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CNEE Releases Energy Legislation Year in Review

Karen Henry

With all but eight state legislative sessions closed for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has released its 2014 Year in Review of State Advanced Energy Legislation. The paper includes the following highlights: Thus far in 2014, 430 advanced energy bills have become law. While the total number of enacted   …Continue Reading


Congress Extends Energy Tax Credits Through 2014

Linda Hardesty

Over the weekend, the 113th Congress took action on several bills that will affect energy efficiency, according to Steven Nadel, executive director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Congress appropriated money for the rest of the 2015 fiscal year, including $1.93 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable   …Continue Reading


South Carolina Allows Solar Net Metering

Linda Hardesty

South Carolina has become the 44th state to institute net metering, and the state of New York has significantly expanded its net metering cap, according to The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC). Net metering allows solar customers to get credit on their utility bills at the retail rate for any excess power their rooftop solar   …Continue Reading


How Will the Clean Power Plan Benefit Small Business?

Marc Karell

This will likely go down as a banner year as the USEPA proposed, for the first time, national standards to limit emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from existing power plants: the Clean Power Plan. However this turns out in terms of the legislative process in Washington, the federal government has certainly provided the signals that clean   …Continue Reading


Commercial Clothes Washers to be More Energy Efficient

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy issued a pre-publication Federal Register final rule concerning energy conservation standards for commercial clothes washers. A fact sheet by the Natural Resources Defense Council – Strong US Energy Efficiency Standards: Decades of Using Energy Smarter – says energy efficiency standards for appliances and equipment have resulted in about 7 percent lower   …Continue Reading


Florida Goes Backwards on Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

In a 3-2 vote, Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last week approved new goals for utilities that it says will “keep customer rates in check,” while at the same time saying, “The near term impact should slightly reduce all customer bills.” Commissioners also agreed to hold a workshop inviting public input on solar programs that   …Continue Reading


Standard 189.1-2014 Now Available via ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

New requirements to further reduce energy of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, among other   …Continue Reading


In Jeopardy: Energy Efficiency Programs in Arizona

Linda Hardesty

The Arizona Corporation Commission wants to let state utilities off the hook for providing energy efficiency programs, reports The Arizona Republic. Currently, Arizona electric utilities are required to reduce the amount of power they sell by 22 percent by 2020 by helping customers save energy. The energy-efficiency requirement was established by the commission in 2010.   …Continue Reading


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


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