Policy

State Utility Commissions Now Want Their Utilities To Improve Cybersecurity Efforts

Ken Silverstein

When Michigan utility commissioners issued an order to have their staff ensure that utilities are doing their utmost to prevent hacks, they did so out of fear that a cyber invasion could shut down the grid and hence cost the state millions of dollars in lost commerce. The move is a harbinger of things to come.


Stretch Codes Pull Toward Green Communities

Carl Weinschenk

Existing construction and renovation standards are becoming baselines which support more stringent requirements.


The Changing Face of Energy Efficiency Codes

Carl Weinschenk

New technology and an increased interest in efficiency and renewables are changing the equation.


18 Companies Ask VA for Regulatory Clarification

Carl Weinschenk

Microsoft, Walmart, Best Buy, IKEA, Staples and 13 other companies have asked the Virginia State Corporation Commission to create “an explicit legal framework” for expanding access to renewable energy from utilities and third party suppliers, according to Virginia.com. The request came in a letter that was a public comment on a request by Appalachian Power   …Continue Reading


California PUC Changes Rules for Rent-Subsidized Apartments

Carl Weinschenk

The California Public Utilities Commission is accelerating the process of installing energy efficient appliances in rent-subsidized multi-unit apartment buildings, according to the website of WPCC. The story says that $400 million that is set aside annually to fund efficiency upgrades has gone unspent due to state rules. The CPUC has directed Southern California Edison, the   …Continue Reading


NYS Looks to Change Utilities’ Role in Energy Projects

Carl Weinschenk

Regulators consider mandating proactive platforms that match customers and vendors.


USDA Investing More than $300M in Efficiency, Renewables

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing more than $300 million in projects aimed at increasing use of renewables and energy efficiency options for small businesses. The press release on the move said that the USDA will spend $237 million in support of 423 small businesses through the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program. In   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE, ANSI Approve Bluon Energy TdX 20 Refrigerant

Carl Weinschenk

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has approved Bluon Energy’s TdX 20 refrigerant under Standard 34-2013. The approval was validated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). TdX 20 was given the designation R-458A. The press release was issued this week. However, R-458A was approved by the Standards Committee on June   …Continue Reading


AEE Platform Tracks Legislative Changes

Carl Weinschenk

The Advanced Energy Economy’s PowerSuite platform helps organizations plan as energy rules evolve.


The Effort to Change ASHRAE’s Approach to Data Centers

Carl Weinschenk

A movement is underway to allow more freedom and flexibility in meeting data center energy requirements.