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Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to White House

Linda Hardesty

The House of Representatives passed S. 535, an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jean Shaheen (D-NH). This follows Senate passage a few weeks ago. The bill now heads to the president’s desk for his approval, which is highly likely. The bill includes the following provisions: Promote commercial building energy-use benchmarking   …Continue Reading


Tool Helps States Choose Clean Power Plan Scenarios

Linda Hardesty

In anticipation of the EPA publishing its final Clean Power Plan this summer, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has created a beta version of its State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) Calculator. The proposed Clean Power Plan rule that came out last year allows states flexibility to pick from a host of   …Continue Reading


Portland Likely to Require Energy Benchmarking

Linda Hardesty

The Portland City Council held a hearing last week on a new Energy Performance Reporting Policy and will make a decision whether to approve it on April 22. A spokesman for the city said, “it looks positive” that the new mandated energy reporting for commercial buildings will be approved. If so, Portland will become the   …Continue Reading


Energy-Focused Trade Mission Travels to China

Karen Henry

Twenty-four US companies joined US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and US Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall on a presidential trade mission to China focused on connecting US businesses with opportunities in the green infrastructure and energy efficiency industries. The delegation included US companies with the expertise to help develop and deploy low-cost, low-carbon   …Continue Reading


The Flyers and Local Dayton Community Embrace Ohio’s Energy Future Tour and Are Ready for Energy Innovation

Samantha Williams

Ohio’s Energy Future Tour, a statewide series of forums for Ohioans to discuss the positive economic and health impacts of clean energy in their lives and communities, completed its third stop at the University of Dayton last month, sponsored by the Hanley Sustainability Institute. The University, which has deep historical roots in the local community,   …Continue Reading


Arizona Energy Consortium Forms Own Organization

Linda Hardesty

After several years as a committee of the Arizona Technology Council, the Arizona Energy Consortium (AEC) has formed its own 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of over 200 members. As a committee, the AEC was co-chaired by Michelle De Blasi, an environmental and energy law partner with the law firm of Gammage & Burnham, and   …Continue Reading


122 Energy Bills Introduced in State Legislatures in 2015

Linda Hardesty

So far in 2015, there have been 122 bills introduced in 26 states related to energy efficiency, according to the Center for the New Energy Economy. Lead by Example bills have been the most common with 40 bills introduced since January. Most Lead by Example legislation is related to improving the efficiency of public buildings   …Continue Reading


A Flexible Plan for Reliable Electric Service and Cleaner Air

John Moore

Power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of our country’s carbon dioxide emissions that drive climate change. We can cut carbon pollution from these plants while keeping the lights on. America has a more than 40-year track record showing environmental progress and electrical reliability are compatible. There’s no reason to fear that will change   …Continue Reading


Michigan May Expand Electric Competition

Josh Kessler

Since 2008, Michigan has capped participation in retail electricity markets at 10 percent of load in each utility’s service territory. On March 11, Retail Energy buyer reported that Michigan Representative Aric Nesbitt had introduced legislation to eliminate competitive electricity markets in the state entirely. Last week, the Lansing State Journal reported that state Senator Mike   …Continue Reading


Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill Passes Senate

Linda Hardesty

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) finally were able to pass some energy efficiency legislation in the Senate, which has approved the S 535, Energy Efficiency Improvement Act authored by Shaheen and Portman and cosponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). The bill includes a bipartisan provision authored by Ayotte and Senator Michael Bennet   …Continue Reading