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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

Sleep Mode Helps Schools Save $50 per Computer

Linda Hardesty

The US Environmental Protection Agency is helping schools with its Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign – an initiative to manage power for school computers. Via this program, US secondary schools, colleges and universities are on track to save $40 million dollars per school year, says the EPA. Since 2012, schools have been taking steps   …Continue Reading

Obama Administration Releases Biogas Roadmap

Karen Henry

Methane is both a potent greenhouse gas and a valuable source of energy. Biogas systems can capture methane from farming operations and use it to generate renewable energy. The potential for the biogas industry is well demonstrated, but there are still relatively few biogas systems in use on farms across the country. To that end, the   …Continue Reading

The Games Begin: Battle of the Buildings

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency launched the 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, with more than 5,500 buildings nationwide competing to save energy in commercial buildings. This is the fifth year for the competition, but 2014 is the first year with the theme, “Team Challenge.” Teams of five or more buildings will work   …Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan Will Shrink Electric Bills 8%, Says EPA

Linda Hardesty

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its anxiously-awaited proposal to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which the agency crafted on instruction from President Obama, will cut carbon emissions from the power sector 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels. While opponents of the plan say it will raise electric rates,   …Continue Reading

ACEEE: Leverage Efficiency in Emissions Standard

Leon Walker

Energy efficiency could be used in an upcoming standard by the EPA to reduce CO2 levels with no net cost to the economy, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The standard, currently under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget and likely to be released in   …Continue Reading

Intel, City of Houston Top Green Power Rankings

Leon Walker

Intel has maintained its place as the nation’s largest energy user to be powered entirely by renewable energy, according to the EPA Green Power Partnership’s latest rankings. The GPP rankings highlight the annual green power use of Green Power Partners within the United States and across individual industry sectors. Lists include the top 30 local government green   …Continue Reading

Climate Declaration Means Opportunities for GM

William Opalka

General Motors remains the only automaker among 750 signatories of the Climate Declaration, organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition. GM’s investments are reducing its energy costs by at least $170 million. For the second consecutive year, the EPA recognized GM with a 2014 Energy Star Partner   …Continue Reading

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