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Investor Confidence Project Comes to Texas

William Opalka

An innovative program to standardize investment protocols in energy efficiency programs is coming to Texas with the introduction of Keeping PACE in Texas. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said it is dedicated to bringing property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs to the state. The do-it-yourself toolkit embeds energy efficiency protocols developed by EDF’s Investor Confidence   …Continue Reading


Fluorescent Tubes: DOE Requires Better Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy issued a pre-publication notice of proposed rulemaking regarding energy conservation standards for general service fluorescent lamps and incandescent reflector lamps.  The tube-shaped fluorescent lamps covered by the ruling consume almost five percent of all national electricity consumption, according to a blog posting on the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC applauds the   …Continue Reading


EU Industries Get Break on Renewables Contributions

Linda Hardesty

The European Commission adopted new rules that will require less funding for renewable energy from industry. The new rules address the commission’s concern that industrial support for renewables has caused “serious market distortions and increasing costs to consumers.” The rules provide criteria on how EU member states can assist energy intensive companies that are particularly   …Continue Reading


Treasury Bonds for Clean Energy

Linda Hardesty

A group of Democrat legislators are borrowing a page from the WWII “war bond” model to increase the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency. They’ve introduced a bill – the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2014, which would allow Americans to invest in clean energy, starting as low as a $25 purchase of   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Grows Long in Tooth for Some States

Linda Hardesty

Texas was the first state to set efficiency targets, also called an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS), in 1999. Since then, 26 states in the country have followed suit, setting long term targets designed to spur electricity and natural gas savings, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The   …Continue Reading


New York City Transitions from Dirty Heating Oil

Linda Hardesty

Thousands of buildings in New York City use No. 6 and No. 4 heating oil, causing soot pollution. In 2011, the city instituted a four-year plan to phase out No. 6 by July 2015, but at this point, more than half of the buildings that use the heating oil have yet to make the switch,   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Axed in Indiana

Linda Hardesty

Indiana’s governor chose not to sign or veto a bill eliminating the state’s energy efficiency mandates, effectively allowing the legislation to become law without his signature. Gov. Mike Pence said he’ll look to lawmakers next year, when the Energizing Indiana program ends, for help developing “a new energy-efficiency program for our state that will encourage   …Continue Reading


Indeck Helps Plants Meet Boiler MACT

Linda Hardesty

To assist plant managers, engineers and owners meet the EPA’s boiler maximum achievable control technology (MACT) compliance, Indeck is launching a new program that provides industrial boiler engineering studies. The EPA’s MACT, published in the Federal Register in December 2012, imposes stringent emission limits and monitoring requirements for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers. Indeck says   …Continue Reading


Ohio Senate Wants to Freeze Utility Efficiency Mandates

Energy Manager Today Staff

Republican state lawmakers in Ohio introduced legislation that would freeze the state’s energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates at this year’s levels, according to The Plain Dealer. Senate Bill 310 would also create the Energy Mandates Study Committee, a body that would be charged with determining by Dec. 15, 2015 how much mandated efficiency and   …Continue Reading


Chicago Approves ASHRAE Certification for Benchmarking Data Verification

Linda Hardesty

The City of Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the new benchmarking and transparency ordinance. BEAPs can audit and analyze residential, commercial and industrial   …Continue Reading


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