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Is the Low Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Gone?

Linda Hardesty

Starting today, Colorado’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) is hearing arguments on a proposal initiated by Xcel Energy to roll back the state’s energy efficiency goals. After the hearings, PUC will review all the testimony as well as staff recommendations and make its decision, likely by mid-June. The current energy efficiency goal set by the PUC   …Continue Reading


DOD Releases First Energy Policy in 20 Years

Linda Hardesty

The Acting Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Defense Christine Fox signed Directive 4180.01 – “DOD Energy Policy,” the department’s first overarching defense energy policy in over 20 years. The directive requires the DOD to: -Improve energy performance of its weapons, installations, and military forces; -Diversify and expand energy supplies and sources, including renewable   …Continue Reading


Title 24 Energy Code Will Have ‘Ripple Effect,’ Says Sefaira

Linda Hardesty

On July 1, 2014, the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24) will take effect.  Title 24 will require all new commercial buildings to be net-zero energy by 2030. Sefaira, a software company specializing in cloud-based computing for high-performance building design, itemized some ways Title 24 will have a ripple effect on buildings nationwide.   …Continue Reading


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


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