Obama Advances Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for massive reductions in energy and water use in federal buildings and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from federal fleets. Over the next 10 years, the order will save taxpayers an estimated $18 billion in avoided energy costs, says the administration. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to: Ensure 25 percent   …Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Funding Slashed in Maine

Karen Henry

The Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted 2-1 to cut the state’s funding cap for energy efficiency programs offered through Efficiency Maine from $60 million to $22 million, the Portland Press Herald reports. The decision is being heavily criticized by environmentalists and democrats who say the cut will result in higher electricity bills for Maine homeowners   …Continue Reading

NY’s First ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ Rule a Major Step in Transformation of US Power Sector

Vic Shao

A major mile-marker was set in US power markets last week as the New York Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) issued the first regulations under Governor Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) strategic power market reform plan. New York State’s REV highlights the transformation under way in the US power industry and markets as state authorities   …Continue Reading

Report: EPA Carbon Regulations Won’t Impact Reliability

Josh Kessler

The Analysis Group released a report on March 16 that the EPA Clean Power Plan (CPP), which will regulate CO2 emissions beginning in 2020, will not impact grid reliability in the PJM Interconnect region. (PJM oversees electricity markets in 13 states across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, as well as the District of Columbia.) The report   …Continue Reading

California May Boost Energy Efficiency Standards for Computers

Linda Hardesty

The California Energy Commission has drafted proposed energy efficiency standards for computers and monitors. If enacted, these standards will likely affect all computers and monitors manufactured in the US because California is heavily involved in computer manufacturing and has a large population of computer consumers. Standards for notebooks, small-scale servers, and workstation computers would take   …Continue Reading

Report Outlines State Energy Storage Policies

Linda Hardesty

The percentage of electricity generated from renewable energy sources continues to grow in the US, particularly from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Technologies that can facilitate increased deployment of renewable energy, such as distributed energy storage, are becoming more vital, according to a new report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Estimates indicate that there   …Continue Reading

Michigan May Ban Retail Electricity Choice

Josh Kessler

Since 2008, electricity choice has been capped at 10 percent of load for each utility in the state of Michigan, as reported previously in Retail Energy Buyer. Last week, Aric Nesbitt, the chair of Michigan’s House Energy Policy Committee introduced house bill (HB) 4298 to eliminate electric choice in Michigan altogether. The bill states, “Alternative   …Continue Reading

Proposed Illinois Budget Cuts Into Energy Efficiency

Karen Henry

To help address a state budget shortfall, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a budget that would reallocate $265 million in utility ratepayer funds from energy efficiency projects and programs to the state’s general fund. According to an American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) blog post, this reallocation would include Department of Commerce and Economic   …Continue Reading

Can the EU Form an Energy Union?

Karen Henry

The European Commission has submitted various proposals to bring together the energy systems of member states into a single “energy union,” The Guardian reports. Among other benefits, an energy union could provide cost savings, greater energy efficiency and greater energy supply resilience in the face of threats and other emergencies. The technology to achieve an   …Continue Reading

NYISO Proposes Changes to Shortage Pricing

Josh Kessler

The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) created the Fuel Assurance Initiative to address concerns about reduced power reserves and constrained natural gas capacity – and the associated costs and operational risks for New York energy consumers. As part of this initiative, NYISO filed a proposal with FERC to create a Comprehensive Shortage Pricing (CSP) project to   …Continue Reading

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