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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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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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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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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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First Energy Backpedals on Rebates

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March 27th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Rebates | No Comments

FirstEnergy Corp.’s compact fluorescent light bulb program is back, but this time it’s up to consumers to call the company to receive them. FirstEnergy is also preparing to give direct subsidies to retail stores in the region that sell CFL bulbs, expand cash rebates to consumers who turn in old appliances and offer incentives to small | 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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TN Energy Efficiency Loan Program Interest Rate Lowered

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March 26th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | 1 Comment

Pathway Lending announced on Wednesday it has lowered the interest rate of the Tennessee Energy Efficiency Loan Program to two percent in order to make the program even more beneficial and accessible to Tennessee businesses. The new interest rate is available on five-year loans to businesses that undertake energy projects that include energy-saving measures. Standalone | Read More

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Policy changes could free $1 trillion in energy savings

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March 25th, 2013 | Posted in Blog, Economy | No Comments

Policymakers could free up $1 trillion in energy savings for consumers by modifying policies that would change consumer behavior, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy said in a report. Providing consumers with more information about the energy efficiency of appliances and other products is especially important, the Washington D.C.-based think tank concluded. Currently available | 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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