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Obama Proposes $200M for “Race to the Top” for Energy Efficiency

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

President Barack Obama will propose $200 million in his next budget for a “Race to the Top” program rewarding states that pursue energy efficiency, asking Congress to put teeth on an initiative to help the US use less electricity. Mr. Obama’s mentioned the idea in the State of the Union address but didn’t outline a | Read More

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DOE: USA can double energy productivity by 2030

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February 19th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have long understood that using energy more efficiently can be just as beneficial as finding new ways to produce energy more efficiently. On Feb. 7, NREL Director Dan Arvizu and a blue-ribbon panel of 20 energy experts drove that message home, declaring that | Read More

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Reno’s Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Initiative Successful

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February 18th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

The City of Reno’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Initiative has proven to be a tremendous success, creating energy and financial savings along with creating/retaining jobs for Nevadans. The initiative allowed the City to invest more than $19 million in energy projects without impacting the general fund. In addition to the energy and financial savings, | Read More

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OBAMA: Cut Energy Waste by 50% by 2033

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February 14th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

 During his State of the Union address President Obama embraced a variety of policy proposals including several addressing energy efficiency. Most importantly for energy efficiency, the President issued “a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years.” By supporting energy efficiency, the | Read More

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Spending on US Utility Efficiency Programs to Double by 2025

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February 13th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

The U.S. is on track for strong growth in utility energy efficiency investments due to an emerging suite of state-level policies. From 2006 to 2010, spending on utility-funded energy efficiency programs doubled from $2 billion to $4.8 billion. While future growth won’t be quite as dramatic, investments in programs to reduce electricity and natural gas | Read More

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Lost Savings from Delay on Energy-Saving Standards Is $3.7 Billion and Counting

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February 12th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government | No Comments

In his Inaugural Speech this month, President Obama described action to limit climate change as both a moral imperative and smart economic policy. Calling for American leadership, he said, “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.” Unfortunately, of late, the | Read More

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MASS leaders approve new energy efficiency plans

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February 11th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Massachusetts State leaders announced today final approval of new utility energy efficiency plans. The state Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Thursday gave approved three-year plans that will commit the state’s investor-owned utilities to deliver more savings to customers, improve the economy and protect the environment, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced today. The plans | Read More

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Minneapolis plan aims to let market drive efficiency

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February 7th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy, Government | No Comments

Minneapolis is poised to become the first city in the Midwest to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. The City Council’s energy and environment committee unanimously passed a proposal Monday (video) to require large commercial building owners to annually measure and report energy consumption data. Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, who proposed the | Read More

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PA Give Small Biz Owners Rebates for Upgrades

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February 5th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates | No Comments

The Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $239,809 in grants to help 32 small businesses across Pennsylvania invest in energy-efficiency or pollution-prevention projects. “Becoming energy-efficient can involve an initial up-front investment that will be proportionally higher for small businesses,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “The investment will pay for itself and more over time, but this program | Read More

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NYSERDA Announces Energy Efficiency Projects at Binghamton University

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January 31st, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Government, Rebates, Schools | No Comments

From NYSERDA: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced energy efficiency projects at the State University of New York at Binghamton that are projected to save the university $355,000 in energy costs every year and will result in the avoidance of over 2,190 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. These projects | Read More

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