Archives: EPA

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


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.