Archives: EPA

DOE to Invest $10 Million as Part of New “Smart Cities” Initiative

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest almost $10 million to expand smart cities technologies that promote energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s new Smart Cities Initiative to help local communities address the effects of a changing climate and improve the delivery of city services.   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Focus Will Help Time Warner Meet 30% Carbon Reduction Target

Karen Henry

Time Warner Cable (TWC) will focus on energy efficiency and fleet reduction efforts to meet its new two-year goal to reduce its carbon intensity by 30 percent by the end of 2016. Earlier this year, TWC announced it achieved a 38 percent carbon intensity reduction, surpassing the 15 percent two-year goal set in 2012. To   …Continue Reading

FPL Customers Set to Save Over $70 Million Annually with Cleaner Fuel

Cheryl Kaften

The Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) approved a settlement agreement between Florida Power & Light (FPL) and the Office of Public Counsel on August 27 that is expected to save the utility’s 4.7 million customers more than $70 million annually. The FPSC ruling modifies FPL’s proposed plan – presented to the commission last March –   …Continue Reading

FERC Joins with DOE, EPA to Manage Rollout of Clean Power Plan

Cheryl Kaften

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed on August 3 that, as the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is executed nationwide, they will monitor the development of single-state or multi-state plans, or, where applicable, a federal plan; and address any grid reliability issues.   …Continue Reading

IECA Slams House Subcommittee’s Proposed FERC Cost Recovery Plans

Cheryl Kaften

How should the costs of US energy security and resiliency be recovered? Not by raising rates to utility customers, the Washington, DC-based Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) argued in a letter to the US House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on July 22. In that correspondence, the manufacturing trade group asked legislators to eliminate   …Continue Reading

EPA Honors 3 Facilities for Combined Heat and Power

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for superior performance of their CHP systems. The three 2015 award winners demonstrate how CHP can partner with district energy systems to reduce pollutant emissions from electricity generation. District energy systems produce steam, hot water and chilled   …Continue Reading

EPA Announces College and University Green Power Challenge Winners

Karen Henry

The Big Ten is the Collective Conference Champion of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2014–2015 College and University Green Power Challenge. The University of Pennsylvania topped the individual school challenge for the eighth year in a row. Big 10 purchased more than 375 million kWh of green power during the academic year. The Big   …Continue Reading

Court Vacates EPA Rule Allowing High Emissions Backup Generators

Linda Hardesty

In 2010 the EPA began allowing backup generators to operate without emissions controls for 15 hours annually as part of emergency demand response programs when heavy demand could cause blackouts. Then in January 2013, EPA upped the number of hours to 100 per year, during which backup generators could operate without emissions controls. Now, the   …Continue Reading

4 Federal Agencies Join to Procure Solar

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Forest Service, the Department of Energy and the General Services Administration are partnering to purchase solar power. The Federal Aggregated Solar Procurement Project (or FASPP) is a contract solicitation designed to take advantage of economies of scale in solar installation. Due to contracting challenges and high costs, agencies   …Continue Reading

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