy tax incentives be phased out?

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

A coalition of “advanced energy organizations” wants the House Ways and Means Committee to phase out existing energy tax incentives awarded to industries such as oil, gas and coal. Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) sent a Monday letter to the tax-writing committee urging lawmakers to replace those permanent subsidies with “self-regulating” benefits that push clean-energy technology. “On the | Read More

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Colorado Co-ops Spotlight Efficiency

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April 1st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

The Colorado Rural Electric Association is working on a new program to help electric cooperative members use energy more efficiently throughout their homes, schools and businesses. The Colorado EnergyWise Project, a joint effort between CREA and its member co-ops, is in the initial planning stage, but the association intends to include several components that will be implemented | Read More

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Can WV get some energy efficiency love?

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March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

What can be done to get electric bills under control in West Virginia? West Virginia’s residential electric rates have risen more than 50 percent in the past five years. The burden of high electric bills often falls on the households that can least afford it. West Virginia still has the seventh lowest residential electric rates | Read More

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MO Dept. of Natural Resources offering $5M in loans

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March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is making $5 million in low-interest loans available to schools, governments and not-for-profit hospitals to complete energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects. The department is accepting loan applications for projects costing between $5,000 and $500,000 through August 31. Loans are repaid from energy savings achieved. Loans to public schools and | Read More

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Obama Wants to Raise the Game for Energy Efficiency

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

President Barack Obama will direct his focus securing America’s energy future with efforts to find new fuel sources, invest in the development of alternative energy and use our resources more efficiently. The cleanest and lowest cost way to meet our energy needs is to consume less. Strong financial paybacks are the biggest incentives for state | Read More

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TX Legislature Providing Loans for Energy Efficiency

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March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

Lawmakers are looking at ways to help Texans make their homes and businesses more energy and water efficient by introducing new structures for financing such investments. Legislation up for consideration is a financing program called the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which would let businesses get long-term loans to improve buildings using property assessments. Banks | Read More

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California Leads the Nation in Energy Efficiency

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

A new bipartisan report citing energy efficiency’s continuing and huge potential as a major U.S. resource underscores once again that saving energy need not be a political issue, which Californians well know after enjoying enormous economic and environmental benefits thanks to both Democratic and Republican leadership. Efficiency efforts since the 1970s have saved Californians over $65 billion, helped | Read More

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Energy Efficiency Spreading to Jamaica

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March 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

With the high cost of energy affecting their bottom line, small hotel owners across the Caribbean are welcoming the introduction of a project that is aimed at fostering energy efficiency in the industry. The Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action Advanced Program (CHENACT AP), is a project geared towards enhancing the competitiveness of | Read More

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