Policy

EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court’s Delay of Clean Power Plan

Ken Silverstein

When the coal states lined up for a final drive to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan at the US Supreme Court, most onlookers thought it an act of desperation. Now that the Supremes have granted their request, the bigger question is what will ultimately happen to the carbon reduction plan. On Tuesday, the High   …Continue Reading


Clean Power Plan: Obama’s Team Confident About Pitch to Supreme Court

Ken Silverstein

The Obama administration is asking the US Supreme Court to reject a request by 27 states to initially allow them to put off complying with the Clean Power Plan — a step toward eventually wiping out the rule altogether. The White House is fairly confident in its pitch, with legal onlookers noting that it has   …Continue Reading


Energy Managers Buoyed By Supreme Court’s Demand Response Decision

Ken Silverstein

Just after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal regulators can remove barriers to demand response programs, energy managers sprung to life. Why? Corporate energy managers will now have more insight into their business operations and thereby greater certainty about their decisions and their investments. At issue is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order   …Continue Reading


Follow the Money: REITs, MLPs and Yieldcos

Carl Weinschenk

Building owners and those who advise them face important choices in the financing of energy efficiency projects and, a bit more indirectly, must understand the financial underpinnings of their renewable energy suppliers. This week – in conjunction with its annual conference and expo in Washington, DC – The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) released a   …Continue Reading


DoE:  Building Energy Codes are Working

Carl Weinschenk

The effectiveness of residential building codes is the subject of an ongoing eight-state, three-year field test that began last year. Early results are in – and the news is good. The study was overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy. Ryan Meres, The Institute for Market Transformation’s senior code compliance specialist, posted an update on the   …Continue Reading


Germany: New Year, Stricter Energy Rules

Carl Weinschenk

New construction rules that mandate more aggressive use of renewable energy became effective on the first day of the new year in Germany, according to Sun & Wind Energy. The maximum amount of energy capacity in new buildings now is 25 percent lower than previously. The story provides insight from the Federal Association of Renewable   …Continue Reading


DoE Releases Aggressive Commercial AC, Furnace Rules

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday released standards for commercial air conditioners and furnaces that it says will reduce carbon emissions by 885 tons and save 167 billion over the course of the lifetime of the products they regulate. The rules are significant, according to Jim Marston, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Vice President for US   …Continue Reading


The HVAC Sector Deals with a Rapidly Changing Landscape

Carl Weinschenk

The HVAC sector is in a bit of turmoil. That’s understandable: Just about everything it deals with is changing. The reassuring news for the industry is that three pieces of research suggest that it is keeping up with these rapid, roiling shifts. Infiniti Research, in a report released this month, painted a picture of an industry   …Continue Reading


Wind Power Meets Opposition

Carl Weinschenk

Businesses – especially big ones – are adopting renewable energy at a rapid rate. Many of the installations are on the buyers’ property or grounds In many cases, however, the renewable power is generated by third parties and not on their premises. Though few people have objections to renewable energy, plenty have misgivings about having   …Continue Reading


Cogeneration: The Right Technology at the Right Time

Carl Weinschenk

Cogeneration – also known as combined heat and power (CHP) – is expected to grow, according to a study released in October by Grandview Research. It’s not surprising: The technique, which uses one process to generate electricity and heat, is clean and efficient. That puts it right in line with the desire of energy managers, their   …Continue Reading