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GBI Says It’s ‘Equal to LEED’

Linda Hardesty

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed the new US Department of Energy ruling, which states that in cases where federal agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency within guidelines set out by the new rule.   …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

Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading

ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Becomes Official for State Building Codes

Linda Hardesty

Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard – 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings – the US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES   …Continue Reading

3,000 NY City Buildings to Get Energy Retrofits

Linda Hardesty

New York City is committing to an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050, with 2005 as a baseline. Central to that commitment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan to retrofit public and private buildings – One City, Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low-Carbon Future. Every single city-owned   …Continue Reading

Renew 179D Tax Deduction, Says Energy Management Association

Linda Hardesty

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02), along with 16 other members of Congress, introduced HR 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. The bill would: -Extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy through 2016. -Offer wind investors parity with solar investors, giving investors in each technology similar tax   …Continue Reading

White House Bullish on Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The White House announced a sweeping series of executive actions to advance energy efficiency in the United States as follows: DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network is launching a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military bases this fall. The pilot will connect the veteran population with DOE’s network of more than 400   …Continue Reading

ESOS: The Energy Data Clock Is Ticking…

Graham Boret

Remember, remember the 5th of December… The fundamental ESOS question UK businesses and organizations should be asking themselves right now, is not, “Are we ready for December 2015 compliance?” but “Do we have procedures in place to capture 12 months of consecutive energy data before then?” Be warned – the latest date to start measuring   …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

SEPA, ScottMadden Partner for Fact Finding in Germany

Linda Hardesty

Consulting firm ScottMadden is joining the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) to lead a group of about 25 US energy executives to Germany to exchange information with electricity and solar market leaders who are adapting to change in a dynamic and controversial environment. The executives have the goal of returning with insights and practical knowledge that can   …Continue Reading

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