Policy

US Representative Wants to Extend Tax Credits for Clean Energy

Karen Henry

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) has introduced H.R. 2412, the New Energy for America Act, which would extend Section 25D of the federal tax code for residential energy efficient property, as well as the Section 48 commercial investment tax credits (ITC) through 2021. In introducing his legislation, Congressman Thompson, a senior member of the House Ways   …Continue Reading


Indiana Utilities Allowed to Set Voluntary Energy Efficiency Goals

Linda Hardesty

Ohio and Indiana are dealing with the repercussions of their anti-energy-efficiency policies. In 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 310 imposed a two-year freeze on the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy standards. A study committee set up by SB 310 is currently reviewing the costs and benefit of energy efficiency and renewables standards. In the meantime,   …Continue Reading


Alliance to Save Energy Aims to Double Global Energy Productivity by 2030

Linda Hardesty

The Alliance to Save Energy launched the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity. The Global Alliance is modeled after Energy 2030, an Alliance to Save Energy initiative announced in February 2013 that is focused on doubling US energy productivity by 2030. The Global Alliance will take the conversation about energy productivity to a global audience, securing   …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


2 New Senate Bills Promote CHP

Linda Hardesty

Two new energy efficiency-related bills have been introduced in the US Congress. Senator Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act (S.1201) and the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act (S.1202) for consideration before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act directs the Secretary of   …Continue Reading


Non-Performing Power Plants Cost Customers $600M

Josh Kessler

Customers in the region covered by the PJM transmission operator, which spans much of the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, lost an estimated $600 million in January 2014, reports Energy Choice Matters. This happened because power plants that were paid to make their capacity available to produce power at all times were unavailable. To fill this shortfall,   …Continue Reading


Presidential Energy Review Focuses on Cyber-Security, Climate Change

Josh Kessler

The Obama administration just released the first ever Quadrennial Energy Review, a report that identifies policies to address energy-related threats, risks, and opportunities. President Obama commissioned the report in January 2014 and intends, as the name suggests, for the Department of Energy to conduct the review every four years going forward. According to the Washington   …Continue Reading


Supreme Court to Review Demand Response Decision

Karen Henry

The US Supreme Court announced it will review a May 2014 decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order 745, Demand Response Compensation in Organized Wholesale Energy Markets. Demand response is a voluntary energy conservation tool that relies on people and technology to meet the country’s rising   …Continue Reading


New Energy Efficiency Law Could be Boon for HVAC Industry

Linda Hardesty

President Obama signed into law the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act sponsored by Senators Portman and Shaheen. The bill includes provisions to promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking and disclosure. Omar Talpur, analyst for Security and Building Technologies at IHS says while it is presently unclear in the current language of the bill how commercial building energy-use   …Continue Reading


New England Governors Discuss Regional Energy Solution

Josh Kessler

The governors of five of the six New England states met on April 23 to discuss solutions to the regional energy supply challenges that have caused prices to spike during recent winters, reports WBUR News.  The governors released a joint plan titled “Actions for a Cleaner, More Reliable, and More Affordable Energy Future.” The plan   …Continue Reading