Policy

New Refrigerant Rules Will Have Long Term Impact

Carl Weinschenk

New rules from the Environmental Protection Agency will lead to big changes to equipment that use refrigerants and the codes that govern them.


CA Governor Signs Bill Clarifying PACE Disclosures

Carl Weinschenk

  California Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation setting uniform disclosure rules for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs. PACE programs enable energy efficiency loans to be issued to property owners that are repaid as a line item on their tax bill. The press release on the bill from the Ygrene Energy Fund says   …Continue Reading


CA School District to Get 73% of Energy From Solar Carports

Carl Weinschenk

The Colton Joint Unified School District in California will install SunPower Helix carport solar systems at 28 schools. Together, the systems will generate about 6.1 MW of energy and save the school district more than $35 million during the next 25 years, according to the parties. The press release says that the carport systems will   …Continue Reading


Federal Data Centers, DCOI and DCIM

Carl Weinschenk

The government is demanding big changes to its data center profile – and is mandating the software used to manage the transition.


Reducing Freezer Glass Condensation

Carl Weinschenk

The challenge of reducing fog in grocery store freezers may not sound like a big deal. But the money that can be saved by doing so does.


New PACE “Guidance” Takes Effect Tomorrow

Carl Weinschenk

Property Assessed Clean Energy financing will be okay in Federal Housing Authority-insured mortgages


Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Final Rule Released by DoE

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) this week released a final rule for some types of walk-in coolers and freezers, according to the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). It is a long process. ASAP says that a final ruling for walk-in coolers and freezers were established in 2014. At that point, however, the Air-Conditioning, Heating,   …Continue Reading


IRS to Buildings Owners: “We’re From the Government and We’re Here to Help”

Carl Weinschenk

Section 179D of the tax code offers deductions for energy efficiency improvements to a wide variety of buildings. That’s the good news. The bad news? The provision is set to expire at the end of the year.


An Interesting Summer for PACE

Carl Weinschenk

PACE programs are potent financing vehicles for commercial and residential upgrades and retrofits. Not everybody is happy with how they operate and are marketed, however.


Technology Evolves – And So Do Incentive and Grant Programs

Carl Weinschenk

Delaware has upgraded a key energy efficiency grant program. The goals are to increase the sophistication of elements that deal with LEDs and help businesses see the broader energy efficiency landscape.