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EIA: Electricity Prices to Increase 18% by 2040

Josh Kessler

The DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its comprehensive Annual Energy Outlook 2015 on April 14. EIA forecasts an 18 percent increase in retail electricity prices between 2013 and 2040 due to moderate increases in power generation, transmission, and distribution costs. The report predicts that natural gas prices will eventually rise, new coal and nuclear   …Continue Reading

EPA Explains How RECs Work

Linda Hardesty

Renewable Energy Certificates, also known as RECs, represent the environmental and other non-power attributes of renewable electricity generation and are a component of all renewable electricity products. RECs are measured in single megawatt–hour increments and are created at the point of electric generation. Each REC represents a specific amount of electricity produced and delivered to   …Continue Reading

DC Takes Top Spot on Top 25 Energy Star Buildings List

Karen Henry

After coming in second to Los Angeles for five consecutive years, Washington DC, has taken the top spot on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seventh-annual list of the top 25 US metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2014. Los Angeles took the number two ranking, followed by Atlanta, New York   …Continue Reading

Cement Industry Dominates Top Performing Energy Star Plants in 2014

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 70 manufacturing plants that have achieved Energy Star certification for their energy performance in 2014. The cement industry made a strong showing for the year. Energy Star certified plants are independently verified on an annual basis to have reached the top 25 percent of energy performance for their   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficient Video Streaming

Linda Hardesty

EPA’s EnergyStar program provides advice on the most energy efficient ways to stream video.

How to Share Properties in Portfolio Manager

Linda Hardesty

EPA’s EnergyStar Portfolio Manager is a free online tool that tracks the energy use, water use, and greenhouse gas emissions of any type of building. This video shows how to give others the ability to view or edit your property data by sharing properties with them. EPA provides additional Portfolio Manager FAQs.

First 17 Multifamily Buildings Attain Energy Star

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced the first set of multifamily properties to earn the Energy Star certification. Energy Star first became available to the sector in September after a three-year partnership with Fannie Mae to develop the scoring system for multifamily properties. The 17 properties on the list perform among the top 25 percent   …Continue Reading

Understanding the Building Blocks to Emission Reduction

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four building blocks to help states achieve the “best system of emissions reduction” (BSER) to help them comply with the Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The following “building blocks” of BSER incorporate reduction measures both inside and outside the footprint of the affected generators, including energy efficiency: Heat   …Continue Reading

Eastman Chemical, Janssen R&D, Merck Win EPA Awards

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three industrial facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems. The award winners are: Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tenn. Janssen R&D LLC, Spring House, Pa. Merck, West Point, Pa. CHP systems used by the award winners achieve operating efficiencies   …Continue Reading

EPA Extends Comment Period for Clean Power Plan

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency is extending the public comment period on the Clean Power Plan an additional 45 days, from Oct. 16 to Dec. 1, 2014. The agency unveiled its plan in June.  The extension comes following an effort from 53 senators who told EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy that the previous 120-day comment period   …Continue Reading